How TV Ruined Your Life

How TV Ruined Your Life

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Ratings: 8.01/10 from 172 users.

Comedy series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Ever wondered why life doesn't measure up to those youthful lofty expectations? From love and money to fear and progress, Charlie Brooker explores a different universal theme each week as this six-part series attempts to explain where it all went wrong and just how wildly the TV and movie ideal differs from life's grim reality.

Marking the point where the mad daydreams of TV and the sorry reality of real life collide, the series employs a mixture of archive footage, sketches and interviews that will have you wiping away tears of laughter while nodding in recognition, which means you’ll probably have your eye out if you're not careful.

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Letmonkeys B, Monkeys
7 months ago

Anyone with such time to waste doesn't matter anyway

3 years ago

Booker thinks everyone is smart like he is.
Are public service announcements that bad?

5 years ago

Does anyone know where I can get this either to download, stream or buy on disc? I know it’s on YouTube but the quality is atrocious.

5 years ago

@Katie: Clearly not. We had to observe one prattling on about horrible TV when it was evident that we'd all be better off having turned it off, not exposing ourselves to that horrible stuff. So I did ...years ago. This has been a reminder that it was a dandy decision.

TV is the window through which you allow the messed up minds of others to influence yours; whether you think you can resist all or not.

For those that found some humor in this or in TV. Much better can be had elsewhere.

The propagandists know what works for the most part. For instance Ross Perot influenced enough people to keep Bush1 from winning a second term which was his actual goal, rather than to become president. As good a reason as any for discontinuance of TV watching.

Unfortunately there wasn't that much of a difference between Clinton and Bush1's goals. Nor of Obama and McCain's goals, all 4 desiring the "New World Order" which is socialism/progressive/communism. The TV propagandists gave us a false premise that the opposing candidates were different since from different parties, while the Globalists would have been happy with either one. Same for Bush2 and Al Gore or John Kerry. Bush2 was an excellent little minion of the Globalists.

So far, Trump hasn't been, and why there is non stop propaganda against him. However, since he has nothing but Globalists advisers surrounding him, one wonders how long that will continue. Making american great again and the new world order Collectivist agenda are mutually exclusive. The usa must become a has been in order for the world bankster's plans to make us all their debt slaves or dead, is to succeed.

Yet people still choose to volunteer to be propagandized by them and their luciferian 4M (major media mental manipulation). Shake, shake, shake it off, by turning it off.

5 years ago

Do British kids grow up to be normal adults after the television scared the Living Jesus out of them during their formative years?

6 years ago

Good stuff

7 years ago

Bow. Books are very old media. The days for books are gone. People don't have that much time to read, because reading is active; you have to do something. Television is perfectly okay. You have nothing to do; you simply sit and see.

So something that is active is not going to spread very fast - rather, something that people can simply sit and see. And eyes are more powerful than ears. When you listen to something you tend to forget it, but when you see something, you remember. Seeing is the most primitive language, so through TV the most primitive has become the most modern.

Children see... their language is pictorial. If you talk about mangoes, you have to show them the picture; the picture comes first. Through the picture they learn the word cat. By and by the picture is forgotten; superimposed by the word. Then we talk about a cat, never realising that there is no corresponding picture inside.

Mind has become more verbal on the superficial level, but deep down it remains pictorial. If you think of love, you start visualising... imagination starts working. Hence the appeal of pornography - because you can see something. And it has been realised for centuries that the eyes are very potential. That's why we say, 'Never believe a word that you have heard. But if you have seen it, then it is true.' But why? Why so much preference for the eyes and not for the ears?

Whatsoever is seen, people think is true, so TV is used by all sorts of people; because when people see, they believe. Seeing is believing. The moment you see, you cannot doubt - hence all the

advertising that goes on. In fact TV shows are not meant for shows; they are just in between two advertisements. The real thing is the advertisement.

When you are relaxed and in a passive mood, anything that is said to you or you see, impresses deeply. You are vulnerable, almost in a hypno-sleep. And when you are watching for hours together, the eyes become focused, hypnotised. TV is the latest hypnosis. People become almost glued to their chairs; they cannot move - and then the advertisement.

In the past also, we have always talked about seers. Those who have realised the truth, we call seers. In India, philosophy is called vision - darshan. The truth has been seen. But why seen? Why not heard? Why not touched? Why not smelled? Why not tasted? Because eyes are just a member of this whole operation of senses, but they are very dominating.

Almost eighty percent of your personality is dominated by the eyes, so the book is almost out of date. Now people would like to see, and soon people will be seeing books also; they will not be reading. Sooner or later books are going to disappear. There will be microfilms of books so you can just put them on the projector and see the books moving on the screen; you can simply sit.

Film is one of the most potential things that man has yet invented. It has given people their childhood again... again they can think in pictorial language.

So go back home and think about it, mm? And continue meditating....

7 years ago

°...I'm an american, a Californian from Mexican descent . I am not educated past high school.... Where to start...

psychologists were puzzled by the reactions on a particular group of people who have at some time had a near death experience (NDE).

These people did not show the typical responses.

Rather, they were characterized by unselfishness, cooperation towards the common good and were markedly non-material.

It is theorized that Mortality Salience elicits fear of the "unknown" in most people.

But in people who have experienced death already, this is a known phenomenon -- what has been termed a Death Reflection.

With the Death Reflection, the Anxiety Buffer is not needed, implying that the terror of death has been overcome

7 years ago

"Your mind is wet under the programming shower- ...the broadcast of lies"

7 years ago

I grew up without television. Always thought kids from countries with television were smarter than we were. They were a lot more sophisticated. When TV came, I was an adult and found it a great comfort when feeling stressed, lonely or depressed. Then I thought it was wrong to find comfort in a machine. For the past 20-odd years I have lived without TV by choice. It is not informative. Just an illustrated headline service. Better to scan the headlines of newspapers, and read informative books. Watch documentaries.

8 years ago

Only seen the first portion, but I absolutely love this satire. Granted, to the very naive, I suppose it's not a satire haha. Love it.

8 years ago

Not having grown up with British public TV, I feel I got whacked anew with this creepy stuff. So I'd say TV ruined my life, again.

9 years ago

This show is damn funny, and the subject matter is important.

9 years ago

Hysterical. Absolutely hysterical. I never bought a TV when I left home. The opportunity didn't knock and as more time passed by, I actually started to enjoy not knowing what everyone else knew. I read books instead.

Edward Bernays (Father of Public Relations and advertising) features in a LOT of the documentaries about how we have been manipulated for the last 70 years. It is nice to know about Edward Bernays, but... it's a boring fact.

Mr. Brooks on the other hand - made me laugh so many times - I could not fail to see exactly how Edward's disciples carried on after they got the hang of it.

Don't miss this one. It's great.

9 years ago

Haven't had a TV set in many years, everything that this man says just rings the perfect bell. Amazing piece. Should be shown in schools :)

9 years ago

Thought provoking hoot.

10 years ago

are you hugging the tv?

11 years ago

funny but true

11 years ago

funny but true

11 years ago

This was a fun and informative documentary, or was it? How do I know that he is not another "boob-tube" lying to me? My entire sense of TV reality is broken!

Great film mate! Too bad it had to end :(

11 years ago

Charlie Brooker deserves a Nobel prize for his series, especially this one. Is there a Nobel prize for speaking the truth?

11 years ago

Here in deep france, the aspirations of the young is how to get out of this patriachial subordination Television and MTV in particular give an immpression that the streets are paved with gold,so, the young leave ,get their baccalaureat and stay in the citys Dessertification is a serious proplem here ,but all politiciens never address the problem; Create emloyment by using the natural resources at hand,seems to be anathema to all concerned, but not to the Brits, we live here and will continue to promote the positive aspects of the regions such as la Creuse,correze and the Haute Vienne .Marine le Pen hates all "foreighners" She thinks because we are white ,we will support her, in her endeveur to alianate races, she is sadly mistaken, we as ex-pats have no voice in the generals, but we make our voice heard in the municipals, Our voice can change French politics,at the cost of a few broken windows,a scuffle in the bar ,but WE ARE HERE TO STAY

11 years ago

did you brew this or find it outside some Welsh clinic Clearly an allussion to the dumping of body parts or foetuses Ive lived in France for the last ten years and I don't understand . Please enlighten me

11 years ago

Excellent choice of subject for satire.

11 years ago

I've watched a lot of documentaries, quite a few here. This is the one that got me to subscribe. Even though it is long, it is informative, and entertaining. Lot's of food for thought. Never seen Brooker before but if this is any indicator he is my kind of comedian.

11 years ago

"Ginger Beer" such a brilliant, hilarious spoof...meticulously portrayed by ALL
"Now send in your parents so we can have them strangled". [paraphrased?]

That must be satire at its finest!

11 years ago


11 years ago

Does anyone know the title of the song playing in the background from approx. 2:30 - 3:45 mins in the Fear episode of this series?

11 years ago

............and even ron weasly isnt safe!

mike hussey
11 years ago

wow... Really very nice.. I love this very much...

12 years ago

Good stuff! Very funny, brilliantly sensible observations.

12 years ago

LOL awsom!

12 years ago

Don't say it didn't, it did!

Loved it.

12 years ago

Ep 3 at 07 whole scene: thats my career advisor. Note to Charlie Brooker... the 1st sign of madness is: shouting at the tv. 2nd sign of madness: buying a revolver and shooting the tv.

12 years ago

12 mins: QED, but also Threads, which followed americas the day after. Now Threads has to be the worst thing a 12 year old could've watched. The image of Ruth walking past that woman holding the infant, who doesn't move, but her eyes do. (I should learn to type comments after watching i guess?)

12 years ago

Where can I get my laser-cow?

12 years ago

At the risk of not finding better, Girl you'll do...ROTFLMOA

12 years ago

Hilarious, I really enjoyed this one.

12 years ago

Saw the documentary on BBC2 and each night I enjoyed it very much, laughed a lot:D

Grim Berge
12 years ago

Amazing series! Btw Brooks looks like a white Laurence Fishburne:) And the questions he asks, have many similarities to Fishburnes character in The Matrix, - Morpheus.

12 years ago


12 years ago

Fear based news is inherently traumatic. Trauma causes a hypnotic dissociation i.e. makes individuals less conscious by sending them into a form of waking hypnotic trance. The more exposure one has to such news trauma the deeper the trance. Another way of saying this is that the individual becomes less present and hence less connected to the reality of their situation. This makes them less discerning and hence more vulnerable to further manipulation. A new process called the Mind Resonance Process (MRP) can completely reverse this trance like state helping individuals wake up and reclaim their empowered state.

12 years ago

The fear based memories can now be completely erased leaving you feeling resilient and renewed. Check out the Mind Resonance Process (MRP).

12 years ago

The fear based memories can now be completely erased leaving you feeling resilient and renewed. Check out the Mind Resonance Process (MRP).

12 years ago

awesome ;0

12 years ago

Amusing... now are you afraid to watch TV ?

12 years ago

Thanks for you sharing this, a must see for any TV head

12 years ago

I was cheering the SS too... oh, so sad.

12 years ago

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years
But very little had changed
I am the tool of the government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozing out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That's right, folks..
Don't touch that dial!

~ Frank Zappa, I'm The Slime, 1973

12 years ago

hahahahaha this guy is hilarious