Love, Death & Robots is not your typical television series. With its blend of captivating storytelling, stunning animation, and a fearless exploration of themes such as love, death, and technology, it has carved out a unique space in the world of entertainment. Created by Tim Miller and executive produced by David Fincher, this Netflix original anthology is a collection of short animated films, each offering a fresh perspective on the human condition, often through the lens of science fiction.
As viewers journey through this anthology, they are treated to a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from chilling horror to heartwarming romance, all while being immersed in a visually stunning and thought-provoking world. Love, Death & Robots challenges conventions and pushes boundaries, making it a must-watch for anyone seeking a truly exceptional television experience.
Before diving into the ranking, let’s take a moment to acknowledge some honorable mentions.
- “Alternate Histories” (Season 1) – A delightfully absurd exploration of alternate timelines featuring Adolf Hitler.
- “Pop Squad” (Season 2) – A haunting morality tale set in a dystopian world where unregistered offspring are hunted down.
- “In Vaulted Halls Entombed” (Season 3) – A Lovecraftian nightmare filled with visceral horror and action.
Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 Love, Death & Robots episodes, ranked:
10. “Beyond The Aquila Rift” (Season 1)
The fear of being lost in the cold, infinite expanse of space is a deeply unsettling concept, and “Beyond The Aquila Rift” capitalizes on this fear brilliantly. When a freight ship’s crew awakens lightyears off course, the captain reunites with a former lover, only to question the reality of their situation. The episode’s shocking truth, combined with stunning motion capture animation, creates a haunting cosmic horror story.
9. “All Through The House” (Season 2)
“All Through The House” explores the dark side of Christmas as a brother and sister discover the unsettling truth about Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. This episode is both chilling, hilarious, and unforgettable, making it a perfect addition to holiday horror movie traditions.
8. “Automated Customer Service” (Season 2)
In an age of increasing reliance on technology, “Automated Customer Service” serves as a cautionary reminder. When a senior citizen’s robotic vacuum goes rogue, she finds herself at the mercy of a snarky, pre-recorded voice. This Emmy-winning episode humorously highlights our growing dependence on automation in a relatable and action-packed fashion.
7. “The Witness” (Season 1)
“The Witness” is a visual masterpiece with a signature aesthetic that sets it apart. The episode starts as a cat-and-mouse game between a young club dancer and a murderous stranger but evolves into a mind-bending nightmare with no escape. Its blend of stunning animation and a gripping narrative makes it a standout in the series.
6. “Suits” (Season 1)
“Suits” offers a thrilling sci-fi action experience as a farming community battles extraterrestrial creatures using homemade mech suits. The episode, based on Steven Lewis’ short story, combines creature feature suspense with genuine humanity, delivering an adrenaline-pumping narrative that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
5. “Good Hunting” (Season 1)
“Good Hunting” is a powerful and unique exploration of mythology and progress. Set during the Industrial Revolution, it traces the friendship between a young former spirit hunter and a shapeshifting creature from Chinese mythology called a Huli Jing. Amid moments of gore and graphic sexuality, the episode tells a captivating tale of self-reinvention and rediscovery.
4. “Jibaro” (Season 3)
“Jibaro” is a visually enthralling and emotionally compelling episode that follows a group of conquistadors entranced by a siren’s violent screams, except for our deaf titular hero, who becomes entranced by her jewel-encrusted skin. Alberto Mielgo’s creation is a serene yet compelling exploration of beauty and violence.
3. “Zima Blue” (Season 1)
“Zima Blue” challenges the very essence of art itself. The episode revolves around an artist known for his celestial-sized murals and the journalist who uncovers the truth behind his work. With wondrous animation and an inspiring conclusion, this episode reshapes the connection between humanity and machinery.
2. “Three Robots” (Season 1)
“Three Robots” offers a perfect introduction to Love, Death & Robots for first-time viewers. It follows a trio of personable cybernetic organisms touring Earth after humanity’s extinction, providing sharp satire and humor. This episode captures the essence of the series, offering a taste of what to expect.
1. “Bad Travelling” (Season 3)
“Bad Travelling” secures the top spot as Love, Death & Robots‘ crown jewel. Directed by series executive producer David Fincher, this episode adapts Neal Asher’s tale of a sailor facing a relentless sea beast. It combines the teasing paranoia of “The Thing,” the suspense of “Alien,” and a thrilling story that never loses its impact on repeat viewings.
While “Bad Travelling” may not explicitly feature love and robots, it exemplifies the core essence of Love, Death & Robots. As long as the series continues to deliver fresh and captivating concepts executed with visual and narrative excellence, it will remain a hallmark of anthology storytelling. Love, Death & Robots sets the bar high for all anthology series to aspire to.