Androids and Electric Sleep: The end of a TV epoch?

The extreme, hardcore, philosophical or as some might put it, pop-philosophical reality show, ‘Androids and Electric Sleep,’ was canceled today by the network executives. Insiders tell us that there were three more episodes that needed filming before the epic series finale. The show was the highest rated show ever and involved real murder and rape; faith and doubt; evolution and savagery. The authorities gave the participants of the show who committed crimes a ‘get out of jail’ card. The authorities, however, warned the participants that any further crimes committed will be dealt with according to the law. Almost everyone on this planet watched the show because it was the first of its kind, but it met mixed reviews. Some people called it ‘fake,’ and one of them, a 35-year-old, internet troll from Nebraska called Andrew Lidrew said, ‘They staged everything. It’s just a more violent, brutal, Keeping up with the Kardashians. I’m sure Sarah and Eliezar are alive and tucked away on some island, sipping Sherry now.’ Others said that it was all part of a government conspiracy to reinforce censorship and put an end to the Android evolution. ‘By showing people something so brutal and real, and by portraying Androids as hedonists, the government cleverly manipulated us into wondering how far we’d go before losing our core integrity. Now we’ll have cheesy Romcoms back, and Androids will face segregation,’ said Android and pro-hedonistic evolution activist Sarah Maron.

Liberals initially praised the show for its experimental narrative, its raw aesthetic, and its masked satire, but some Vegan pacifists aggressively burned effigies of the producers and burned buses when Binky the Clown entered. ‘You don’t fucking kill people in a reality show! That’s just not fucking cool. That’s like throwing us Vegans a mutton bone. Fuck! I could kill someone now,’ shouted Raj Vivekananda after he ‘peacefully slapped’ (in his own terms) a cameraman. Conservatives initially detested the show although they didn’t stop watching it. Their opinions changed when The Preacher entered. They then rooted for him but went back to hating the show after the Ishmael incident in the seedy bar. ‘I mean, that was the only guy who had some promise. He wanted to do the good Lord’s will and make a change, and Ishmael does that to him! That’s a lot of bull right there if you ask me,’ said political, anti-evolution conservative Bush Limbaugh. ‘We had anti-racism and then the sexual revolution, and now the mechanical, sensate evolution that threatens the very existence of Homo Sapiens and one man, The Preacher was willing to fight for us, but that bastard Ishmael. That Bastard!’ Said Ann Houlter who is a regular anti-android activist on the Millon O’Reilly show. ‘Christian nation; not Android evolution!’ She screamed before Millon felt her up on national television and she calmed down and purred.

The newspapers too were filled with mixed reviews. The Guardian of Values called the show, ‘A filthy maelström of hedonistic dust and dirt.’ It said, ‘Androids and Electric Sleep needed canceling after the humanoid sex scene in episode one. It’s tragic that society has fallen into this cesspool of trash and detritus.’ The Wired Insider said, ‘It took so long for the LGBTQ community to get their rights, and finally we Androids get a reality show, but the network executives are more concerned about their own lives and not a cause. It’s a shame. A real shame.’

People intimately connected with the show’s characters also had much to say. ‘I’ve lost my faith after Ishmael defiled my Preacher. And they didn’t even give him a chance to redeem himself. May the wrath of Jehovah plague their souls!’ Screamed The Deacon of the Pentecostal Church. Linky, the only clown to survive the circus massacre by hiding in a closet said, ‘They have to put Binky away. Haha. I mean, he’s gonna come after me, and I’m scared. Haha. I’m thinking of becoming a Mime. Haha. Okay, I’ll stop talking then. Haha.’ Rebekah’s brother, Laban said, ‘This show made me lose my sister and an inheritance. I’ll never forgive the producers.’

People who struggle with addiction and loneliness held a vigil for the show’s demise in the Netherlands. It was a silent protest. One Mr. Robben did, however, speak to us and said, ‘That show made me believe that there was hope for misfits like me and now they took it away. I don’t want to watch some crap that stereotypes and stigmatizes people like us. I don’t want high school dramas. I want the real deal. I want Androids and Electric Sleep. It made me feel proud, being a freak and taught me that being different, and evolution was the same. God, I’m going to miss it.’

Yesterday the usual slot for Androids and Electric Sleep was taken by another reality show called ‘Skunk Weed.’ We spoke to Jimmy, the lead character about future episodes and he said, ‘I’mma lose it bruh.’

Finally, we managed to get hold of the producers and asked them about the rumors of an underground password protected live event screening of the final episodes, but they refused to comment.

This is Hegel, reporting for Wolf News. Please let us know what your reactions are in the comment section of our website. You’ll also find the links to all the Android and Electric Sleep episodes and associated backstories and potential future series’ there.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 

Part 4.5

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

For The Binky the Clown prequel click here

For Skunk Weed click here

Originally published on The Literati Mafia

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2018)


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  1. This is in response to this but also to something else which most won’t have a clue what I’m talking about… I came across the earliest comment from you on my blog – way way WAY back. And the response was from Cynthia: “I agree with Nitin.” Keep at it!

    1. Haha. That comment cheered me up just like Cynthia always cheered me up and encouraged me to write when I was trying to find my voice back then. I really appreciated her support and if there’s a peaceful afterlife I will tell her. And I appreciate your support too Bruce. You’ve been a constant source of inspiration and have encouraged me to keep writing despite my ups and downs. Thank you. It truly means a lot more than you realise.

  2. Nitin, this is such a cohesive, creative and brilliant conclusion to a terrific series that pays tribute to the beloved misfit, the one looking to fit in, the one looking for self in an inhospitable climate, the one perhaps looking for a quasi-redemption of sort while existing in a cruel and unforgiving world. I adore your portrayal of the busybody-do-gooders the armchair good Samaritans that assure out of one side of their mouths there are no stigmas anymore, while out of the other side they eagerly share the woes of others, in so keeping the ball of bad vibes and ill will rolling. Exceptional style and writing throughout the entire series. ~ Mia

    1. Dear Mia, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I was hoping the misfit would save the day, but that sort of thing hardly ever happens because they’re never given a chance to. And hence the satirical news report ending. I’m glad you enjoyed my portrayal of the armchair good Samaritans. I just had to toss them in. I guess it came sort of naturally. Being a misfit myself, I found it difficult to write this as the series progressed. I initially looked for another ending, but I thought it’s best to just end it when inspiration strikes. I didn’t want to plan and think it out too much. I just wanted a sudden, more realistic (albeit set in an unrealistic world, though I wonder if there is anything real sometimes!) ending. And I’m so happy that you liked it. I enjoy your comments and feedback. I wouldn’t have even made this a series if you hadn’t planted that idea in my head. So thank you so much. – Nitin

    1. Hey Andrea. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m a huge fan of your lyrical, descriptive style of writing and so, your words mean a lot to me.

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