The Walking Dead set the bar for shows and movies in the zombie apocalypse genre. The series influenced pop culture throughout its eleven-season run, perpetuating the zombie craze. The Walking Dead universe will continue by way of spinoff series, some of which focus on familiar characters established in the flagship series. But if you are looking for more series within this genre, check out our list of recommendations.
The Last of Us
In 2023, Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us video game) created The Last of Us series for HBO based on the wildly popular video game. The first season,
set in an apocalypse, featured nine episodes following the story of a smuggler tasked with transporting a young girl across the country that has been devestated by a virus. The girl's immunity to the virus could be the key to creating a vaccine for the virus that has been spread worldwide. The first season is based on the 2013 game, and the second will expand the 2020 sequel to the game. The series stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
Another video game adaptation set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland is the high-octane live-action comedy Twisted Metal. Based on Playstation's vehicular combat video game franchise, the series airs on Peacock. The story follows John Doe, a motor-mouthed man suffering from amnesia whose mission is to transport a mysterious package across the country. Aided by a trigger-happy car thief, the pair will encounter vehicles of destruction driven by ruthless marauders and other dangers, including a deranged clown. The series stars Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church, and Joe Senoa as Sweet Tooth, who is voiced by Will Arnett. The series has been renewed for a second season.
While not exactly an apocalyptic theme, From a sci-fi horror that airs on MGM+ and AppleTV is an outstanding series that finds travelers trapped in a small town plagued by nocturnal creatures. The residents, once they realize there is no escape, fight to bring a sense of normalcy to their new lives as they search for a way to escape. The series has received positive reviews and has been renewed for a third season. Harold Perrineau leads the series, which also stars Hannah Cheramy, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Eion Bailey.
The dystopian drama, Silo, was created by Graham Yost (Justified) using the novels by Hugh Howey as source material. The story, set in the future, features a community of the last 10,000 people alive on Earth, who reside in an underground silo comprising 144 levels. Regulations have been set to protect the members from the toxic conditions above ground. The secret to survival is never becoming too curious about what goes on above ground—starring Rebecca Ferguson, Rashida Jones, David Oyelowo, Common, Tim Robbins, Harriet Walter, Avi Nash, and Rick Gomez. The series has been renewed for a second season.
The soapy teen apocalyptic drama Daybreak is a change of pace from other series in the genre. The Netflix original consists of one season and is a fun watch. Based on the comic series by Brian Ralph, Daybreak follows a teenage boy searching for his crush amidst a nuclear wasteland. A nuclear blast killed many people and has turned some adults into "ghoulies," which are this series' zombies. Fans of 80s nostalgia will love the nods to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, including the dad, played by Ferris himself, Matthew Broderick. Colin Ford leads the series