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Top 5 Best Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows

Updated on May 10, 2016

Post-apocalyptic Popularity

You wake up to find that the world has been taken over by zombies. How will you survive? Where will you go? Nowhere is safe...

Isn't it funny that some people actually enjoy visualizing this exact scenario playing out? People seem to really love a good post-apocalyptic theme when it comes to TV shows, movies, and even books. What is it that intrigues people about this particular genre?

With the rising popularity of post-apocalyptic TV shows, producers and script writers have been scrambling to come up with post-apocalyptic plots that will appeal to the masses. Some people prefer a zombie apocalypse, others are interested in a mutant virus that wipes out the population. No matter what your preference, there is sure to be a post-apocalyptic show for you! I tend to prefer a variety of post-apocalyptic themes rather than being set on any one particular theme.

Here are the top 5 post-apocalyptic TV series that you can get hooked on!

The Walking Dead

Without a doubt one of the most popular post-apocalyptic TV shows over the past few years is AMC's The Walking Dead. This series skyrocketed to the top within it's very first season. People seem to love this zombie apocalypse themed series, which isn't a surprise because it really leaves viewers wondering what is going to happen next. This series is full of twists and turns and keeps people on the edge of their seats week after week!

This series follows a small group who has survived a worldwide zombie apocalypse. The groups doesn't have the best luck, so they tend to find themselves in quite a few sticky situations. The zombie's aren't the only threat to the groups survival...people have gone into survival mode and all rules and laws have been thrown out the door!


I stumbled upon this post-apocalyptic series after signing up for a free month of Netflix a year or so ago. The latest season of The Walking Dead had just ended and I was craving some post-apocalyptic action. I wasn't actually expecting to like this series as much as I did. This is actually a British (BBC) Sci-fi drama, which is probably why it is not as widely known in the U.S., but for hardcore post-apocalyptic fans, it is a must-see!

In this post-apocalyptic series there is a small group of people who have somehow survived a deadly global virus outbreak that took out nearly all of the world's population. The group encounters other groups of thieves, outlaws, etc. who will stop at nothing to get what they want. The only downside is that this series leaves you wondering what happened to the group. The show was cancelled after it's second season, so if you're the type that cannot start a series without finding out what happens in the end, you may want to avoid this series.


Revolution is a uniquely themed post-apocalyptic series. Rather than a zombie apocalypse or devastating deadly virus, this apocalypse was caused by complete loss of electricity across the entire planet, which happened to be the result of a government conspiracy.

This series follows a group of people who are fighting against a tyrant leader who has killed his way to the top. There a lot of twists and turns in this series, and someone in the group may just know how to restore power to the entire world. What I like about this series is that it really makes you wonder what would happen if there was no more electricity and just how much we rely on electricity to keep society in order.

Falling Skies

If you're not a fan of zombies or deadly viruses, maybe an alien invasion is more your speed? There are quite a few people who believe that an alien invasion is highly likely...what do you think?

Falling Skies is a TV series about an alien invasion that has taken over the entire planet. The series follows a relatively large group of people, some are soldiers and some are civilians. The aliens are on the hunt for any leftover humans who have survived the invasion. The group is not only concerned about surviving, but they are also interested in taking down as many of the aliens as they can along the way. So far there are three seasons of this series, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more to come from this hit show.


Most people seem to enjoy Jericho because, as much as we would like to believe otherwise, a post-nuclear apocalypse is a scary reality that could easily happen at any moment. In this series, the town of Jericho is launched into psychological, social, and physical mayhem when a huge mushroom cloud appears in the distance and suddenly all communication and power has shut down.

Unlike some of the other popular post-apocalyptic shows, this series follows an entire town rather than a small group of survivors. However, the town faces some of the same struggles in regards to outlaws and thieves who are after Jericho's precious resources.

Jericho is another series that was canceled despite it's popularity among viewers, so be aware that if you start this series, you will be left wondering what happened to Jericho when you reach the final episode.

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      penislayer 15 months ago

      Team "The 100"

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      Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

      Love your collection here! Have you checked out "The Leftovers" yet? It's a weird one...season 2 is almost over and I'm still not sure what's going on. It takes place after what appears to be a Biblical rapture, although many people believe that it's something else.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I've seen 'The Walking Dead' and 'Jericho' and they were pretty good. It seems that there is a trend with apocalyptic movies and tv series in the last decade. Haven't checked yet your other recommendations but I will as they sound quite interesting!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Thanks for the comment! I actually read about the peanut thing! Too bad they decided to cancel it for good the second time around. I've watched both seasons of The Colony, and they are both great! I think I watched both of them on Netflix, if you're looking to check out the second season you might want to check there.

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      GH Price 4 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub!

      I loved Jericho and wish it hadn't been cancelled. I was one of those crazy people who sent peanuts to CBS to try to get a second season. It totally worked! The Walking Dead is my favorite of the ones you have listed.

      Another show I really liked was a docu-reality type thing on the Discovery Channel about survivors of an apocalypse and how they went about the business of, well, surviving. It was called The Colony and I thought it was really interesting. I think there were two seasons but I've only seen the first one.

      I'll check out the rest of your choices, thanks for the info!