Post-Apocalyptic Movies & TV Shows Like "The Walking Dead"

Updated on May 27, 2018
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It took me four years to finally start watching The Walking Dead. Now that I have watched all the episodes up to season 6, I simply can’t get enough. I have always been a big fan of the horror genre, but this show has taken everything to whole another level. The Walking Dead offers no hope of the world ever getting any better. No one is safe, including the main characters. Zombies are not the only ones one needs to be afraid of. With limited food and resources, chances of getting betrayed by your friends can’t be overlooked.

It’s not about killing off zombies; it’s more about the struggle of survivors to live another day in a brutal post-apocalyptic world. And this is what makes The Walking Dead stand out from a horde of other zombie movies and TV shows out there. Being a huge fan of this series, I have compiled a list of some of the TV shows like The Walking Dead. Check them out.

Being Human

The plot revolves around a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost trying to live in the same house in peace. Of course, nothing ever goes right. There constant struggle to balance their lives while hiding their secrets from the world and from each other is fun to watch. It’s a good mixture of dark satire and tear-jerking drama that hooks you up pretty quickly. While shows like The Vampire Diaries focus on perks of being a supernatural creature, Being Human chooses to focus on their plights, their pain buried deep down inside their hearts.

For example, the ghost is invisible to the world; the Werewolf must turn into a werewolf every month, which is excruciatingly painful; and the vampire must learn to romance ladies he loves without killing them. It’s depressing sometimes, but moments like these make Being Human one of the best TV shows like The Walking Dead.

Being Human trusts their audiences to be mature enough to churn through the cringeworthy content. “What’s right and what’s not?” “What’s the limit?” Don’t be surprised if you find yourself asking these questions.

The show leaves it up to you to decide if what they are doing is justified in a particular circumstance. What if everyone is justified in doing what they do? Who would you root for? It’s a show where bad guys can be the good guys and good guys can turn out to be quite nasty. You be the judge and root for whoever you want.

iZombie – one of the best latest shows like The Walking Dead

iZombie is pretty different from any other traditional TV drama I have ever seen. If you find yourself complaining about the lack of originality in TV shows, you need to sit down and catch up with this show.

The plot revolves around a zombie who is willing to help police in finding out bad guys by eating victim’s brain. As ridiculous as plot may sound, iZombie manages to balance it out between real drama and its inherently ridiculous situations.

While the first season was really intriguing, I suspect it’s not going to be easy to keep audiences engaged with this kind of theme. But let’s leave it up to the writers.

Talking about characters, Rose Mclver really shines in the lead role as a zombie who still is kind of alive and lovable. She may be dead, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor and intelligence, which makes her easy to root for. She comes across as someone who really wants to help people out using her new “powers”. To sum it up, iZombie is one of a kind show like The Walking Dead you shouldn’t miss out on.


I am not giving anything else away. Just watch it if you are looking for some original shows like The Walking Dead.

In The Flesh

Apart from zombies, TWD and In The Flesh don’t share anything else. The show starts off with a completely different view of zombies than what we have seen in other zombie flicks so far.

It raises the question, “what if zombies could be cured?”” Would they be able to live a normal life?” For starters, it puts us in the shoes of a zombie whose humanity has been re-installed with the help of medication. In The Flesh follows our protagonist’s struggle to get accepted as a regular member of society once again as the rehabilitation program doesn’t go as smooth as they would have liked. There is uneasiness and anger amongst the non-suffers as they’d have to live with same people who used to eat flesh not too long ago. And that’s where we come in as viewers to witness the whole integration unfold.

The fact that our protagonist is a zombie makes for a really riveting plot, for we witness his plight and anger from a completely different viewpoint. If you are looking for some unique movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead, you should check out In The Flesh.


28 Days Later

28 days. That’s all it took ‘Rage’ virus to turn the whole Britain into ruins, leaving nearly everyone infected. Those who were infected by this virus became bloodthirsty creatures, killing everyone who is not infected. Civilization is destroyed while those who are still lucky enough to be alive, fight for their lives among frequent raids by infected people.

Does this pot sound familiar to you? Sounds in line with shows like The Walking Dead, right? Then what makes it a classic? It’s a touch of art and a tinge of helplessness that portrays a completely different picture of the zombie apocalypse. There is a lot to show other than gory action-sequences to perfectly describe the state of life in a post-apocalyptic world. That’s not to say that it lacks gore or action, but you’d totally miss the point if you are only focusing on them.

Even if you are a critic of zombie movies, you should give this movie a shot. Yes, there are loopholes in the plot, but that doesn’t weaken a great story in any way.

Fear The Walking Dead – One of the best TV shows like The Walking Dead

AMC has a thing for spin-offs of its successful TV shows. They first did it with Breaking Bad and now The Walking Dead seems to be getting the same treatment. I am not complaining. As long as it maintains the intrigue and suspense like the original show, we don’t have much to complain. There aren’t many quality post-apocalyptic dramas around (looking at you Z Nation), so it’s good that AMC is bringing some more.

We were never really told how the world fell apart in the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead took place one month after the apocalypse – after everything had already fallen to bits and pieces. But what about the starting days? What happened then? How did almost the entire population get infected with this virus? How did the world look like during the start of the end of the world? These are the questions “Fear The Walking Dead” will try to answer when it starts airing sometime in 2015.

Resident Evil series – One of the most iconic series like The Walking Dead

A virus has escaped from secret facility, turning every staff into bloodthirsty creatures and releasing mutated animals they were studying on, into the city. Nearly all the population has been wiped out. Those who have survived are forced to stay together in groups while struggling to live through the next day.

Some people complain about the lack of depth and emotional connection in Resident Evil movies, but that’s the whole point. Focusing on gore and action is what has made this franchise so successful in the past. With last installment releasing sometime in 2016, you have a lot of time to catch up on the story. Don’t miss out on this iconic series if you are looking for some movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead.

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