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5 Addictive Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows Like "The 100"

Updated on December 19, 2016
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Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all time favorites are "The Wire", "Breaking Bad", and "The Sopranos."

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“What? Another teen show airing on CW?" That’s what went through my mind as soon as I heard that CW is working on a show called The 100 with teenagers in focus. As it turns out, I was wrong. The show hooked me from the very first episode and didn’t let go.

Before watching, you'd accept the obvious: It’s not trying to be authentic or real. Suspend your disbelief for 40 minutes while you watch, and enjoy the show.

Despite getting off to a slow start, The 100 is in a pretty sweet spot right now with a bright future ahead. If everything goes right, it could end up being the next big thing for CW (Update - It already is). With 3 captivating seasons so far, it's looking to go big with the next one. Those few left on the Earth prepare for the next big battle. And if the recently released teaser is anything to go by, it's going to be a blast.

I for one am totally addicted. If you are like me, you are looking for some other shows like The 100 while waiting for the next season to air. Being a huge fan, I have compiled a list, and without any further ado, let’s take a look at them.

Lost

The plot revolves around a group of plane crash survivors, who are forced to work together when they find themselves stranded on a seemingly deserted island with no help in sight. It starts off as a survival show, but soon blends some sci-fi and fantasy elements. We are introduced to time-travelling, ghosts, smoke monsters, and afterlife not too far down the line.

During its course of 6 seasons, secrets keeps unraveling, unlocking the key to next puzzle. Just when you think you have everything figured out, it surprises you with another layer of mystery, compelling you to stay with it for another few episodes. It's surprising how easily they managed to keep it up for 6 years.Now that show is over, will there ever be anything else that can replace it? Probably not.

Lost is one-of-a-kind, the legacy of which can’t be threatened by any other show. If you love shows like The 100, you will love what Lost has to offer. Just make sure that you have tons of spare time, because once you give a couple of episodes a go, you won't stop. Each seasons comprise of 22 episode, which means you will have to sit through more than 100 episodes.

Battlestar Galatica

““What makes us human?” This show asks this question time and again. Battlestar Galatica is a wonderful sci-fi series, telling a tale of battles between humans and robots for the control of Earth. The roles are reversed; Robots are the ones who display humanity more often than not, fading the differences between men and machines.

If you haven’t watched this show, put your life on pause and go buy it on Amazon. Everything from casting, plot line, and acting have been handled with perfection. The actors did an amazing job of expressing the struggles of life.

At times, I found narrations to be a bit preachy. There were times when it felt as if the people are making childish decisions—a bit too predictable at times. Apart from that, though, everything is as good as it gets. It’s one of the most consistent shows I have ever watched. Give it a shot.

Firefly

Fox has always had an eye for finding talent. Its' just that they have some of the worst executives in the world, notorious for cancelling promising shows. There was no doubt that Firefly was amongst the best of its time. From the cast, acting to a gripping script - everything about it was fascinating.

Firefly is the best example of what can happen to an amazing TV show when you don’t have a good team of executives. It was one of the best sci-fi shows to ever hit the screens, never ceasing to amaze its viewers, and they still managed to screw it up. Fox cancelled the show before it could prosper.

Enough of my ranting. Here is some good news for you; Even though this show was canceled way before it even reached its prime, there is still a lot of meat to chew on. If you're looking for some good shows like The 100, give Firefly a go.

Revolution

The negative reviews this show received were a bit shocking to me. Granted, it’s no The Walking Dead, but it’s not as bad as some reviews would lead you to believe. Revolution was never given the chance it deserved.

The show is based on a future in which governments worldwide have fallen, and there is chaos all around as all electronic devices have mysteriously stopped working. Supplies are scarce, compelling people to form groups if they wanna stay alive. The story picks up when some people decide to delve deep and find out the reason behind the black-out. A pattern of discoveries follow and mystery slowly begins to unravel. Every episode answers a few questions while raising a couple more.

I really loved the drama. There were some characters I loved to hate, and then there were others I pulled for. It’s such a shame that Fox had to cancel it as it never managed to find its audience. Nevertheless, you still have two full seasons of this post-apocalyptic show to enjoy.

Terra Nova

No, Terra Nova is not as good as Jurassic Park, but did you honestly expect it to be? Comparing a big-budget movie to a TV show is not fair. Delivering eye candy is not a point for most of the TV shows anyways. They have to focus on a longer storyline and careful development of characters while maintaining a sense of intrigue so we could turn up in large numbers when the next episode is on air.

I believe this show is criticized for all the wrong reasons. If you give it a shot, don’t be too quick to write it off from your ‘to watch’ list. Even legendary shows like Stargate and Falling Skies got negative reviews in the beginning and went on to break records. Sadly, Terra Nova was not as lucky as those shows. It was cancelled way before it got any chance to prosper and find its audience. Still, I think there is enough content for anyone to enjoy.

Conclusion

Your suggestions are most welcome. Do you think there is a show that must be included in here? Just let me know through the comments section.

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      Jos 16 months ago

      I really like Jericho..pretty good too. I Agree with all your choices.

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      Tina 15 months ago

      All great shows listed! They were cancelled too soon.

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      yuis 13 months ago

      u shouldn't suggested terra nova. It amazing but it stopped producing after season one which left me heart broken :(

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      Lily 12 months ago

      Sticking with the Tribal theme, I found the New Zealand TV show 'The Tribe' was very good! Although a bit dated, as it was an early 2000s series, even now I still find myself hooked. There are 5 series which just get better as they go on. It can be found on youtube.

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      kls 9 months ago

      fringe????

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      Rahul Parashar 9 months ago from Delhi, India

      @Kls I haven't watched it yet.

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      Sam 8 months ago

      The 100 Is the best I finished it In One Week from season 1 and it's amaziiing but lexa's death left me heart broken

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      raymond 7 months ago

      dark matter and stargate universe should be included but the 100 is much better than them i cant wait for the 4th season

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      Jerrika 6 months ago

      Good choices "The 100" is one of the best. I totally agree that "Terra Nova" was not given a chance had it got more seasons it may have surprised people. I personally enjoyed it and was sad that it got cancelled with such a huge cliff hanger.

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      kosmique 4 months ago

      revolution is so very outstanding .... a true shame, i will never understand its cancelation ... i was so deeply in love with revolution .... :(

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      Bob Marley 3 months ago

      Ya I agree the 100 is amazing and I can't wait until season 4

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      Alexis Chacon 3 months ago

      I finished The100 in 6days I can't wait for season 4!

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      James 3 months ago

      I finished The 100 in 2 days lol, absolutely loved it and I'm not much into watching shows or movies.

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      Smarter than you. 3 months ago

      @Bee - Addicting is a word, to be specific its an adjective. The 100 is absolutely amazing, and very addictive. Im still looking for somthing similar.

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      Clexa is the only key;) 2 months ago

      the 100 is the most amazing show ever to be created. I don't know why, but the love between Clarke and Lexa felt so real... I cried when Lexa died because I feel as if i was truly feeling the same emotions as Clarke... I can't wait for season 4.. Btw, I replayed season 3, episode 7 at least 4 times... and I have cried and been satisfied each time every time lol.

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      Non yo business 4 weeks ago

      Try Between or the 4400 or The sparticle mystery

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