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7 Addictive Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic Tv Shows Like "The 100" (Unsual Suggestions)

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 Series Are Like The 100?

“What? Another teen show airing on the CW?" That’s what went through my mind as soon as I heard that the CW was working on a show called The 100 with teenagers as the main characters. And as it turned out, I was wrong. The show hooked me from the very first episode.

Despite getting off to a slow start, The 100 is in a pretty sweet spot right now. With five captivating seasons so far, it's looking to go big with the next one.

I am totally addicted! If you are like me, you are looking for some other shows like The 100 while waiting for the next season. Let's take a look.

Six Best Sci-Fi Shows Similar to 'The 100'

  1. Lost
  2. Battlestar Galactica
  3. Firefly
  4. Revolution
  5. Terra Nova
  6. Colony
  7. Snwopiercer
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1. Lost

The plot revolves around a group of plane crash survivors. They 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 travel, ghosts, smoke monsters, and the afterlife as the show goes on.

During its course of six seasons, secrets kept unraveling only to reveal more puzzles. Just when you think you had everything figured out, it surprised 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 six years. Now that the show is over, will there ever be anything else that can replace it? Probably not.

Lost is one-of-a-kind. It has a legacy that 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. There are a total of 121 episodes.

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2. 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 you may expect are reversed; robots are the ones who display humanity more often than not, obscuring the differences between man and machine.

If you haven’t watched this show, put your life on pause and go buy it on Amazon. Everything from the cast, 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 were making childish decisions. It was a bit too predictable at times. Apart from that, everything was as good as it gets. It’s one of the most consistent shows I have ever watched. Give it a shot.

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3. Firefly

Fox has always had an eye for finding talent. It's just that they have had some of the worst executives in the world; they are notorious for cancelling promising shows. There was no doubt that Firefly was amongst the best of its time. From the cast, acting, and gripping script, everything about the series 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. They somehow 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.

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4. Revolution

The negative reviews this show received were a bit shocking to me. Granted, it’s not 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 where 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 want to stay alive. The story picks up when some people decide to try to find out the reason behind the black-out. A pattern of discoveries follow and the 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 NBC 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.

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5. 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 the point for most TV shows anyway. They have to focus on a longer storyline and the careful development of characters while maintaining a sense of intrigue. The goal is to get audiences to turn up in large numbers when the next episode airs.

I believe this show was criticized for all the wrong reasons. If you give it a shot, don’t be too quick to write it off from your viewing 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 canceled way before it got the chance to prosper and find its audience. Still, I think there is enough content for anyone to enjoy.

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6. Colony

Colony is a unique dystopian series. It takes the premise of a future controlled by a police state and and gives it a twist; the brutal regime in control is an invading alien force. The series follows Will Bowman (played by Lost alumni Josh Holloway) as he searches for his missing son. As a former member of the US Army and FBI, he is forced to help the regime hunt down members of a resistance group. He eventually becomes a member of the these freedom fighters.

This series stands out for taking familiar historical events, such as colonization and Axis occupation during World War II, and giving them a sci-fi twist. It is a pretty effective way to provoke thoughts on history as well as compare them to similar events occurring today. The setting and characters may not be the most original, but the narrative is very engaging. It's a shame that the show only lasted three seasons. There was definitely quality entertainment during its run.

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7. Snowpiercer

Based on the 2013 movie of the same name, Snowpiercer takes place after the events of the movie. Though it's not necessary to watch the flick, You'd understand the story and characters better if you watch it first.

The world is a desolate place, a frown wasteland where nothing ever survives, except for the few lucky souls riding a train that never stops. Back when everything was normal, nobody would believe that this project would ever succeed, but the train has proved them wrong with its' flawless record of over 7 years. Since that time, it has never stopped running, for stopping would mean everyone's death. There have been a few revolutions here and there, mostly by tailies (those living in the last bogies of the train), but it's been a smooth ride for the most part.

Things, however, turn sour when the talk of the next revolution beings making circulation. It's not only the inner turmoil they need to worry about; there's a much larger threat looming around the corner outside - something they'll inevitably face.

Cast of 'The 100'

The biggest strength of these shows is their large ensemble casts. It allows for more in-depth storytelling as character development and relationships can be easily intertwined with the progression of the narrative. Here is a look at the main cast of The 100.

  • Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin: Clarke asserts herself as the leader of the 100 after they are dropped on Earth to test the viability of the air. She is willing to use ruthless tactics to ensure the safety of her people.
  • Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake: Bellamy is a co-leader of the 100. He is very protective of his sister; he willingly shot at the chancellor so he could be shipped to Earth along with her.
  • Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake: Octavia is an outcast on the Ark since they have a strict one-child policy. She is the first of the group to actually set foot on Earth. She is somewhat troublesome for her rebellious nature.
  • Christopher Larkin as Monty Green: Monty is a valuable asset thanks to being a technological genius and being knowledgeable about pharmaceuticals.
  • Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes: Raven is a prodigy as a zero-gravity mechanic. She is able to escape from the Ark in pod and reach Earth.
  • Richard Harmon as John Murphy: John is one of the few actual criminals who were banished to Earth. He has his conflicts with the group but eventually develops into something of a leader and abandons his cruel ways.
  • Isaiah Washington as Thelonious Jaha: Jaha is a former chancellor of the Ark. He leads a group of followers to find a co-called city of light.
  • Henry Ian Cusick as Marcus Kane: Kane is one of the councilors of the Ark. He was initially in favor of population control, but he changed his viewpoints when he saw Earth was a viable home.

Conclusion

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

Comments

Surya on August 29, 2020:

I watched the 100 all seasons in just a week and I hope Lexa cum trikru must back so that the show could be complete. Loved the role as Lexa

Maggie on June 25, 2020:

My addiction to the 100 is quite strong. I watched 6 seasons in maybe a week. I haven’t been this obsessed with something in a while and I keep trying to find a new thing to watch to tide me over during the week. The problem is that I’ve watched pretty much every sci-fi tv show.

AJ on January 27, 2020:

I have just finished watching all 6 seasons of the 100 and i must say i'm a little heart-broken now that its coming to its end. I cannot wait for season 7 to come out but why not season 7 8 9 10 .....???

nathaniel on December 03, 2019:

i just watch season 1 to 6 of the 100 and i cant wait for season 7 to come out i hate to wait but for a good show you have to wait.

Ezra on November 27, 2019:

Its so cool this article was so recent I just thought id come searching for a show like the 100 around the same time

Josh on October 28, 2019:

Best show keep more series coming out

Taylor on August 13, 2019:

Cant wait for season 7 of the 100 i think its 1 of the best series iv'e watched i just finished season 6 yesterday (i wont give any spoilers)

Dave on August 03, 2019:

The 100. I watched season 1 through 5 in 2 days on Netflix. What a show. May wife and I cant wait for the next show of season 6. There's only one left this year. BUT, its on for season 7 2020. I cant believe they canceled Colony. Sad. I just watched the 4400. Awesome! Couldn't stop watching. Thanks for the heads up for the Revolution. I'll check it out. Top advice, Get bed ready, large pillows, food so you want have to go any where and watch the 100..

Alex on January 25, 2019:

Jericho was the best but I feel the 100 beats it

CravingMender9 on October 11, 2018:

+1 to Jericho. That was one show that should have continued. Must watch if you like The 100.

DRMikkelsen on September 21, 2018:

Jericho is a good season and a quarter, don't know why they canceled it...it's on Netflix.

taijia on August 24, 2018:

if you like the 100 watch 3% its sooo good or ozark right now im watching dark matter and im only on episode 2 and i was hooked within seconds of episode 1 and lost in space is really good as well

Adam on August 18, 2018:

the 100 is sooo good , cannot wait till season 6!!@!@!@!@!@!@

Donna Wofford on August 18, 2018:

The movie to be added is TOMOROWS PEOPLE

Sokki on August 15, 2018:

The 100.... the best and most addictive so far.. love it

vicky on August 14, 2018:

the best ever the 100 and iam one among them

love ......this series

Travis on July 04, 2018:

Yeah, I too echo the sentiments of other commentators in that "The 100" is very addicting indeed. I don't often watch a T.V. series on anything. The first series (Lost) you mentioned, I've already seen. In fact when I was watching "The 100" I felt they were a few similarities. "Others" instead of "Grounders", both are in the woods or jungle, both set up camps, have powered buildings.

Weiss403 on July 01, 2018:

Colony is another good one!

Clarke Covington on June 12, 2018:

I love the 100 for two reasons it’s good and i have the same name as one of the characters.I’m ready for season five to come out on Netflix. I can’t finding another show I like.I saw a few clips of season five and they have a new enemy. More people from everyone space leade by criminals and a terrorist. Bellamy and Clarke do reunite but Bellamy says with Echo which I think I terrible becouse Echo tried to kill Octavia. I have shipped Bellamy and Clarke trombone episode one. I’m waiting for the show to come out on me Netflix. I really refuse to watch on CW. Only because I love to binge watch the 100.

Joyce on June 07, 2018:

Yes, all of these were truly great shows, but, I don't understand why most of them was cancelled. This is one of the things I hate hollywood right now, because they have some truly excellent shows and then they cancel them. I've seen all of these shows and loved all of them. Apparently I'm not alone in how I feel, so, why are all the good shows being cancelled?????

Rahul Parashar (author) from Delhi, India on May 26, 2018:

The CW

Sharon Trent on May 24, 2018:

What net work does the show 100 air on

Amberly on May 24, 2018:

Falling skies was pretty Good too

Pathum on May 03, 2018:

I love the 100 .. ! and i suggest STRANGER THINGS is very beautiful Sci-fi Series I have ever watched.. plz add this super tv series to this list.

Why? on April 10, 2018:

I love the 100 it is my favorite show and I can't wait for season 5. The first episode of season 5 ( Eden) airs April 24 2018!!!!!!!!

k0chana on April 09, 2018:

Best. Show. Hands. Down. I agree with everyone else, I hope they never end it cuz I'll never be sick of it. Some other good shows to consider would be The OA , The Returned , 4400 , Santa Clarita Diet, and iZombie. There's others but I don't want to bore anyone

The 100 lover on March 14, 2018:

This show is my life!!! I've been searching for others like it now that I am done with it. Help!

Caden on February 22, 2018:

I can’t wait for season 5 of the 100 to come out and I hope they make like at least 15 seasons that’s how good the show is and I wish that they make it so Clarke and Bellamy start dateing

David on February 19, 2018:

I absolutely love the 100 and i liked terranova but i can't wait for season 5 to come out for the 100

. on February 10, 2018:

dont't get me wrong, I absolutely love the 100, however i feel like the entire show is the same thing over again. it's basically just them making and aliance with the grounders and then them attacking each other again.

Jack on January 24, 2018:

There’s a show on Netflix that’s pretty good it’s called Between

David Genesis on January 20, 2018:

The 100 is a childish show where only the people that are good looking survive!! The U.S could take a page from the TRUE TV genius the U.K!! Where script and acting ability comes first NOT model good looks!!

paul on January 15, 2018:

The problem is I watched Lost already that's how I found out about the 100. And now I am trying to find a show similar to the 100.

Sandra M. on December 17, 2017:

I just watched the first episode it's absolutely amazing. My friend recommended so now I'm gonna watch the 100 till season five of course! I came upon this article searching up more shows like this.

Shae on December 14, 2017:

The 100 is probably the best show ive ever watched. In fact, in one day, i wached 12 episodes. very adicting.

Melody on December 02, 2017:

I looooove the 100 it is my favorite tv show of all time, and I got addicted to it fast, it isn't like other shows I got addicted to before. I am very excited for season 5, but I want to watch other shows to keep me entertained while I wait for season 5. Do you have any other recommendations beside these? I think I might start with lost or revolution.

cineprostudios on November 28, 2017:

Never been attached to TV shows until the100.....well except for Stranger Things, that was equally addicting.

Yasmin on November 27, 2017:

Loved Terra Nova had such a great plot but they could've done more since Steven Spielberg did direct it. The 100 is a great till season 3 when they started killing off characters and some major characters became useless. Anyway I think imam watch revolution.

chirchir on November 04, 2017:

revolution is something ,, i must say

Tor on September 30, 2017:

Terranova??? really?? is was a total fail and only got 13 episodes. Yes i liked it but why add something that was scrapped?

Juan lol on September 17, 2017:

I ❤️ The 100 I can't wait for season 5

Mari on August 20, 2017:

I also loved The 100 and cannot wait for season 5. In the meantime, if you are looking for SciFi or futuristic-like shows I recommend Westworld, iZombie and the third season of Black Mirror.

Kris on June 25, 2017:

I loved the show The 100 because of the survival, I was heartbroken when Finn died because he was one of my favorite characters

Julie on June 20, 2017:

I love shows such as the vampire diaries, teen wolf, lost, etc. I just recently watched the 100 and fell in love with it. Very sad that season 5 won't be coming till 2018. I need more suggestions to shows similar to the 100!!!

India on June 20, 2017:

Under the dome can go on this list too :)

Dewbear312 on June 11, 2017:

Love the series but terrible ending

Qwerty on June 04, 2017:

I want a season 5 of the 100 not other shows. i finished all 4 seasons on Netflix within 1 month and now I'm left heart broken without season 5. Lexas death broke me but now I want bellimey and clarck to get together

some guy on June 01, 2017:

I've watched most of the big time tv series; lost, breaking bad, walking dead, etc and nothing comes close to my addiction to "the 100". The writing and character development is to die for, this show is extremely under-rated. Hopefully we get a good 10 seasons :)

Imane on May 24, 2017:

iZombie, the Shannara Chronicles, and if you really have nothing to watch maybe 3%, but i wouldn't really recommend that.

And yes, Terra Nova deserves more attention than it got.

Bianca on May 06, 2017:

I love the 100 and am rooting for belle my and Clarke to get together. Terra nova and the 100 are by far the best shows ever

Luca on April 15, 2017:

The 100!!!

Amy on April 11, 2017:

The 100 is by far the best show I have ever seen. I'm a huge TWD fan but nothing compares to The 100. I wish this show would go on forever. I was upset to see Lincoln go and I am rooting for Clarke and Bellamy to hook up.

Non yo business on February 21, 2017:

Try Between or the 4400 or The sparticle mystery

Clexa is the only key;) on January 18, 2017:

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.

Smarter than you. on December 20, 2016:

@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.

James on December 16, 2016:

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

Alexis Chacon on December 12, 2016:

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

Bob Marley on December 06, 2016:

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

kosmique on November 17, 2016:

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

Jerrika on September 08, 2016:

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.

raymond on August 26, 2016:

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

Sam on July 05, 2016:

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

Rahul Parashar (author) from Delhi, India on June 07, 2016:

@Kls I haven't watched it yet.

kls on June 06, 2016:

fringe????

Lily on March 05, 2016:

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.

yuis on February 15, 2016:

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

Tina on December 22, 2015:

All great shows listed! They were cancelled too soon.

Jos on November 06, 2015:

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