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

Updated on May 29, 2018
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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.'

What are some shows like The 100?

“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. And 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 three 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.

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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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      Travis 

      12 days ago

      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.

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      Weiss403 

      2 weeks ago

      Colony is another good one!

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      Clarke Covington 

      4 weeks ago

      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.

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      Joyce 

      5 weeks ago

      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?????

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      Rahul Parashar 

      7 weeks ago from Delhi, India

      The CW

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      Sharon Trent 

      7 weeks ago

      What net work does the show 100 air on

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      Amberly 

      7 weeks ago

      Falling skies was pretty Good too

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      Pathum 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Why? 

      3 months ago

      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!!!!!!!!

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      k0chana 

      3 months ago

      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

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      The 100 lover 

      4 months ago

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

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      Caden 

      4 months ago

      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

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      David 

      4 months ago

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

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      5 months ago

      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.

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      Jack 

      5 months ago

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

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      David Genesis 

      5 months ago

      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!!

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      paul 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      Sandra M. 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Shae 

      7 months ago

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

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      Melody 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      cineprostudios 

      7 months ago

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

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      Yasmin 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      chirchir 

      8 months ago

      revolution is something ,, i must say

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      Tor 

      9 months ago

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

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      Juan lol 

      10 months ago

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

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      Mari 

      11 months ago

      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.

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      Kris 

      12 months ago

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

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      Julie 

      13 months ago

      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!!!

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      India 

      13 months ago

      Under the dome can go on this list too :)

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      Dewbear312 

      13 months ago

      Love the series but terrible ending

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      Qwerty 

      13 months ago

      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

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      some guy 

      13 months ago

      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 :)

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      Imane 

      13 months ago

      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.

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      Bianca 

      14 months ago

      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

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      Luca 

      15 months ago

      The 100!!!

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      Amy 

      15 months ago

      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.

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      Non yo business 

      17 months ago

      Try Between or the 4400 or The sparticle mystery

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      Clexa is the only key;) 

      18 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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      Smarter than you. 

      19 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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      James 

      19 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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      Alexis Chacon 

      19 months ago

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

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      Bob Marley 

      19 months ago

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

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      kosmique 

      20 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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      Jerrika 

      22 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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      raymond 

      23 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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      Sam 

      2 years 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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      Rahul Parashar 

      2 years ago from Delhi, India

      @Kls I haven't watched it yet.

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      kls 

      2 years ago

      fringe????

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      Lily 

      2 years 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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      yuis 

      2 years 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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      Tina 

      2 years ago

      All great shows listed! They were cancelled too soon.

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      Jos 

      2 years ago

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

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