Brazilian web television dystopian thriller “3 percent” debuted in 2016 on Netflix. “The Process” is about 20-year-old impoverished “Inland” residents who have one chance to complete it and reach the affluence of the far-off “Offshore” society. The series was created by Pedro Aguilera and takes place in an unknown future. However, only “3 percent” of the unsuccessful candidates make it to the next round, as some are eliminated entirely.
The show’s narrative complexity and thematic allegories exploring the future, survival and biological catastrophes have gotten rave reviews. It’s enhanced by the actors’ performances, who bring clarity to the tone and plot. There was a second season of “3 percent” released on June 7, 2019, and a third season was ordered in 2016. For this article, I considered shows that use dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction to further the narrative. That said, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite shows that are similar to ‘3 percent. Several of these shows, such as ‘3 percent,’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
9. The Rain (2018 – )
A Netflix production by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo, ‘The Rain’ is a Danish post-apocalyptic series. Siblings Simone and Rasmus take refuge in a bunker after a rain-borne virus wipes out nearly all of Scandinavia’s human population. When they emerge from hiding six years later, they are on the lookout for their father, a scientist by trade who abandoned them in the bunker under the pretext of saving them but never returned to reunite them. Together, they travel across Denmark and Sweden, looking for a safe haven and the siblings’ father, who may have answers and a cure for the disease. A lot of people love the writing and character development on this show. There will be a second season of ‘The Rain,’ which premiered on May 17th, 2019.
8. Altered Carbon (2018)
Due to its inherent focus on the tone and visual aesthetics, ‘Altered Carbon’ can easily deviate from the substance in order to focus on the styles. Even so, the creators are well aware of this and have combined the elements to come up with an interesting work of fiction. Based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, ‘Altered Carbon’ takes place in a future where people’s minds have been digitized and stored. In the future, a prisoner reincarnates in a new body and is forced to solve a bizarre murder in order to gain his long-sought freedom.. In 2018, a Netflix original series adaptation of the novel by Greek screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis premiered. Cyberpunk and Neo-noir themes like artificial intelligence and technology are explored. Aesthetic and narrative complexity have both been praised for the show.
7. Jericho (2006-2008)
The story is set in a small Kansas town when a massive mushroom cloud appears over nearby Denver, Colorado. ‘Jericho’ follows the residents as they try to figure out what happened and how to survive after the blast. After premiering in 2006 with co-creators Stephen Chbosky, Josh Schaer, and Jonathan E. Steinberg, ‘Jericho’ only lasted two seasons due to low viewership. The show’s inventive premise and commendable execution, on the other hand, have received positive reviews since then.
6. The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – )
It is set in the future after the Second American Civil War in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale. Future totalitarian societies will enslave fertile women, known as “Handmaids,” to bear children as a condition of their servitude. The show is based on the 1985 dystopian novel of the same name by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ does a masterful job of translating a literary story into a visual one.
Written and produced by Bruce Miller, the show has received critical acclaim, primarily for the lead actors’ performances, particularly Elisabeth Mossas, who won the Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role as the protagonist. Furthermore, the show’s writing is faultless, and the literary stylistics are skillfully adapted to the television format. Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a critical approval rating of 94%. Although the series’ popularity has waned (the second episode scored an average of 89 percent, while the third scored an average of 76 percent), its accuracy cannot be disputed.
5. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )
The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel by Philip K. Dick, published in 1962, that was adapted for television by writer and producer Frank Spotnitz. The show is set in a dystopian America ruled by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It’s there that Alexa Davalos’s Juliana Crain, a young woman determined to bring down totalitarian regimes, finds a strange film. The premise of the show piques interest, and the execution more than satisfies that interest. According to Matt Fowler of IGN, the show has “a superb, frightening experience filled with unexpected twists and (some sci-fi) turns.” for its descriptive narrative.
4. Black Mirror (2011 – )
Anthology series created by Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror” explores the wonders and perils of high-tech as it affects humanity at levels we can’t fathom, leading to fascinating but occasionally horrifying outcomes. It is not a dystopian novel, but several episodes do explore the near-future in this show. It interweaves ideas about technology and how it interacts with people. The anthology has gotten good reviews and won a few awards for its efforts. In addition to the fourth season, which premiered in June of 2019, the show’s critical success has spawned a standalone film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018).
3. Samurai Jack (2001-2017)
With allegories and themes derived from Akira Kurusawa’s narrative structure and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western cinema, Russian animator Genndy Tartakovsky created ‘Samurai Jack.’ Jack follows a Japanese Samurai who travels through time to a dystopian future where the cruel shape-shifting demon “Aku” rules. The show is a mix of dystopian fiction and science fantasy. To stop Aku from destroying the entire world, Jack must travel back in time and defeat him before he has a chance to do so. The series debuted on Cartoon Network in 2001 and ran for five seasons before airing its final episode twelve years later, in 2017 on Cartoon Network. The visual aesthetics and internal writing of ‘Samurai Jack’ have received positive reviews. To date, it’s been rated as one of the best animated shows of all time, with eight Primetime Emmys, six Annie Awards, and an OIAF Award to its credit
2. Westworld (2016 – )
Westworld is a science fiction western with dystopian elements set in the not too distant future. Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 novel “Westworld,” which Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy co-created and adapted, this show takes place in the Wild West-themed amusement park known as Westworld, which is home to android hosts. The park offers services to high-paying visitors who can indulge in their wildest fantasies without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who have been programmed to be unable to harm humans. The writing is tense, and the actors deliver disturbing performances, so the show is quite disturbing. “Westworld” has been praised for its visuals, performances, and the aforementioned coherence in writing since the show’s debut. It debuted in 2016 on HBO and will conclude in 2020 with the release of the third season.
1. Firefly (2002–2003)
A group of humans is in a new star system in 2517 when the space western drama ‘Firefly’ takes place. The show focuses on the exploits of the crew of the “Firefly-class” spaceship Serenity, a group of renegades. ‘Firefly’ was developed by Joss Whedon, who later went on to create ‘Avengers’ (2012) and ‘Age of Ultron’ (2015). The show speculates on how humanity will change and interact with technology in the future. It was abruptly cancelled after one season, despite critical acclaim. Firefly developed a cult following as a result of this.