Isn’t Nordic-Noir one of our favorite genres? This genre, which features desolate settings and melancholy protagonists, is currently popular in the entertainment industry. What happens, then, when a post-apocalyptic virus pandemic is thrown into the mix? Isn’t this a gloomy setting for an even gloomier theme? But it’s still a favorite of ours, which is why this category is so popular.
The Rain, a fascinating post-apocalyptic series, delves into this harsh combination.
Five years after a deadly virus-infected rainstorm wipes out most of Scandinavia, two young survivors emerge from a bunker. After learning that civilization as we know it has ended, these two Danish siblings join forces with a group of other young survivors to search for any signs of life that may still exist. They must also decide on a safe haven where they can live together in peace and harmony. During this perilous and exhausting journey, the young people learn that despite society’s liberation from previous societal norms, they must still deal with typical adolescent issues like coming of age and peer pressure. However, the siblings must also locate their father in order to learn whether or not he has the last word on the deadly pandemic.
We’ll start with some equally creepy and bizarre titles if you’ve already binge-watched the entire series. Here is our pick for the best shows that are similar to ‘The Rain’. Several of these shows, such as ‘The Rain,’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
10. Valkyrien (2017-)
What do you get when Nordic-noir and medical horror mix? In this case, the answer should be ‘Valkyrien. We meet a disillusioned doctor who works in an illegal makeshift hospital near an Oslo metro station in this 2017 Norwegian show. Dr. Ravn Eikanger treats patients (mostly criminals) who are unable to access treatment in a traditional hospital setting. His research into a cure for his dying wife is being funded by this clandestine clinic while this is going on.
9. Survivors (2008-10)
‘Survivors,’ which debuted in 2008, is not a remake of Terry Nation’s 1975–1977 BBC television series of the same name. It’s based on the novel of the same name that Nation wrote after the show’s first season ended in the 1970s. When the “European Flu” pandemic hits, a group of ordinary citizens must band together to stay alive. There is no longer any law and order in society. And the survivors have to fight every day in order to survive and be self-sufficient in hostile environments.
8. The Strain (2014-17)
In ‘The Strain,’ Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan adapt their eponymous trilogy of novels. The infected show many similarities to an ancient and evil strain of vampireism after contracting a viral infection in New York. When a plane is discovered with all of its passengers dead inside, Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Canary Team, is called in. As the problem worsens, Goodweather will have to form an army and go to war to save the human race.
7. Zoo (2015-17)
Zoo, on the other hand, isn’t about imposing lions and endearing giraffes enclosed in bars. The story revolves around violent, enormous, and extraordinarily strong infected animals. This movie adaptation of James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s novel, Zoo, features everything from vampires to blood-sucking animals. In this story, a team of experts looks into the strange case of virus-infused animals attacking people all over the world.
6. Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015-18)
The next film on our list is Sam Raimi’s ‘Ash vs Evil Dead,’ a prequel to the ‘Evil Dead’ series. The story follows Ash Williams as he battles the “Deadlite” plague in a prequel to the events depicted in the parent series, with Bruce Campbell as his protagonist Ash Williams. Pablo and Kelly have joined him in his quest to save humanity from extinction. He must now fight against all odds.
5. Jordskott (2015-)
Seven years after her daughter Josefine went missing, police detective Eva Thörnblad returns to her hometown of Silverhöjd in this Swedish series. In light of the fact that her corpse had never been found, the police concluded that she had perished in the lake where she had last been observed. After Eva returns, however, and another boy goes missing, Eva begins to see similarities between the two cases. As the investigation continues, it appears that these mysterious disappearances are connected in some way to the mystical forces vying to protect the nearby forests.
4. The 100 (2014-)
Almost everyone on Earth died out a century ago during a nuclear Armageddon. A group of stragglers has taken up residence in a space station orbiting the planet. ‘The 100,’ a group of juvenile prisoners, is sent back to Earth to see if the ship is habitable when it becomes overcrowded. However, things are not as they seem. These kids are in for a lot of surprises along the way. Can they now make it? And what lengths will they go to keep themselves alive in such hostile conditions?
3. The Last Ship (2014-18)
‘The Last Ship,’ based on William Brinkley’s 1988 novel of the same name, premiered on June 22, 2014, and ran for five seasons, ending on November 11, 2018.
An epidemic that kills over 80% of the world’s population forces a team of 218 people aboard a U.S. Navy missile destroyer to race against time to discover a cure and save the human race from extinction.
To begin, the Naval Destroyer Nathan James and scientist Rachel Scott are dispatched on a research mission to the Arctic by the United States Navy. When they are attacked by a group of men, Commander Tom Chandler confronts Rachel and demands an explanation. A deadly viral pandemic has broken out, and the only place to find a cure for it is in the Arctic, according to her. As a result, the group was dispatched to this location. Almost everyone in the US government is dead, as Chandler discovers when he tries to contact President Obama via phone. In order to ensure the future of the planet, the new President informs him that he must safeguard Rachel. However, because so many others are eager for the cure as well, Chandler’s team will have their work cut out for them.
2. Containment (2016)
‘Containment,’ on the other hand, is about what happens after an epidemic sweeps through Atlanta. Those confined inside are fighting for their lives now that the majority of the city has been quarantined. As a result of this, lovers are torn apart, close friends and family members become estranged, society changes under pressure, and unlikely people emerge as heroes. From April 19 to July 19 of last year, CW aired a limited series adapted from Belgian television series Cordon. Julie Plecand served as executive producer. It’s directed by David Nutter and features a large ensemble cast, including both leading and supporting roles played by a variety of actors. This show’s episodes can be found here.
1. Falling Skies (2011-17)
The science fiction series ‘Falling Skies’ aired on TNT from 2011 to 2015. There is a small group of survivors who must band together in order to escape an alien invasion of Boston. Neither power nor technology remain after this apocalyptic event. Over 90% of the population has perished. Noah Wyleas plays the show’s protagonist in Robert Rodat’s creation, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.