This list does not exclusively feature zombies!
Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan
It feels like a long time has passed between seasons of The Walking Dead, despite the fact that the pandemic threw off the schedule. However, with the start of Season 11, the series’ final season, fans will have to endure even longer gaps between episodes. Why not watch more shows like The Walking Dead instead of repeatedly watching the most recent episode?
More zombie shows, post-apocalyptic shows, horror shows with a strong dramatic bent, and shows made by the same people who make The Walking Dead can be found on this list of great TV series like The Walking Dead to satisfy your hunger for horror and survival drama. They’ll all get you thinking about what you’d do if the world ended tomorrow. No spin-offs are included because they feel like a cheat to include/are more “actually The Walking Dead” than “like The Walking Dead.” (Note: Fear the Walking Dead is not included.)
Interested in seeing what else we recommend you check out? They’re in abundance here! In addition, if you want more recommendations based on your favorite shows, we have those, too.
1. Falling Skies
You’ve already seen how zombies can bring society to its knees; now see how an alien invasion will do the same. For four seasons, TNT’s Falling Skies was a cult favorite while The Walking Dead was a runaway hit on the network from 2011 to 2015. Both are gripping tales of survival, in which small groups of people struggle to find resources like food, water, and shelter, while the greatest danger they face is other humans. This show’s Rick Grimes must figure out why aliens are enslaving human children and what their larger plans are while also dealing with the drama involving his three sons and his feelings for the hottie doctor. Falling Skies has a more traditional plot than The Walking Dead. Tim Surette, author [HBO Max subscribers: check this out]
2. The 100
In terms of tone, The CW’s post-apocalyptic survival drama is closer to The Walking Dead than any other show on television. In terms of mood, moral ambiguity, and a large ensemble cast of beloved characters who could die at any time, it’s right up there with The Walking Dead. The story begins 97 years after the end of the world as we know it, with the sole human survivor now residing aboard The Ark, a space station in orbit.
One hundred juvenile delinquents are sent to Earth to see if the radiation-tainted atmosphere is now habitable when there is an overpopulation issue on the Ark. There are other human survivors besides the kids, and they’ll have to fight for their lives in this strange new world they’ve just discovered. Alycia Debnam-Carey is still better known for her recurring role as Lexa on Seasons 2 and 3 of The 100 than her main role on Fear the Walking Dead, despite the fact that its cult is smaller than that of The Walking Dead. You can see it on Netflix.
3. Z Nation / Black Summer
You get two shows for the price of one on zombies! It was a direct response to The Walking Dead’s seriousness that Syfy created the satiricalZ Nation, a zombie apocalypse comedy that ran from 2014 to 2018. Several years after the apocalypse, a group of survivors travels to California to take care of a man named Murphy (Keith Allan), who received an experimental vaccine and is the only known survivor of a zombie bite. It’s not just his personality that makes Murphy an unwelcome travel companion; he also has a dark secret about his illness. Because of its lower budget, The Walking Dead: The Campy Companion manages to pull off some entertaining action scenes and develop some likeable characters. As soon as you see the zombaby in the pilot, you’ll understand the premise of the show.
The prequel series Black Summer serves as Z Nation’s answer to Fear the Walking Dead, showing the beginning of the zombie apocalypse as an alternative/additional option. While Z Nation and The Walking Dead have a similar style, it’s a lot more like an old-school first-person shooter video game than a television show. It’s a non-stop action flick with little to no story to speak of. Because they don’t share any characters or have a similar vibe, they just take place in the same timeline, so you don’t have to watch Z Nation first. But in their own ways, they’re both incredibly entertaining. You can see it on Netflix.
Taking the zombie horror premise and creatively fusing it with a period piece, this exciting Korean series has a zombie plague ravaging Korea in the early 1600s. You will be introduced to the story of how a young prince finds a plot to kill the prince’s sickly father in order to gain power for himself. He digs deeper and discovers that the plague not only kills its victims, but also resurrects them as zombies. As a result, he and his allies will be forced to fight both the virus and the threat it poses to his dynasty. With historical details and political intrigue mingled with gory horror kills, Kingdom is by far the best zombie show since The Walking Dead debuted. You can see it on Netflix.
Cinemax’s underrated horror series, based on one of Robert Kirkman’s comics and running for two seasons, was created by the same man who created the comic that inspired The Walking Dead. When Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) moves to rural West Virginia, he finds himself an outcast because of the bad luck that has followed him. People in his town have a proclivity to become possessed by evil spirits.
The result of his experience is that now Rev. John Anderson (Philip Glenister) can call on him for help when dealing with demonic possession. Kyle, on the other hand, is haunted by his past and his exorcism methods are divisive. In addition to the strong lead performance by Wrenn Schmidt, the show also features Kate Lyn Sheil, Brent Spiner, and Reg E. Cathey, who died tragically in the process of filming. Fans of The Walking Dead will recognize the darkness and the Southern setting. In the end, it would have been more popular if it was on Netflix rather than Cinemax. It’s to be hoped that WarnerMedia will make it available on HBO Max as quickly as possible. The film is available for viewing on Cinemax and Hulu via the Cinemax add-on.
The anthology series on the horror-focused streaming service Shudder is all about special effects makeup maestro Greg Nicotero’s creepy creations from The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead director and executive producer Greg Nicotero is the showrunner for Creepshow, a streaming television reboot of the Stephen King-penned and George Romero-directed cult classic anthology film from the 1980s. Each of the six episodes of this creepy show contains something that will make you say out loud “That’s just plain disgusting. It really appeals to me.” Even though it’s a more laid-back show than The Walking Dead, it’s no less brutal. [View on Shockoid]
7. The Haunting of Hill House
The Walking Dead has zombies, but in Mike Flanagan’s horror hit, the most terrifying monsters are people. Anthology series “Shadowlands” loosely adapted Shirley Jackson’s classic novel and turned it into a drama about the Crains, who have lost both their mother Olivia (Carla Gugino) and their youngest daughter Nell (Victoria Pedretti), who died 26 years apart but both as a result of the horrors they experienced at Hill House. After a long separation, the siblings and their father are reunited, and old wounds are reopened along with new and old terrors.
While it appears to be a horror series, The Walking Dead is actually a family drama, and its strength comes from how well it develops our sympathy for its central family before ripping our hearts out in the process. As a family drama with zombies, Fear the Walking Dead began as a spin-off of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but by Season 4, it had shifted into a different, more Western-influenced mode. In addition to The Haunting of Hill House from Season 2, you should see The Haunting of Bly Manor from Season 2.
8. Into the Badlands
Even if your favorite part of The Walking Dead is seeing characters get brutally murdered in horrifying ways, that’s perfectly fine. You can’t have a show without that element! There is more blood per episode in Into the Badlands than on The Walking Dead. After running from 2015 to 2019, this martial arts action series on AMC was underrated, but now that it’s all available on Netflix, more people will be able to discover it and enjoy its dazzling fight choreography, vibrant color scheme, and clever post-apocalptic world-building as they once did on AMC.
After America has fallen and feudal barons rule the Badlands, a warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) is forced to flee his comfortable life when he meets a mysterious boy from another place who may hold the key to Sunny’s own dark past. They embark on a perilous quest for the truth together. Gorehounds will salivate over the stylized martial arts violence in Into the Badlands, which also features magic and mystery. To be sure, the tone is very different from The Walking Dead, but there’s a reason why AMC picked it up at the height of The Walking Dead’s fame. Both shows take genre conventions and turn them on their heads.
9. The Rain
This one will necessitate the use of subtitles, but rest assured that the experience will be worthwhile. This Danish television series, The Rain, depicts a world infected with a virus that is spread through rain. Most people in Scandinavia, the setting of the show, have perished from the disease, but two siblings who hid in a bunker for six years managed to survive. As a result, they join forces with another group of survivors in search of a quarantine zone in order to find their father. The third season of the show has already been released on Netflix, so you don’t have to worry about being left hanging. Lindsay MacDonald, author You can see it on Netflix.