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Top Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows in Fall 2017: Your Must-Watch List

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Fall TV is here! And if you love post-apocalyptic stories like we do, then you won’t want to miss a single episode from any of the best end-of-the-world series. So here are the post-apocalyptic shows for this fall that you’ll want to see. (Notice anything we missed? Let us know in the comments at the end of this story.)

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Here are the shows you don’t want to miss, listed in chronological order according to their premieres.

Fear The Walking Dead — Airing Now

Fear the Walking Dead is more than midway through its latest season on AMC. It airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern. Many fans are thinking that Fear might actually be surpassing The Walking Dead in quality. You still have a chance to catch up on the season before it ends and The Walking Dead begins.  Airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Z Nation — Airing Now

Z Nation just started its newest season on Syfy. In fact, Season 4  just premiered Friday night, September 29. So it won’t take you long to catch up if you’re just finding out. Airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The Last Ship — Airing Now But It’s Almost Over

Season 4 of The Last Ship is already airing on TNT! It airs every Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern. (Seems like a lot of the great shows air on Sundays these days.) Unfortunately, the last episode of the season is THIS Sunday. So you might just want binge watch this one.

Extinct – Premiered October 1 on BYUtv

A new post-apocalyptic series by Orson Scott Card (yes, the author of Ender’s Game fame) premiered  Sunday, October 1 on BYUtv at 9 p.m. Eastern. It starts 400 years after the extinction of humanity, when three humans are mysteriously reborn. You can watch it on BYUtv or on BYUtv’s website. Or you can get any BYUtv app and watch the first eight episodes any time you want.

The Walking Dead — Premieres October 22, 2017

Premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern. All I want is for Shiva to live and to jump to that weird twist in the Comic-Con trailer as quickly as possible. I can’t wait!

The Last Man on Earth – Returned Oct. 1 to FOX

Yes, The Last Man on Earth is back (but there are some rumors this might be the show’s last season.) It premiered October 1 on FOX.

Van Helsing – Returns Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern

The world is now dominated by vampires, and humans must work together to survive. When Van Helsing woke up after a five-year coma in a vampire-controlled world, she handled the change pretty well. Season 2 returns to Syfy this Thursday, October 5, at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The Shannara Chronicles – Returns October 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern

The Shannara Chronicles has moved from MTV to Spike (soon to be renamed Paramount Network.) And I’m really interested in seeing how they continue the series after the crazy way Season 1 ended. It’s finally coming back on October 11.

Future Man – Premiering November 14

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Future Man (Hulu)

Future Man premieres November 14 on Hulu. We’re not really sure if this is a partially post-apocalyptic show or if it’s just a show about preventing an apocalypse. So we had to include it! The official synopsis reads: “Follow Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity.” In an interview with Gamespot Hutcherson said: “People play these video games and think it would be fun to go into that video game world. But the truth is…if you’re going into a post-apocalyptic world–it’d be a f***ing nightmare!” So we can’t help but hope for some great post-apoc themes in this series.

The 100 — Not Returning Until Early 2018

The 100

We all love The 100, but it’s a midseason show, so we won’t see it back until early 2018, probably late January to early February. Sorry. 🙁

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 — Possibly Delayed Until 2018

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Ash vs Evil Dead

Sorry if you thought this was starting in the fall of 2017 — most of us did. But sadly, Ash vs. Evil Dead looks like it may not premiere until 2018, according to a story published by Screenrant in August. Season 1 and 2 premiered in October. Star Bruce Campbell said in August that he didn’t know, and it would either premiere in the fall of 2017 or early 2018. Just four days ago, Campbell was saying that Season 3 would be a game-changer, but the premiere date still hadn’t been announced. The show will make an appearance at the New York Comic Con on October 7.

Nano – Premieres Sometime in 2018

This post-apocalyptic series takes place 20 years after a nano-virus ravages the country and survivors live in quarantined zones. It premieres in 2018 on Crackle, a streaming service.

Good Omens – Delayed until 2019

This novel, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, was recently greenlit by Amazon Studios to be turned into a comedy series. It will debut as a six-part series in 2018 on Prime Video, with Gaiman as the showrunner. In this series, the apocalypse is near, the armies of good and evil are gathering, but an angel and demon aren’t liking what’s happening. Meanwhile, the Antichrist is missing.

Snowpiercer TV Series – Not Until 2018 at the Earliest 🙁 

Snowpiercer is coming to TV! The show has already begun casting and the hour-long pilot is being produced by Josh Friedman (Avatar 4 and Sarah Connor Chronicles), along with Marty Adelstein (Prison Break and Teen Wolf). It’s set seven years after the apocalypse. It will air on TNT, likely sometime in 2018.

The Passage on Fox – Now Delayed Until Fall 2019

The Passage is a new post-apocalyptic vampire drama coming to Fox. So if Van Helsing wasn’t enough for you, especially now that The Vampire Diaries went the way of True Blood, then don’t worry — there’s more where that came from. This might just be the best of all of them, though. It’s based on a fantasy trilogy by Justin Cronin and starts out as a government conspiracy before turning into a post-apocalyptic vampire tale. It’s all about a girl named Amy who has to save humanity. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit for this show. Its filming was delayed until after pilot season because the stunning visual effects need more lead time, so shooting is beginning in June. Now they’re reshooting parts, and it’s delayed again until Fall 2019.

    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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