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The Top 10 Post Apocalyptic TV Shows on Netflix – 2019 Edition

Top 10 TV Shows on Netflix 2019

Netflix currently has 29 different post apocalyptic TV shows you can watch right now on instant streaming. Below you'll find our list of the top ten post apocalyptic TV shows you can watch right now followed by an indiscriminate list of every TV show in the post apocalyptic genre that Netflix has available to stream. We cast a wide net so dystopia, end of the world, alien invasion, and robot uprising - it's all fair game.

Below you'll find:

(1) the Top 10 Post Apocalyptic TV Shows you can watch right now on Netflix followed by

(2) an indiscriminate list of all the TV Shows in the post apocalyptic genre that Netflix has available.


 

Intro to the 2019 List

In between our 2017 and 2019 lists, Netflix dropped about 50 out of 58 post apocalyptic movies from the platform. In that time, they also added about 52 new movies, bringing the total to an impressive 60 on-demand post apocalyptic movies. That is a very high amount of turnover. But Netflix does not have the same philosophy when it comes to TV shows.

From the time we began making this list several years ago, Netflix has only removed 18 TV series from their catalog and between 2017 and 2019, only one of our top ten has been removed.  In addition, while Netflix has allowed their post apocalyptic movie category to languish with b-rated titles, they continue to stream quality critically acclaimed hits on the TV side of things. Many of which are currently running series.

This list was made on February 13 2019, and I'll keep it updated all year long, so if you see something good on Netflix that I don't have; Please leave us a comment below or send us a message through email or use the web form on our Tips page (whatever floats your boat) so we can add it to the list. And feel free to come back to this page periodically to see a current list until the 2020 list is published.


rick and young carl aka coral shoot a gun

6

Seasons

83

Episodes

2010

Debut

Keeping the top spot from last year (and the year before that), AMC’s The Walking Dead is the best post apocalyptic TV series on Netflix. The best seasons are the newest seasons, no doubt about it, thought the series did lose momentum somewhere in season two and three, it is now running full speed ahead.


a blond girl leads a group of warriors

5

Seasons

71

Episodes

2014

Debut

When earth is covered in deadly radiation, people launched orbiting space ships to live in until the radiation died down. When supplies in space run out before the earth is safe, an expedition of 100 child-criminals are sent to the earth on a lark to see if it's survivable down there. The 100 starts from there, and has a really solid story.

Still in second place, The 100 is a phenomenon - a huge hit especially among teens. You’ll know very quickly if this show is for you. The plot is solid, and the nuclear wasteland is believable. Sometimes the characters act like stupid teenagers and it frustrates me. A few characters inexplicably gain combat skills, or lose their political power. I guess I’m saying that there’s a lot to love and a lot to hate about the 100. But I have to watch it as soon as it airs - so it certainly meets the “addictive” test.

The 100 Opening Credits - Best of Show


two robots fly above a bunch of dead humans

2

Seasons

23

Episodes

2016

Debut

Most alien stories outline the great struggle of man against the aliens. But what if the aliens were so much better than us that it didn't even make sense to fight back? What if humanity truly had no choice but to obey or die? Colony is the story of a beaten humanity, trying desperately to survive under tyrannical alien rule.

Colony has been cancelled after just two seasons, but it still deserves the number three spot on our list. There is still time to bring it back, and we wrote about those efforts here.


a man on a gurney is being bitten by zombies

2

Seasons

28

Episodes

2015

Debut

There is nothing on TV like Z Nation right now. This show is really outside the box - melding zombie drama with comedy and ...video games? It's hard to describe, but the absurd things that happen in Z Nation somehow remind me of genre games like Fallout and Left 4 Dead.

Oh, and when you kill someone on Z Nation to keep them from becoming a zombie, you say "I grant you mercy". While other shows get bogged down in moral dilemmas about killing the doomed, Z Nation makes a tradition of it. This is my kind of zombie show.

Z Nation has recently been cancelled, and now all five seasons are available for streaming. But fans of the series rejoice! A Z Nation prequel called Black Summer has been green-lit by Netflix. We wrote all about this development here.


Into The Badlands boys stand in a row

2

Seasons

16

Episodes

2015

Debut

Into the Badlands imagines a post apocalyptic world that has returned to something akin to feudalism, with small kingdoms constantly at various stages of war with one another.
 
Also, there are no guns and they follow the basic combat rules of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
 
Look, it's not for everyone. But if it is for you - then its really for you. Great series with phenomenal acting all around.

a nuclear bomb explodes near a farm

2

Seasons

29

Episodes

2008

Debut

Jericho explores what would happen if America suffered a surprise nuclear attack. No warning, no war declaration, just bombs, all over the country. This show is about a small town that is thrust into that situation, coupled with a complete lack of communication with the outside world. 

It's really good.

Actor Lennie James really knocked it out of the ballpark with his role as Robert Hawkins. He currently stars on The Walking Dead with a similarly awesome character named Morgan Jones.


Van Helsing a woman looks over the ruins of a city

2

Seasons

26

Episodes

2016

Debut

In Van Helsing, the vampire-human war has come and gone with humanity on the losing side. A few survivors band together and try to fend off the vamps - who clearly lack the impulse control required for the sustainable farming of humans.


Lost in Space a ship hurdles into the atmosphere of a planet

1

Seasons

10

Episodes

2018

Debut

Earth's future is grim, so mankind bands together to send out colony seed ships to continue life on other planets.
 
Lost in Space starts strong and never lets off the gas. The Robinson family deals with psychopaths and diplomacy and insurrection and injury - all in season one. Read more about the plot and whether it is technically "post-apocalyptic" here.

a troll man is decked ouot in radiation gear including a gas mask

2

Seasons

20

Episodes

2016

Debut

The Shannara Chronicles is kind of like the Lord of the Rings if it were set in a post-apocalyptic earth. It's weird. It has Crixus from Spartacus starring as a magical druid. Huge men with gas masks are called "Trolls", and remnants of modern civilization dot the landscape where elves, half-elves, humans, and other creatures struggle for supremacy.

Shannara Chronicles is now cancelled after a great second season. Like Revolution before it, Shannara Chronicles had a mediocre first season followed by an enthralling second. And like Revolution, it was promptly cancelled. Alas. It was fun while it lasted.


a naked giant is destroying a human village

1

Seasons

25

Episodes

2013

Debut

Not having enough nightmares? Watch this anime about creepy smiling naked giants who eat people alive. A lot of people like this show, and there was even a pair of movies released recently. The premise really jumps out at you from the start. Humanity is doomed and it's clear to see why. For starters, their technology is circa 1700. Also, man eating giants the size of skyscrapers are pretty much everywhere.

This will definitely not be for everyone, but some people will love it. Mankind is fighting for survival against insurmountable odds. The creepy factor might be a hurdle for you, or it might be the main draw. Whatever the case, this is a fun one to watch with the kids... Or the pastor.

Attack on Titan has only one season available on Netflix, but more seasons can be had elsewhere.



Master List: All Post Apocalyptic TV Shows on Netflix

If it's a TV series about the end of the world, and it's on Netflix, it will be in this list. We've looked through the entire catalog to make sure we didn't leave anything out. Here is every single post apocalyptic TV show on Netflix.

Note: 1S = 1 Season

Netflix Originals


Other Series


Kingdom 1S
Last Hope 2S
Knights of Sidonia 2S
Altered Carbon 1S
Black Mirror 4S
Travelers 3S
Lost in Space 1S
The Rain 1S
3% 2S
Between 2S
Dead Set 1S
The Walking Dead 8S
The 100 5S
The Twilight Zone 4S
Z Nation 4S
Van Helsing 2S
iZombie 4S
The Shannara Chronicles 2S
Jericho 2S
Ash vs. Evil Dead 2S
Colony 2S
Into the Badlands 2S
The Messengers 1S
Supervolcano 1S
Ascension 1S
Helix 1S
Continuum 4S
Attack on Titan 1S
Gurren Lagen 1S

Post Apocalyptic Shows We've Lost

Revolution

Firefly

Terra Nova

Survivors

Outcasts

Sarah Connor Chronicles

Adventure Time

Fringe

Trigun

Doomsday Bunkers

Doomsday Preppers

Doomsday Castle

The Stand

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Earth 2

Delete

Eve of Destruction

Exploding Sun


Did we miss something?

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Derek Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with his wife Stephanie. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas. Derek currently builds memorial websites at Will Always Be Remembered and writes about prepping and Post Apocalyptic shows whenever he gets excited about something. Will Always Be Remembered

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