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Top 10 Alternatives to The Walking Dead While We Wait for Season 11

The Walking Dead

We were originally promised an 11th season of The Walking Dead, as well as 10 additional episodes (including the finale) for Season 10 to release this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

The good news is that there are plenty of other post-apocalyptic zombie offerings to keep us entertained until 2021 when the fresh TWD content is said to finally release.


Sure, I could simply list a bunch of zombie shows and leave it at that, but here’s the thing: there’s a special recipe for The Walking Dead that has made it a success. The ingredients in that zombie casserole (ew) have kept fans coming back for more season after season. So I wanted to break down those basic elements and recommend other TV shows and movies that could help you scratch that TWD itch for another year.

First, let’s take a look at those storyline ingredients that make The Walking Dead what it is:

1. Eclectic group of people surviving together
2. Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting
3. Crazy surprises
4. Love stories within a horror story
5. Zombies!

Now let’s explore my personal picks for the top 10 TV shows and movies that come closest to replicating that formula.

10. The Society

The Society (2019–)
58 min|Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|10 May 2019
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 16,092 usersMetascore: N/A
When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Love stories within a horror story
What it’s missing: Crazy surprises, Zombies
Special similarities: The apocalypse is one big mystery and normal rules are out the window
Where you can watch it: Netflix

9. Survivors

Survivors (2008–2010)
60 min|Drama, Sci-Fi|23 Nov 2008
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 8,210 usersMetascore: N/A
An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Love stories within a horror story
What it’s missing: Crazy Surprises, Zombies
Special similarities: Very reminiscent of the first season of TWD
Where you can watch it: Amazon

8. Jericho

Jericho (2006–2008)
45 min|Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi|20 Sep 2006
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 52,792 usersMetascore: N/A
A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story
What it’s missing: Zombies
Special similarities: Similar group of survivors completely confused by the apocalypse and how to handle it
Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV, Vudu, CBS, Google Play

7. Maggie

Maggie (2015)
95 min|Drama, Horror|08 May 2015
5.6Rating: 5.6 / 10 from 41,083 usersMetascore: 52
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.

What it has: Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Love stories within a horror story, Zombies
What it’s missing: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Crazy surprises
Special similarities: The power of a father’s love for his child
Where you can watch it: Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango Now, Google Play, Vudu, Tubi, Redbox

6. Carriers

Carriers (2009)
84 min|Adventure, Drama, Thriller|02 Sep 2009
6.0Rating: 6.0 / 10 from 42,695 usersMetascore: N/A
As a lethal virus spreads globally, four friends seek a reputed plague-free haven. But while avoiding the infected, the travelers turn on one another.

What it has: Eclectic(ish) group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy Surprises, Love stories within a horror story
What it’s missing: Zombies
Special similarities: Very horror-centric
Where you can watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Apple TV, Tubi, Fubo, Showtime


5. Falling Skies
Falling Skies (2011–2015)
42 min|Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller|19 Jun 2011
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 84,274 usersMetascore: N/A
Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story
What it’s missing: Zombies
Special similarities: It’s basically TWD with aliens.
Where you can watch it: Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, Hoopla

4. The Crazies

The Crazies (2010)
101 min|Horror, Thriller|26 Feb 2010
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 109,322 usersMetascore: 56
After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story, Zombies (kinda)
What it’s missing: Nothing
Special similarities: Main character is a no-nonsense Law Enforcement Officer
Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, Hoopla, Tubi, Redbox

3. Z Nation

Z Nation (2014–2018)
44 min|Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi|12 Sep 2014
6.7Rating: 6.7 / 10 from 31,675 usersMetascore: N/A
Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the United States of America a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story, Zombies
What it’s missing: Nothing
Special similarities: One of the closest TV shows to get that complete TWD formula right.
Where you can watch it: Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon, Fandango Now, Vudu, Google Play

2. Black Summer

Black Summer (2019–)
40 min|Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller|N/A
6.4Rating: 6.4 / 10 from 17,520 usersMetascore: N/A
In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story, Zombies
What it’s missing: Nothing
Special similarities: This is made by the Z Nation folks, so it’s another that gets the TWD formula right
Where you can watch it: Netflix

1. Fear The Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead (2015–)
44 min|Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller|23 Aug 2015
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 106,524 usersMetascore: N/A
A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.

What it has: Eclectic group of people surviving together, Modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, Crazy surprises, Love stories within a horror story, Zombies
What it’s missing: Nothing
Special similarities: It’s a spin-off of TWD, so everything!
Where you can watch it: Hulu, Apple TV, Amazon, Fandango Now, Vudu, Google Play, Redbox

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Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 10 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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