10 Best Zombie TV Shows You Should Watch (2022)

If there’s one horror monster that’s really kind of sprung into life over the last couple of years, it’s, ironically, the zombie. You almost can’t escape their fetid clutches, especially when it comes to the best zombie TV shows.

The zombie shows you will find below range from the classic undead that we know and love, all the way up to huge changes on the formula, so much so that they might upset the purists out there. The great thing about zombies as an iconic monster is that they aren’t one set thing. After all, before Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, they were mainly known as the product of voodoo rituals, not a virus or strange phenomena.

Here, then, are the best zombie TV shows you should be sinking your teeth into — if you don’t mind a few cancellations here and there, sadly.

THE BEST ZOMBIE TV SHOWS: Daybreak | Z Nation | Black Summer | Fear The Walking Dead | Dead Set | In The Flesh | Santa Clarita Diet | Kingdom | iZombie | The Walking Dead

10. Daybreak

First air date: October 24, 2019
Seasons: 1

Daybreak never really seemed to catch the break it needed on Netflix, with it being cancelled after just the one season. It almost paid the price for being too ambitious, spinning too many plates at once. Either that, or people just really didn’t want to see Matthew Broderick on their screen again, which is honestly their loss.

Daybreak follows Josh Wheeler as he looks to find his missing girlfriend in a post-apocalypse where every adult has been turned into zombie-esque creatures called Ghoulies. Part-high school comedy, part-a whole lot else (even musicals and Westerns), Daybreak may have been a bit too eager to separate itself from similar shows, ending up in it being a bit of a strange smorgasbord that doesn’t entirely gel.

However, as a zombie show with a lot of heart and smart little tweaks to things we’ve seen before, it’s worth a watch. Fans are hoping for a second season, but it’s not looking likely.

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9. Z Nation

First air date: September 10, 2014
Seasons: 5

Z Nation released not only to oppose AMC’s gigantic The Walking Dead, but also to act as pretty much the exact opposite of its often dour world. Z Nation, while featuring a couple of excellent dramatic moments, is really playing it for cheap laughs amid buckets of blood.

Just about one of the silliest shows you could ever hope to see, Z Nation features an increasingly blue (literally blue, not as in sad) protagonist who might be the key to stopping the zombie apocalypse, as well as a giant wheel of cheese that picks up zombies in its path.

Z Nation is frustratingly inconsistent with its tone (and overall quality, it must be said) at times, but if you want some brash fun, this is the show for you.

8. Black Summer

First air date: April 11, 2019
Seasons: 2

A Z Nation spin-off that quietly dropped the connection, Black Summer is one of the most fascinatingly sparse shows you will ever watch, let alone within the zombie subgenre.

Dialogue and characters in general take a big backseat to the spectacle, which is still impressive despite the obviously low budget of the show. A bizarre heist in an underground nightclub is gripping television, but a human ball of anxiety’s drawn-out attempts to escape a single zombie is probably the highlight of the whole show.

There’s a second season in the works at this time of writing, and while it may lack the polish of a lot of its peers, Black Summer has a lot of tense fun to offer.

7. Fear The Walking Dead

First air date: August 23, 2015
Seasons: 6

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Set within the same universe, Fear The Walking Dead’s major selling point is that it shows the outbreak that happened while Rick Grimes took a long nap in The Walking Dead.

Or, at least it did, until it just flashed-forward halfway through its first season. It’s always felt like Fear the Walking Dead maybe wasted its best ingredient, as it basically ended up as a lower budget version of its big brother that went to the sea sometimes.

There are those fans who prefer the familial squabbles of Fear over TWD, though, it arguably having slightly better pacing without as many characters to try and build up. Not everyone in Fear will be your favourite character, but that’s kind of the point.

6. Dead Set

First air date: October 27th, 2008
Seasons: 1

A British show spawned from the mad mind of Charlie Brooker, Dead Set’s concept is something that you’d think up after a few too many beers: what would happen to Big Brother contestants in a zombie apocalypse? TV gold, apparently.

Pretty brutal and packed with darkly comedic moments (a bucket of guts springs to mind), Dead Set takes a pretty nihilistic view of the end of the world with barely any characters who you could call likeable, and even those few you shouldn’t grow too attached to.

Dead Set even acted as the basis for Reality Z, a Brazilian reimagining that expanded upon the limited five episode run of its inspiration. There’s only one Dead Set though, and it ranks among the best zombie shows ever made.

5. In The Flesh

First air date: March 17th, 2013
Seasons: 2

In the Flesh remains one of the best things BBC Three has ever produced, a touching drama that would likely resonate with many more viewers now with the rise in mainstream “acceptance” of LGBT media.

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The show follows Kieren, one of many ex-zombies who’ve been cured and are trying to integrate back into society following The Rising. Those with Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) are outcasts and must disguise their afflicted eyes, all while suffering from the PTSD of what they did while they were undead. But there are those who don’t want to keep taking their medication, endangering everyone in the process.

In The Flesh has gained a cult following for weaving smart metaphors, believable characters, and unique hooks into one package, but it was unfortunately cancelled following the end of its second season thanks to massive restructures at BBC Three itself.

4. Santa Clarita Diet

First air date: February 3rd, 2017
Seasons: 3

Another Netflix zombie show that was cancelled way before its time, Santa Clarita Diet was that rare thing: a horror comedy with an A-list cast who actually seemed to give a damn.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant turn in some of their best work (Olyphant in particular) as a pair of married realtors whose lives are turned upside down when Barrymore’s Sheila develops an appetite for human flesh after an almighty toilet session. What follows is slapstick brilliance that has award-winning actors mucking around in blood and bits of sick like Garth Marenghi, all backed by a quite heartwarming family dynamic.

Santa Clarita’s charms sadly didn’t resonate with enough viewers for Netflix to keep it going past its third season, but it’s still an absolute whale of a time.

3. Kingdom

First air date: January 25th, 2019
Seasons: 2

Here’s a show about zombies that Netflix will hopefully keep around for a long while yet. Kingdom marries World War Z with Korean period drama to somehow quite captivating effect, thanks in no small part to its patient storytelling and shocking twists.

Taking place during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, Kingdom revolves around Crown Prince Lee Chang, whose father has just decided from smallpox — or that’s what most people think. It’s not long until a mysterious plague sweeps the land, turning residents into flesh-craving monsters who wipe out everything in their path with quite terrifying effectiveness.

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Boasting pulse-pounding setpieces that somehow make zombies scary again and cliffhangers that you will never see coming, Kingdom’s guts and gore is equally matched by its complex drama with many players jostling for power in a dangerous world.

2. iZombie

First air date: March 17th, 2015
Seasons: 5

How do you make zombies feel fresh again, when so many other shows, movies, and even games have put their spin on the formula? By making it into a police procedural where the main character eats brains to gain dead people’s memories and personalities, of course.

iZombie follows Liv Moore (get it, because “live more”?) after she is bitten and turns into a zombie. The only way to stop herself from going full-on classic Romero zombie is to eat brains, with her new job in a morgue giving her a decent supply of the ol’ cranial matter.

While mostly comedic thanks to the guiding hand of Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, iZombie does boast some fantastic drama across its five-season run, delving into some pretty heavy stuff in its later seasons. It also features Rahul Kohli as the always affable Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who would make basically any zombie show better, and Rose McIver effectively playing 50 different characters across the whole show. She should be in more stuff.

1. The Walking Dead

First air date: October 31, 2010
Seasons: 10

There really couldn’t be another choice when talking about the best zombie TV shows of all time, could there? Sure, while its latter seasons may have been as patchy as a minefield designed by Patch Adams, you can’t beat The Walking Dead at its best.

From the seemingly constant bullying of Rick Grimes with trauma after trauma to showcasing some of the small screen’s greatest ever villains, The Walking Dead will go down in television history, not least for the simply outrageous viewing figures it used to pull. Zombies used to be just for the gorehounds and horror fanatics, but The Walking Dead turned them into an average household obsession.

While there’s a very particular point in pretty much everyone’s enjoyment of The Walking Dead that’s often cited as the start of its slump, the show still featured enough twists, turns, and compelling characters to keep millions hooked into its tenth and final season. With two spin-offs (one of which is among the worst lumps of television ever made) and much more to come in the wider universe, there’s still a lot of life left in The Walking Dead yet.

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10 Best Zombie TV Shows You Should Watch? ›

10 Zombie TV Shows Ranked, From 'The Walking Dead' to 'Santa Clarita Diet'
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  • 1. " Santa Clarita Diet" - Netflix. Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

What is the most watched zombie show? ›

1 The Walking Dead (2010-present)

Arguably one of the biggest juggernauts in television recently (consistently being the most-watched cable drama), AMC's The Walking Dead has become a cultural phenomenon that revitalized the zombie genre and incited a craze.

What is the number one zombie show? ›

The Walking Dead, AMC (2010 – present)

The one show that probably comes to mind for most people when somebody mentions TV shows about zombies is The Walking Dead.

What is the longest running zombie show? ›

The longest-running series on the list, AMC's The Walking Dead begins at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. Humans who have died "turn" shortly after, becoming mindless, roaming "Walkers," as they're called on the series (several other names have also been used, though never zombies).

Are there any good zombie shows on Netflix? ›

Vote up the best zombie shows on Netflix.
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  • 528 190. Z Nation. Photo: Z Nation. ...
  • 572 215. The Walking Dead. Photo: The Walking Dead. ...
  • 406 148. Black Summer. Photo: Black Summer. ...
  • 44 9. All of Us Are Dead. Photo: Netflix. ...
  • 106 51. Daybreak. Photo: Daybreak. ...
  • 238 141. iZombie. Photo: iZombie. ...
  • 118 76. Ash vs Evil Dead.

Are there any new zombie series? ›

'The Last of Us': What to Know About the HBO Zombie Series Starring Pedro Pascal. Adapted from the wildly popular video game franchise of the same name, The Last of Us is the latest project to bring the zombie apocalypse to life onscreen.

Is Kingdom the best zombie series? ›

Here's why Netflix Kingdom is the best zombie series yet. Kingdom is a Netflix Original zombie thriller based on the webcomic Kingdom of gods by creator Kim Eun-hee. In an incredibly short span of time, the series has already become one of the best titles on Netflix and a personal favorite.

Is Z Nation worth watching? ›

As far as Syfy titles go, Z Nation was a remarkable hit. The show did well enough to make it five seasons, morphing from something that straddled the line between campy fun and a character study with surprising depth considering its origins.

What is the name of the new zombie show on Netflix? ›

'All of Us Are Dead' Netflix release date, time, cast, and trailer for the Korean zombie series. “School's out for the apocalypse.” A new zombie thriller is the first in an ambitious slate of 25 South Korean Netflix originals in 2022.

What show is as good as The Walking Dead? ›

The 100. The CW's post-apocalyptic survival series is sci-fi, but it's one of TV's closest shows to The Walking Dead in terms of vibe. It matches The Walking Dead in bleakness of mood, the moral ambiguity of its heroes, and a sprawling ensemble cast of beloved characters who could die at any moment.

Is the 100 about zombies? ›

The series adapts the original series into a typical zombie survival story, adapting the "best of both worlds" in a sense. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, and Marie Avgeropoulos, among others, as their characters attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Is all of us are dead related to train to Busan? ›

Nope. And director Lee Jae-kyoo makes it explicitly clear in his series. In the beginning, just when the zombie apocalypse starts spreading through the school, Cheong-san exclaims that it's just like Train To Busan. This single reference completely sets the series apart from the universe of the film.

Is Black Summer Cancelled? ›

In November 2019, Netflix renewed it for its second season, and it was released on June 17, 2021. After that, the speculations for the third season started, but there is yet to be any official announcement done. Karl Schaefer and John Hyams created this series as a prequel to the Z Nation horror movie.

Which TV show is set after zombie apocalypse? ›

Set after "The Rising", which is the show's take on a zombie apocalypse, the drama focuses throughout on reanimated teenager Kieren Walker and his return to his local community.
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In the Flesh (TV series)
In the Flesh
GenreSupernatural Drama Horror
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Is Kingdom really scary? ›

Kingdom isn't a show that terrorizes with jump scares. This series is as meticulously crafted as Game of Thrones. The writing, acting, on-site shooting, cinematography and visual effects leave absolutely nothing to be desired… except for more episodes!

Is sweet home worth watching? ›

The live-action remake is definitely worth a watch as it will have you on the edge of your seat, episode after episode. It's got a couple of unique story elements and plot twists that will make you somehow forgive the production team for the questionable computer graphics and special effects.

What Kdrama to watch after all of us are dead? ›

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  • 'Train to Busan' (2016) — Zombie Apocalypse on a Train. ...
  • 'Flu' (2013) — A Fatal Virus. ...
  • '#Alive' (2020) — Alone During an Outbreak. ...
  • 'Kingdom (2019)' — Abandoned by the Kingdom. ...
  • 'Sweet Home' (2020) — Surrounded by Monsters.
Mar 2, 2022

Did Z Nation get Cancelled? ›

“Z Nation” has not been renewed for its sixth season by Syfy, executive producer David Michael Latt announced in a Periscope video Friday night.

Should I watch Black Summer or Z Nation? ›

Can you watch 'Black Summer' without watching 'Z Nation? ' Although Black Summer and Z Nation exist in the same world, they are two totally different stories, with their own characters and plots. In the words of Distractify, the only real similarity is “the fact that Black Summer is a prequel series to Z Nation.”

Why is Z Nation an 18? ›

Parents need to know that Z Nation is an intense and gory drama with constant dread and menace, plus numerous zombie battles in every episode. During the battles, characters may be beheaded, eviscerated, torn apart, shot point-blank in the head, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death.

Is All of Us Are Dead out? ›

The latest to join Netflix's K-drama roster is zombie story All of Us Are Dead (지금 우리 학교는). Starring Park Jihu and Yoon Chanyoung, All of Us Are Dead premiered on Netflix on January 28, 2022, and quickly climbed up Netflix's Global Top 10 rank.

Is the 100 worth watching? ›

I love The 100 because it has a unique story line. 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, 100 prisoners sent down to the earth to see if it is survivable for the ark and it's lacking resources. This show is another amazing and intriguing apocalyptic show that has caught my attention.

How many Walking Dead TV shows are there? ›

The Walking Dead Television Universe, also known as the TV Universe, is a series of The Walking Dead media that is canon within the same universe as the original TV Series. The universe consists of seven television shows, eight webisode series, four video games, and a podcast.

What is a Pauna? ›

Pauna is a giant gorilla.

Who killed Jasper in the 100? ›

In Wanheda (Part 2), in Arkadia's medical room, Abby is checking up on Jasper after his altercation with Macallan the night before. Abby tries to force Jasper to talk and uses Finn as an example. Jasper tells Abby that Clarke killed him just like she killed Maya.

What attacked Octavia in the water? ›

Octavia is attacked by the sea serpent and taken under the water.

Is Black Summer worth watching? ›

An entertaining, exciting and tense, introduction to what I hope will become a brilliant zombie series. If you're a fan of the zombie subgenre, Black Summer should be right in your wheelhouse. It's a bleak, fast-paced action drama heavy on the action and light on the personal drama.

What should I watch after Black Summer? ›

Coming right up, 10 shows that you can watch before Black Summer Season 3 comes back.
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  • Kingdom. Zombie apocalypse and Kingdom go hand-in-hand. ...
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  • iZombie. ...
  • Into The Night. ...
  • The Purge. ...
  • Survivors. ...
  • To The Lake. ...
  • The Strain.
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What city is Black Summer set? ›

The show is actually a prequel to Z Nation, taking place in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. The series is set in a random city somewhere in the United States, but Black Summer was entirely filmed in Calgary and a few villages in Alberta province.

Is Kingdom the best zombie series? ›

Here's why Netflix Kingdom is the best zombie series yet. Kingdom is a Netflix Original zombie thriller based on the webcomic Kingdom of gods by creator Kim Eun-hee. In an incredibly short span of time, the series has already become one of the best titles on Netflix and a personal favorite.

Is Z Nation Cancelled? ›

“Z Nation” has not been renewed for its sixth season by Syfy, executive producer David Michael Latt announced in a Periscope video Friday night.

What show is as good as The Walking Dead? ›

The 100. The CW's post-apocalyptic survival series is sci-fi, but it's one of TV's closest shows to The Walking Dead in terms of vibe. It matches The Walking Dead in bleakness of mood, the moral ambiguity of its heroes, and a sprawling ensemble cast of beloved characters who could die at any moment.

Is Z Nation worth watching? ›

As far as Syfy titles go, Z Nation was a remarkable hit. The show did well enough to make it five seasons, morphing from something that straddled the line between campy fun and a character study with surprising depth considering its origins.

Is Kingdom really scary? ›

Kingdom isn't a show that terrorizes with jump scares. This series is as meticulously crafted as Game of Thrones. The writing, acting, on-site shooting, cinematography and visual effects leave absolutely nothing to be desired… except for more episodes!

Is sweet home worth watching? ›

The live-action remake is definitely worth a watch as it will have you on the edge of your seat, episode after episode. It's got a couple of unique story elements and plot twists that will make you somehow forgive the production team for the questionable computer graphics and special effects.

What Kdrama to watch after all of us are dead? ›

6 Korean Films and TV Shows To Watch If You Enjoyed 'All of Us Are Dead'
  • 'Train to Busan' (2016) — Zombie Apocalypse on a Train. ...
  • 'Flu' (2013) — A Fatal Virus. ...
  • '#Alive' (2020) — Alone During an Outbreak. ...
  • 'Kingdom (2019)' — Abandoned by the Kingdom. ...
  • 'Sweet Home' (2020) — Surrounded by Monsters.
Mar 2, 2022

Does 10K get 10K kills? ›

"Full Metal Zombie"

In the flashback, 10K agrees to give his father mercy when he dies. Back in the present, 10K kills another zombie. In a flashback to 10K's childhood days, he finally kills his father, ending the episode.

Is Murphy turning into a zombie? ›

Over time, Murphy's appearance changes, and he becomes part-zombie. He can communicate with zombies, develops feelings for them and can make them do his bidding. He also develops a special gift: after biting a person or exposing them to his saliva or blood, he can direct them using telepathy.

Is the 100 worth watching? ›

I love The 100 because it has a unique story line. 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, 100 prisoners sent down to the earth to see if it is survivable for the ark and it's lacking resources. This show is another amazing and intriguing apocalyptic show that has caught my attention.

How many Walking Dead TV shows are there? ›

The Walking Dead Television Universe, also known as the TV Universe, is a series of The Walking Dead media that is canon within the same universe as the original TV Series. The universe consists of seven television shows, eight webisode series, four video games, and a podcast.

Should I watch Black Summer or Z Nation? ›

Can you watch 'Black Summer' without watching 'Z Nation? ' Although Black Summer and Z Nation exist in the same world, they are two totally different stories, with their own characters and plots. In the words of Distractify, the only real similarity is “the fact that Black Summer is a prequel series to Z Nation.”

Why is Z Nation an 18? ›

Parents need to know that Z Nation is an intense and gory drama with constant dread and menace, plus numerous zombie battles in every episode. During the battles, characters may be beheaded, eviscerated, torn apart, shot point-blank in the head, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death.

Is Black Summer connected to Z Nation? ›

Karl Schaefer, who served as the showrunner for Z Nation, created Black Summer with Z Nation executive producer John Hyams. Thus there's already the foundation for connective tissue. This backs up how the series initially was sold to the media as well: as a prequel.

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