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13 Shows Like The Walking Dead to Watch While You Wait for Season 11 to Return

Zombie shows like Black Summer, post-apocalyptic dramas like Station Eleven, and more

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Liam Mathews
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead

Jace Downs/AMC

The Walking Dead is finding a final resting place later this year. AMC's long-running horror drama, which was once the most popular show on TV, is wrapping things up with a supersized Season 11 before it segues into successor series like the episodic anthology Tales of the Walking Dead, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)-focused Isle of the Dead, and the still-untitled Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) spin-off. Season 11 has been split into thirds, and two of the three parts have aired. The third and final eight-episode run is coming this fall. So fans have to endure one last midseason break before we find out how it all ends in the sure-to-be-devastating series finale. 

In the meantime, you might be craving more horror and post-apocalyptic survival drama. Satiate your hunger with this list of more great TV shows like The Walking Dead, which includes other zombie shows, other post-apocalyptic shows, other horror shows with a strong dramatic bent, and other shows made by people who also make The Walking Dead. They'll all have you imagining what you would do in an apocalyptic situation. (Note: Spin-offs Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond are not included, because that feels too much like a cheat to include. They're not like The Walking Dead, they are The Walking Dead, you know?)

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All of Us Are Dead

Park Ji-hu, All of Us Are Dead

Park Ji-hu, All of Us Are Dead

Yang Hae-sung/Netflix

Some of South Korea's biggest global hits have been stories about the undead (yes, we're talking about Train to Busan and Kingdom, the latter of which is also on this list), and Netflix's All of Us Are Dead is the latest. The jolting thriller about a zombie virus outbreak at a high school follows students as they desperately fight against flesh-eating monsters — some of whom had been their human friends just minutes before. Starring Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hu, Park Solomon, Cho Yi-hyun, and Squid Game's Lee Yoo-mi, the series based on the webtoon Now at Our School is a fresh take on the zombie genre with its centering of teen characters and its setting that transforms ordinary classrooms into vicious battlegrounds. As the virus spreads beyond the walls of the school, the show's exploration of themes including the corruption of authority and the abuse of power also becomes increasingly apparent. -Kat Moon



Station Eleven

Mackenzie Davis, Station Eleven

Mackenzie Davis, Station Eleven

Ian Watson/HBO Max

There are no horror elements in this acclaimed HBO Max limited series, but people who enjoy The Walking Dead as a character-driven story about how people come together as a community to rebuild society after a collapse will love Station Eleven. The series, which is based on a post-apocalyptic novel by Emily St. John, unfolds on two timelines, one as a viral pandemic spreads, and the other 20 years later, as the survivors of the pandemic try to get by in what remains of the Midwest. It follows a Shakespearean theater troupe as they travel around entertaining people. It contains a crucial element that's so often missing in post-apocalyptic shows, even The Walking Dead: hope. It's not just about survival, it's about the things worth surviving for. 



See 

Jason Momoa, See

Jason Momoa, See

Apple TV+

If you just want to watch a brutal action show about post-apocalyptic survival and don't care if it makes much sense, you would do well to check out See on Apple TV+. It's set in a future where a virus has rendered almost everyone blind, and society has reverted to tribalism. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, a warrior who becomes the protector of two children who have the ability to see. Like The Walking Dead, it's an epic story of survival, and it has an added bonus of Jason Momoa eviscerating people — and in Season 2, he's joined by Dave Bautista, who plays his brother and rival. See's world-building draws a lot of influence from both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and while it's not as good as either of them, it has some fun action and is gorgeous to look at. It's managed to become Apple TV+'s most-watched drama with little fanfare, which means there are a lot of people out there who would enjoy it who haven't heard of it. 



Falling Skies

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

TNT

You've seen how zombies can cause societal collapse; now it's time to see how an alien invasion does it. TNT's Falling Skies aired during The Walking Dead's run from 2011 to 2015, and while The Walking Dead became a runaway hit, Falling Skies lived for five quieter seasons as a cult favorite. Both are intense tales of survival, with bands of survivors struggling to find food, shelter, and safety, and the main threat is sometimes other humans. Unlike The Walking Dead, Falling Skies has more of a traditional plot, as Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) -- this show's Rick Grimes -- must figure out why aliens are enslaving human children and what their larger plans are, while also contending with drama involving his three sons and his feelings for the hottie doctor. -Tim Surette 



The 100

Alycia Debnam-Carey, The 100

Alycia Debnam-Carey, The 100

The CW

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. It begins 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, and the only human survivors live on an orbiting space station called The Ark. When overpopulation on the Ark becomes a problem, however, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to Earth to test whether the radiation-poisoned atmosphere is now habitable. The kids soon find that they aren't the only human survivors after all, and they'll have to fight for survival in a strange new world. Its cult is smaller than The Walking Dead's, but no less devoted, and Alycia Debnam-Carey is arguably 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



Z Nation / Black Summer

Jaime King, Black Summer

Jaime King, Black Summer

Netflix

Two zombie shows for the price of one! The satirical Z Nation, which ran on Syfy from 2014 to 2018, was a direct response to the seriousness of The Walking Dead, and took a similar zombie apocalypse premise and added a heavy dose of humor. It follows a group of survivors three years into the apocalypse as they transport a guy named Murphy (Keith Allan), who was injected with an experimental vaccine and is the only known survivor of a zombie bite, from New York to the last remaining CDC research lab in California. But Murphy is a dick, which makes him a very unpleasant travel companion, plus he's harboring a secret about his condition. It's a very fun, campy counterpart to The Walking Dead that has a much lower budget but still manages to get off some entertaining action sequences and has some characters you'll grow to care about. You'll see the zombaby in the pilot and be like "Oh, I get what this show is about." Alternatively/in addition to, you can watch the prequel series Black Summer, which was made directly for Netflix and serves as Z Nation's answer to Fear the Walking Dead, showing the start of the zombie apocalypse. However, it's very different than both Z Nation and The Walking Dead, and has a straight-ahead action horror style that owes more to first-person shooter video games than TV. It's a relentless run-and-gun show that's all action and basically nothing else. You don't have to have watched Z Nation first, because they don't share any characters or feel similar, they just take place on the same timeline. They're both a lot of fun, but in different ways. 



Kingdom 

Park Byeong-eun, Ju Ji-hoon, Kingdom

Park Byeong-eun and Ju Ji-hoon, Kingdom

Juhan Noh/Netflix

This exciting Korean series takes the premise of zombie horror and creatively mashes it up with a period piece, with a zombie plague that's ravaging Korea in the early 1600s. It follows a prince who uncovers a plot to overthrow his ailing father, who is sick with an illness that's spreading across the region. He investigates further and finds that after the plague kills its host, it resurrects them as a zombie. So then he and his allies must fight to stop the virus while also fighting to save his dynasty. Kingdom blends historical details and political intrigue with gory horror kills, and is easily the best zombie show to come out since The Walking Dead began. 



Outcast

Reg E. Cathey and Patrick Fugit, Outcast

Reg E. Cathey and Patrick Fugit, Outcast

Kent Smith

Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic on which The Walking Dead is based, created this underrated horror series, which ran for two seasons on Cinemax and is also based on one of his comics. It tells the story of Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a man in rural West Virginia who is an outcast in his town because misfortune follows him, as people around him have a tendency to get possessed by demons. As a result, he's become something of an expert on dealing with demonic possession, and he helps his friend Rev. John Anderson (Philip Glenister) exorcise people in their community. But Kyle's past haunts him, and his methods of exorcism are controversial. The show is very scary and has a strong supporting cast featuring Wrenn Schmidt, Kate Lyn Sheil, Brent Spiner, and the late Reg E. Cathey. It also has a darkness and Southern setting that will feel familiar to fans of The Walking Dead. If it had been on Netflix instead of Cinemax, it would have been a hit. Hopefully WarnerMedia puts it on HBO Max as soon as possible.



Creepshow

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The Creep, Creepshow

Shudder

If your favorite part of The Walking Dead is special effects makeup maestro Greg Nicotero's creepy creations, this anthology series on the horror-focused streaming service Shudder is all about them. Nicotero, an executive producer and director on The Walking Dead, is the showrunner for Creepshow, a streaming TV reboot of the cult classic anthology film from the '80s that was written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero, the guy who invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead. This Creepshow packs 12 skin-crawling shorts into 6 episodes, all of which contain something that will make you say "That's gross. I love it." It's lighter in tone than The Walking Dead, but no less gruesome. 



The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

Carla Gugino, The Haunting of Hill House

Steve Dietl/Netflix

There are no zombies on auteur creator Mike Flanagan's horror hit, but like on The Walking Dead, the scariest monsters are human. The first season of the anthology series loosely adapted Shirley Jackson's classic novel and expanded it into a drama about the Crains, a family reeling from the losses of mother Olivia (Carla Gugino) and youngest daughter Nell (Victoria Pedretti), 26 years apart but both due to the horrors they suffered while living in Hill House. The siblings and their father reconvene after an estrangement, and old wounds get reopened and new and old terrors visit them. Like The Walking Dead, it's a horror series on the surface that's not so secretly a family drama, and its power comes from the dynamics between the characters and the way it makes us care about them before ripping our hearts out. Fear the Walking Dead's first three seasons are actually even more like Hill House than The Walking Dead, as the spin-off began as a family drama with zombies before shifting into a different, more Western-influenced mode from Season 4 on. After Hill House, you can also check out Season 2, The Haunting of Bly Manor



Into the Badlands

Daniel Wu, Into the Badlands

Daniel Wu, Into the Badlands

Aidan Monaghan/AMC

It's totally fine if your favorite part of The Walking Dead is watching people get brutally killed in stomach-turning ways. That's an important part of the show! And Into the Badlands has even more blood per episode than The Walking Dead. This martial arts action series aired on AMC from 2015 to 2019, and it never quite caught on the way that it should have — though now that the complete series is on Netflix, people may find it and appreciate its dazzling fight choreography, vibrant color scheme, and clever post-apocalyptic world-building. Set hundreds of years in the future after America has collapsed and what remains is ruled by feudal barons, it tells the story of Sunny (Daniel Wu), a warrior in the employ of the Badlands' most powerful baron who leaves the life he knows behind when he meets a boy from another place who may hold secrets of his own mysterious past. Together, they go on a perilous journey to find the truth. Into the Badlands has magic, mystery, and stylized martial arts violence that gorehounds will drink up. It's tonally quite different than The Walking Dead, but there's a reason AMC picked it up when The Walking Dead was at its peak of popularity. Both shows take rule-bound genres and shake them up. 



The Rain

Evin Ahmad, Mikkel Folsgaard, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen, The Rain

Evin Ahmad, Mikkel Folsgaard, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen, The Rain

Per Arnesen/Netflix

You'll need your subtitles for this one, but trust us, it's worth it. The Rain is a Danish series set in a world besieged by a virus that is carried by rainfall. While most humans have been wiped out in Scandinavia, where the series is set, two siblings survived the epidemic by sheltering in a bunker for six years. They emerge to search for their father and end up joining forces with another group of survivors in the hopes of finding a quarantine zone. The show wrapped up with its third season, which is already on Netflix, so you can power through it without having to worry you'll be left hanging.  –Lindsay MacDonald 

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