In honor of the recent iZombie season 4 premiere, I thought I should do a list of the best zombie TV shows. Among these zombie TV series, there are both comedies and more dramatic, borderline horror-like zombie series. But all of the shows in one way or another have zombies in them. And I guarantee that while watching these shows you will get educated on all aspects of zombies and zombiism. On with the list of best zombie shows!
First up we, of course, have iZombie, the show that inspired this article. And the show that in many ways has changed the way we look at the zombie genre as a whole.
The CW’s iZombie tells the story of Liv Moore an ambitious doctor who gets turned into a zombie and takes a job at the Medical Examiner’s Office to have access to zombie food of choice aka brains. But, it turns out that iZombie’s version of zombies take up the personality traits of the person whose brain they eat. As well as get some of their memories via visions. So soon enough we see Liv team up with a Seattle PD detective Clive Babineaux and her boss Ravi Chakrabarti to solve murders while navigating different personalities and other people’s memories.
If you are looking for a zombie show that is more funny than scary, then iZombie will definitely be for you. This show offers fun storylines, diverse and engaging characters. And it’s all set to a backdrop of a bigger mystery of who else knows about zombies. And did I mention that the show also has that serialized procedural aspect to it, because each episode we see Team Liv solve murders? Yes, iZombie has everything. No wonder that the show is in its fourth season right now! And we have a fifth and the last one to look forward to next year.
Santa Clarita Diet
For another less scary option of a zombie TV series, there is Santa Clarita Diet.
Lead by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, Santa Clarita Diet follows Sheila, Joel, and Abby Hammond, an average Californian family of three. When suddenly Sheila develops a craving for human flesh. Meaning that somehow she has transformed into a zombie. So throughout the show’s half-hour episodes, we get to see the Hammond family trying to navigate Sheila’s new condition. And let me tell you trying to find food aka humans for Sheila to eat while also trying to keep what they’re doing from everyone around them isn’t easy.
This zombie show is unique in the fact that at its core it is a family comedy. Yet, the zombie twist puts it at odds with that comedy core giving it also a horror twist. Santa Clarita Diet is a really interesting and fun watch. And if you love Drew Barrymore then this TV show must be on your TV watch list. So make sure you binge the first season and catch the second and third ones once they premiere on Netflix.
Then there is SyFy’s Z Nation. A show that takes on the zombie genre without trying to be too serious about it.
Z Nation is set in a world that has been devastated by a zombie virus dubbed ZN1. Those who didn’t become zombies are trying to survive the zombie apocalypse the best they can. And, although the situation for the survivors is pretty dire, all hope isn’t lost. Because there is a man, an ex-prison inmate named Alvin Murphy whose blood might hold the key to a zombie virus vaccine. So over the course of the four seasons that are currently out (with fifth on the way), we follow a group of people fighting hoards of zombies and anything else the apocalypse throws at them.
When I say that this show doesn’t take itself too seriously… I am not saying that it still isn’t scary at times. Don’t get me wrong, Z Nation has zombies, scary ones. Yet the show also has a lot of comedy in it, making it the perfect mix of horror, action, and comedy. So if you enjoy the scary aspects of scarier zombie movies. Yet also want to see some lightheartedness among all the horror, definitely, check out Z Nation.
The Walking Dead
The one show that probably comes to mind for most people when somebody mentions TV shows about zombies is The Walking Dead. And for good reason, because this zombie TV shows is in its eight seasons and doesn’t intend on stopping anytime soon. What with already being renewed for a ninth season.
The Walking Dead, much like Z Nation, is set in a worldwide zombie apocalypse. Where zombies aka walkers hunt humans. And humans, in turn, try not to get bitten or scratched by a zombie or die since in all of these cases the human will turn into the living dead. And the series in many ways centers on Rick Grimes. A sheriff’s deputy who wakes from a coma only to discover the epidemic of the undead. Thus during the first season, we see Rick forming a group that fights to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.
So if you love horror flicks and don’t mind to be scared while watching a TV show, then you should definitely give The Walking Dead a show. This show is not for the faint of heart. But it is a zombie show true and true. Scary zombies, gruesome deaths, drama and all. Therefore if you are a fan of all that, The Walking Dead will for sure be your cup of tea.
Fear the Walking Dead
Speaking of The Walking Dead… If we are talking about that show, we can’t forget to also mention Fear the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead’s spin-off that also is enjoying quite the success with three seasons down and a minimum of another to go.
While The Walking Dead focuses on a group of people banding together to survive the zombie apocalypse that is in full swing. Its spin-off hones in on the events of the very beginning of this catalytical event. It is a prequel of sorts. Because Fear the Walking Dead centers on mother of two Madison Clark. Her two children Alicia and Nick and her fiancee Travis, as they and other like-minded people try to grasp what is happening around them. And how to last in a world that is overrun by zombies.
No matter if you are a fan of The Walking Dead or not. If you love zombies. And like seeing people learning to survive the zombie armageddon, then Fear the Walking Dead might be just for you. On top of that, this show also has a stronger family aspect to it. And it definitely is a little less post-apocalyptic than its companion show. Which are just more reasons to watch Fear the Walking Dead. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two should we ever face a similar scenario.
In the Flesh
And last but not least on this list of best zombie TV shows is In the Flesh, a British variant on TV shows about zombies.
This BBC Three drama takes place in a Lancashire village. In a world where the zombie apocalypse aka The Rising has been warded off. And scientists have figured out how to turn zombies back to humans. At the center of it all is Kier Walker. A former zombie who returns home after being rehabilitated and now has to learn how to live with the loss of his best friend and the lives he took while he was a zombie.
If most of the series depicts the life of zombies or humans during a zombie uprising. Then In the Flesh is unique in that it shows what would happen if zombiism was cured and zombies could be turned back to humans. Which in itself is an interesting way to take on the zombie genre. And therefore is even more interesting to watch. So if you are curious to see how life after a zombie apocalypse could look like, take a peek at In the Flesh.