There’s nothing like the end of the word to make you want to watch… well, the end of the world. If you’re looking for the best post-apocalyptic TV shows and movies to make our current semi-apocalyptic conditions seem not so bad, look no further.

Whether it’s a nuclear bomb, a zombie outbreak, a deadly virus (uhh…), environmental disaster, or our own carelessness, our favorite shows and movies about life after civilization give us a morbid look at what the world will look like after we’ve destroyed it. And, if you’re an optimist, how we can persevere!

Looking for more recommendations? We have recommendations for fans of horror, murder mysteries, animated shows, and much, much more.


TV Shows

The Walking Dead


Where to Watch: Netflix

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Obviously we have to kick this list off with the most popular post-apocalypse show currently on TV. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past 10 years, The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) after he wakes up from a coma to find the hospital abandoned and zombies, aka walkers, roaming the earth. Rick sets off to find his missing wife and son and to establish a safe place for them and other survivors to settle and withstand the bloodthirsty walkers (and bloodthirsty humans) that now threaten everyone’s lives. If you’re looking for a long binge, this bad boy has several seasons (and counting) to power through! [Trailer]


Daybreak


Where to Watch: Netflix

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Daybreak

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Set in post-apocalyptic Glendale, Calif., Daybreak follows the story of 17-year-old Josh Wheeler (Colin Ford) as he tries to navigate a brutal (and yet highly comedic) world in which all adults have been turned into mindless, bloodthirsty zombies thanks to a nuclear explosion. He joins forces with a small band of misfits on a quest to find his missing girlfriend, avoiding roving gangs of other teenagers to survive this totally bizarre apocalypse. Though this series was canceled by Netflix after only one season, it’s still a solid investment of your time and a lighter take on the apocalypse than other options. [Trailer]


The Last Ship


Where to Watch: Hulu

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