POLL: What is Your Favorite Zombie/Walker TV Show?

collage - ZNation, iZombie, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Helix, In the Flesh

Fans of the undead certainly have choices today. We are no longer relegated to a movie shown on late night TV when only insomniacs are watching. Nope, zombies are definitely ready for primetime, and flourishing in it! Below I discuss six zombie shows, either currently airing or recently aired, followed by a poll where you can vote for your favorite. I also included an “other” category for shows I failed to mention.

The Walking Dead, AMC
 

Walkers - The Walking Dead

The granddaddy of zombie shows, and I refer to it that way because of the number of seasons it has been on, not necessarily because it was the first, The Walking Dead has just wrapped its seventh season. Based on the comic book of the same name, this series has in many respects been a game changer, spawning video games and a spin-off series. Not only do the protagonists deal with the walkers, but they must also deal with other groups of survivors as they struggle for existence.

What I like most about this show is the exploration of the definition of good and evil. This show forces the viewer to consider whether actions taken by people on the show are good, or if their motives are drawing them to the dark side. The line gets blurry and the lengths that the main characters are willing to go to save their loved ones is a fascinating study of human nature.

Fear the Walking Dead, AMC
 

Calvin - Fear the Walking Dead

The spin-off from The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead gives us a look at the events on the West coast of the US. I suspect that part of the motivation behind its creation is that one big criticism of The Walking Dead was that all they needed to do was find an island, or a boat, and then they would be safe. Fear the Walking Dead actually explores that aspect of the apocalypse, and shows that in reality, nowhere is truly safe.

What I find interesting about this show is that it showed the viewers some of the aspects of the outbreak from the beginning which were never seen on the parent show. Granted, they probably could have shown more, but I think we can all pretty much imagine how things went south very fast without having to belabor the point.

iZombie, The CW
 

Liv - iZombie

Based on a comic book, iZombie, which runs on the CW and just premiered its third season, features a slightly different take on the genre. The main character, Olivia (Liv) Moore was a medical resident before being infected. After her transformation, she was forced to find a job at a morgue, thus having access to all the brains she needs for sustenance. The twist is that when she ingests a brain she gets flashes of memories from the deceased, and along with a police detective uses that knowledge to solve crimes – specifically who killed the deceased!

What I like about this show is that when Liv, or any of the other zombies, are “on a brain,” i.e., have ingested one, they take on the characteristics of the deceased. For example, Liv recently ate the brain of a fatherly accountant, while Major, her ex-boyfriend, ate the brain of the accountant’s teenaged daughter. It is hysterical to see them behaving in totally uncharacteristic ways as they go about their lives!

Z Nation, Syfy
 

zombie baby - ZNation

Z Nation started out as a light-hearted romp through the world of a zombie apocalypse, and while their tongue is still firmly planted in their cheek, this show has also not backed off from the gross, the shocking, and the exploration of the meaning of life. For instance, no other TV program has been bold enough to have a zombie baby, or even a zombie dog! Early on the mission was to get Murphy, a human test subject who was not killed by the zombies that bit him because of the serum he was given, to a CDC lab, but of course that mission failed, and Murphy is now raising his own army of the semi-infected to create a new world order with him in charge, of course.

What I like about this show is the interesting and usually over-the-top situations and zombies they seem to be involved with each week. For instance, there were the nuclear plant zombies who had been irradiated and glowed! If you want to know more about the show, check out 5 Reasons You Should Watch Z Nation.

In the Flesh, BBC America
 

Kieren, Amy, Simon - In the Flesh

In the Flesh, a British import, only ran two seasons, but in many ways, it was the best exploration of what it is to be human and the differences and commonalities that unite us all. In this zombie rising, scientists created a treatment for the Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferers that brought back their consciousness, thus returning them to their former lives, although they required daily booster shots. There were physical differences between the PDS sufferers and the humans – those with PDS could not stomach human food, their skin tone was pale compared to what would have been normal for them, and their hair and eyes were changed. They were required to register and strongly encouraged to use make up and wigs to hide their true appearance.

What I liked best about this series was the relationships that were explored and the way it looked at the impact on the families of the zombies, as well as the ability of the public to accept zombies living among them.

Helix, Syfy
 

Dr. Sulemani - Helix

Helix ran on the Syfy network, and also only lasted two seasons, but focused more on the corporate culpability and response to the virus created through their experimentation. During a search for immortality, two viruses were created, one that was lethal, and the other which created animalistic zombie-like “Vectors.” Some were cured, and as the story continued you found out what the leaders of the company responsible planned for the virus.

What I liked best about it was the mystery surrounding the action and watching as it was slowly unwound. You were never sure who was good and who was evil, and what would happen next.

 

So now it is time to vote. This is a hard choice for me, since I like all of these programs. Honestly, it does depend a little on my mood, since ZNation and iZombie are much more lighthearted and perfect to boost my spirits after a hard day, whereas The Walking Dead is such a downer most of the time. But, if forced to choose only one, I think I would have to go with The Walking Dead.

Now it is your time to vote. If you choose the “other” category, please leave a comment in the section below and tell me what show you were thinking of! And of course, leave any other comments you may have about zombie shows in general. I love reading what you have to say!

  • Taylor

    I actually love Z Nation as well. The Walking Dead is my #1 show but I love Z Nation much more than Fear The Walking Dead.