By Matthew Nemeth
The Walking Dead ended its seventh season earlier in April and won’t be back until October, In the meantime rather than re-watching The Walking Dead for the 10th time (you can do that too if you want) Here are 5 shows that you should watch.
iZombie just started its third season and the premise of the show is as follows.
Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. She abandons her career and breaks up with her fiancé, much to the disappointment and puzzlement of her family. She discovers that if she does not periodically satisfy her new appetite for brains, she starts turning into a stereotypical zombie, stupid and homicidal, so she takes a job at the King County morgue and eats the brains of the bodies she autopsies. Her secret is guessed by her boss, Dr Ravi Chakrabarti. Ravi soon becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued by her condition.
Whenever Liv eats a dead person’s brain, she temporarily inherits some of their personality traits and experiences flashbacks of their life. Those visions are generally triggered by sights (events or objects) or sounds (repeated sentences). In the case of murder victims, the flashbacks offer clues about their killers. Liv uses this new ability to help Police Detective Clive Babineaux solve the crimes, passing herself off as a psychic, while Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction in the hope that one day she will be able to resume her former life. So as you can see with the premise it’s a zombie, detective, buddy-cop show. Don’t worry the buddy-cop part of the show is simply excellent. The character’s and character relationships develop very well and go to very interesting places. The comedy is excellent and the show nicely manages to balance comedy and drama as well as having some very nice pop culture references.
iZombie is available on The CW in the U.S. and Netflix in the U.K.
2. Z Nation
Z Nation is on a hiatus until season 4 returns later in the year but has aired 3 seasons so far. Again here is the premise. Z Nation begins three years into a virus-caused zombie apocalypse, which has already killed most humans. In the days just before society fell apart, Murphy was one of three inmates at Portsmouth Naval Prison in Kittery, Maine who were unwilling participants of a government-approved experiment. Each inmate was given a different test vaccine. Murphy was the only one to successfully survive their vaccine injection. He is the only known survivor of a zombie bite who did not himself turn into a zombie, and his blood contains antibodies that are mankind’s last and best hope for a vaccine.
A group must transport Murphy from New York to the world’s last known functioning Centres for Disease Control research lab in California. However, Murphy harbours a dark secret that threatens them all. So with this also follows what the show is like, it’s a fun silly version of The Walking Dead. Think of it as Mad Max meets The Walking Dead. It’s crazy, funny and ridiculous while at the same time still managing to be well written and still worth your time, while also managing to be a zombie show of its own. The other good thing about Z Nation is that it isn’t trying to actually compete with The Walking Dead because it knows its silly and fun (in a very good way).
The first season of Z Nation is available on Netflix in the U.K. it airs its other seasons on Pick TV in the U.K. And is on SyFy in the U.S.
3. Fear The Walking Dead
This time something much more related to The Walking Dead itself as its a spinoff prequel. Again the premise is as follows. Set initially in Los Angeles, California and then later in Mexico, the series follows a Family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher boyfriend Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, her drug-addicted son Nick, Travis’ son from a previous marriage, Chris, Chris’ mother Liza Ortiz, and others who join their group at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. They must reinvent themselves, learning new skills and adopting new attitudes in order to survive as civilisation collapses around them, The zombie apocalypse itself. The series is from the same team behind The Walking Dead with the exception of Scot Gimple the current showrunner for The Walking Dead, So it has the same rules its just a different set of characters and set at the start of the apocalypse.
Fear The Walking Dead airs on both versions of AMC but is called AMC UK in the UK but is exclusive to BT *sigh* but fear not (no pun intended) seasons are later available on Amazon Prime in the UK (so yea, don’t worry about getting BT unless you want to also watch The Son).
4. The 100
The 100 is currently in its fourth season and has been renewed for its fifth season, Again the premise is as follows. The series follows a bunch of 100 teenagers who have committed crimes and are seen as expendable so are sent to earth to make it inhabitable, They meet many strange things back on earth and must face many challenges.
The 100 is on The CW in the US and on E4 in the U.K.
5. Game Of Thrones
Probably the show on this list that needs the least promotion of sorts, Game Of Thrones is a phenomenal series based on George Martin’s Game Of Thrones books. The series airs on HBO in the U.S. and on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. the day after.
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