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The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows 

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Updated March 27, 2020 26.7k votes 6.8k voters 250.2k views 52 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction TV series.

The very best apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining apocalypse TV shows of all time are. Don't let your favorite apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of apocalypse series below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, when available.

Among the post apocalyptic TV shows listed here are series like The Walking Dead, Revolution, and Loonatics Unleashed. These apocalyptic TV shows (some of which you can find on Netflix for your next binge) are full of drama, riveting special effects, and scary visuals that will have you on the edge of your seat.

What is the best post apocalyptic TV shows of all time? What are the greatest TV shows about apocalypses that have ever aired? Upvote the apocalyptic TV series you enjoy the most and don't forget to rerank the list so the shows you thought were great can rise to number one!
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
HeatherBrown added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

Premiered: 2006

Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
az.tony.ab added Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

Premiered: 2012

Revolution (NBC, 2012) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series created by Eric Kipke. A family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape where every ...more

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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

Premiered: 2011

Falling Skies (TNT, 2011) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series created by Robert Rodat. Six months after an alien attack on earth, a group of survivors band together ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
allmy-junk added Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Premiered: 2015

Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is ...more

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
CharlesMoore added Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin

Premiered: 2014

The Last Ship (TNT, 2014) is an American action drama television series created by Hank Steinberg and Steven L. Kane, and loosely based on the William Brinkley novel of the same name. After a ...more
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Z Nation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
omar-duarte added Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch

Premiered: 2014

Z Nation (Syfy, 2014) is an American action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television series created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler. Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the ...more
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Colony is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson

Premiered: 2016

Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more

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Survivors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Survivors Ian McCulloch, Lucy Fleming, Carolyn Seymour

Premiered: 1975

Survivors (BBC One, 1975) is a British post-apocalyptic fiction drama television series created by Terry Nation. After a Chinese scientist accidentally unleashes a mysterious virus that wipes ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
allmy-junk added Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
SabbySox added Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand

Premiered: 2014

The Strain (FX, 2014) is an American horror drama television series created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and based on their novel trilogy of the same name. A viral outbreak causes an ...more

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Containment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Mabie1 added Chris Wood, Claudia Black , David Gyasi

Premiered: 2016

Containment (The CW, 2015) is an American medical and speculative drama television series based on the Belgian television series Cordon. The show follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, ...more
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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
omar-duarte added Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo

Premiered: 2015

12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Nickie Goldinhart added Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

Premiered: 2018

The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
JerichoRemitio added Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 1994

The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The remaining survivors after a deadly plague split into ...more

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Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Avner Berlios Wulu added James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie

Premiered: 2015

Zoo (CBS, 2015) is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A group of varied professionals investigate the mysterious pandemic of ...more
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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Pierre Fondcombe added Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman

Premiered: 2015

The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Silverstein. The Shannon family living in the year 2149 are transported back to ...more

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Jeremiah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Luke Perry, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Peter Stebbings

Premiered: 2002

Jeremiah (Showtime, 2002) is an American-Canadian post-apocalyptic action drama television series created by J. Michael Stracyznski. Years after a deadly virus wiped out everyone over the age of ...more

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Life After People: The S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
James Lurie, Steven S. Ross, Gordon Masterton

Premiered: 2008

Life After People is a television series on which scientists, structural engineers, and other experts speculate about what might become of Earth should humanity instantly disappear. The featured ...more

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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones

Premiered: 2015

Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed by Chad Hodge. A Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two ...more

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The Walking Dead: Torn A... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
The Walking Dead: Torn Apart

Premiered: 2011

The Walking Dead: Torn Apart is a six-part web series based on the television series The Walking Dead. It aired in its entirety on October 3, 2011, on AMC's official website. The web series ...more
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Between is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Between Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen

Premiered: 2015

Between (Netflix, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction drama television series created by Michael McGowan. After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 21 years old, survivors of a town, ...more

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