Watchworthy

The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows 

Reference
Updated March 27, 2020 26.4k votes 6.8k voters 247k 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!
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 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

More The Walking Dead 

Things The Original Walking Dead Fans Hate About The TV Show #22 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #5 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

2
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 2 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

More The 100 

#23 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #44 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #110 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
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

More Jericho 

#205 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #79 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #213 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
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

A family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, ...more

More Revolution 

#391 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #137 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #290 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

5
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 is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom ...more

More Falling Skies 

The Best Seasons of Falling Skies #224 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #36 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

6
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

This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more

More Fear the Walking Dead 

The Best Characters On 'Fear the Walking Dead' #171 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #143 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

7
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 is an American action-drama television series created by Hank Steinberg and Steven L Kane, based on the 1988 novel by William Brinkley. After a global viral pandemic wipes out over ...more

More The Last Ship 

#451 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #180 of 289 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #86 of 94 TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On

8
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

More Z Nation 

Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Z Nation' #410 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #914 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

9
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
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

More Colony 

#347 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #145 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #361 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

10
Survivors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Survivors Peter Duncan, Carolyn Seymour, Edward Underdown

Premiered: 1975

Survivors is a British post-apocalyptic fiction television series devised by Terry Nation and produced by Terence Dudley at the BBC from 1975 to 1977. It concerns the plight of a group of people ...more

More Survivors 

#678 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #73 of 111 The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks #16 of 35 The Very Best British Sci Fi Shows, Ranked

11
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 is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

More Battlestar Galactica 

The Best Battlestar Galactica Characters #98 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #4 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

12
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

More Firefly 

13 Crazy Yet Plausible Fan Theories About Firefly #51 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #1 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

13
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
The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same ...more

More The Strain 

#446 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #169 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #27 of 70 The Creepiest Shows In TV History

14
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: 2015

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

More Containment 

#428 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #3 of 35 The Best TV Shows About Disease Outbreaks #10 of 28 The Best US Versions of International Drama Series

15
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

More 12 Monkeys 

#423 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #106 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #271 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

16
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
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

More The Rain 

#297 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #18 of 69 All The TV Shows Ending in 2020, Ranked #88 of 92 Ranker's Bests Of 2018

17
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 is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

More The Stand 

‘The Stand’ Mini-Series Is A Lot Cheesier Than We Remember #174 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #798 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

18
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

More Zoo 

#97 of 132 The Best TV Shows Based on Books #19 of 35 The Best TV Shows About Disease Outbreaks

19
Life After People: The S... is listed (or ranked) 19 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

More Life After People: The Series 

#762 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #12 of 35 The Best TV Shows About Disease Outbreaks

20
Jeremiah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Luke Perry, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Peter Stebbings

Premiered: 2002

Jeremiah is an American-Canadian television series starring Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner that ran on the Showtime network from 2002 to 2004. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic ...more

More Jeremiah 

#94 of 104 The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time #21 of 35 The Best TV Shows About Disease Outbreaks #31 of 42 The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies

21
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour premiere, and concluded on December 19, 2011 with a two-hour, two-episode ...more

More Terra Nova 

#58 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #278 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #19 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

22
Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones
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

More Wayward Pines 

#219 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #235 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #88 of 132 The Best TV Shows Based on Books

23
The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 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

More The Last Man on Earth 

#376 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #258 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #189 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

24
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
25
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

More Between 

#66 of 72 The Best Sci-Fi Thriller Series Ever Made #23 of 35 The Best TV Shows About Disease Outbreaks