9 Genre Defining Zombie Shows on Netflix | Best Zombie Shows
Let’s be honest we all have imagined what is the worst-case scenario for humanity. It’s possible that someone came up with the idea of zombies as a result of their attempts to entertain this thinking. What if humanity isn’t annihilated by an alien force, Armageddon, a pandemic or an out-of-control natural disaster? What if a single virus infects us all, turning us become each other’s darkest nightmares and destroying all we’ve achieved over the course of our lives? The majority of zombie shows base their plots on this notion. Why would we be pushed to cannibalism otherwise? That’s quite a list of inquiries! This is a good time if you are someone who thinks a lot about such topics. The genre is spawning a slew of films, television series, and animation. With that in mind, here’s a list of some of Netflix’s best zombie shows that you can watch right now.
All of Us Are Dead (2022 -)
‘All of Us Are Dead,’ based on Joo Dong-popular geun’s webtoon, is a zombie apocalypse show created by Chun Sung-il, Lee Jae-kyoo, and Kim Nam-su. The plot centers on a high school where faulty experiments result in deadly results when zombies take over the entire campus. The students are forced to battle for themselves as things spiral out of control because they have no access to the outside world and a restricted supply of other critical supplies. All these youngsters have in their fight against the undead is their determination to fight and any equipment they can get to defend themselves against the relentless and violent attack.
Black Summer (2019)
Before you make plans to binge-watch the show on the day it premieres, you should check out ‘Z Nation,’ a Netflix original series. ‘Black Summer’ is a prequel series that shares the same universe. ‘Black Summer’ begins at the beginning of the apocalypse, but ‘Z Nation’ begins three years later.
It tells the story of a mother who loses her daughter just as the world is about to be overrun by zombies. She gathers a group of refugees and prepares to explore the perilous world in search of her daughter. ‘Z Nation’ has already concluded its run, and there are only five seasons, so you only have ten days to finish the show (not that it will take that long, given how addicted you are to binge-watching!). Jaime King, who you may recognize from her parts in ‘My Bloody Valentine’ and ‘Hart of Dixie,’ plays the starring role. Justin Chu Cary, Kelsey Flower, Gwynyth Walsh, and Christine Lee are among the other cast members.
Dead Set (2008)
‘Big Brother’ was one of the most popular reality shows in the United Kingdom. The show brought together a group of celebrities who were secluded from the rest of the world in a safe house and had to live for a certain amount of time in order to win the prize. (If you’re interested, the show aired for eighteen seasons and concluded last year.) ‘Dead Set’ is set in the ‘Big Brother’ house. The show begins in the same way. Participants are trapped within the house, cut off from the rest of the world, which is why they are unaware that the entire country has been overrun by zombies.
The only people left alive are the participants and the production team, and they wouldn’t open the doors if they knew what was outside. However, if they do not, and eviction day arrives, the doors must be opened. Instead of someone going out this time, the zombies come in. ‘Big Brother’ sets transform into ‘Dawn of the Dead’ sets. If you enjoy reality programs as well as zombie horror, this is the right film for you.
Glitch (2015 – )
Again, this isn’t your normal zombie show; it’s largely about people who have died and come back to life. ‘Glitch’ is an Australian sitcom about seven people who suddenly come back to life in the village of Yoorana. When James Hayes, the town’s sheriff, is called to the local cemetery on duty, he discovers this strange event. Seven people have crawled out of their graves and are totally healthy as they stand before him. But they have no idea where they are or who they are. It’s as though their mind has been utterly erased. Hayes understands that a situation this delicate should be kept private, but he also needs to figure out who these people are and what drew them back. To keep it a secret, he enlists the services of a local doctor. This show has been released in two seasons, both of which are available on Netflix.
iZombie (2015 – )
Olivia Moore is a young woman who is married and has a promising profession in medicine. She goes to a boat party one night and tries out a new substance called Utopium. However, the next day, she realizes that she has transformed into a zombie! This change has left her perplexed about her predicament. She cancels her engagement and quits her work without informing anyone of what has occurred to her. The bigger issue now is figuring out how to fulfill her appetite, since if she doesn’t, she’ll transform into the conventional zombies you’ve seen on other shows. Her medical background aids her in finding a solution. All of her difficulties are solved when she applies for a job at the mortuary. She doesn’t have to kill anyone because she feeds on the brains of the dead. She also discovers that after eating someone’s brain, she can temporarily retain their memories. Olivia chooses to put her newfound power to good use by assisting in the investigation of murders. Meanwhile, her supervisor is attempting to find a solution to her predicament.
Kingdom (2019 -)
I’d argue that Korean cinema is gradually conquering the world, but the truth is that it is occurring more faster than we realize. The quality of their programs and the great premises for their storylines are the reasons for this growth. When you think of zombies, your mind immediately transports you to a post-apocalyptic environment, either close or far in the future. ‘Kingdom’ transports you to another era. Set between the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th centuries, it chronicles the political turmoil of Crown Prince Yi-court, Chang’s where he is compelled to assume the throne after his father inexplicably becomes ill. Even the prince is kept in the dark about the nature of his illness. The subjects are informed that the king has died and that Yi-Chang will take his place.
Yi-Chang sneaks into his father’s room one night and discovers that he has transformed into a zombie. After the king’s apparent death, the novel weaves in the backstabbing and politics that occur in the court. The prince must defend himself and his country not just from an illness that threatens to destroy everything, but also from power-hungry humans who may go to great measures to exploit the disease. The show has gotten positive reviews, and Netflix has decided to continue it for a second season due to its popularity. If you haven’t begun watching Korean dramas yet, this could be a good place to start.
Santa Clarita Diet (2017 -)
If you haven’t already, you should absolutely check out this Netflix original comedy. It tells the narrative of Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel Hammond, a couple (Timothy Olyphant). They’ve been married for 19 years and have been together since high school. That is a significant amount of time in any relationship, and they have undoubtedly experienced many ups and downs. They work as realtors, have a teenage daughter who isn’t much bother, and reside in a quiet Santa Clarita neighborhood. Oh, and their next-door neighbors are both cops. This is a crucial point because what the Hammonds are about to embark on will need them avoiding any suspicion on their part.
Sheila becomes ill one day out of nowhere. She vomits a lot, to the point that one of her organs comes out! She feels fine once she cleans up. Even better! However, something isn’t quite right. She isn’t alive because she doesn’t have a heartbeat. When she cuts her hand, the blood doesn’t come out, and she’s hungry for something human to eat. Her condition is effectively described as zombie-like.
The Walking Dead (2010-)
It’s been almost a decade since the premiere of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and if you haven’t seen it, you can’t claim to be a zombie fan. This show is the essence of zombie shows, and there’s a reason it’s still one of the most popular, even after nine years. Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, is a sheriff who was shot in the line of duty and has been in a coma for a long period. When he wakes up, he realizes that the world has changed drastically since the last time he saw it. At first, there is no one in sight; the entire area is vacant. He is then attacked by corpses. After speaking with two survivors, he learns that a virus has infected the world, turning everyone into a zombie. Rick sets out to learn more about his wife and son’s disappearance.
The tale has progressed significantly, and it has even spawned a spin-off series, ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ which is currently in its fifth season. There’s also another spin-off in the pipeline. The focus of the tale is less on the horror element and more on the study of human nature, which makes ‘The Walking Dead’ superior to its competitors. Every season, Rick and his group of survivors face a variety of hazards, the majority of which are posed by other people. When you watch this show and the villains it portrays, you’ll see that humans may be far more deadly to each other than zombies once they’re allowed to revert to their primal state.
Z Nation (2014- 2018)
This show picks up three years after a virus has brought humanity to the brink of extinction in a post-apocalyptic future. The final working lab of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in California is working on a cure, and they may have it. The problem is that the remedy is only available in New York. A squad is dispatched to cross the zombie-infested landscape and return with the cure. It’s a man named Alvin Murphy who is responsible for this.
He was a detainee at the naval jail in Maine prior to the outbreak. He and two other detainees had participated in a study in which they were each given a vaccination. Murphy deduces that he was able to withstand a zombie invasion due of this vaccine. As a result, he is humanity’s sole hope of survival. That isn’t the end of it, though. There’s a lot more going on that no one else is aware of. I’ll leave it here since I don’t want to give anything away. Last year marked the conclusion of the show’s five-season run. All of them are available on Netflix.