If you’ve decided to sign on to Apple TV+, one of the original series you probably had your eye on to check out was See. The science fiction drama starring Jason Momoa is about a dystopian future whereby a virus has wiped out all of humanity’s ability to see. Completely blind, they live a new life where they must build, hunt, fight, and survive.
The story begins when a chief’s wife gives birth to twins who, it is discovered, have the sense of sight. An evil queen and her tribe, who steadfastly believe (like many others) that sight is not a gift but rather a curse, will stop at nothing to get their hands on the presumably evil children.
If you’ve watched the series thus far and are loving it, note that it isn’t the only great TV series that focuses on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world. Here are 10 other shows of a similar vein that are worth watching, too.
10 Game Of Thrones
Forget the fact that Momoa also starred in this series as a similar character, Khal Drogo, the chieftain of the Dothraki people who was dressed in similar garb and with a similar role in his tribe and similar fighting prowess. But there are other similarities, too, including that both characters married women who bore children, and both had to fight for their tribes.
With similarly gory scenes and graphic gratuitous violence, fights for power, an evil queen, and different tribes, Game of Thrones should definitely be on your radar to watch, or re-watch, if you like See.
9 The Handmaid’s Tale
In this dystopian drama, a religious group has taken over much of the U.S. and created the Republic of Gilead where women of child-bearing age are forced to serve as handmaids to the barren wives of wealthy leaders. Women, in general, are oppressed, people are hanged, maimed, and tortured for sins, and children ripped from their biological mothers.
The series isn’t as graphically violent as See, but it has its moments. And you get the same terrifying backdrops of a society that has markedly changed from the one we know today.
Also set in the future (though not as far into the future as See), this series follows the story of extraterrestrials who have taken over the world and created blocks and walls that divide cities and spaces. Within the colony, as it has become known, Hosts control everything, including who can get in and who can get out.
These Hosts of the military Transitional Authority agency of otherworldly creatures control everything, including how much and what you can eat as well, and what supplies get in and out of the colony. If you disobey them, there are dire consequences, including forcing you into slave labour or separating you from loved ones.
7 His Dark Materials
In this new British fantasy adventure series, which debuted on HBO November 4, it’s an alternate world whereby humans have animal companions, daemons, that represent their souls. The central character is Lyra, an orphan who is searching for a missing friend but ends up discovering mysteries, secrets, kidnappings, and far more than she expected.
The series is based on the novel series of the same name by author Philip Pullman, though the series is said to show a more modern take on the stories.
6 Battlestar Galactica
This one is an oldie but a goodie: from 2004, this military science fiction series is set in a different star system instead of on Earth. Humans live there in different groups of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. There, they are forced to fight Cylons, an android race they actually created, and in the end, only 50,000 of the billions of humans survive. They now must try and make their way to the Thirteenth colony, Earth.
The series aired for four seasons, and is a perfect fit if you are looking for a show similar to See, but set in space.
Another series in the sci-fi genre, this one from novelist Michael Crichton, is about an alternate world where androids have taken over. They run an adult theme park that features a Western theme where the android “hosts” help high-paying guests indulge in their wildest fantasies. The guests can’t be harmed, though, as the androids are specifically programmed not to do so.
With fabulous imagery, stories, and acting from the high-profile cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Anthony Hopkins, you can’t go wrong. There have been two seasons to date on HBO, with a third scheduled for 2020.
4 The 100
Another post-apocalyptic series, this one looks at civilization after a nuclear war has destroyed everything. The survivors, who have somehow ended up on a space habitat, are a group of young adults. They are tasked with returning to Earth and restarting the planet. However, they aren’t the cream of the crop of humanity: they were all, in the previous world, juvenile prisoners.
It appears that there are other survivors, as they discover when they return, and some have resorted to dire tactics in order to survive, including cannibalism.
3 Altered Carbon
Catch the single season of this sci-fi series on Netflix, which is based on the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. In this alternate and future world, a person’a consciousness can be transferred to a different body, so effectively, you never “die.” Former soldier and investigator Takeshi Kovacs finds himself in a new body where he must help solve a murder.
Set 360 years in the future, in 2384, it’s another interesting take on what would happen if society either lost an ability, or gained a tremendous new one. A second season is coming, though there’s no set release date just yet.
2 The Walking Dead
You might not initially think a show about zombies would appeal to you if you like something like See. But there are crossover themes, including that of a group of people banding together for survival and to protect one another, including young children.
In this long-running series, the survivors are fleeing flesh-eating walkers. But in most cases, it's other groups of humans hungry for power or greedy for resources who they must fight off. Just like in See where the biggest enemy is another group. Though it isn't for the same reasons, both series feature gruesome deaths and nail-biting moments.
1 Into The Badlands
This AMC series, which aired for three seasons from 2015-2019, is set in a post-apocalyptic world 500 years in the future. As is the case with many of the series on this list, civilization has left society in dire straits. Some elements of the past still exist, including electricity and ground vehicles. But things like guns are looked down upon, leaving humans to fight and defend using melee weaponry and crossbows.
There are groups of people, just like the tribes in See, who are simply trying to survive and defend their people and land, along with a group who lives on the fringes of society is isolated communities who believe in specific principles other might not agree with.