If you've already seen every zombie movie Netflix has to offer, why not find a nice zombie-related TV series to binge watch, as well? Bear in mind, not all shows about the undead are created equal. Although there are plenty of scary, flesh-tearing zombies in shows like The Walking Dead, many shows within the genre offer a cocktail of horror, comedy, historical drama, and crime investigation.
In other words, there's a zombie show for everyone whether you want to laugh, cry, or hide beneath the covers. Here are 10 of the best zombie TV shows on Netflix.
The CW's iZombie (loosely adapted from a comic book series) is a creative blend of comedy, romance, crime, and horror. Where else are you going to find a show that ticks all those boxes? The show is based around the life of a Olivia "Liv" Moore, a medical resident turned zombie who binge eats brains in the morgue to prevent herself from killing innocent people.
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The twist? Liz finds herself absorbing the personalities and memories of those she eats and decides to use this ability to help solve crimes.
9 Santa Clarita Diet
Not all zombie shows have to be scary! The comedy-horror series Santa Clarita Diet proves that you can add humor into the whole "walking dead" thing. Joel and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) are regular real estate agents living in the suburbs, except for one teeny tiny detail: Sheila's a flesh-eating zombie, unbeknownst to her family, friends, and overly nosy neighbors. Sheila calls her new diet of human flesh the "Santa Clarita diet," and her husband Joel is tasked with hiding her kills until they can figure out what's wrong with her and find a cure. If you like over-the-top comedy, then you'll definitely enjoy this.
8 The Walking Dead
Does a show as epic as The Walking Dead even need an introduction? Probably not, but I'll give you a little background anyway. Set in the outskirts of Atlanta, the series follows a group of survivors trying to stay alive in a world dominated by zombies, also called "Walkers."
On the surface, the storyline sounds completely unremarkable, but it's the character development that really brings all the viewers to the yard. Rick Grimes is a former sheriff and the de facto leader of a small group of survivors, but it's the inexplicably sexy redneck, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), who steals the show from the very beginning. There's blood, guts, romance, betrayal, and a buttload of zombies. What else could you possibly want?
7 Z Nation
Similar to 28 Days Later, Z Nation is an action-packed syfy zombie series set in a post-apocalyptic world. The show centers around a former inmate named Murphy, the only known survivor of a zombie bite who did not turn into a zombie. Although Murphy mutates into some kind of zombie hybrid, his blood contains antibodies that are humanity's last hope for survival. A small group of survivors takes it upon themselves to attempt to get him across the country to the last functioning Centers for Disease Control. Will they make it, or will Murphy's strange condition threaten them all? Watch to find out.
6 The Returned
Originally titled Les Revenants, The Returned is a French supernatural drama television series based on the 2004 French film They Came Back. If you search for it on Netflix, don't mistake it for the A&E American remake of the same name, which is much worse and was canceled after one season.
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In the series, people who have been dead for years begin to mysteriously reappear around town and resume their lives as if nothing happened. Unlike most of the shows on this list, this "zombie" film doesn't involve blood, guts, and gore, but the level of creepiness will not leave you disappointed.
After the release of Train to Busan, how can there be any doubt that South Korea has mastered the zombie genre? Kingdom is a South Korean historical horror and the newest original zombie series to hit Netflix (and it's amazing).
Set in Korea’s Medieval Joseon period, this big-budget thriller is an adaptation of the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods. Given that almost all zombie films are set in a post-apocalyptic world, it's rare to find one so steeped in culture and history, which is why Kingdom is a must-see for viewers everywhere.
4 Ash Vs. Evil Dead
Can't decide between a comedy or a zombie show? Why not have both! Ash vs. Evil Dead is a comedy horror series and sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy, a horror film franchise consisting of several feature films (if you haven't seen all of these, there's much to catch up on). The series, set approximately 30 years after the last film, follows Ash Williams—a former hero and zombie slayer—who now works as a stock boy at the "Value Stop." His boring life takes a turn for the worse after he (once again) releases a plague upon the world and is forced to save humanity with the help of some trusty sidekicks.
3 Dead Set
What would happen if a zombie outbreak occurred on the set of the reality TV show, Big Brother? Lucky for all of us, that's exactly what the British TV horror series Dead Set is about! After a zombie outbreak happens during filming, all the cast mates and production staff are forced to seek safety inside the Big Brother house. Created by Charlie Brooker (the man behind Black Mirror), the show is more than just a blood bath — it's also an unexpected commentary on the state of the entertainment industry and modern media.
While isolated in a research facility they discover zombie-like victims who are dangerous, violent and highly contagious. The team, led by Dr. Alan Farragut and Dr. Sarah Jordan, find themselves trapped in a life-or-death situation where everything is not as it seems. Could the future of mankind be at risk? Stream it and find out.
Similar to The Returned, Glitch is an Australian paranormal drama that follows seven people who mysteriously return from the dead in perfect health. Although they're not the flesh-eating zombies we all know and love, the undead in this show quite literally rise from the grave and understandably freak out everyone in town.
After discovering his formerly dead wife walking the streets, police officer James Hayes searches for the truth behind why these seven people have returned and discovers an unexpected (and sinister) link among all of them.