Netflix has the zombie show for you, whether you’re looking for Walkers, Shufflers, or supernaturally fast predators.
There is no doubt that the living dead have found a happy home on the small screen. And as this selection of series shows, zombies lend themselves as much to comedy, mystery and politics as they do to horror. When looking for your new favorite zombie series, get ready for a diverse collection, despite the standard Z names.
Creatures certainly add something more to an apocalypse, and many series have built around twists and turns off the traditional formula. Some have even met with great success featuring one of the living dead as the protagonist.
Zombie series have grown in popularity over the past few years, and it doesn’t look like the undead hordes will be moving away from the streamer anytime soon. Here’s the zombie series you can catch on Netflix right now.
Country Z (2014 – 2018)
Five seasons of Syfy’s zombie series await on Netflix. Follow the adventures of Murphy three years after an apocalypse wiped out the planet. As the only person known to have survived a zombie bite, he’s the last hope for a vaccine, and it’s up to a motley group of survivors to transport him from New York to California to make it a reality.
After a frosty reception, the series has captured a core of fans with its increasingly inventive, country-style approach to horror, despite being chock-full of some quite unpleasant characters. For an additional clue on the tone of the show, it is crossed with the Sharknado film series twice.
Kingdom (2019 – present)
Netflix’s first original drama in South Korea combines politics and 16th-century horror – a brilliant mix that appealed to critics and audiences alike. Adapted from the webcomic series Kingdom of gods, Kingdom tells the story of Crown Prince Lee Chang as he seeks to understand and contain a mysterious plague that brings the dead to life. At the end of the second series, a special feature film North Ashin has been released, which explores the origin of the series’ mysterious resurrections.
Black summer (2019 – present)
Produced by The Asylum, the company behind Country Z, Black summer was intended as a prequel show, but quickly morphed into something entirely different. He follows another desperate group surviving at all costs against hordes of zombies, but this time it’s the first days of the apocalypse and set in a rough summer. While Country Z tore comedy from its concept, Black summer is quite the opposite. There is little laughter in a show that dwells on the collapse of society. Despite fans’ hopes, the two are unlikely to ever cross paths.
Reality Z (2020 – present)
A Brazilian horror show, Reality Z arrived on Netflix in 2020. Inspired by the British miniseries Dead set (see below) it takes place around the fictional reality TV show (if you can have such a thing) Olympus, which is interrupted by a zombie outbreak in Rio de Janeiro. It was launched with confidence and a trailer starring Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos ensured Olympus presenter Sabrina Sato that everything was fine. Of course, they weren’t.
Reality ZThe layered concept sees the reality show’s production team lead the action as contestants battle hordes of zombies for the benefit of fictional viewers and us. It turned out to be a bit too chaotic for some viewers, while others found the turn of reality that the contestants mimic the Greek gods a bit.
The last children on Earth (2019 – present)
This playful Canadian college animation brings together a group of kids, including 13-year-old orphaned Jack, as they survive a zombie and monster invasion. The seasons of the series are called Books, after the series of books that inspired it. From the second volume, the success of the series was measured by the arrival of new voice actors, including Mark Hamill, Catherine O’Hara, Rosario Dawson and evil Dead legend Bruce Campbell.
Outside the United States
The walking dead (2010 – 2022)
Several seasons of what has to be the world’s most successful zombie series are available on Netflix’s regional services. Following on Robert Kirkman’s groundbreaking comic book series, The walking deadThe success of has led to the strong crop of zombie series on Netflix. While the series’ “Walkers” are incredibly and horribly accomplished through its 11 series (and four spin-offs, including Fear the living dead), it explores the danger posed by other humans as the living dead themselves. Over the years, The walking dead presented a huge ensemble cast and proved that he is not afraid to choose his tracks. It is guaranteed to be remembered as one of the great zombie apocalypse series.
iZombie (2015 – 2019)
Another series adapted from a successful comic book, iZombie merges comedy, drama, horror and criminal procedure. The twist here is that Dr. Liv Moore is a Seattle Police Medical Examiner turned zombie. Far from adding to the issues around her, she can solve murders by eating victims’ brains and temporarily inheriting their skills and memories. You may have seen shows with a similar ‘psychic’ touch, but iZombie grows into something much bigger throughout its five seasons. Always well commented, it is a spectacle which deserves to be sketched.
Zombie detective (2020)
If you have a taste for zombie protagonists, this Korean series is worth a visit. Another zombie hiding in plain sight, the twist is that after Kang Min-ho wakes up as a zombie, with no memory of his past, he learns to pass himself off as a human and becomes a detective. private. When a writer finds out his secret, what other choice does he have than joining forces to solve crimes?
Dead set (2008)
British quirk, this miniseries linked a zombie outbreak to reality TV and inspired Reality Z. Producer Channel Four was broadcasting Big Brother United Kingdom at the time, and Dead set took advantage of setting up its comedy-horror zombie outbreak on the same sets and involving several familiar faces from the series. Its creator Charlie Brooker followed Dead set with Black mirror, also broadcast on Channel 4 before moving on to Netflix.