TV Series for the Zombie-Obsessed
There's no denying that zombies in movies and TV are a full-fledged phenomenon -- with AMC's "The Walking Dead" and its record-breaking ratings leading the charge, fans, like the zombies themselves, are hungry for more. If you're addicted to "The Walking Dead," or just want more of the undead in your life, be sure to check out these other shows.
'Ash vs. Evil Dead' (2015 - )
The campy "Ash vs. Evil Dead," picks up after the second movie. Thankfully, the new series maintains the trademark humor and gore of the original two movies, with Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash, the character that launched his career, alongside former warrior princess Lucy Lawless. If you're a fan of the franchise, you'll feel right at home with "Ash vs. Evil Dead." If you're a zombie fanatic new to Ash's zombie-slaying antics, start with the first two movies before watching the show.
'Talking Dead' (2011 - )
"Talking Dead" expands on the fan experience for zombie fanatics: Each episode of "The Walking Dead" is followed by this group discussion, led by Comic-Con panel-moderation veteran Community's" Yvette Nicole Brown stops by, she comes armed with a notebook full of her thoughts on the show. With "Talking Dead," AMC has successfully fostered the fan community, keeping the hype going while letting viewers know they aren't the only ones obsessed with "The Walking Dead."
'iZombie' (2015 - )
There are a million reasons why "iZombie" shouldn't work as a show, namely its premise -- undead zombie hero Liv Moore (get it?) works in a morgue, eating the brains of murder victims, which incidentally provide her with crucial clues about how they were killed. So while the term "zombie procedural" may not be commonplace, that's exactly what "iZombie" is -- a pithy, fun show about a crime-fighting zombie. Like many zombie franchises, "iZombie" makes its own rules about how zombies operate, and the season-long plot arcs involve Liv's ongoing quest to stop the zombie virus and find a cure for herself. Make no mistake: Between the constant campy nods to the genre (a zombie losing control is referred to as going "full-on Romero") and the silly references to standard crime procedurals, "iZombie" is hordes of fun.
'Fear the Walking Dead' (2015 - )
A spinoff of "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" is a prequel that takes place on the West Coast in the days before the zombie outbreak. While much of its tension builds on what "The Walking Dead" has shown us will eventually happen (you know, zombies), "Fear the Walking Dead" doesn't pull any punches when it comes to depicting the decline of civilization -- things get grim quickly. The show is easy to settle into, as the cast feels more fresh and the characters less broody than their "Walking Dead" counterparts, injecting a welcome sense of hope into the franchise. But of course, zombies are zombies, so "Fear the Walking Dead" eventually ambles into the familiar territory of a small group of survivors running from one location to the next. There are key location differences -- finally, someone realizes that zombies can't swim, so they take to the sea -- but for the most part, "Fear the Walking Dead" doesn't mess with a formula that works, which is good news for zombie fans.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997 - 2003)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ventured into all kinds of supernatural territory -- including dozens of battles with the undead. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was a teenager prophesied to be the Earth's protector from vampires, zombies, and additional creepy monsters. Along with her mentor Giles (Anthony Head) and a group of friends willing to keep her secret, Buffy protected the world for eight seasons -- and a long-running comic book series that raised the canceled TV show from the dead. "Buffy" is a perfect show for zombie fanatics looking to broaden their horizons, and offers interesting insights into the mind of Joss Whedon, who went on to write and direct both "Marvel's The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."