Post-Apocalyptic Television Series

In less than a month, according to myth, we will all be gone. Gone from this world? Maybe. Gone insane? Possibly. However, even though this may not happen, television shows have already delved into the world of post apocalyptic mania. Take a gander, maybe learn something from these shows that portray multiple different types of apocalypses for your viewing pleasure.

Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) plays an important role in the show The Walking Dead

Up first: The Walking Dead. Cable’s zombie hit has surprised fans of the original comic book series by straying from its plot lines in both good and bad ways. There are surprising cliffhangers, deaths, and other various events to keep fans wanting more.

When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)  wakes up from a coma, he discovers that the world he once knew is no longer in existence. Zombies, or “walkers,” have infested the earth. Rick, the former deputy, finds that the government has diminished, laws have disappeared, and technology does not work anymore. After being saved by Glenn (Steven Yeun), Rick finds that his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), and son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), are alive. The series goes on to show how these survivors survive. It focuses more on the characters than the need to gross the audience with blood and guts, although it does that, too. These humanized zombies are created by an Emmy-winning team and look as real as the walking dead can. The current season is introducing human villains, which proposes the question:  Who can these characters really trust: the living or the dead? The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.

Next up: Revolution.  Similar to The Walking Dead, Revolution has something that will terrify and change humanity forever. 15 years before the series begins, a Blackout occurred causing all technology to stop. Cars, planes, phones, internet, electricity: it all does not work. The setting is America, but the characters would never be caught saying that treasonous name. After the Blackout, a global war broke out. Governments around the world fell, and North America was left under the control of a violent militia. People developed towns around farming grounds, made their own clothes by candlelight; overall, the world transported itself back to the 17th century, but has kept its modern homes, clothes, and the skeletons of technology. The series follows Charlie Matheson, who is on track to find her brother, who the militia has kidnapped. On the way, she finds her uncle with a questionable past, and other characters to complicate the plot. Audiences find chillingly realistic views of cities, such as Chicago, if the world were to go under a post-technology/apocalyptic world. Revolution airs on Mondays at 10pm on ABC.

The characters of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time spoofing the characters of AMC’s The Walking Dead .

On Cartoon Network, there is Adventure Time. The cartoon series follows Finn (Jeremy Shada), the only human left in the magical world of Ooo. Although there are mythical creatures in this world, the fans of the show have theories of how this world actually came into existence. One theory is that it is a post-apocalyptic Earth. From a glimpse of the world of the show, it looks like Earth, but with a chunk missing. That chunk of land is where modern day Russia currently stands. The theory is that The Cold War actually occurred in this world, and this is the result. Creatures are mutations, and Finn, although possessing mutated dot eyes, is the only one that made it out alive. He now resides in this world with creatures, such as Princess Bubblegum, who might actually be a stick of bubble gum. Adventure Time airs at 8:30pm on Mondays on Cartoon Network.

Finally, Once Upon A Time: this show follows two separate worlds (what else could you expect from the Lost writers). We follow a fairy tale land and our modern day world. Storybrooke, Maine is a town stuck in time. No one has aged and the clock has stayed the same, with the exception of a boy name Henry (Jared Gilmore). We find out that Henry’s adoptive mother, Regina (Lana Parrilla), put a curse on her home fairy tale land and the fairy tale creatures were sent to our world with no memory or magic. Regina, aka the Evil Queen, has taken revenge on Snow White, aka Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), and her happiness – in exchange for ruining hers. After the curse, fairy tale land is gone. With the exception of parts of the land, the curse has made the world post-apocalyptic. Spoiler Alert: When the curse is broken – by Henry’s real mother and the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming – Emma, the characters are less than thrilled with Regina. They regain their memory and their magic.  Snow White, and Emma, who was only here for literally 15 minutes of her life, travels back to their world to find that their home is destroyed and that there is no order to the land. Joining this group is Prince Charming, Belle, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Aurora, and many more. Once Upon a Time airs Sunday at 8pm on ABC.

There you have it. A snapshot of different ways to handle the pending apocalypse. Maybe it will be entertaining like Adventure Time. Maybe we will discover magic and become fairytale creatures – or zombies. Either way, bunker down and buckle up because the date for lift off is around the corner.

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