If you haven't noticed, zombies have been pretty "in" in recent years. From "The Walking Dead" to "World War Z" to "Warm Bodies," if you're a zombie genre fan, it's a great time to be alive.
But not all zombie shows are created equal, you know? So here is our definitive ranking of every live-action zombie TV show. Where does your favorite fall?
Did you ever wonder what the TV show "Cops" would be like if the cops in question were capturing zombies? Well, look no further than "Death Valley," a short-lived TV series on MTV that told the story of the Undead Task Force. It was fun -- but like zombies themselves, short-lived.
We wanted to like this show of a zombie-like outbreak in an arctic research facility, and the first season was pretty good, but it never quite figured out how to sustain its premise.
"Fear The Walking Dead"
This "The Walking Dead" spinoff hasn't hit the same narrative heights as its sister show*, but we're willing to give it another chance because Lexa from "The 100" is on it. We're hoping for more smart social commentary and less angst in the second season.
*Note: some of MTV News may disagree with this statement.
Syfy's answer to the success of "The Walking Dead," "Z Nation" had a lot of humor, some effective drama, and a few characters that made this show entertaining. It doesn't have a particularly novel concept -- three years after the outbreak of a zombie plague, a ragtag band of survivors is trying to transport a potential zombie vaccine carrier across the country -- but it is a lot less depressing than "The Walking Dead." If you're into zombie stories, it's worth checking out. "Z Nation" just started its second season on Syfy.
From the dude who brought us "Veronica Mars," comes this comic book adaptation about a zombie who works in a morgue and helps solve murders by eating the brains of the deceased. (She gets flashes of memories from the brains she eats. Obviously.) This show is frequently hilarious, and is really beginning to hit its stride in season 2 by embracing its more serialized elements and developing its cast of characters — some of whom have taken to making some tragically questionable choices. Come for the snark, stay for the character-driven goodness.
Before Charlie Brooker started scaring audiences with his hits-too-close-to-home critiques of modern, technology-obsessed culture on "Black Mirror," he made this British mini-series about the zombie outbreak as told from the perspective of a TV crew making a "Big Brother"-esque reality show. One part "UnReal," one part "The Walking Dead," "Dead Set" will scare you to death.
This French drama got an American remake on A&E last year (and the very similar "Resurrection" on ABC), but it never reached the exquisite heights of its inspiration. "The Returned" is a meditative look on what it might look like if your loved ones returned from the dead, unchanged. Set in a small mountain town, it doesn't have traditional brain-eating zombies undead, but rather people returned exactly as they left. With an incredible soundtrack from Scottish band Mogwai, an amazing cast, and some jaw-droppingly beautiful visuals, this slow-paced zombie show is well worth a watch.
"The Walking Dead"
If you're looking for a traditional zombie story, "The Walking Dead" is your show. It tells the story of former sheriff Rick Grimes and a hodgepodge of other humans fighting for survival in a world overrun by zombies. As one of the most successful TV shows of all time, "The Walking Dead" has been an important part of the rise of genre television in mainstream pop culture. Like any TV show, it has gone through its ups and downs over the seasons, but it remains one of the best zombie dramas ever.
"In The Flesh"
British series "In The Flesh" takes a novel approach on the zombie genre, telling a story of the world after the zombie apocalypse has ended. Now that the government has developed a "cure" for zombies, partially deceased syndrome (PDS) sufferers are being introduced back into the general public. This show follows the story of Kieran, an introspective young man trying to integrate back into his small, rural town — a town that has not forgotten what PDS sufferers like Kieran did in their "untreated" states.
For the record, neither has Kieran. Character-driven and terribly suspenseful, "In The Flesh" delivers an unflinching glimpse at the dangers of prejudice, conservatism and bigotry in communities, using zombie-ism as a blanket metaphor for what being the "other" in a small town feels like. This show — which was canceled after two seasons — is so, so sad, but also all kinds of beautiful.