Survive after the end of the world: 20 post-apocalyptic series

Starting with the parable of the global flood, it is difficult to find a plot in world culture as popular as the end of the world. Cinematographers know this like no one else, and regularly release television shows in which the human race is destroyed by some misfortune. Viruses, aliens, zombies, nuclear war – it doesn’t matter. The main thing is that there will always be those who will survive and restart history on the ruins of the old world. We offer a selection of the best foreign and Russian series about the post-apocalypse – about what happens after “Oh, everything.”

Tribes of Europe (2021)

The global techno-catastrophe of 2025 throws civilization back to a medieval state. In the post-apocalyptic world, there is no electricity, no communication, no more government institutions. Half a century later, Europe is a wild territory inhabited by scattered tribes . The accidental crash of an unknown aircraft disrupts the peaceful forest clan Origin, and three teenagers find themselves embroiled in a fight for the future of Europe. The German novelty of the movie from the producers of “Darkness” with an open ending in the first season has already been renewed for the second.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Tribes of Europa

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Henrietta Confurius, Oliver Mazucci, David Ali Rashed…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Confrontation (2020 – 2021)

A deadly virus is wiping out over 99% of humanity. The survivors of the epidemic eventually unite into two completely different groups. Some are led by Mother Abigail, a seer who professes goodness and justice. She is confronted by the mysterious Black Man, whose power rests on fear and cruelty. The new series based on the novel by Stephen King goes beyond the genre of stories about survival after the apocalypse and is a full-fledged parable about the struggle between Good and Evil in human souls.

Original title:
The Stand

Genre:
Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
James Marsden, Odessa Young, Owen Teague, Alexander Skarsgard, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18 +


Through the Snow (2020 – 2021)

The fight against global warming has led to an ecological disaster. A sharp drop in temperature destroyed all life on the planet, and the only ark of civilization was a unique train rushing non-stop along the transcontinental highway. The train is completely autonomous and is able to provide passengers of a thousand and one car with heat and food for years to come. But humanity in a miniature format is also far from ideal – a cruel class hierarchy reigns in it.

Original title:
Snowpiercer

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Jennifer Connelly, David Diggs, Mickey Sumner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
18+


Dawn of the Apocalypse (2019)

The death of civilization is also a good reason to have fun. In the list of the best youth series about the post-apocalypse is a fantastic comedy about Californian teenagers, for whom the end of the world is real entertainment. High school student Josh and a couple of friends hang out in a former mall that keeps them safe from zombies and street gangs. But why be bored locked up when you can go with friends in search of your girlfriend Sam?

Original title:
Daybreak

Genre:
Comedy, horror

Actors:
Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Epidemic (2018 – 2020)

A deadly virus pandemic is raging across Russia. Moscow is engulfed in chaos and unrest. The only way out is to run away from people. Sergei with his wife and son live in a village near Moscow, but soon it will become unsafe here. Sergei miraculously takes his ex-wife out of the capital with his child and meets his father. A small group of survivors set out in search of salvation in the Karelian wilderness, where a possible refuge from the consequences of the apocalypse awaits them.

Genre:
Drama, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Victoria Isakova, Kirill Kyaro, Maryana Spivak …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Rain (2018 – 2020)

A deadly virus that infects people through raindrops, destroys most of humanity. One of the employees of a large corporation, aware of the impending disaster, hides his young son and daughter in an isolated shelter with a multi-year supply of food, but he never returns. The food supply runs out six years after the end of the world, and the young heroes of the series must take care of their own survival and get out to the surface – in a post-apocalyptic world full of dangers.

Original title:
The Rain

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Alba August, Lukas Tonnessen, Mikkel Boe Fölsgor …

Country:
Denmark, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Man on Earth (2015 – 2018)

A mysterious deadly disease seems to affect everyone except Phil Miller. An ordinary bank employee from the town of Tucson, Arizona sets out on a journey through post-apocalyptic America in search of other survivors. Having traveled through all the states in a year, he never finds anyone, but throughout the whole journey, without losing hope, he leaves an inscription on billboards – “There are survivors in Tucson.” Returning to his town, after some time, he begins to meet guests from all over America.

Original title:
The Last Man on Earth

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


In the desert of death (2015 – 2019)

The list of the best post-apocalyptic series is complemented by a highly rated dystopian action movie filled with action and martial arts to the eyeballs . After a series of wars, civilization is thrown back into the days of feudalism. Several barons, thanks to brutal shredder warriors, control the resources necessary for survival. Sunny, the best warrior of Baron Quin, dreams of a peaceful life away from these orders. One day he saves the life of a young man who is ready to become a warrior’s guide beyond the desert.

Original title:
Into the Badlands

Genre:
Action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beacham…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


12 monkeys (2015 – 2018)

In 2043, the remnants of humanity are hiding underground from a deadly virus that destroyed the former civilization three decades ago. The discovery of time travel technology leads scientists to the idea of ​​correcting the state of affairs and sending someone who will prevent a catastrophe into the past. Criminal James Cole is assigned as a guinea pig. He will have to travel back to 2015, with the help of scarce information about the causes of infection, to conduct his own investigation and eliminate the “null patient”.

Original title:
12 Monkeys

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Barbara Zukova …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


The last ship (2014 – 2018)

In the top series about the post-apocalypse is the story of the crew of the US Navy destroyer, which becomes the only hope for humanity in times of the collapse of civilization. After a four-month secret watch in Antarctica , a warship emerges from silence and discovers that the world has suffered a catastrophe. The pandemic destroys the remnants of the population, and the mission of the ship’s crew is to help develop a vaccine and save humanity.

Original title:
The Last Ship

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, military

Actors:
Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Hundred (2014 – 2020)

A century after a nuclear catastrophe, a huge Ark spaceship drifts in Earth orbit , which has become a haven for the remnants of humanity. The ship’s resources are limited, and a strict order is maintained in the community, the violation of which is punishable by death. One hundred juvenile delinquents get a chance to survive and benefit the colony. They are sent to the surface of the Earth in order to find out its suitability for people.

Original title:
The 100

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Eliza Taylor, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Z Nation (2014 – 2018)

The next series is made at the intersection of the genres of post-apocalyptic zombie horror, fantasy and action comedy . A couple of years after the zombie apocalypse, a team of survivors travels across the country with an important cargo. Their goal is to deliver a patient with immunity to the virus to the research laboratory. Although the survivor of the bite remained sane, he secretly hatches his own plans for the future, which are not at all related to the salvation of mankind.

Original title:
Z Nation

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang, Keith Allan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Survive After (2013 – 2016)

Several young people who do not know each other find themselves locked in an underground bunker, not remembering how they ended up here. Somehow getting out of captivity, they realize that this is only the beginning of strange events. During this time, Moscow was infected with a mysterious virus. Now crowds of zombie girls roam the Russian capital, paralyzing the living with an ultrasonic cry and attacking, tearing them to pieces. Teenagers have to figure out what the hell it is, and at the same time try to survive.

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Irina Barinova, Anton Batyrev, Sergei Belov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Revolution (2012 – 2014)

One of the best post-apocalyptic series of recent years tells about the life of mankind 15 years after the global blackout. The disappearance of electricity threw civilization far back, states ceased to exist, and the world was divided into independent territories with self-proclaimed rulers. The Madison family suddenly becomes the owner of the key to the mysteries of the catastrophe, and this entails mortal danger.

Original title:
Revolution

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
Billy Burke, Tracey Spiridakos, David Lyons…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
16+


Ark (2011 – 2013)

The Spanish training ship “Polyarnaya Zvezda” with a team of leaders and sailor students is going on a two-month voyage that is not destined to end so soon. During the journey, a global catastrophe occurs – the launch of the hadron collider leads to a new global flood. The North Star miraculously survives a deadly storm, and now the survivors must decide what to do next in the coming post-apocalypse.

Original title:
El barco

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Juan Jose Artero, Mario Casas, Blanca Suarez …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Fallout – Nuclear smoke break (2011 – 2013)

A series about life after the apocalypse in the most unusual format – a film adaptation of a series of computer games, completely filmed with fan funds. The ten-minute episodes follow the life of Joyne Twig, a wanderer in the nuclear wastelands of California a century after the global catastrophe. He is accompanied by a couple of eccentric friends – an escaped slave with a laser rifle and a tramp Ben, a victim of radiation exposure. The series is worth watching at least for all Fallout fans, because according to the numerous reviews of the audience, this is the best film adaptation of a computer game ever created.

Original title:
Fallout: Nuka Break

Genre:
Fiction, action, adventure, western

Actors:
Zach Finfrock, Tybee Diskin, Aaron Gills…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


Falling Skies (2011 – 2015)

Earth is attacked by an aggressive alien civilization that is far superior to humanity in technical development. In a short time, the aliens destroy all major cities and 90% of the planet’s population, and devices are implanted in captive people that turn them into obedient slaves. The survivors unite in small resistance groups. Former professor, military historian Tom Mason, between battles, tries to find a way to counter the invasion.

Original title:
Falling Skies

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


The Walking Dead (2010 – 2021)

The most famous series about the post-apocalypse to the general public tells the story of Sheriff Rick Grimes and his family in the context of a total zombie epidemic. Thanks to his leadership qualities, the sheriff manages to unite a small team of survivors around him, and now they go in search of a shelter that can protect them from the army of the restless dead. The path is full of dangers, but the biggest threat comes not from zombies, but from people blinded by fear.

Original title:
The Walking Dead

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Norman Reedus, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Andrew Lincoln …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Survivors (2008 – 2010)

In this British series about the post-apocalypse, there are no bloodthirsty zombies, no aliens, no man-made disasters. The cause of the end of the world is a deadly mutation of the common flu virus. Spreading at lightning speed across all continents, it kills most of the population. Only a few have immunity, and they are left alone with the changed world. Survivors spontaneously unite in groups and are forced to take care of their own safety, because the world is now ruled by anarchy and brute force.

Original title:
Survivors

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Julie Graham, Max Beasley, Paterson Joseph …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Jeremiah (2002 – 2004)

In the near future , an epidemic called the “Big Death” takes the lives of the entire adult population. The only exceptions are children who have not reached puberty. The world of post-apocalypse absorbs medieval chaos, and only 15 years later, the older generation realizes that it is necessary to look for a way out of the impasse of civilization. While searching for information on the cause of an epidemic, young Jeremiah one day encounters a secret society investigating the mystery of the “Great Death”.

Original title:
Jeremiah

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama

Actors:
Luke Perry, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Peter Stebbings…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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