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Allanah Faherty

If you're a die hard Walking Dead fan, you'll know there's no more trying time than the long months when the show is either on a mid-season break, or on the long summer hiatus between seasons.

Rosita, Carl, Michonne, Tara and Rick in The Walking Dead [Gene Page/AMC]
Rosita, Carl, Michonne, Tara and Rick in The Walking Dead [Gene Page/AMC]

With season finale often asking more questions than it answers, there's no doubt many fans would love a 52 episode season, or even character-specific spin-off specials. However, while there's only one The Walking Dead, there are many other TV series which share similarities with it in one way or another. Take a look at these five other TV series which may just fill the gap during those Walking Dead-free months:

1. Preacher

The cast of Preacher Season 1 [Matthias Clamer/AMC]
The cast of Preacher Season 1 [Matthias Clamer/AMC]

How many Seasons? 1

What's it about? An adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series of the same name, Preacher follows small town priest, Jesse Custer who was on the verge of leaving the church when he was inhabited by a mysterious and powerful entity. From there the adventures begin as Jesse teams up with bad ass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and Irish vampire Cassidy to better understand what happened to him and how he can make use of the new powers he has gained.

Why it's worth a watch: If you enjoy comic book adaptations then Preacher will instantly appeal. The series has had other adaptions attempts before, but nothing even came of them until Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and AMC gave it a go and nailed it.

If you're into the gore and crazy action that The Walking Dead brings, then Preacher will appeal, and given that you're already used to suspending belief and accepting zombies as part of life, the crazy world of Jesse Custer will be easier to adjust to. If AMC's Preacher is your first experience with the series, prepare to be a little confused for awhile, but even confused it's easy to appreciate how good Preacher is.

2. Ash Vs. Evil Dead

How many Seasons? 2

What's it about? Set in the Evil Dead universe, and with Bruce Campbell reprising his iconic role as Ash Williams, Ash vs Evil Dead is a sort of sequel series to the original film trilogy.

Set 30 years after the films, the comedy-horror series finds Ash working a dead end job and leading a rather unremarkable life despite his earlier adventures. But when circumstances change, Ash finds himself drawn into a battle against the Evil Dead and he once again picks up the chainsaw.

Why it's worth a watch: If you're a fan of the more light hearted episodes of The Walking Dead, the comedy of Ash vs Evil Dead will definitely tickle your fancy, not to mention that this series has an obscene amount of bloody gory at every turn!

3. The Strain

How many Seasons? 3

What's it about? Much like The Walking Dead, The Strain also started with an outbreak, though this one plagues New York City. However after, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) begin to investigate the outbreak they discover it appears to be an outbreak of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Why it's worth a watch: Created and written (and hell, even partially directed) by Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo del Toro, The Strain is sure to appear to any fan of his and the supernatural genre. Not only does The Strain have an interesting premise but remains mysterious and intriguing enough in its first season to hook you in for the full 13 episodes.

If you particularly enjoy seeing how much the walker's bodies disintegrates as time passes in The Walking Dead, then you'll enjoy watching as the characters in The Strain slowly become more and more decrepit. I mean, there's even a scene when a character's junk breaks off and falls in the toilet.

4. Z Nation

How many Seasons? 3

What's it about? Set three years after a zombie apocalypse which wiped out the majority of the human race, Z Nation follows the efforts of a group to transport a man named Murphy to the last known Center for Disease Control research lab in California. Murphy is unique due to being the only known survivor of a zombie bite, thanks to his blood containing antibodies which make him the last hope for a vaccine to the zombie virus.

Why it's worth a watch: If you enjoyed The Walking Dead Season 4/5 storyline about Eugene supposedly having the cure to the zombie virus, then Z Nation explores what might have happened if Eugene hadn't been lying and the group had continue their mission to get him to Washington D.C.

Z Nation definitely doesn't take itself as seriously as The Walking Dead, nor is it quite up to the same caliber. However, it's still a fun series to watch if you're post-apocalypse genre nut, and definitely takes some risks that The Walking Dead would never dream of.

5. Fear the Walking Dead

The cast of Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 [Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC]
The cast of Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 [Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC]

How many Seasons? 2

What's it about? Look, if you're a fan of The Walking Dead you probably already know about Fear the Walking Dead, but in case you don't the series is set in the same zombie-filled universe but over on the west coast. Though the series originally started out in LA, by the second season the gang have relocated to Mexico and we're now getting a look at how a whole other country dealt with the outbreak. Spoilers: It's almost exactly like how the US dealt with it. Much like the early seasons of The Walking Dead, we see a lot of the characters learning to live in this new world, and the battles between both the living and the dead.

Why it's worth a watch: For years fans of The Walking Dead begged for a sequel series showing the early days of the apocalypse, and it was finally delivered in 2015 with Fear the Walking Dead.

Though some complained that it was slow moving, everyone knows a good apocalypse takes time, and Fear definitely showed audiences a realistic look at how the world might react to such a mysterious and savage epidemic (bearing in mind that zombies never existed in the Walking Dead universe prior to the outbreak). Season 1 is a quick watch at just six episodes, and by the 13-episode Season 2, the world has fallen and the action has kicked up a notch.


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