Ultimate zombie show: 'Z Nation' or 'The Walking Dead'?
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Ultimate zombie show: 'Z Nation' or 'The Walking Dead'?

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The undead are all over TV, but SYFY's "Z Nation" and AMC's "The Walking Dead" have arguably two of the strongest geek followings. While "Z Nation" doesn't compete with super-high ratings, the action-packed comedy series is a creative and fun alternative to the dark and gritty "TWD." Yet, no matter how gloomy and violent "The Walking Dead" is sometimes, the drama remains one of the highest rated shows after seven seasonsa pretty big deal for cable. Which zombie show is better? 💀 📺


Below is the synopsis of "Z Nation," per IMDB

Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the United States of America a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

"Z Nation" isn't a copycat zombie apocalyptic show just because it premiered after "TWD." In actuality, "Z Nation" is everything that "The Walking Dead" is not. First and foremost, "Z Nation" is a comedy; the show puts wit, humor and creative plotlines into each episode.

The show is completely outrageous, but that's what makes it fun. "Z Nation" is the first zombie apocalyptic piece of media to think outside of the box. The show introduced so many cool types of zombies and zombie-related things, including the Z-Nado (tornadoes with zombies instead of sharks), Blasters (nuclear-blasted zombies), Phytos (half-zombies, half-plants), Radioactive Zombies (the name gives it away); and zZ Weed, which is grown using zombie compost.

"The Walking Dead" is a highly-praised show, but its plot has remained the same for all seven years—a group of survivors fight to survive the apocalypse and against other violent threats. It's a gritty drama, but is there any hope on that show?! 

On the other hand, "Z Nation" focuses on curing the world and it's really a single character, Murphy, who makes the show more intriguing to watch. Murphy originally ran away from saving the world as "the cure" to play God and create human-zombie hybrids. YIKES! But season four is going to be fun to watch, as the gang's adventures continue.

Watch Syfy's list of the top 10 zombie kills below. 

"Z Nation" might not be a ratings monster, but season four premieres on September 29 and geeks are ready the show's trademark humor. Syfy Wire's Nathalie Caron writes: 

Season 4 looks to bring back the series’ trademark humor in spades (Zombie Ball!) as it kicks off with a twisty time jump. The 13-episode fourth season sees Murphy (Allan) and Warren (Smith) alive and kicking in Zona, the “zombie-free playground for billionaires,” while the rest of the gang are facing off against the mutated Z Virus and the unkillable “MAD-Z’s.”

Below is the synopsis of "The Walking Dead," per IMDB:

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

"The Walking Dead" debut in 2010, and it's been a premiere geek show ever since. The show's strong following doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon, now moving into the show's eighth season.

"TWD" survived a controversial seventh season. Fans were pissed that bat-wielding sociopath Negan brutally murdered beloved characters, Abraham and Glenn. Yet, "TWD" is still one of the highest-rated shows on cable TV. (Ratings for season seven did slightly dip.)

According to Hollywood Reporter, AMC's CEO told MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit that he isn't worried about the show's survival. He says: 

"It's pretty alive and vital and there's a long time that we're going to be playing with The Walking Dead."

Still, horror geeks are dedicated to "TWD." Although the show is dark and gloomy, you can't help but watch what happens next. "TWD" will always break your heart, but keep you engaged—it's a show about an apocalypse, and reality is harsh! The show invests so much into the characters because it makes any death, at the hands of psychos or at the mouths of Walkers, that much more impactful. Going into season eight, fans are invested. They ain't going anywhere. 

Check out the top character deaths from "TWD" below.

"TWD" holds an overall 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The season seven premiere in October 2016 was quite controversial for killing off some major characters, but it also showed that "TWD" still hasn't lost its edge after all this time. NPR's Eric Deggans wrote:

The show's creative team has not lost its taste for jerking fans of the TV show around and it remains committed to refining and retuning the biggest moments from the book, without jettisoning them completely.

#TeamZNation because "Z Nation" has brought humor and creativity, like the Z-nado, to the apocalyptic zombie show genre.

#TeamTWD because "The Walking Dead" is gory and gritty fun, and one of the top shows on TV!

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