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Five post-apocalypse TV shows to watch while you're waiting for the Rapture

May 20, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Some fundamentalist Christians believe that the end of days is coming — on Saturday! For those who want to theme their entertainment consumption accordingly, Show Tracker offers up a selection of apocalyptic programming for your TV viewing pleasure.

"The Walking Dead"

AMC broke its viewing records with the six-episode zombiepocalypse series that followed a band of survivors waging war against the undead. The show quickly became know for its brains and its braaaaaaiiiins.


Residents in a small Kansas town deal with the aftermath of a nuclear attack. The soapy thriller starred Skeet Ulrich and Gerald McRaney and ran two seasons on CBS. It's available on DVD.

"The Colony" 

This unscripted Discovery Channel series, based on a successful Australian show, followed a group of people plopped into an environment that simulated life after a global catastrophe. They had to hunt for supplies and basics, using their wits and will to provide for themselves in this social experiment. Spoiler alert: No one resorted to cannibalism!

"Day One" 

After a few fits and starts, NBC finally said it would air this planned series as a one-time two-hour movie. It never happened. See the original trailer here.



Since everybody was dead the whole time, had the world really ended? Debate continues on this cult favorite ABC series, which crashed a plane full of people onto a mysterious time-traveling island. It's always fun to revisit this beloved drama, no matter the scenario.

Still to come (if we're all around to see it, that is):

"Torchwood: Miracle Day"

Starz will launch a new "Torchwood" series on July 8 with the following concept: There's a day in the near future when no one dies. That might be good news for the sick and infirm and maybe the rest of us, but this weird situation stretches global resources to the brink. The result? The human race will cease to exist in four months. The heroes of the sci-fi-tinged series, who include Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer, have to make sure that doesn't happen.


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