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16 post-apocalypse shows to stream now!
As the deadly spread of the coronavirus takes hold of North America, forcing people to shelter in place, Heads has compiled a list of 16 post-apocalypse movies and series to watch as you pass the time at home. They may be fiction, but you could still pick up a tip or two on how to survive the COVID-19 devastation. Get ready to fight Ghoulies, Titans, Clippers, Grounders, Vesps, nuclear fallout, deadly viruses, and your own imagination!
Daybreak (2019) Netflix
Josh Wheeler is a 17-year-old high schooler trying to find his missing girlfriend in post-apocalyptic California. Joined by an eccentric collection of oddballs, the series takes viewers on a Mad Max-style ride where Josh and company must overcome the terror of evil gangs of jocks and Amazonian cheerleaders, the zombie-like Ghoulies, and other threats to his quest.
The Rain (2018) Netflix
Simone and Rasmus are siblings who were left hunkering in a bunker by their scientist father after a virus-laden rain nearly wipes out the entire Scandinavian population. Emerging six years later, they join forces with a group of young survivors as they search for safety and a cure.
Cargo (2017) Netflix
The Rose family survives a zombie pandemic by sheltering in a houseboat in rural Australia. However, realizing his own contagion, the father must now seek a new home for his baby daughter before it’s too late.
The Bad Batch (2016) Netflix
Cut off from civilization in a Texas wasteland, protagonist Arlen must adapt to the unforgiving landscape of the Bad Batch. The young woman is caught by cannibals but escapes to the Comfort, a cult-like settlement headed by charismatic leader, The Dream.
Contagion (2011) Netflix
Returning from a business trip, a mother quickly falls ill and dies from a mysterious infection. Her son is the next victim but her husband appears to me immune. This is ground zero of a pandemic that sees millions of people become sick as the world panics and falls into chaos. (Really, this is a fiction!)
The 100 (2014) Netflix
Set on a space station nearly a century after a nuclear apocalypse wipes out life on earth, the inhabitants of the Ark are faced with a new challenge—overpopulation. In need of a safe home, they send 100 juvenile detainees back to earth to determine its habitability. Here the 100 encounter those who survived the destruction: the Grounders, the Reapers and the Mountain Men—hostile clans battling for power, and must learn to survive under the harshest conditions.
Into The Badlands (2015) Netflix
In a post-apocalyptic world ruined by war, a feudal system has filled the power void. In the Badlands, barons control monopolies of opium and fuel. They oversee large slave workforces of clogs kept in line by deadly warriors known as clippers. In a society with no guns, martial arts have become the dominant fighting style offering elaborate choreographed fight scenes.
Jericho (2006) Netflix
After a nuclear explosion, the citizens of Jericho attempt to reconstruct their town. However, the townspeople soon become suspicious of the newly formed Cheyenne government’s oversized interest in their peaceful community.
Lost in space (2018) Netflix
Imagine The Swiss Family Robinson, only set 30 years in the future and in space. The Robinson family are en route to a space colony when their ship gets blown light-years off course. Their new shipwrecked reality means surviving in a dangerous alien environment with a couple of questionable outsiders.
Attack on Titan (2013) Netflix
This Japanese anime series is set in a world where humans must live in fortified cities to protect themselves from Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour people. After a Colossal Titan breaches their hometown, young Eren and friends vow revenge by joining the elite soldiers of the Scout Regiment.
Bird Box (2018) Netflix
After a mysterious force wipes out most of the human population, survivors set forth to seek safety. The catch? The deadly entity kills you by assuming the form of your worst fear. A mother and her children hack the problem by covering their eyes and embark on the dangerous blindfolded journey.
The Silence (2019) Netflix
After a team of researchers discovers and sets loose a deadly primeval species called Vesps that are blind and hunt by sound, the world is terrorized into hushed silence. The Silence follows the story of Ally, a deaf teenager and her family as they seek refuge in the remote countryside, but they encounter one deadly hurdle after another along the way.
Snowpiercer (2013) Netflix
Set in the near future, the world is frozen and survivors are living on a train called the Snowpiercer, which is divided into a class system—wealth up front, squalor in the rear. Curtis and a group of lower-class denizens undertake a revolution, battling their way forward with the goal of creating a more equitable existence for all.
I am Mother (2019) Netflix
Mother is an android tasked with repopulating the world using stored embryos after a global apocalypse. Her teenage daughter discovers life beyond their base and suspects that the outside world is no longer contaminated, leading to a confrontation between her and Mother.
Between (2015) Netflix
Between is set in a ten-square-mile government-imposed quarantine zone that has been infected by a mysterious virus that kills anyone over the age of 22. With a node to Lord of the flies, the series explores what happens when the young inhabitants are left to rule themselves.
IO Last on Earth (2019) Netflix
Set in a post-apocalyptic world too toxic for human life, young scientist Sam Walden is determined to not only survive but to save her beloved earth. While all others have abandoned the planet to live on one of Jupiter’s moons, her last human connection is a man named Micah who is racing to catch the last shuttle to IO.