The appeal of post apocalyptic television

It is the end of the world as we know it. Whether the end came from a nuclear holocaust, aliens from another world, or zombies, post apocalyptic television appeals to audiences. This type of science fiction deals with the end of civilization and we cannot get enough of it. The themes are set in a world after such a disaster has occurred. There are no governments to keep order, no resources that we are accustomed to, and only the strong survive. As the audience watches these types of shows we cannot help but wonder how we ourselves would be able to survive. We might inspect our current living situation and ponder how prepared we would truly be in the event of an apocalypse. Of course the brutal truth is that the majority of us would be long since dead.

Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in an agrarian, non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain. ‘Revolution’, ‘Falling Skies’, ‘The Walking Dead’, and ‘Jericho‘ are prime examples of this genre. Headed into its seventh season, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead‘ shows us a post apocalyptic world ravaged by a zombie virus. In 2006 CBS introduced us to a well written TV series called ‘Jericho’ that’s life was cut far too soon. It centered on the residents of a Kansas fictional town in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. ‘Falling Skies’ on FX took place in the aftermath of an alien attach that left the Earth without resources and a government order.

NBC’s short lived show ‘Revolution’, created and written by Eric Kripke, produced by J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke. Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito lead the cast of young and old that have had to learn to live a simple life without the convenience of electricity. Handy with crossbows, swords, and knives, viewers witness what it’s like to fight for survival without the convenience of electricity. Survival of the fittest will always prevail. OK, who’s got the bug out shelters?


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