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Santa Clarita Diet: “So Then a Bat or a Monkey” (Season 1, Episode 1)

A lot has changed since the virulent strain of zombie media first made the leap from movies to the small screen, but we are nearly a decade in from day zero of the zombie apocalypse and it doesn’t seem like we’re going to find the cure any time soon.

In the early days of The Walking Dead, there was nothing quite like it. Viewers being able to spend more than two hours with the protagonists before they either succumbed to the zombie horde or found a way to live peacefully with their zombie best friend for the rest of their days? Who wouldn’t be compelled to see average human beings struggle against the living dead and continuously persevere? There have been a handful of shows that have tried to pry the baton from The Walking Dead‘s hands (including a spin-off), but like the creatures it is named after—the show continues to trudge along, even after it had been pronounced dead by many professionals. So, while the zombie copycats might have stopped rising from the pile of dead ideas in the last few years, the virus has mutated in ways that we might not have thought possible in the early days of the outbreak.

The zombie mutagen has transformed into everything from zombie medical examiner to zombies dealing with racism to whatever it was Z Nation was, and now? Now, we’ve got a small suburban family trying to stick together while mom has developed an insatiable hunger for human flesh and the delicious, meaty organs that lie beneath.
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First Watch: Z Nation: “Puppies and Kittens” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Zombies have been a definite craze for quite a while. We’ve seen comedies, tragedies, and even an occasional rom-com spin on the genre. With any idea that’s been pushed through every medium and done to (un)death (I promise to never make that joke again), we eventually hit a wall where the only original thing left to do is to deconstruct it; Cabin in the Woods did it for the horror genre and The Tick did it for superhero shows. America has not been able to successfully take apart the Zombie Genre, or at least not in a way comparable to how the British have done. Or have we?

For those of you who are sick to (un)death (I lied) of The Walking Dead, Syfy has tackled the Zombie genre in its newest show Z Nation.

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