Rick and his motley bunch might be the most famous bunch of zombie-wranglers to ever get a prime-time spot. But excellent as 'The Walking Dead' is, it's not the only awesome zombie show around.
So if you've already binged on 'The Walking Dead' and need more to satisfy those cravings for 'braaains', check out any of these:1. Z Nation
The zombie apocalypse is in full swing and it's not just the undead you need to worry about, but also the rather-more unscrupulous living. But no, don't for a minute assume Z Nation's some sort of low-budget attempt at riding 'The Walking Dead' wave.
This is a bonafide cracker in its own right. Over-the-top action, zany humour, and nail-biting suspense, it all comes together in a gleefully bloodthirsty romp as our heroes make a last-ditch attempt to discover a cure.
Zombie strippers? A giant zombie cheese wheel bulldozing everything in its part? A zombie baby? Zombies getting stoned? You'll find it all here. Best of all, this SyFy show doesn't shy away from getting rid of fan fav characters.2. Santa Clarita Diet
Say hello to Sheila Hammond (the effervescent Drew Barrymore). She and her husband Joel (played by the master of facial expressions, Timothy Olyphant) are regular folks from the suburbs. Regular folks with a regular life. Staying outta trouble, raising a kid, and in general, just being a regular family.
But things are about to change when Shiela upchucks enough vomit (and what looks like an organ) to cheer up your average, gross 10-year-old on the night before a math exam.
You guessed it - sweet and quiet Sheila Hammond is now a zombie, with some unfortunately timed craving for living flesh. Join the Hammonds as they try figuring out what happened, and also deal with a wave of adversaries - everything from nosy neighbours and mad scientists to talking heads and corrupt cops. See, who said the suburbs were boring?3. iZombie
Parties are fun. Unless you're at the wrong one, like Olivia Moore, and get scratched by a zombie who's tripping on something downright evil. Luckily, she's a doctor. Which means she can get a job as a Medical Examiner and can chomp on the dead instead of wandering the streets looking for brains like other, less privileged zombies.
Now, while it's no fun being a zombie (you don't enjoy 'normal' food, relationships can be hard, and you need to keep it all under wraps for fear of vigilantes), there's an unintended side benefit: Liv can 'see' the last moments of those she eats. Which means even Sherlock Holmes can't hold a candle to her in solving crimes.
She's also got her own crime-fighting posse: colleague Dr Ravi Chakrabarti, and homicide detective Clive Babineaux. Together, they solve crimes and at the same time, go up against drug (and brains) dealer Blaine who's usually up to nothing good.4. Helix
A team of scientists find themselves investigating a mysterious disease at an Arctic research station. But the chaps who run the station would rather bury the problem than let the outside world discover they've created, what are in effect, zombies with the speed and bloodthirstiness to make it tough going even for seasoned commandos. Nothing seems to work, and there seem to be loads of secrets floating around.
Watch Helix for its fantastic aura of foreboding and doom. The icy wastes of the Arctic and the blue-tinged atmosphere of the research station make this seem almost like a new outing of the Resident Evil franchise. And we mean that in a good way!5. Ash vs Evil Dead
Once upon a time, there was a horror movie called The Evil Dead. It grew up (or rather, spawned sequels), and by the third film in the franchise, it was an all-out comedy (Army of Darkness). Never heard of it? Turn in your horror fan card. Ash (Bruce Campbell) from the movie returns in this TV show set 30 years after the happenings in the film. Unfortunately, it wasn't all happily ever after for our hero, who still works a dead-end job and lives in a crappy trailer.
But evil won't sit still and it's up to our very politically-incorrect, chauvinistic warrior-hero (assisted by some new friends) to ward off never-ending legions of 'Deadites' (think of them as demons that inhabit corpses).
Yes, it's not a zombie TV show in the strictest sense of the term - the Deadites are far more conniving and dangerous than a half-eaten zombie shuffling along - but it's fun (and very, very gory).