The Walking Dead is an American horror series developed for television by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption). The series is based on the longrunning comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
The series centers on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a sheriff’s deputy who awakens from a coma that spanned several months to discover the world is in the throes of a zombie apocalypse. Escaping the hospital, Grimes is eventually reunited with his family and becomes the leader of a group of survivors. Throughout the series, the humanity of Grimes, his family, and the people he leads is tested time and again by the desire to survive in this apocalyptic wasteland.
The series is well known for testing viewers when it comes to imperiling or killing off favorite characters. The production is brutal with a “no one is safe” mentality sometimes compared to Game of Thrones.
Critics have been almost universally positive about the show citing its compelling performances, tight writing, and edge of your seat plotting as demanding high marks. Many found the slow burn of the initial plot to add a new layer to the interwoven subplots as they were given time to breath and develop. When it comes to viewers, the numbers can’t lie. The Walking Dead has the highest total viewership of any cable television show in history. During its fourth and fifth seasons, it averaged the most 18-49 year olds of any cable or broadcast television show.
The Walking Dead is a taut thriller with horror elements that questions what it means to be human in a world where society has fallen into utter disrepair. If you enjoy survivalist fiction or zombie apocalypses, you can’t go wrong with The Walking Dead.