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Zombie Shows That Fans Of Netflix's All Of Us Are Dead Need To Watch

Netflix has released another binge-worthy Korean drama with "All of Us are Dead." After the overwhelming success of "Squid Game," it's no wonder that the streaming service is pumping out more Korean content to give audiences what they want to see. "All of Us Are Dead" follows a group of teenagers who must work together to survive after a zombie outbreak occurs in their science classroom. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that the virus was created out of good intentions (sort of). More specifically, a father was desperate to help his son fight back against bullies, and the result was catastrophic — he turned his son into a zombie.

The idea of an apocalyptic zombie show isn't a new concept. Still, "All of Us are Dead" is able to effortlessly depict the trials that living in an outbreak can have. Since the show does such a great job of highlighting this idea, it's not surprising that this K-drama has taken over our screens. And if like us, you've binged this entire show and feel empty with nothing else to watch, we've compiled a list of similar zombie-style shows that you can sink your teeth into (see what we did there?). Keep reading to find 13 similar shows to "All of Us Are Dead" that you need to watch now!

The Walking Dead

Starting off our list is the show that brought the zombie apocalypses back on the map, "The Walking Dead." Based on the graphic novel of the same name, "The Walking Dead" debuted back in 2010 and was considered to be television gold. The show follows a group of survivors led by former police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they travel in search of safety after a zombie apocalypse seemingly takes over. While the show will conclude its final chapter later this year, audiences spent the past few seasons sitting through the tense and horror-filled ride as each character slowly got killed off one by one.

"The Walking Dead" was the show that brought life back into the zombie genre, as it was once thought to be dead. And by dead, we mean really dead, not the living dead. Nevertheless, after the first few seasons came and went, zombie fatigue reared its face once more for many viewers, though it's impressively just coming to an end this year.

Fear the Walking Dead

During the height of "The Walking Dead's" popularity, a spinoff was created with "Fear the Walking Dead." The series follows another group of survivors, this time based out of Los Angeles and later Mexico. While "The Walking Dead" opts to start the show with the zombie apocalypse in full swing, this series mixes things up by showing the audience the beginning of the outbreak. Following a similar path to "All of Us Are Dead," we get to watch how each character handles the reality of their new lives and how the apocalypse fundamentally changes who they are.

Both shows give audiences fleshed out characters who are more than just snacks for the zombies to take a bite out of. Instead, we're given complex characters with deep emotions that guide them throughout their journey. While "Fear the Walking Dead" eventually switches gears and concentrates more on the survival aspect of the apocalypse, the first three seasons are a gripping tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


This tense-filled series is a beautifully shot zombie drama set in South Korea. Travel with us back in time as Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) realizes that the dead are coming back to life with a hunger for human flesh. While the series itself is a beautiful rendition of Korean culture, it balances the political drama with the stressful zombie apocalypse. Based on a webtoon, "Kingdom" was one of the first Korean shows to break into "mainstream" pop culture (per Den of Geek). Without it, we wouldn't have had shows like "Squid Game" to watch.

Similar to "All of Us Are Dead," "Kingdom" outlines characters who are trapped in their surroundings. The people in "Kingdom" don't have modern weaponry and must fight with their wit; similarly, the kids in "All of Us are Dead" are trapped in a school and must use their surroundings to survive. If you're looking for another zombie K-drama with claustrophobic circumstances, this is the show for you.


This K-drama is an interesting addition to zombie shows, as it takes place in a post-COVID world. Hitting a little too close to home, "Happiness" showcases what happens when the world is attempting to get back on its feet, only to be hit with a different kind of plague.

"Happiness" takes place in Korea and outlines the release of an experimental vaccine pill called Next. While it was initially meant to combat COVID-19, it actually created a new pandemic called the Rita Virus, also known as the "mad person disease," because it gives its victims zombie-like side effects. The virus begins to spread like wildfire through bites and scratches, and when an outbreak takes place in our protagonists' apartment building, they must do everything they can to survive. Like "All of Us Are Dead," the series outlines that this outbreak all began because of a father trying to save his family. Similarly, it showcases how survival in a small space like an apartment or school comes with its own issues.  

Black Summer

"Black Summer" increases the intensity of a zombie apocalypse by making its zombies incredibly fast and seemingly intelligent. The story follows Rose (Jaime King) as she sets off to find the daughter she was separated from at the beginning of the outbreak. Much like the characters in "All of Us Are Dead," "Black Summer" outlines the difficult decisions one must make when faced with these uncertain times.

It's clear that a zombie apocalypse would be a pretty bleak world to live in, and "Black Summer" provides audiences with a realistic view of how people would react during the early weeks of a zombie outbreak. The mass panic provides the show with an unsettling atmosphere that will grip your attention right from the start. As this gritty show continues, Rose is joined by a group of survivors who must band together in the hopes of surviving. If "Black Summer" continues, it could very well catch up to the timeline of "Z Nation," which is the series that it spun off from.

Z Nation

While "Black Summer" looks at the early stages of the outbreak, "Z Nation" takes place three years after, showcasing how the remainder of humanity is living in a zombie apocalypse. And unlike its spinoff, "Z Nation" never takes itself too seriously, providing audiences with a unique take on the zombie narrative.

"Z Nation" introduces Alvin Murphy (Keith Allan), the only person to have ever survived a zombie bite. Instead of the experience turning him into a zombie, once he's bitten, he begins to transform into more of a hybrid creature. His skin is blue, he isn't driven by eating brains, and he's even able to control some of the walking dead. While the show does opt for a good time over a serious one, each season sees the stakes rise higher and higher, making audiences eager to see what else the show could possibly have up its sleeves.

Highschool of the Dead

While "Highschool of the Dead" has its problems, this animated series is about as close to the premise of "All of Us Are Dead" as we're going to get. The show follows a group of high school students who are trapped in their school during a zombie apocalypse and must fight their way out to avoid being eaten and survive.

Where this anime suffers is in its tendency to include some problematic shots of the female high school students as they fight off the zombie horde. Like many animes before it, "Highschool of the Dead" tends to focus more on the women's bodies than that of the zombies. Nevertheless, due to its plot being almost identical to "All of Us Are Dead," it deserves a spot on this list. And thanks to its anime style, the zombie kills can be even more brutal than some of the other shows on this list.

Zombie Detective

"Zombie Detective" switches things up slightly, as it doesn't introduce us to a zombie apocalypse or a horde zombie attack, there's no building that the characters are trapped in, and there's no group of humans that audiences follow around and watch try to survive. But the show's main protagonist is a zombie, and he decides to become a detective in the hopes of discovering who he was prior to being turned. It's a strange concept, but an interesting one that sees how a zombie can settle into society (a very similar story to the Netflix series "iZombie").

As the drama unfolds, zombie detective Kang Min-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) partners with Gong Sun-ji (Park Ju-hyun) to uncover his past and learn the secret behind the zombies living in Korea. "Zombie Detective" is certainly a fun series to binge through, as it doesn't hold the same tense-filled horror-action as "All of Us Are Dead." Nevertheless, the show still outlines zombies in Korea, so it definitely makes our list.


Following in the footsteps of "Z Nation," "Daybreak" is a fun take on the zombie apocalypse narrative from the perspective of teens. In this world, all adults have turned into zombie-like creatures called "Ghoulies," and the world is run by teenagers. Because of this, the survivors have been transformed into a campy rendition of high school, with the jocks at the top of the food chain.

"Daybreak" follows 17-year old Josh Wheeler (Colin Ford) as he hopes to rescue his girlfriend from certain doom. Throughout his journey, he's joined by a 10-year-old pyromaniac and his school bully-turned-pacifist, who's also a samurai. We know — it's a lot, but "Daybreak" is a fun approach to living in a zombie apocalypse. It uses humor over fear and still manages to outline the danger of having children lost in a zombie world. Much like "All of Us Are Dead," the high school students run the show and create their own rules without adults dictating what's right and wrong.

Dead Set

Charlie Brooker is the mind behind "Black Mirror," and he also created the deliciously complex mini-series "Dead Set." Taking place on the set of a "Big Brother"-style show, the cast and crew end up trapped in the house when a zombie outbreak takes over. The house quickly becomes a shelter for those who want to survive, and they have to fight to do so.

What makes "Dead Set" so interesting is that we see the personalities of the fame-obsessed "Big Brother" cast pitted against zombie masses in hopes of survival. However, like "All of Us Are Dead," once this group is trapped together, we begin to see different personalities doing anything they can in order to survive. And thanks to the "Big Brother" live feed aspect of the show, the zombie apocalypse has never been so compelling. The series ends by showcasing that the entire experience from the cast and crew was being broadcasted live for the world to see.

Sweet Home

"Sweet Home" is another Netflix Korean drama that centers around surviving an apocalypse, but this time around, it's monsters over straight-up zombies. Cha Hyun-soo (Song Kang) finds himself trapped in his apartment building with a group of other residents fighting to survive. The show spends the majority of its time focusing on how fear and paranoia begin to take over the group as each episode builds up to the eventual confrontation between the residents and the monsters they're hiding from.

While the tense-filled atmosphere comes from the monsters' impending attack, what makes "Sweet Home" so strong is that it's an in-depth character study of the residents. As the series continues, we learn more and more about what drives each character, causing a stronger reaction when some fall victim to the infection that creates the monsters. Like "All of Us Are Dead," it's the characters' stories that make the series stand out above your typical apocalypse survival show.

The Strain

Moving from monsters to vampires, "The Strain" may not be about zombies, but it's certainly an apocalypse show about survival that focuses on a vampire viral outbreak. The series is based on a novel by the same name and was created by the king of monsters himself, Guillermo del Toro.

Following the formula of "All of Us Are Dead," "The Strain" is a classic tale of survival as the series follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as he tries to lead his team to safety. A thrilling show that's filled with tension throughout, the group of survivors are left to fight off this vampiric strain that has seemingly taken over New York. However, the stakes are even higher in "The Strain" because — unlike zombies — these vampires are intelligent enough to overcome just the need to feed. They can fight the group at every turn, making survival seem like a fairytale.


Rounding out our list is the Netflix series "Hellbound." Once again, not zombies, but a different type of apocalypse — supernatural monsters are murdering people and taking them to hell. At least, that's what the world now believes. This Korean fantasy drama is directed by "Train to Busan" director Yeon Sang-ho. As that film is often cited by the students in "All of Us Are Dead," we had to include his latest work on our list.

"Hellbound" is a violent show that discusses how a concept can easily wipe out civilization just as easily as an outbreak. The series details how a religious cult believes that angels are giving Korean citizens predictions about their death. Once the appointed time comes, three death angels come and brutally kill you and take your soul to hell. Society becomes run by this new cult's interpretation of these supernatural creatures, forever changing how people live. While "Hellbound" isn't your traditional apocalypse series, the first few episodes certainly depict the beginning stages of fear that the zombie genre is so familiar with. As the drama progresses, we see how society begins to conform to this new way of life, essentially becoming trapped with this new kind of seemingly divine justice.