Best Dystopian TV Shows

Alexandr

The Top Ten

1 The 100 The 100 The 100 is a fantasy-drama based live action show based of a book by Kass Morgan. The show was aired for the first time on March 19, 2014. In the show, we start three generations after a nuclear apocalypse.One large space station, made of twelve separate space stations, is suffering overpopulation. ...read more.

One of the best shows on cable, truly awed when I finished season two. Major action and bloodshed/lust and you can't help but fall in love with all the characters. The suspense and screen writing is phenomenal along with the acting skills. Will keep you on the edge of your seat, experiencing and crying along with whats happening to the characters.

After a nuclear war which destroyed the earth, people started to live in a spaceship that they call The Ark and 97 years later 100 criminals were sent back to the earth to see if the Earth is survivable again.

These 'criminals' are kids sent to Earth to see if its survivable because the arc, a spaceship that inhabits the people who left earth after a catastrophe, will not sustain the people for much longer. So much unbelievable stuff happens, all the characters truly unique. You'll love what they find on the ground.

The 100 is awesome, for anyone who hasn't watched it, you are missing out. There's action, drama, relationships, cultural diversity and some major and awesome character development. - Songwind

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2 Firefly

This show is unlike any I've ever watched in the most positive way possible. It's a gang of rag tag adults in a spaceship called the Firefly, who do underground and sometimes illegal deliveries and jobs. They run into a lot of trouble which causes for tons of on the edge of your seat action, there's romance(not cliche and sappy, totally bearable for anyone), and they run into a sister and brother who are wanted by the alliance & mix things up for the better. Last couple of episodes will have your jaw hanging to the floor.

In the year 2517, former members of a rebel political group butt heads with the corrupt interplanetary government known as the Alliance - Alexandr

3 The Twilight Zone

Many episodes are set in futuristic and dystopian settings, as a warning to viewers about the dangers of certain aspects of modern society or culture. - Alexandr

Set the tone for all others.

4 Dollhouse

Most of the series is set in the near future, where living dolls are filled with appropriate personalities and skills for the amusement and cathartic well being of the extremely wealthy. The two yearly finales, "Epitaph One" and "Epitaph Two" are set ten years in the future in a dystopian society as the technology runs rampant. - Alexandr

5 Jericho

Good series about a small rural town trying to function normally while trying to survive after nuclear blasts hit most major U.s cities. With communications and power down, it is up to them to find out what happened. People in a crisis like this will either choose to go -every man for himself- or help each other by sharing route; we see on this show how each affect the people and growth of the town. The acting is good but the soundtrack is of a hallmark mushy type, annoying but not bad, like when grandma would pinch your cheeks. You may find one of the main actors familiar, as he plays Morgan on The Walking Dead these days. Like many others, this show was canceled before it had a good conclusion. There was a comic book made, however, I'm not sure if it follows after the last season or a separate story.

Excellent series. I just watched the final episode, which could function as the end, or as the springboard to a whole new series. The casting is terrific and the show is well written, but what really elevates it is how it perfectly incorporates political reality, our paranoia about that reality, and all aspects of human nature into the mix. The suspense is outstanding.

It is a dystopian series set in a fictional small town in Kansas called Jericho after a nationwide nuclear disaster plunged the entire country and the town into mass anarchy. - Alexandr

6 Doctor Who Doctor Who The Doctor a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous, he travels around in his time machine called The TARDIS which stands for time and relative dimensions in space. The show was first broadcast on 23rd November 1963 one day after JFK was assassinated! The show has since ...read more.

In some stories the technical, social or political forces that bind a dystopia on a planet are a central theme - and sometimes is a parody of contemporary situations. - Alexandr

I Love It! So Do All My Friends!

its ok

7 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

I watched it in middle school around four years ago and I still think about this show to this day. Watched every episode in under two months, I got so attached to the characters and the plot I couldn't help but fall in love with the entire animation. Teaches more about love, forgiveness, acceptance, and patience than any parent could. Any one of any age could watch this. A little romance, lots of action, easy to follow but not predictable. Its truly amazing and cute, can't help but wish it was all real.

It is beyond words how high-quality the writing, animation, artwork, and plot is of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Along with its sequel series The Legend of Korra, ATLA is possibly the greatest cartoon that has ever graced Nickelodeon. This Asian-influenced cartoon will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow a young boy and his friends through a diverse world of unique characters and beautifully-animated fight scenes.

Ten out of ten

Well thought out, exciting, impressive character development, and for a children's T.V. -show, the writing is first class. Personal favorite

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8 Fringe

Season 5 is set 21 years after the world was invaded by a civilisation from the future. - Alexandr

Best T.V. show ever

Cool show. wouldn't call it dystopian as the world is not torn apart. This is more of a time travel scifi type of show with a little fbi procedural thrown in there but on cases of the paranormal type. Alternate universes, vortexes, time travel, etc. all connected and pointing towards a technology defense company and the scientist whose previous work seems to be the source of the phenomena

9 Sliders

Team of three or four people travel ("slide, " hence the title) between dimensions, to alternate Earths, where history has taken a slightly different path. Most of these alternate Earths were, in one way or another, dystopian. - Alexandr

10 Black Mirror

Easily one of the best shows I've ever watched. Yes, it's that good.

First season is amazing, but I'm not sure how I feel about it after the second season. I recommend it strongly though!

Each episode really makes you think. It's a must-watch if you haven't seen it! It will make you feel all kinds of things.

"so intense. messed with my head"

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The Contenders

11 The Walking Dead The Walking Dead The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard . Andrew Lincoln plays the show's lead character, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma discovering ...read more.

The character development is unbelievably amazing. The relationships, the heart pounding adrenaline rushed scenes hoping your favorite character makes it out of a jam, and even the heartbreak when someone you lived to watch and root for dies and you still think no way there not dead and a week later the following episode is proof they are dead and your so mad but the anger is proof the show has the best character development on T.V. today and maybe even all time!

Good show before it became too sit around and talk all the time.. or shall I just call it a soap opera.

A virus crumbles society

Awesome, Badass, Legendary!

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12 3%

Amazing show, can't wait for season 2! Very interesting plot, those who loved movies such as the Hunger Games and Divergent will appreciate this show. It's also a Netflix series, so you know it'll be well-made.

Easily the best show I've ever watched! Makes you hate some of the characters but then love them.

Amazing show, can't wait for next season

So amazing! Rollercoaster of emotions for the characters

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13 The Handmaid's Tale

This show is amazing. It is so messed up and is very scary because it could actually happen. I think everyone should watch it.

amazing!

Hands down one of the best dystopian T.V. shows. The acting is amazing as well.

14 Revolution

LOVE THIS SHOW! Its amazing how each character evolves through the story. Based around a family, their friends and enemies and the many hardships they overcome. Rebelling against a tyranny in what was once the United States after the power goes out. It's not just the power, but anything with chemical or mechanical electricity will work. No cars, no batteries. Really great show.

Amazing show that always keeps you in suspense. Definitely has that dystopian government feel to it. More people should watch it. Once you start watching it, you'll be hooked!

Would love to see them bring it back. Awesome story line

84k signed to bring it back! Best show ever!

15 Falling Skies

Amazing show. Best ever created. Can't wait for season 5.

Good show to many adds

16 The Man in the High Castle

Best show

17 Humans

Great show. Can't wait.

Wow just Wow!

Brilliant T.V. show. Masterful.

18 Utopia

"Who is Jessica Hyde? " The question asked habitually by the murderer. The setting is so astonishingly beautiful, it's surprising how much violence ensues.

It's "where is Jessica Hyde? ". Seriously though this show deserves so much more support than it gets. If you like humans then watch this as some of the same people are involved and it is good. If you're a Utopia fan don't get your hopes up over humans it's pretty different unfortunaley.

19 Altered Carbon
20 Westworld

A western resort with androids to shoot and screw. What happens when the memory wipes stop working and the robots gain sentience?

This is absolutely the best series on this list! Technically brilliant, amazingly directed, superb acting, so so good

21 Dark Angel

Am hoping to watch this series once again..loved it and considering the headlines of today..it is right on

22 The Tripods

Humans are enslaved by an alien race via mind control devices. Culture and technology have been suppressed, and the alien masters are worshipped with a religious fervour. A small resistance movement must fight both the alien threat and the human society that serves it - Alexandr

23 Futurama Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
24 Battlestar Galactica

I'm amazed this isn't on the list already... 80 billion humans essentially wiped out by machines they created. 50 thousand survivors on a couple hundred spaceships is all that is left of humanity! Between fighting off the Cylons and fighting amongst themselves they desperately try to survive and find a new planet to call home... a legend they only know as Earth - where their 13th colony apparently departed for several millennia ago!

25 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.
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