Best Dystopian TV Shows

The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

2 Firefly Firefly is an American space Western drama television series which ran from 2002–2003, created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label.

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.

3 The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a stand-alone story in which characters find themselves dealing with often disturbing or unusual events, an experience described... read more

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.

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.

5 The Handmaid's Tale

Amazing, gripping, you really connect with the characters. A dystopian America in the future is developed to combat a dwindling population due to infertility.

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

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

6 Snowpiercer
7 The Last of Us
8 Silo
9 Black Mirror Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, with Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as the programme showrunners. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone,... read more

This show is amazing! nothing like I've ever seen before and I recommend it to all of my friends and really anyone who wants to be challenged by a show.

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.

10 Doctor Who Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS... 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.

The Contenders
11 Jericho Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama television series, which centers on the residents of the fictional city of Jericho, Kansas.

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.

12 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.

13 Altered Carbon
14 Fringe

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

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

15 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.

16 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 loved to watch and root for dies. You still think, "No way, they're not dead," and a week later, the following episode proves they are dead. You feel so mad, but the anger is proof that the show has the best character development on TV today and maybe even of all time!

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

17 3%

A Netflix Brazilian T.V. series featuring a group of 20 year olds who are from the Inland and went through challenges and tests to have a better life at the Offshore. Only 3% of the candidates will make it and prove that they are worthy.

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.

18 Hot Skull

I was really hoping for a sequel to this story. The script is original and unusual. Maybe even revolutionary. And that's why the public didn't appreciate it enough. And the end of this curious series was not long in coming. One of the most exciting projects, produced in Turkey, impactful aesthetics, but its premature end was inevitable due to Streaming's intolerant goals. It deserved just one more season.

19 Resident Evil

One of the most ambitious proposals of 2022, severely interrupted supposedly due to the fact that the audience was insufficient. The abrupt ending of this masterpiece reveals that even epic stories don't survive before of the need to raise funds. It's frustrating!

20 Black Knight
21 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!

22 The Man in the High Castle
23 Falling Skies

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

24 Humans
25 Utopia

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.

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

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