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Fall 2016 Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows: Your Guide to Premiere Dates & Times


We’ve got your ultimate guide to ALL the post-apocalyptic TV shows that are starting in Fall 2016. The fall premieres are almost here and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Which of your favorite sci-fi post-apocs have been renewed and which ones are brand new? If you’re interested in watching a lot of doomsday, end-of-the-world grittiness, then this is the season for you. Post Apocalyptic Media has put together a complete guide of what’s airing this fall, what channel, and what time. This list includes pure post-apocalyptic series along with a few new shows with post-apocalyptic-related themes that you might want to check out. Are you ready? (Editor’s note: If you would be interested in writing about one of these shows for Post Apocalyptic Media, send us an email through our contact page!) 

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Premieres Tuesday, September 27, 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Syfy

Aftermath seems to be some crazy combo of post-apocalyptic meets paranormal. The trailer talks about people disappearing, doomsday meteors, and demonic possession. We’re not sure if this will be dark and gritty a la The Walking Dead or more of a Z Nation type of feel with lots of post-aopc greatness mixed with a healthy dose of Sharknado-goodness. From the trailer, we’re thinking it will lean more in the Z Nation category. This season will last 13 episodes.

Designated Survivor

Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on ABC

OK, so this one isn’t exactly post-apocalyptic, but right now it’s the closest we’re going to get to Jack Bauer in a post-apocalyptic world (which would be amazing), so we’re including it. Kiefer Sutherland is a cabinet member who suddenly finds himself President of the United States when terrorists bomb the State of the Union address. The premise reminds me a little of President Roslin on Battlestar Galactica, so I’m really excited to see what happens with this show.

No Tomorrow 

Premieres October 4 on CW at 9 p.m. Eastern

This isn’t post-apocalyptic, but it will appeal to post-apoc fans who also like romantic comedies (no, I’m not kidding!)… No Tomorrow is about a girl who falls in love with a guy who is convinced the apocalypse is coming. In fact, he believes the apocalypse is coming in exactly eight months. This is a unique premise, and I know that I’ll be tuning in to see how it plays out.

The Last Man on Earth

Premieres Sunday, September 25, 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central on Fox

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(Adam Taylor/Fox)

Fox’s hit post-apocalyptic comedy starts up again on September 25.

The Strain

(currently airing!) Sundays, 10 p.m. Eastern, FX


The Strain is one of our favorite post-apocalyptic series airing right now. It’s dark, gritty, and the writing is top-notch. (Except for that annoying boy Zach, who reminds us a little too much of Carl before he became bad-ass.) If you’re not watching this, you better start right away. But we recommend not watching it while you’re eating.

The Walking Dead 

Premieres Sunday, October 23, 9 p.m Eastern/8 p.m. Central on AMC

Fear the Walking Dead will be airing until the Oct. 2 two-part finale. But we’re not nearly as excited about this series as we are about the original, The Walking Dead. The new season premieres Oct. 23 and we’ll finally find out who Negan killed.

Van Helsing

Premieres Friday, September 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern, Syfy

A lot of post-apocalyptic fans are looking forward to Van Helsing, which premieres Friday, September 23. The premise of the show is that Vanessa Van Helsing, the daughter of Abraham Van Helsing, resurrects in a post-apocalyptic world that is now plagued by vampires, five years in the future. It sounds pretty intense to us!

Z Nation

(currently airing!) Friday, 10 p.m Eastern, Syfy


Z Nation is back with Season 3. The series is one of the best zombie shows around right now, so you should definitely be watching it if you haven’t started yet.

Starting in 2017: 

Here are a few shows starting in 2017 that you might be wondering about.

The 100

The 100 is one of our all-time favorite post-apocalyptic series right now. It has been renewed for Season 4, but it won’t return until mid-season in 2017. This could mean that it starts anywhere between January and March.

12 Monkeys


Season 2 was pretty amazing and we’re so glad the show was renewed for Season 3! But since this show typically airs in the summer, it will be quite a long time before we can start watching it again in 2017.


Colony season 1 was sooooo good! We were left with so many unanswered questions and we can’t wait for season 2. So far, all we know is that the next season is slated to start sometime in early 2017. Season 1 premiered in January, so we’re holding out for a January premiere for Season 2 too.

Adventure Time

(Cartoon Network)

Here at Post Apocalyptic Media, we love Adventure Time. This show is amazing and one of our top favorite post-apocalyptic series. But this past season’s schedule has been really frustrating. We never knew when the show was going to air next and couldn’t keep up with the schedule. We know the show is coming back, but sadly we have no idea when.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones typically starts in April, but because of problems with the weather, the series was pushed back for 2017. Don’t expect to see the next season until the summer. HBO’s The Leftovers will start when Game of Thrones was supposed to begin, in April.

The Shannara Chronicles

The Shannara Chronicles on MTV has its ups and downs, but overall we really enjoy this series (including the kick-ass opening credits, which we’ve posted here for nostalgia purposes.) The show has been renewed for a second season, we’re just not sure when it will air. Probably sometime in 2017. And by the way, don’t be confused by The Shannara Chronicles’ Facebook page. It currently says that the show starts on September 13. But that is in reference to the Season 1 premiere for MTV UK. It has nothing to do with when Season 2 premieres.

The Last Ship


The Last Ship is another post-apocalyptic favorite that just finished Season 3 in September. It’s been renewed for two more seasons. Season 4 will air in mid-2017 and season 5 is slated for mid-2018.

And that concludes our guide! See anything we missed that’s premiering in the fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. Her favorite shows of all-time are Battlestar Galactica and Lost, and she's always happy to talk about her cats. :) She sometimes posts stuff on her personal blog too.

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