• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 11, 2012
    100
    The Walking Dead, the flat-out scariest, best, most unusual show to ever hit the small screen, is back, and I'm loving every sickening minute of it.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 11, 2012
    100
    Sunday is a blast. Heads will roll, and roll well. The gore quotient is through the roof. And finally this guarantee--there is one, maybe even two, spots where you will yell out at the screen, "Oh, my God, that just didn't happen." Yes, the new season is that good.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 12, 2012
    90
    If you can handle it, The Walking Dead is grade-A terror.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 12, 2012
    88
    The Walking Dead has managed to work fresh morsels into television's grimmest stew. [22 Oct 2012, p.41]
  5. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    While Mazzara has amped up the action, he doesn't skimp on the angst.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 12, 2012
    83
    This is way too well-made a series to be dubbed a "guilty pleasure," even if a sizable percentage of the audience may watch purely for the visceral thrills of all that weekly bloodletting.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 12, 2012
    83
    Dead is always at its most unsettling--and poignant--when its characters have a moment to breathe and to address their dark, nightmarish world.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 11, 2012
    83
    The Walking Dead is excellent with action, with suspense, and with atmosphere, and these early episodes have all three in spades.
  9. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Oct 5, 2012
    83
    The kill count is unprecedented, and before all is said and done, Rick will have to make a terrible, terrible choice while the fate of one of his own hangs in the balance. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.97]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 906 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 120
  1. Oct 14, 2012
    10
    Easily the best show on television, and the prison adds new drama. Less soap operaish and much more actions, blood, guts, and Rick committing crimes against zombies. Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2012
    10
    The show is reinvented, the prison is absolutely perfect and a paradox in itself as its a enclosing institution that actually frees them. be ready for a great season fans! Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2012
    5
    Gore and zombie effects: 10; Character dialogue: 5; Intelligence: 0. C'mon guys... just kill the zombies through the fence. Easy peasy. All I want from this show is for the characters to act intelligently -- do the things real people would do -- which they rarely do. We're leaps and bounds past the idiocy of the first couple of seasons, but we could do better. Full Review »