Z Nation : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 12, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 218 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set three years after a zombie virus nearly kills everyone, a team that includes leader Hammond (Harold Perrineau), second-in-command Garnett (Tom Everett Scott), and a computer hacker who goes by the name Citizen Z (DJ Qualls), seek to move a survivor of the virus from New York to the onlySet three years after a zombie virus nearly kills everyone, a team that includes leader Hammond (Harold Perrineau), second-in-command Garnett (Tom Everett Scott), and a computer hacker who goes by the name Citizen Z (DJ Qualls), seek to move a survivor of the virus from New York to the only functioning lab in California to produce an antidote. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Sep 11, 2014
    75
    Z Nation is the show you watch if you want to see zombie guts splattered across the screen--and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 9, 2014
    70
    Overall, Z Nation is pretty grounded and also manages to surprise viewers with the characters it chooses to sacrifice in its pilot episode.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 10, 2014
    67
    Although the acting can be a bit mechanical, Syfy’s Z Nation may have enough pop, intrigue and indispensable gore to serve as more than a mere placeholder for AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 10, 2014
    50
    While the series incorporates a specific quest element in the form of its possible “last, best hope to save humanity,” there’s just not enough to distinguish it from the other programs dealing more inventively with similar material, including “Dead” and this summer’s FX entry “The Strain.”
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    Gore-hounds will find a couple of visual shots fascinating, but there’s little here for anyone to justify the hour investment.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 11, 2014
    40
    If you'll take zombies any way you can get 'em, Z Nation will hold you over. More discriminating fans may want to wait until next month, when The Walking Dead rumbles back to life.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 10, 2014
    0
    Even for SyFy, this is Grade Z television.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 96
  2. Negative: 28 out of 96
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    It's a fun show. Isn't The Walking Dead and isn't trying to be. If you want a soap opera to relentlessly explore the feelings of characters,It's a fun show. Isn't The Walking Dead and isn't trying to be. If you want a soap opera to relentlessly explore the feelings of characters, then enjoy TWD. If you want a zombie action show, then enjoy Z Nation. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2015
    10
    This is waaaaaay better than The Walking dead. Thank God! I love zombie movies and was so excited for a zombie TV show when TWD came out. IThis is waaaaaay better than The Walking dead. Thank God! I love zombie movies and was so excited for a zombie TV show when TWD came out. I was so disappointed. Don't get me wrong - I don't hate TWD. It works to pass the time. Z Nation on the other hand is just so much more intelligent and enjoyable. I don't get pissed off at the characters for doing stupid stuff as much - you know, because they don't do stupid stuff yet *gasp* they still manage to have a story. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    9
    Super-entertaining new zombie series. Z Nation plays with long-standing zombie tropes -- accepting some and twisting others. The series doesSuper-entertaining new zombie series. Z Nation plays with long-standing zombie tropes -- accepting some and twisting others. The series does have gore, but ultimately, the writers have created a diverse group of characters that I cared about. And most importantly, these characters have a mission to accomplish, which sets the show apart from Walking Dead. Definitely worth watching! Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2016
    8
    This is more like a campy comic book or video game and gets better in season 2. No, it's not the walking dead and that's a good thing. It'sThis is more like a campy comic book or video game and gets better in season 2. No, it's not the walking dead and that's a good thing. It's just a fun, goofy ride not deep, not thought provoking just fun. Reminds me a lot of old school rpg stories. Good show, for fun.

    Critics penning it negatively are viewing in the wrong context and comparing it to shows it shouldn't be.
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  5. Sep 18, 2014
    6
    If you're someone who wants to see all of the action The Walking Dead is missing, here's the show for you. However, the action doesn't make upIf you're someone who wants to see all of the action The Walking Dead is missing, here's the show for you. However, the action doesn't make up for the terrible cliche story of the "one guy that is immune to the virus and needs to get across the country so he can save the human race". Not a bad show, not a good one either. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite what others say, the special effects are not bad but sometimes just silly, like in the baby szene, most of the time the effects are ok.

    What really kills this series is the awful script. Most of the characters simply don't behave believable and are sometimes larger than life. Therefore one will have a harder time to get attached or care about any of the survivors.

    Furthermore the pilot presents a shallow szenario which fails to progress at all, making this show really boring.
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  7. Dec 1, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All the drama spewing and horrendously written dialog aside, Z Nation did reach aspects of being entertaining in the form of me laughing at the creators..

    Until they decided to indulge themselves into mind control. That's where I draw the line.
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