10 Shows Like 'Resident Evil' to Watch Next

Survival horror and supernatural series have been having their moment for years.
by Annie Lyons — 

Ella Balinska in 'Resident Evil'


In Netflix's new Resident Evil adaptation, Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) must fight to survive an apocalyptic world overrun by zombie-like creatures known as Zeroes.

The year is 2036. Fourteen years ago, Jade (her younger self played by Tamara Smart) arrived in New Raccoon City with her sister Billie (Siena Agudong) and father Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick). Developed by Andrew Dabb, the sci-fi horror show follows Jade between the two timelines, chronicling how a deadly virus originated in New Raccoon City and triggered the disastrous future. While the show takes place in an original universe, it draws from the Resident Evil video game series for its backstory and key elements, including the evil Umbrella Corporation. The show also offers a fresh take on Albert, who has previously appeared throughout the games as a main antagonist. 

Capcom's popular video game series has spanned more than 25 years. The game series started in 1996 with the original eponymous game, a survival horror experience in which the player must escape a mansion overrun by zombies and other creatures, and discover the mystery behind their presence. The games are considered highly influential and many of them have earned critical acclaim, with Resident Evil 4for Gamecube ranking 30th on Metacritic's Best Video Games of All Time list. 

While the new show (Metascore: 52) is Resident Evil's first live-action television series, this isn't the first time that the franchise has been adapted for the screen. The games inspired a series of six films, all written and produced by Paul W.S. Anderson, that started with 2002's Resident Evil (Metascore: 33). While the films received mostly negative reviews from critics (the highest Metascore being 49 for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), the series became one of the highest-grossing horror film series of all time. A seventh film and reboot, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, was released in 2021, as was the animated series titled Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.

If you're looking for more zombie-themed shows, survival horrors, and thrillers about virus outbreaks, Metacritic has compiled a list of shows like Resident Evil. This list will appeal to both hardcore devotees of the franchise and new fans who were introduced to the Resident Evil world through the Netflix show. 

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows like Resident Evil to watch next. 


Luke Newberry in 'In The Flesh'

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In the Flesh

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of unique takes on zombies and stories that explore what it means to be human
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Seasons: 2

In the Flesh will appeal to anyone wondering whether Zeroes could ever be cured of their zombie affliction. Created and written by Dominic Mitchell, this British supernatural drama follows Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a teenager who died in 2009 and reanimated the following year as a rabid zombie, along with thousands of other people. However, a medication was developed to treat PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome), returning full consciousness to the undead. After Kieren returns to his hometown, he struggles with a prejudiced community and his guilt over what he did in his rabid state. The show earned BAFTAs for Best Mini-Series and for Mitchell's writing. 

"An atmospheric thriller wrapped around a nugget of social commentary." — Nancy DeWolf, Wall Street Journal


Andrew Lincoln in 'The Walking Dead'


The Walking Dead

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of zombies and post-apocalyptic dramas that explore life beyond the initial fallout
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Seasons: 11

Based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series of the same title, The Walking Dead chronicles the lives of a group of survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. While zombies pose a near-constant threat, humans prove just as dangerous in this changed world. The show begins with sheriff Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) search for his family after he wakes up from a coma. While the first few seasons primarily explore Rick and his allies' quest for a safe haven, later seasons expand the show's scope by considering what rebuilding civilization could look like. The show has inspired multiple spin-offs, including Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond

"We actually root for many of the people we find living among The Walking Dead, which packs a raw, emotional punch while delivering the creepy and queasy thrills all genre fans truly crave." — Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine


Juliette Lewis and Sophie Thatcher in 'Yellowjackets'



Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of survival stories that focus on the psychological and ensembles led by women
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Like Resident Evil, this mystery drama explores a survival story through dual timelines. Only instead of imagining future horrors, Yellowjackets looks to the past. While en route to a tournament in 1996, a high school girls soccer team's plane crashes deep in the Canadian wilderness. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the show cuts between the crash's aftermath, and the present-day lives of four survivors. The first season hints at possibly supernatural phenomena but focuses more on how the crash upends the girls' social hierarchy and the traumatic aftermath 25 years later. The show earned seven nominations at the 74th Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. 

"Gruesome, gripping and blackly comic, this tightly-plotted mystery-horror is meaty in all the right (and wrong) ways." — James Dyer, Empire


'Dead Set'


Dead Set

Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of zombie outbreak shows and satirical horror
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

This satirical British horror miniseries offers a novel take on the zombie genre by imagining who might be left in the dark about a zombie outbreak: Big Brother contestants. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, Dead Set envisions zombies taking over Britain, while a season of the popular reality show Big Brother continues filming, completely unaware. Though the set initially provides a safe haven from the dangers outside, the contestants and production crew must fight to survive once they discover what's going on. Dead Set received a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Serial. 

"It plays like a well-made and increasingly grim horror picture, with a crispness of execution and a graphic level of intestine-pulling, throat-ripping violence that are both beyond the American norm." — Mike Hale, The New York Times


'The Terror' 


The Terror

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of survival horror and paranormal period dramas
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Seasons: 2

The Terror is a horror anthology series focused on historical events. Developed by David Kajganich and based on Dan Simmons' 2007 novel of the same name, the first season offers a fictional account of a real-life doomed 1847 British expedition in the Arctic. As the crew of the HMS Terror search for a fabled sea route, their ship becomes trapped in the ice. Extreme conditions and increasing desperation plague the crew as they struggle to survive, all while an unknown supernatural entity stalks them. The second season takes place in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and centers on Japanese folklore. 

"The utter desolation and horror of the series' back half is made more potent by how relatively normal things are for the first few episodes, before reality starts to buck and heave like the ever-shifting ice." — Emily St. James, Vox





Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of video game adaptations, dark fantasies, and adult animation
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Seasons: 4

If you're looking for another video game adaptation with a horror flair, you might enjoy this stylized adult animation show. Written by Warren Ellis and executive produced by Adi Shankar, Castlevania is based on the classic video game series of the same name that was first released in 1986. Taking place in a fantastical medieval Eastern Europe, the series follows the vampire Count Vlad Dracula Tepes' (voiced by Graham McTavish) quest for vengeance against humanity after his wife is burned at the stake. Disgraced monster hunter Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) leads the charge against him, alongside magician Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso), and Alucard (James Callis), Dracula's half-human, half-vampire son. 

"This definitely isn't kid friendly. And yet the violence and gore serves the story, one that's not about a simple action-packed adventure of a trio of heroes wandering the Wallachian countryside, but the very real battle of complex heroes fighting for what's right and protecting the innocent from darkness, death, and ignorance." — Dave Trumbore, Collider


'The Strain'


The Strain

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of supernatural horror and shows about virus outbreaks
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Seasons: 4

While the T-virus creates zombies in Resident Evil, this horror drama explores a disease tied to a different supernatural being: vampires. Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same name, The Strain follows a group of scientists who try to stop the disease's spread and save humanity. Leading this team is Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of a New York-based CDC project called the Canary Team. After an airplane lands with every passenger seemingly dead, Goodweather and his team investigate the strange incident and soon discover a virus connected to ancient vampires. 

"Ominous, creepy and utterly engaging, The Strain is like the perfect drive-in movie." — Bruce Miller, Sioux City Journal

All of Us Are Dead

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of international shows and survival horror series that take place in enclosed locations
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (so far)

High school can be hard enough without adding a zombie apocalypse to the mix. In this Korean adaptation of a popular webtoon, students at Hyosan High School must band together and survive when their school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped with little resources and no immediate help coming from the outside world, they must escape without being infected. The tense situation strains the complicated dynamics between the classmates. While much of the action takes place at the school, the show also explores the outside response to the outbreak as a military quarantine zone is enacted. 

"Beyond the visceral thrill of watching zombies chow down on their unfortunate victims, All Of Us Are Dead puts social hierarchies and human beings' mechanisms for survival under a microscope." — Johnny Loftus, Decider



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Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of shows about virus outbreaks and horror set in remote locations
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Seasons: 2

Much like how the Umbrella Corporation gets up to no good in Resident Evil, Helix's Ilaria Corporation hides sinister motives. This science fiction horror drama takes place in an isolated research center in the Arctic that's run by the corporation. When the facility has a potential outbreak of a deadly virus,  Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) is sent to investigate with his team of CDC scientists, including his former wife, Dr. Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky). Once there, the team discovers a danger that threatens the entire world. The first season approximates real time by having each episode correspond to one day of the team's investigation.  

"Helix doesn't reinvent the virus thriller, but it's a solid slice of genre entertainment that offers some creepy visuals and believable scares." — Maureen Ryan, The Huffington Post


Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in 'Supernatural'



Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of the occult and shows with extensive lore
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Seasons: 15

Dabb previously worked on Supernatural for much of its 15-season run and was co-showrunner for its final four seasons. Created by Eric Kripke, the show follows brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki), who were trained by their father to hunt down supernatural creatures, such as demons and ghosts. While the show starts with a "monster of the week" procedural format, it evolves over time to delve deeper into its mythology and introduce new allies including angel Castiel (Misha Collins). Supernatural made history as the longest-running American fantasy series and inspired a wider franchise that includes the upcoming spin-off The Winchesters

"Supernatural plays like a high-octane B-flick. You could be mildly ashamed at how much you like it." — Melanie McFarland, Seattle Post-Intelligencer