Binge Guide

Weekly Binge: The Walking Dead

by | September 26, 2014 | Comments

The fourth season of The Walking Dead is hitting Netflix this weekend, so now you’ve got a great opportunity to get caught up on AMC’s hit horror series in time for the premiere of season five next month. Here’s what you need to know to get started!


The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

What’s the basic premise? A disparate group of people attempts to survive the zombie apocalypse.

What’s it like? Take a cup of zombies a la Dawn of the Dead, add a dollop of menacing atmosphere from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, sprinkle in a bit of existential hopelessness from The Road, and add a dash of goofy splatter from The Toxic Avenger, to taste. Viola! You’ve got a heaping helping of basic cable ratings gold!

Where can I see it? Starting Oct. 12, new episodes air on Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m. EST. Past seasons are available on iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon. And on Sunday, Sept. 28, Netflix will add season four to its collection, which already contains seasons one through three. All four seasons are also available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

How long will it take? It’s four seasons long (at six episodes, the first season is actually more like a mini-series, but the proceeding seasons are 19, 16, and 16 episodes, respectively), and each installment is around an hour. If you’ve got a strong stomach and you start early enough, you could probably knock out most of it over a holiday weekend.

What do the critics think? Each season is Certified Fresh (at 86 percent on the Tomatometer, the second season is the worst-reviewed of the three). Linda Stasi of the New York Post called it “the flat-out scariest, best, most unusual show to ever hit the small screen,” while Willa Paskin of wrote, “There are moments of creepy elegance and elegiac morbidity in The Walking Dead that no show on TV can match.”

Why should I watch this? I’m not gonna lie: The Walking Dead has its share of dead patches and dull characters. But the basic setup is so compelling — how would you respond if the whole world went to hell? — that you’re likely to press on regardless. Plus, when it comes to creative zombie slaughter, this show can’t be beat — you get the feeling that every stabbing, every shooting, every beheading has been lovingly conceived and executed by some of the finest craftspeople in the business (for me, there’s something surprisingly satisfying about the “crunch-splat” sound when a zombie gets a hatchet to the skull. It never gets old. In fact, I’m grinning just thinking about it). The makeup people on this show deserve their own wing in the Max Factor museum.

What’s my next step? The show is based on a series of graphic novels published by Image that began its run in 2003; in other words, it’s pretty extensive at this point. Telltale Games’ Walking Dead episodic graphic adventure games are available for a variety of gaming platforms, and have been well received by the gaming press. And if that doesn’t sate your appetite for undead entertainment, try the more subdued French series The Returned, which is Certified Fresh at 100 percent on the Tomatometer.

What do you like about The Walking Dead? How would you explain it to a newbie? Any big predictions for season five? Get in on the conversation here.

Tag Cloud

Mindy Kaling robots Ellie Kemper Year in Review El Rey Martial Arts Red Carpet Women's History Month 45 Tumblr TBS batman zombies Trophy Talk Paramount Esquire comic Film nature south america Netflix canceled TV shows Hulu Certified Fresh game show Nat Geo See It Skip It X-Men 21st Century Fox based on movie Set visit natural history richard e. Grant Brie Larson SDCC A&E war FX DC Comics Pirates TruTV Character Guide Vudu science fiction Apple Marvel Nominations finale slashers binge animated Mary poppins Lionsgate Binge Guide Western Opinion historical drama Columbia Pictures Epix Rocky spy thriller ABC Family TV Land Amazon First Look Universal Creative Arts Emmys 71st Emmy Awards 2016 Ovation Photos crime drama BBC Lucasfilm joker miniseries LGBTQ zero dark thirty The Witch 2019 streaming teaser 2015 cults 007 TCA Stephen King facebook PaleyFest SXSW spanish language Mystery Paramount Network sitcom Oscars travel Kids & Family The Walking Dead Teen cancelled TV shows FOX spider-man Quiz Extras thriller justice league Freeform dragons Crackle TV renewals YouTube Premium halloween San Diego Comic-Con Pixar video cars golden globes harry potter TCM politics CW Seed space Christmas Thanksgiving Spike crossover IFC WGN breaking bad diversity Anna Paquin Interview Ghostbusters Spring TV Winners MTV CNN FXX WarnerMedia Fox News APB Box Office HBO Max cinemax The Purge Disney Emmy Nominations dc USA Network cooking Best and Worst TV true crime cancelled movies crime thriller cops Starz comiccon spain crime boxoffice First Reviews IFC Films Musical adventure DirecTV Mary Tyler Moore The CW Song of Ice and Fire Shondaland Biopics 24 frames Chernobyl Reality Competition Emmys Countdown The Arrangement TLC Podcast History Family Food Network Animation ITV Peacock E! 2017 social media romantic comedy Marathons unscripted docudrama VH1 Mudbound doctor who Rom-Com GLAAD green book NBC renewed TV shows kids Country Superheroe strong female leads Dark Horse Comics composers hispanic ESPN psycho romance medical drama Disney Plus Winter TV YouTube Red free movies Comics on TV biography Chilling Adventures of Sabrina blaxploitation MSNBC Nickelodeon PBS ratings series stand-up comedy LGBT Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GIFs CBS witnail quibi Trivia Action USA Disney streaming service MCU Superheroes Comedy Central Infographic tv talk Warner Bros. Holidays sequel Comic Book 20th Century Fox discovery canceled ABC GoT Cannes serial killer BET book Calendar Cartoon Network theme song Awards Tour Tomatazos Toys toy story Premiere Dates Fall TV Adult Swim disaster zombie festivals Walt Disney Pictures Spectrum Originals DC streaming service Bravo supernatural Amazon Prime Video National Geographic Awards Grammys police drama anime adaptation DC Universe cats Star Trek spinoff Masterpiece Valentine's Day Syfy mockumentary Film Festival cancelled TV series Cosplay foreign NYCC Sundance Mary Poppins Returns latino RT History political drama Sundance Now award winner dramedy Black Mirror AMC cancelled television Apple TV+ RT21 Comedy Fantasy elevated horror Summer Video Games Britbox TNT Horror Amazon Prime Watching Series Captain marvel President aliens Sci-Fi OWN CBS All Access vampires children's TV Television Academy jamie lee curtis Pet Sematary psychological thriller Musicals SundanceTV anthology DGA Shudder Polls and Games sports Sneak Peek Pop Logo hist E3 Showtime period drama Acorn TV HBO BBC America singing competition Disney Channel ghosts casting Elton John TCA 2017 Rock what to watch Sony Pictures Election Pride Month Tarantino YA Music revenge Writers Guild of America transformers Drama VICE game of thrones CMT mutant talk show Super Bowl Arrowverse Rocketman Trailer television Schedule New York Comic Con TIFF Lifetime American Society of Cinematographers Reality YouTube dceu Heroines technology 2018 Star Wars