Look no further than the warm hum of the television to discover ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the impending end of the world – after all, it is 2012 and you need to be ready. If you know which shows to check out, television can be a veritable treasure trove of post-apocalyptic, doomsday survival skills. In order to aid you in your quest for survival, here’s a rundown of the best shows to guide you after the final day of reckoning arrives.
“Battlestar Galactica”This iconic doomsday show follows a ragtag crew of humans who survived after Cylons unleashed a colossal nuclear attack on humanity’s 12 home planets. This unlikely band of heroes find themselves responsible for safeguarding the future of humanity by finding a new planet to call home. Not only does “Battlestar” exemplify the crucial role of hope in survival, but the show is based on one of its most primary requirements – finding a safe place to go. The first thing these survivors do right is escape in an all but retired ship, the Galactica. And the whole purpose of their mission is to find a new safe place where they can bring the remaining 50,000 survivors and start building a new civilization.
“The Walking Dead”It’s hard to survive after a zombie apocalypse, and no one knows that better than the folks who were lucky enough to survive in this ground-breaking television series. Rick Grimes, a county sheriff, wakes up in the hospital after weeks in a coma and finds himself utterly and completely alone. The people Grimes pledged to protect and serve were nearly wiped out by a zombie epidemic, and he is now the de facto leader of the town’s survivors. “The Walking Dead” teaches us a vital rule: if you want to stay one step ahead of becoming a zombie yourself – stick together. Loners rarely have a long-term survival rate. By banding together for emotional, physical and mental support, Sheriff Grimes and his survivors increase their odds of not joining the walking dead.
“Jericho”“Jericho” takes place in a small Kansas town after most of the country’s major cities have been nuked to kingdom come. As the residents of Jericho struggle to stay alive and restore a semblance of order and normalcy, they come up against many typical post-apocalyptic challenges such as how to keep the neighboring town from stealing your supplies and never knowing who to trust. Robert Hawkins, who was fairly new in town prior to the attacks, follows one rule of survival better than anyone else – stockpile weapons. How else will you keep those other desperate survivors from taking your food and water? Hawkins doesn’t just go for guns, though. He is mysteriously in possession of a nuclear warhead that was earmarked for the attacks but ended up in his hands instead.
“The Sarah Connor Chronicles”This defunct show picked up where “Terminator 2” left off and gives us an expansive look at the world after Skynet took over and destroyed most of humanity. In this show, you get lots of the usual doomsday shtick of fighting off enemies and stockpiling supplies but its main focus for long-term human survival is smarts. The primary objective of the survivors in this show (other than to stay alive) is to figure out how to outsmart the machines that turned against them. “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” is a strong reminder that in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world it takes both brawn and brains.
This is a guest post by Edwin, a content specialist at USDish. Catch your favorite doomsday TV shows in any location with USDish programming packages.