Z Nation: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1
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Although it's hampered by an overcrowded narrative, Z Nation manages to muster up some fun scares without taking itself too seriously.



Critic Ratings: 20


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Air date: Sep 12, 2014

A ragtag team come together to transport the only known survivor of a zombie virus across post-apocalyptic America to a lab that's waiting for his blood in the premiere of this drama. However, what they don't know is that their last, best hope for a vaccine is hiding a dark secret that threatens them all.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2014

In New Jersey, the survivors run out of fuel and embark on a dangerous mission to replenish their supply. Meanwhile, Cassandra's past comes back to haunt her.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2014

The survivors make their way through the mean streets of Philadelphia, where they cross paths with a group of psychotic outlaws with ties to one of their own.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2014

The heroes encounter a zombie army; 10K's mysterious past is revealed.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2014

The survivors are in Warren's hometown of Central Illinois looking for her long-missing husband, and trying to survive a zombie tornado.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2014

An encounter with a seeming Utopian enclave and a religious cult results in a game changer when the survivors travel near Branson, Mo.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2014

The survivors struggle to recover from a shocking death; and in Kansas they happen upon a gun show that makes the zombie apocalypse look calm.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2014

A literal zombie tsunami engulfs the survivors, who are forced to take drastic action to survive as they travel across Nebraska; at the same time, Citizen Z gets a visitor.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2014

Mack attempts to go on a real date with Addy, but ends up stuck in some Groundhog Day-like nightmare.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2014

The survivors square off against radioactive zombies when they arrive in a South Dakota town that's on the brink of nuclear disaster.

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A ragtag team attempt to transport the only known survivor of a zombie virus across post-apocalyptic America to a lab that's waiting for his blood. Along the way they face endless troubles including; soldier zombies, psychotic outlaws and giant hoards of flesh eating monsters.

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Critic Reviews for Z Nation Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

While there's plenty to laugh at -- like Sharknado, Z Nation knows it's bad -- SyFy's latest original series doesn't take the creative leaps to surprise an audience already too familiar with how to kill zombies.

Sep 15, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The 13-episode series has a sweeping, impressive prologue, but the show itself almost immediately shrinks to a small-scale, dark and rustic canvas. This is the same formula that doomed NBC's Revolution.

Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

In Syfy's new zombie series Z Nation, the priority seems to be cramming in as much violence and gore as possible. If that means skimping on rehearsal time and retakes, so be it.

Sep 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Z Nation opens at a sprinter's speed and for the most part keeps up that pace. The blood flow is constant and the makeup department answers the bell.

Sep 10, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The mundanely self-aware screenplay includes references to the zompocalypse and lines like "God, I hate moral dilemmas."

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

My biggest problem with the show is that it's bad by The Asylum's own low standards: Z Nation suffers from not knowing how cheeky it wants to be or should be.

Sep 24, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

It was probably inevitable, given the monster success of AMC's The Walking Dead, that another zombie horror series would be forthcoming ... but I'd hoped for something a little less slapdash and cheeseball than Syfy's Z Nation

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Syfy's Z Nation has everything you want in a zombie show: stiff, shambling creatures who growl and stare with lifeless eyes. Unfortunately, these are the cast members playing survivors.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Z Nation's biggest strengths are its momentum and pacing, along with stopping short of taking itself too seriously.

Sep 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Make no mistake, this is still a pretty cheesy hour of television, but they went all out in terms of setting this up as world that has just accepted the zombie apocalypse as a way of life

Sep 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Even things that would be cool are rendered blah by the flat writing.

Sep 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch Z Nation. Perhaps that's why I totally enjoyed it: Zero expectations. Plus, I decided to give it a shot without comparing it to that other popular zombie show.

Sep 15, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Z Nation: Season 1

  • Feb 10, 2021
    I like it wayyyy more than TWD. It doesn't take itself too seriously as it should not. TWD is quite guilty of that but alas--it's bad. Z Nation is not too dependent on c.g.i. and has some scenes that are bizarre and kind of twisted. Yeah. I like that.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    This show is horrible, the acting is awful, the plot and story is awful, its just a horrible show all around. Try too hard to be the walking dead. Also, the characters are written super poorly.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    This is a terrible series with subpar acting and terrible plot. Does captivate your mind
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Don't mess with my Z-Nation. Absolutely love the show & characters. Bring Norman Reedus over & it'd be unstoppable, 😄. Doesn't need any help, just thought that would be cool, lol. Favorite zombie series. ♥️♥️♥️
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Trash and funny, finished it in 2 days.
  • Jul 18, 2020
    Alright, like The Walking Dead but from a completely different viewpoint. Only things I don't like about it is the generic sound effects, you know the ones, haven't heard any Wilhelm Screams, but it's got the basic soundboard sfx.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    The first two seasons and a little bit of the third are a blast. The writers really had fun with it, as did the actors. After that the show starts to take itself way too seriously. It kills the show cause the fun is what made it different. If the show continues, please no more messages, no more over drama, no more socio political commentary. It's 2020 that stuff is everywhere. Get back to the fun!
  • Jul 07, 2020
    I binge watched on Netflix. It's an over the top gore fest that is fun, funny, sad, weird. I love the characters (my favourite is Addy). It is fast paced and if you want a comparison to TWD, don't. Apart from it has Zombies, it's not the same at all. So much more fun and easy watching.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    focken loved it mate
  • Mar 31, 2020
    Season 1 is pretty good, but if you live in the usa just be warned you can't get seasons 4 and 5 on region 1 discs.

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