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Y: The Last Man is an intriguing and somewhat divisive post apocalyptic series. With a viral outbreak, lots of political division and plenty of characters, Hulu’s latest is certainly one to watch.

If you’ve finished watching this and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.

To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.

So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming Y: The Last Man on Hulu.

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Sweet Tooth

Similarities – Viral outbreak

Adapted from the popular graphic novels back in 2009, Sweet Tooth is a DC Comic IP that’s surprisingly relevant for our current social climate.

For those unaware, our story takes place some time in the near-future. A viral outbreak has decimated the world. Dubbed the H5G9 strain, what begins with a simple cough soon mutates into something much, more worse. This is known colloquially as “The Great Crumble.”

Hiding out at Yellowstone National Park with his “Pubba”, Gus finds himself growing up and learning how to survive. However, he soon becomes curious about the outside world and decides to venture off to find his Mum, Birdie.

Along the way he’s joined by a bruiser called Tommy Jepp and the two form an unlikely bond that ultimately serves as the glue that ties everything together.

Well written and undeniably charming, Sweet Tooth is well worth your time.

You can read our thoughts on Sweet Tooth in our full season review here!

Fear The Walking Dead (Seasons 1-3)

Similarities – Downfall of humanity

Set years before The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead disappointingly brushes past the “during” phase of the apocalypse and devolves into a lite version of The Walking Dead instead. 

However, the show builds up beautifully to a tense second season and a fantastic third before taking a serious nose-dive in quality. While the later seasons – including the horrific season 5 – are sure to put you off, the first 3 actually do a good job of delivering a post-apocalyptic romp worth watching.

You can read our thoughts on Fear The Walking Dead in our full season reviews here!

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Similarities – Tone & Empowering Women

Expertly written and artistically presented, The Handmaid’s Tale is a surprisingly robust dystopian sci-fi series.

Boasting strong narration from lead protagonist June to help get us accustomed to this nightmarish world, the world building throughout the show is incredibly stylish, using a clever blend of flashbacks and modern-day drama to tell this harrowing tale.

With all identification and any semblance of human rights for women destroyed overnight, what follows is a shocking, realistically depicted decline of society into a nightmarish dystopian hell. Within this bleak darkness of despair, hope begins to blossom from a small group of rebels who aim to overthrow the fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship and relinquish their grip over America.

Split across three seasons and with a fourth on the horizon, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the more unique shows in this category and should whet the appetite for anyone after a compelling story.

You can read our thoughts on The Handmaid’s Tale in our full season reviews here!

Utopia (2013)

Similarities – Atmosphere

Well, what better place to go when you’ve finished Y: The Last Man than to this oddball gem.

The striking colours, moody atmosphere and unflinching storyline are well-poised to make the most of this British cult hit.

After a group of online friends discover a bizarre graphic novel with mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked by a merciless organization known merely as ‘The Network’.

Although the second season does end on an unresolved note, there’s enough within this gem to make it a compelling and worthy investment of your time.

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The Last Man On Earth

Similarities – Concept

Almost a year after a deadly virus sweeps the world, Phil Miller is seemingly the only human survivor. As he searches for others and paints signs in every state saying he is alive, he stumbles upon fellow survivor, Carol.

While the show is perhaps a little too comedic compared to other efforts on this list, The Last Man On Earth has an undeniable charm that should win you over.


Similarities – Post-Apocalyptic World

See stumbles blindly across its fantasy landscape to deliver a story of equal highs and lows. At the heart of this one lies village chief Baba Voss. In this near-future world, a virus has ravaged the world’s population, wiping out 99% of humanity and rendering the other 1% blind.

When Maghra, Baba Voss’ partner, gives birth to sighted twins, what follows is a journey across the American landscape to find the prophetic Jerlamarel in a bid to make sense of what’s happening. To complicate matters, the mad Queen Kane, drunk on power, sends her right-hand man The Witchfinder General, out to mercilessly hunt the group.

The world itself looks gorgeous and the action is absolutely brutal. The world building is a little messy and light on details at times but there’s undoubtedly a lot of similarities between the two shows.

You can read our thoughts on See in our full season review here!

The Rain

Similarities – Viral outbreak

The Rain is a decent, albeit somewhat underwhelming, post-apocalyptic series. The premise is fascinating though and there’s an undeniable charm with this to keep you watching through to see the end.

Siblings Rasmus and Simone find their world turned upside down when their father snatches them up from school and urgently tells them there’s a deadly virus lurking in the clouds that will wipe out the population when it starts raining.

Taking refuge in an underground bunker and left alone for 6 years, the children grow to become teenagers and decide to venture out into the new post apocalyptic world, intent on tracking down their Father.

The Rain’s concept and world building are generally very good although amusingly for a country that has over 170 days of rainfall, there’s a surprising lack of rain throughout the 3 seasons. Still, this is one of the rare Netflix Originals that actually does have a conclusive ending.

You can read our thoughts on The Rain in our full season reviews here!

The Last Ship

Similarities – Isolation & Viral outbreak

The Last Ship is a surprisingly underrated hit. It’s a show that tackles an outbreak that decimates most of the world’s population but from the confines of a naval destroyer out at sea.

While the crew do dock at various different locations, there’s an intriguing premise at work here that feels suitably claustrophobic for parts of its multi-season run.

Split across five seasons, The Last Ship does feel like it runs out of steam after season 3 but somehow manages to deliver something wholly fresh and exciting in the midst of a sea of other outbreak-related shows.

If you’re looking for post apocalyptic content, set on the claustrophobic setting of a ship, this one may be worth checking out.


Similarities – Outbreak & Characters

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world’s population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order. This intriguing premise forms the core  instead the synopsis for this excellent BBC series that ran for 2 seasons.

The characters are well written, the pacing is nicely balanced and the relatively easy 12 episode run-time (6 episodes a season) makes this an easy show to get into and a difficult one to put down.

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Day 5

Similarities: Atmosphere & viral outbreak

Day 5 is another intriguing post-apocalyptic romp, one that adds a unique spin to the usual pandemic formula. Here though the attention turns to an unexplainable epidemic which sweeps across the globe and affects every human being. Quite simply, whenever someone falls asleep they die.

As people frantically search for answers, the show focuses on a junkie called Jake, who – joined by a small band of survivors – works to try and find a cure before it’s too late.

Although there are some loose ends and the show starts a little slow, there’s a lot to like here.

So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished with Y: The Last Man on Hulu.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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