Fast zombies, animal zombies, talking zombies, zombies in love: Popular culture has put many spins on this horror archetype. AMC's "The Walking Dead" goes old school with creatures that are slow — and hungry. Based on Robert Kirkman's comic series, the show follows a core group dealing with societal breakdown as they discover that the living are often more dangerous than the dead. No one is safe; the cast changes as both undead and human monsters kill off characters. The gore flies: Limbs are severed, heads are bashed and intestines are devoured.
Though bloody carnage may make it difficult for some viewers to watch show after show, "The Walking Dead" is binge-worthy because of its well-developed, realistic characters, including law enforcement personnel, ne'er do wells, children, parents, liars, blue-collar workers and abusers. The survivors undergo believable changes as they make their way through the dark new world. The weak become warriors, the optimistic turn defeatist and the self-centered become cooperative to stay alive. The highest-rated cable show to date provides tremendous dramatic tension as viewers root for their favorite characters to make it [source: Nussbaum]. Don't get bit!