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Highest rated T.V. shows went head-to-head March 31

By James Hardman
On April 15, 2013

 

America's Movie Channel (AMC) has once again delivered a record-smashing drama. The hit TV show, "The Walking Dead", has been one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the current generation.

The post-apocalyptic mini-series follows the life of a group of strangers that have survived the annihilation of humanity and are fending for their lives against the advancing horde of zombies. 

The show is based off a graphic novel series created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The graphic novels have been translated into three critically adored series on the network.

The first season kicked off on Halloween night 2010 and has worked its way up the charts ever since. Executive producer, Scott M. Gimple, will replace Glen Mazzara, the season 3 show-runner. Gimple will take over season 4 with 16 new episodes.

According to screenrant.com, the fourth season will premiere in October 2013.

The series has been well received by viewers and critics alike. The show has received many award nominations including nods for the Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama). As season 3 came to an end, the finale received 12.4 million viewers to become the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history, according to imdb.com.

The third season blended action and drama successfully, with a cohesive season-long arc that engaged viewers. Commanding performances by Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and David Morrissey as The Governor in heightened the central conflict of the third season as the two faced off.

The ensemble cast also served to enhance the drama and the development of the plot-focused season. The building of the ensemble made the heart-wrenching deaths of beloved characters all the more shocking. The show's willingness to take risks in killing off main characters this past season shows its commitment to its craft.

The gritty, washed out cinematography provided the series with its characteristic visual style, balancing the CGI effects and live action.

The show's attention to detail also showed through in its use of darkening makeup on the horde of zombies, showing the further decay of the undead, according to imdb.com.

"The Walking Dead", with its critical praise and high viewing figures, is arguably the best cable mini-series on air.

The show's post-apocalyptic world has taken audiences by storm, demanding that audiences ask themselves if they are ready for the walking dead. 


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