The BEST Episodes of Life After People

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Network: History

What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest? From the ruins of ancient civilizations to present day cities devastated by natural disasters, history gives us clues to these questions and many more in the visually stunning and thought-provoking special "Life After People."

Waters of Death

#1 - Waters of Death

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 23, 2009

Massive waves of destruction threaten everything left behind by mankind in a post-apocalyptic world; U.S. cities face flooding as levees fail; famous paintings meet a tragic fate; a unique roof feature of the Sydney Opera House leads to its collapse

star 8.25
24 votes
Waves of Devastation

#2 - Waves of Devastation

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 16, 2010

A massive force of water threatens everything man leaves behind. American cities faces a deluge from failed levees, famous paintings meet a tragic fate, and a unique feature of the Sydney Opera House's famous rooftop leads to its collapse.

star 7.88
50 votes
Writers: Robert 'Rob' Beemer
The Last Supper

#3 - The Last Supper

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2010

The fate of man's world of food. Destructive forces turn supermarkets into breeding grounds for insects and rodents. Some foods last forever. Da Vinci's The Last Supper suffers due to an unusual paint ingredient. Some of man's agricultural staples succumb, while a surprising plant thrives. Exquisite restaurants atop of Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world, collapse.

star 7.87
54 votes
Directors: Laura Verklan
Writers: Laura Verklan
Toxic Revenge

#4 - Toxic Revenge

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2010

Toxins and chemicals are released in a world without people, and these deadly gases turn lakes and rivers into pools of acid.

star 7.86
59 votes
Directors: Douglas Cohen
Writers: Savas Georgalis
Depths of Destruction

#5 - Depths of Destruction

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 9, 2010

The world underground undergoes devastating changes in a Life After People. Geothermal power plants buckle under the strain of superheated steam. NORAD, America’s former nuclear command center, comes under attack. An abandoned town is overrun by 400 million animals. 50-ton minerals grow unchecked in an abandoned mine.

star 7.82
51 votes
Directors: Colin Campbell
Writers: Colin Campbell
Holiday Hell

#6 - Holiday Hell

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2010

In a post apocalyptic world, holiday treasures disappear: Fireworks factories erupt, Christmas tree farms grow out of control; real reindeer must adapt or die. Vacation icons fall, from high-end resorts and cruise ships, to roller coaster thrill ride. A Holiday Hell ensues.

star 7.81
58 votes
Sky's the Limit

#7 - Sky's the Limit

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 2, 2010

The apocalyptic devastation unfolds in the skies. History's most important planes are grounded in a life after people. Air Force One suffers an explosive malfunction. A devastating swarm of locusts returns to the Midwest, and mysterious cargo on the Cassini Satellite could change the universe.

star 7.76
50 votes
Directors: Frank Kosa
Writers: Frank Kosa

#8 - Outbreak

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 28, 2009

An examination of what will become of the flora and fauna after the human demise, and how they may someday dominate the planet.

star 7.68
147 votes
Directors: Louis Tarantino
Writers: Adrian Maher
Home Wrecked Homes

#9 - Home Wrecked Homes

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2010

Examine the apocalyptic fate of every home in the world. Gas leaks turn suburbs into infernos; a famous castle is toppled by a hidden flaw. Paint causes some high-end homes to explode in flames. Houses fall from the world tallest apartments to the most crowded complexes.

star 7.65
86 votes
Directors: Gabriel Rotello
Writers: Gabriel Rotello
Sin City Meltdown

#10 - Sin City Meltdown

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 2, 2009

The subject for this episode features the fate of gambling centers in Las Vegas, which has become overrun by rats, celebrities wax figures will melt, and world famous hotels will become mere ruins. On the east coast, the oceans will destroy Atlantic City's casinos.

star 7.63
92 votes
Directors: Darryl Rehr
The Bodies Left Behind

#11 - The Bodies Left Behind

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 21, 2009

What if every human being on earth disappeared? This isn't the story of how we might vanish--it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. In this episode, we'll see what happens to some of the bodies left behind. Most embalmed and buried, some mummified, others cryogenically frozen. Will any of them truly achieve immortality? Or will they be outlived by other memorials to mankind, like the Statue of Liberty or the Sistine Chapel. This is just part of a journey that will take us to the future of cities of Boston and Houston--as well as haunting sites already devoid of man. CC HD [TVPG]

star 7.62
350 votes
Writers: Douglas Cohen, Jim Hense, Louis Tarantino
Crypt of Civilization

#12 - Crypt of Civilization

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2010

In the post-apocalyptic world, man's mysterious relics meet very different fates, including those in a site in the U.S. called the "Crypt of Civilization". Other crypts, safes, and time capsules are exposed to new threats. An abandoned Mental Hospital in Connecticut offers clues regarding man's ability to preserve records. Can the military training given to Marine Corps dogs help them succeed in the wild?

star 7.58
84 votes
Directors: Louis Tarantino
Writers: James Grant Goldin
The Invaders

#13 - The Invaders

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 19, 2009

Things begin to spread and take on area such as plants and animals. Includes alligators being eaten alive by pythons in the Florida Everglades, and lakes and rivers could be choked off by oxygen-robbing plants. Also, Shanghai disappears from the weight of their skyscrapers, and the ocean takes over Miami Beach.

star 7.41
122 votes
Directors: Douglas Cohen
Armed & Defenseless

#14 - Armed & Defenseless

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 9, 2009

The fate of mankind's machinery of war: a sunken nuclear missile explodes, Pearl Harbor comes under renewed attacks, snow causes urban avalanches, and dairy cows are threatened. Featuring Denver, Hawaii, and a mysterious abandoned island near New York City.

star 7.31
32 votes
Directors: Darryl Rehr
Writers: Darryl Rehr, Douglas Cohen, Louis Tarantino, Sam Dolan, Savas Georgalis
Bound and Buried

#15 - Bound and Buried

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 26, 2009

What will become of the encased treasures of the world, including the Mona Lisa painting or the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and the bridges and cable cars within San Fransisco?

star 7.21
89 votes
Directors: Frank Kosa
Writers: Frank Kosa
Take Me to Your Leader

#16 - Take Me to Your Leader

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 16, 2010

How will the White House fall in a Life After People? The greatest homes and monuments to the world's leaders are under attack. The White House, Monticello and Versailles are suffering different fates. The bodies of Mao Zedong and Ulysses S. Grant are shrouded in mystery. A toxic ex-Naval base decays in the legacy of the Hiroshima bomb. The President's dog must learn the ways of the wild.

star 7.21
48 votes
Directors: Jim Hense
Writers: Jim Hense, Sam Dolan
The Capital Threat

#17 - The Capital Threat

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 5, 2009

An examination of Washington, DC and all it's monuments. Plus, a look at the fate of Los Angeles.

star 7.17
143 votes
Directors: Jim Hense
Writers: Jim Hense
Heavy Metal

#18 - Heavy Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 12, 2009

A look at how long the nation's buildings and bridges will stand before the elements consume the steel and concrete, from New York City's skyscrapers to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and how once domesticated animals, like horses, will return to wild herds that roam America's grasslands. The episode also examines the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada, which was abandoned by people 90 years ago.

star 7.01
166 votes
Writers: Darryl Rehr, Douglas Cohen, Jim Hense
Roads to Nowhere

#19 - Roads to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 16, 2009

A look at the world of transportation and what will become of them after man disappears, including cars and trains, roadways, oil refineries, and Detroit. Also, the Alamo would be threatened, dogs would become wild again and long-horn cattle population will rise quickly.

star 6.92
89 votes
Directors: Douglas Cohen
Writers: Savas Georgalis
Wrath of God

#20 - Wrath of God

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2010

With no people, churches begin to crumble and other structures of God and symbols of Satan face their fate.

star 6.42
81 votes
Directors: Jim Hense
Writers: Jim Hense