The BEST seasons of The Walking Dead

Every season of The Walking Dead ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons of The Walking Dead!

The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

Last Updated: 11/27/2022Network:AMC
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Season 1
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8.49
2799 votes

#1 - Season 1

First Aired 11/1/2010

Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to a world overrun by zombies, on a journey to find his family he must learn to survive the streets of post-apocalyptic Atlanta.

Season 3
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8.00
2137 votes

#2 - Season 3

First Aired 10/15/2012

Having seemingly found a place of security, the group are faced with an unprecedented new threat.

Season 2
star
7.96
2342 votes

#3 - Season 2

First Aired 10/17/2011

Under Rick's leadership, the group leave Atlanta in search of sanctuary.

Season 5
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7.86
1853 votes

#4 - Season 5

First Aired 10/13/2014

After the season 4 finale left most of the main characters at the mercy of the sadistic inhabitants of Terminus. Season 5 will offer new directions for the group of survivors as scientist Eugene Porter promises a cure to the zombie virus if he can be safely escorted to Washington DC, but getting there is easier said than done.

Season 4
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7.84
1967 votes

#5 - Season 4

First Aired 10/14/2013

As the group settle into life in a stable shelter, a new danger threatens disaster.

Season 6
star
7.63
1748 votes

#6 - Season 6

First Aired 10/12/2015

Rick attempts to use his authority in Alexandria to keep the inhabitants safe, even as a new threat looms.

Season 9
star
7.15
806 votes

#7 - Season 9

First Aired 10/8/2018

With the defeat of Negan and the Saviors, the survivors are now rebuilding civilisation under Rick’s leadership. However, the group are forced to face their biggest threat yet as the walkers around them have started whispering.

Season 7
star
7.04
1406 votes

#8 - Season 7

First Aired 10/24/2016

Rick and his group's world becomes even more brutal due to Negan's deadly example of what happens if they don't live under his rules. Everyone must begin again.

Season 10
star
6.61
604 votes

#9 - Season 10

First Aired 10/7/2019

It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organising themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable. But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win.

Season 11
star
6.53
293 votes

#10 - Season 11

First Aired 8/23/2021

All who live in Alexandria struggle to refortify it and feed its increasing number of residents, which include the survivors from the fall of the Kingdom and the burning of Hilltop; along with Maggie and her new group, the Wardens. Alexandria has more people than it can manage to feed and protect. Their situation is dire as tensions heat up over past events and self-preservation rises to the surface within the ravaged walls. They must secure more food while they attempt to restore Alexandria before it collapses like countless other communities they have come across throughout the years. But where and how? More haggard and hungrier than ever before, they must dig deeper to find the effort and strength to safeguard the lives of their children, even if it means losing their own. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to those at Alexandria, Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko, and Princess are still being held captive by mysterious soldiers who are members of a larger and unforthcoming group.

Season 8
star
6.50
1111 votes

#11 - Season 8

First Aired 10/23/2017

Rick and his survivors bring "All-Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless - but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.