10 Pandemic Series to Watch While You Practice Social Distancing

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It’s a scary time right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic making it feel like a lot of what we’ve seen before. Honestly, for me, leaning on series that tackle pandemics has been a huge factor in mitigating my own panic. There is something about watching other people go through a situation that’s familiar and yet fictional that is cathartic, especially when cabin fever sets in. Additionally, self-distancing has us locked down in our homes and if you’re like me, you need something, anything to keep your mind from spiraling. So, here are 10 pandemic series that deal with natural pathogens, vampires, zombies, and even rain that is deadly.

Containment

Pandemic Series

Creator: Julie Plec
Stars: David GyasiChristina MosesChris Wood

The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives.

Currently is available on Netflix

V Wars

Pandemic Series

Stars: Ian SomerhalderAdrian HolmesJacky Lai

Dr. Luther Swann enters a world of horror when a virus is released from ice melting due to climate change.

Currently is available exclusively on Netflix

Helix

Pandemic Series

Creator: Cameron Porsandeh
Stars: Billy CampbellKyra ZagorskyMark Ghanimé

A team of scientists is thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation when they arrive in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be an outbreak of a strange disease in a secluded international research facility.

Currently is available on Netflix

The Last Ship

Pandemic Series

Creators: Steven KaneHank Steinberg
Stars: Eric DaneAdam BaldwinCharles Parnell

The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population.

Currently available on Hulu

The Rain

Pandemic Series

After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety.

Currently is available exclusively on Netflix

Survivors

Pandemic Series

Creator: Adrian Hodges
Stars: Julie GrahamMax BeesleyPaterson Joseph

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, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Currently is available on Netflix

Kingdom

Kingdom Season 2

Stars: Ji-Hoon JuDoona BaeKim Sungkyu

While strange rumors about their ill King grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Currently is available exclusively on Netflix

The Strain

Creators: Guillermo del ToroChuck Hogan
Stars: Corey StollDavid BradleyKevin Durand 

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

Currently available on Hulu

The Andromeda Strain

Stars: Benjamin BrattChrista MillerLouis Ferreira

A crack team of top scientists works feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Currently available on VoD

The Stand

Pandemic Series

Stars: Gary SiniseMolly RingwaldJamey Sheridan

After a deadly plague kills most of the world’s population, the remaining survivors split into two groups – one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being – to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Currently available on VoD


This may be one of the hardest lists I’ve had to write because all of these shows hit a little hard right now. But if you’re looking for stuff to help you get through things like I am, this list of 10 Pandemic Series to Watch While You Practice Social Distancing is a good start.

Synopses and cast information for 10 Pandemic Series to Watch While You Practice Social Distancing are from IMDb.