How To Watch The Walking Dead Shows in Order (And Where To Watch Them)

Although AMC’s original The Walking Dead series concluded in 2022, the franchise is poised to continue expanding for the foreseeable future with an exciting slate of spinoff series. The latest spinoff series, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, is on the way and will mark the highly-anticipated return of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). For viewers looking to catch up on the franchise before Grimes’ spinoff, this guide will demonstrate how and where to watch The Walking Dead franchise in order.

The Walking Dead was originally a comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. By 2010, AMC had secured the television rights to the story and released the show’s pilot episode. The big-budget zombie apocalypse show was an instant hit and only continued to gain popularity as it expanded its universe, cast, and character development.

However, the franchise became complicated for viewers to watch chronologically quite early on. This is because the companion series Fear the Walking Dead premiered in 2015 and ran alongside the original series. While the first three seasons serve as prequels to The Walking Dead, the remaining seasons run concurrent to the original. Several actors even switched between series from 2015 to 2022.

By the time The Walking Dead concluded, two more spinoffs, The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Tales of the Walking Dead, had already premiered. Meanwhile, its conclusion opened the door for even more series as several long-standing cast members and fan favorites were granted solo series.

The Walking Dead franchise in chronological order

Watching in chronological order means there will be a lot of going back and forth between shows instead of watching them one at a time. Chronological order might give viewers a more comprehensive view of the franchise, but it’s not necessary as the franchise can be understood when watching by release date, which results in a bit less back-and-forth. 

Still, if you’re up for the challenge, the chronological order is:

  • Fear the Walking Dead (seasons 1 - 3)
  • The Walking Dead (seasons 1 - 8)
  • Fear the Walking Dead (season 4)
  • Tales of the Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead (season 9)
  • Fear The Walking Dead (season 5)
  • The Walking Dead (season 10)
  • The Walking Dead: World Beyond
  • Fear the Walking Dead (season 6)
  • The Walking Dead (season 11)
  • Fear the Walking Dead (seasons 7 - 8)
  • The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
  • The Walking Dead: Dead City

The Walking Dead franchise in release order

However, newcomers to the franchise are recommended to watch every TV show and season by the release date order outlined below.

Below you’ll find every TV show and streaming offers for where to watch them online.

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Disney Plus
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Hulu
Crunchyroll
fuboTV
Max
Max Amazon Channel
MGM Plus Amazon Channel
Crunchyroll Amazon Channel
Peacock
Peacock Premium
Kocowa
Amazon Video
Google Play Movies
YouTube
Paramount Plus
Paramount+ with Showtime
Paramount Plus Apple TV Channel
Starz Apple TV Channel
AMC Plus Apple TV Channel
Britbox Apple TV Channel
Starz Play Amazon Channel
Paramount+ Amazon Channel
Discovery+ Amazon Channel
AMC+ Amazon Channel
Funimation Now
The Roku Channel
Showtime Roku Premium Channel
Paramount+ Roku Premium Channel
Starz Roku Premium Channel
AMC+ Roku Premium Channel
Showtime Amazon Channel
AMC+
MGM Plus Roku Premium Channel
YouTube Premium
YouTube Free
The CW
Hoopla
CW Seed
Vudu
VUDU Free
Starz
Criterion Channel
Showtime
PBS
FXNow
Pantaflix
Tubi TV
Kanopy
Comedy Central
Microsoft Store
Redbox
Sun Nxt
Crackle
AMC
AMC Theatres
Fandor
Curiosity Stream
NBC
MGM Plus
Freeform
History
A&E
Lifetime
Shudder
Screambox
Acorn TV
Sundance Now
Popcornflix
GuideDoc
BritBox
MUBI
Netflix Kids
Boomerang
Urban Movie Channel
History Vault
Yupp TV
Eros Now
MyOutdoorTV
WWE Network
Noggin Amazon Channel
Smithsonian Channel
Laugh Out Loud
Pure Flix
Lifetime Movie Club
Boomerang Amazon Channel
PBS Kids Amazon Channel
Cinemax Amazon Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Amazon Channel
PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel
MZ Choice Amazon Channel
Viewster Amazon Channel
Spamflix
Pluto TV
HiDive
VIX
Topic
Night Flight Plus
MTV
Retrocrush
Classix
Dekkoo
Shout! Factory TV
OVID
Chai Flicks
Mhz Choice
Vice TV
Shudder Amazon Channel
MUBI Amazon Channel
AcornTV Amazon Channel
BritBox Amazon Channel
Fandor Amazon Channel
Screambox Amazon Channel
Sundance Now Amazon Channel
Adult Swim
USA Network
Fox
Bet+ Amazon Channel
FlixFling
Rakuten Viki
AMC on Demand
TCM
Bravo TV
TNT
Food Network
BBC America
IndieFlix
AHCTV
TLC
HGTV
DIY Network
Investigation Discovery
Science Channel
Destination America
Discovery Life
Animal Planet
Discovery
Motor Trend
Cooking Channel
Travel Channel
Paramount Network
Here TV
TV Land
VH1
Logo TV
DreamWorksTV Amazon Channel
Flix Premiere
TBS
AsianCrush
FILMRISE
Revry
Rooster Teeth
DOCSVILLE
Spectrum On Demand
OXYGEN
Hi-YAH
tru TV
DisneyNOW
WeTV
ARROW
Plex
Plex Live TV
Plex Player
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
The Oprah Winfrey Network
Filmzie
MovieSaints
Dogwoof On Demand
True Story
Martha Stewart TV
DocAlliance Films
KoreaOnDemand
Hoichoi
iQIYI
Metrograph
Freevee
Public Domain Movies
Kino Now
Eventive
Cultpix
FilmBox+
aha
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Bet+
Takflix
Klassiki
Starz Amazon Channel
Netflix basic with Ads
Cohen Media Amazon Channel
Popflick
Viaplay
ViX Premium Amazon Channel
Runtime
Fandango
Telemundo
Discovery+
Reveel
FilmStruck
Ovation TV
Angel Studios
Cineverse
AD tv
Midnight Pulp
FYI Network
Xumo Play
National Geographic
Atom Tickets
Shahid VIP
DistroTV
myfilmfriend
Cinemark
Outside Watch
Cinepolis USA
Full Moon Amazon Channel
Citytv
Univer Video
GlewedTV
Toon Goggles
Noggin Apple TV Channel
A&E Crime Central Apple TV Channel
Acorn TV Apple TV
ALLBLK Apple TV channel
UP Faith & Family Apple TV Channel
Topic Apple TV Channel
Tastemade Apple TV Channel
Sundance Now Apple TV Channel
Shudder Apple TV Channel
Showtime Apple TV Channel
ScreenPix Apple TV Channel
OUTtv Apple TV Channel
MotorTrend Apple TV channel
Lifetime Movie Club Apple TV Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
CuriosityStream Apple TV Channel
Cinemax Apple TV Channel
BBC Select Apple Tv channel
BET+  Apple TV channel
Carnegie Hall+ Apple TV Channel
IFC Films Unlimited Apple TV Channel
HISTORY Vault Apple TV Channel
HISTORY Vault Amazon Channel
Carnegie Hall+ Amazon Channel
Troma NOW
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  1. The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

    2010

    IMDB 8.1 (1m)

    #1

    Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.

  2. Fear the Walking Dead

    Fear the Walking Dead

    2015

    IMDB 6.8 (142k)

    #2

    What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

  3. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

    #3

    The series will focus on the first generation to grow up during the zombie apocalypse.

  4. Tales of the Walking Dead

    #4

    Six original one-hour standalone episodes focused on both new and established characters within the walker apocalypse. Each episode has its own distinct tone and point of view — but the stakes are high in each story, pushing new, indelible characters with relentless, life-threatening choices and situations. We get to see the apocalypse through different eyes, discovering more worlds, mythos, and mysteries of the Walking Dead.

  5. The Walking Dead: Dead City

    #5

    Maggie and Negan travel to post-apocalyptic Manhattan - long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made it a world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.

  6. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon

    #6

    Daryl washes ashore in France and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, though, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan.

  7. The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

    #7

    The love story of Rick Grimes and Michonne is changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. Can they find each other and who they were in a situation unlike any they've ever known?