Original Air Date: October 31, 2010
Run Time: 60-90 minutes per episode
By now, any true zombie fan worth his/her salt is at least familiar with the television series “The Walking Dead.” Many have seen every episode multiple times already, myself included. It’s an impressive accomplishment to already be so ingrained into the fans’ minds, especially since the series only debuted less than two months ago.
Many, many people have asked me for my “professional” opinion on the first season, which consisted of the 90-minute pilot episode and five subsequent 60-minute episodes (all minus commercial breaks, of course). Some folks even wanted me to post a review after the first few episodes, but I politely declined, as I likened reviewing a still-in-seasonal-progress TV show to reviewing a book after only having read a few chapters; it just didn’t make sense, and I wouldn’t be able to give an accurate evaluation of the entire picture the season had painted. Now that we are in the last days of 2010, I feel that the time has come to share my thoughts on the series’ first season.
I don’t need to be a professional horror critic to tell you that, obviously, the first season of “The Walking Dead” was far above average. Based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman in 2003, “The Walking Dead” was a long-gestating TV project, originally touted to the four major networks, then slated to be produced by and aired on HBO, before finally landing on AMC.