[[caption-width-right:350:''"The longer they're out there, the more they become what they really are."''[[note]]From left to right, in descending rows.\\
Top: Rick Grimes, Negan.\\
Middle 1: Gregory, Morgan Jones, Maggie Rhee, Carol Peletier, Tara Chambler, Shiva the tiger, Jadis.\\
Middle 2: Carl Grimes, Michonne, Father Gabriel, Ezekiel.\\
Middle 3 (Two people in the middle of two rows): Dwight, Simon.\\
Bottom: Aaron, Daryl Dixon, Rosita Espinosa, Eugene Porter.[[/note]]]]

->''"You step outside, you risk your life. Take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breathe, you risk your life. Every moment now, you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for!"''
-->-- '''Hershel Greene'''

''The Walking Dead'' is a {{live action|Adaptation}} ZombieApocalypse television series based on [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead the comic of the same name]]. Like the comic, its story focuses on a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a world overrun by undead humans. Rick Grimes, the leader of the group, awakens in the hospital from a coma to find everything has gone downhill. He sets out to find his family, and the rest of the show focuses on him and the rest of the characters as they adapt and relate to each other in a terrible new world. Though the survivors face great hardship - not just from the walkers, but also from people who are far worse than the undead - they find that their most vital resources are [[TrueCompanions each other]], and the will to survive day by day. The group takes casualties, finds new members, suffers brutal defeats, but led by Rick, they push on, with the hope that things get better, no matter how briefly, beyond the horizon.

The series premiered on October 31st, 2010 on Creator/{{AMC}}, and was produced by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd. Glen Mazzara took over as showrunner for seasons 2 and 3, followed by Scott M. Gimple for season 4 on. Comic creator Robert Kirkman is also heavily involved with the production, including being the writer for several episodes. The show has completed its seventh season, which premiered October 23rd, 2016. On October 16th, 2016 AMC confirmed that the series has been renewed for an eighth season, set to premiere on October 22nd, 2017.

The series has [[http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead its own homepage]]. It includes three series of {{webisode}}s, the six part ''Torn Apart'', the four part ''Cold Storage'', and the three part ''The Oath'' along with other extra content, including online content for the ''Talking Dead'' talk show accompanying the series. A [[http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead/dead-reckoning flash-based]] adventure game entitled ''Dead Reckoning'' is also available on the website, and shows Shane's initial encounters with the walkers when the outbreak begins.

The show's writers are knowingly taking ([[ApprovalofGod Creator Approved]]) liberties with its source material, so comic readers, don't expect to come into this knowing everything beforehand. WordOfGod says that the intention from the start has been to approach the series as an AlternateContinuity of its own, in which certain events play out differently- [[NotHisSled sometimes radically so]]- due to the ButterflyEffect ripples of the [[AdaptationExpansion additions]] and [[AdaptedOut subtractions]] of [[SchrodingersCast various characters]] and events major and minor.

Has its own dedicated ShoutOut page [[ShoutOut/TheWalkingDeadTVShow here]]. Now also has an in-progress [[Recap/TheWalkingDead recap page]]. And see '''[[Characters/TheWalkingDeadTVShow here]]''' for characters page.

A spinoff, ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'', premiered in August 2015, and takes place on the west coast of the United States, primarily in Los Angeles in the early days of the ZombieApocalypse. A cross-over between the two series' is planned for the near future. Additionally, a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' special titled ''[[Recap/RobotChickenTheWalkingDeadSpecialLookWhosWalking Look Who's Walking]]'' aired in late 2017, with many of the show's actors reprising their roles.

See also ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'', a first person shooter video game set in the TV series continuity.

!!Trope subpages:

* TheWalkingDead/TropesAToC
* TheWalkingDead/TropesDToK
* TheWalkingDead/TropesLToR
* TheWalkingDead/TropesSToZ
->''[[TrueCompanions "To sacrifice for each other, to suffer, to stand, to grieve, to give, to love, to live, to fight for each other."]]''