Dystopian fiction is having something of a renaissance these days, as fears of creeping authoritarianism send classic novels like 1984 and Brave New World flying off the shelves. The Handmaid’s Tale, a powerhouse speculative-fiction tale about a totalitarian theocracy in America, is the latest to captivate and terrify audiences, but it’s far from alone on the small screen. The last decade has been rife with dystopian TV shows that reflect our growing anxieties about surveillance, climate change, the erosion of civil liberties, and the end of the world as we know it. Below, Vulture picks out the shows that defined the modern TV dystopia.
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