Terry Morrow: 'Jericho,' Walking Dead' and 'Revolution' can get you through the end

Rick (Roy Lincoln) takes aim at the zombies on the prowl in "The Walking Dead," airing in a marathon on Sunday.

Photo by Gene Page, Copyright: AMC 2011

Rick (Roy Lincoln) takes aim at the zombies on the prowl in "The Walking Dead," airing in a marathon on Sunday.

The end of the world? Is that today? Mayan bad!

I must have written it down wrong on my calendar. I thought it was next week.

Nonetheless, television has long dealt with such catastrophes. Traditionally, the end is not The End, and a good leader, with a trusted band of followers, can get you through anything.

While you're waiting for the ground to swallow you and fire to fall from the skies, you might be able to learn a thing or two from these shows:

WALKING DEAD (AMC)

What?! The world is overtaken by zombies, and it's us against them, baby. Civilization has collapsed; It's every man (or woman) for himself.

Silver lining. A pocket of human survivors, lead by Georgia deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), band together to restore normalcy. They are beaten, starved and hopeless. They take comfort in each other, wearing the same dirty clothes every week.

JERICHO (CBS, 2006-2008)

What?!Following nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the United States, life struggles to continue in a small Kansas town.

Silver lining. Outcast Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) becomes a leader — and certainly a hero — in town amid conspiracy theories hostile outsiders. If you encounter Jake after today's events, sign up to be on his side.

REVOLUTION (NBC)

What?! A global power outage throws humanity back to an uncivilized era — like 1979. People are forced to walk, grow gardens and wash their own clothes by hand. No iPads! Dire days, indeed.

Silver lining. Spunky teen Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), who could hold her own in the "Hunger Games" arena, and her take-charge uncle, Ben, fight off warlords and militia to get to the truth.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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