The Walking Dead: "Days Gone Bye" Review

 It's no secret this hasn't exactly been the most exciting fall for new TV series, with most new network shows feeling decidedly weak and pedestrian. This makes it all the more gratifying to have much-anticipated The Walking Dead finally arrive on AMC and get off to such a strong start – even though it's tempered by the knowledge that the first (but hopefully not only) season is comprised of just six episodes. 

Based on Robert Kirkman's comic book about a world overrun by zombies, the TV series has quite a pedigree, coming from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens) and Frank Darabont, with the latter -- the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile -- the main creative force here, writing and directing the first episode, "Days Gone Bye." 

Full disclosure on my Walking Dead background, as I'm sure it will come up sometimes while reviewing the series: I'm a huge fan of the comic book. I'm not quite all caught up, but have read the first 10 trade paperbacks (which go through issue 60), and am very curious to see how this show might pull off some of the storylines to come down the line… 

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