iZombie Is Leaving Netflix And No One Knows Where It’s Going Next

iZombie leaves Netflix in the United States in August.

By Lyndon Nicholas | Updated

The success of series like The Last of Us and The Walking Dead proves that zombies are here to stay in the pop culture zeitgeist. Unfortunately, one critically-acclaimed zombie series won’t be staying on Netflix much longer. According to an article from Whats On Netflix, many international fans may not have much more time to watch the CW series iZombie, as it will be leaving the international version of the platform next month.

Seasons one through five of iZombie already left Netflix Canada last year on May 3, 2022. Now, many international fans may be devastated to learn that the series will be removed from the streaming platform on May 3, 2023. 

For fans in the US, iZombie will have a longer shelf life on Netflix and is currently scheduled to remain on the streaming platform until August 2024. Although it’s anyone’s guess where it will end up next, the most likely place is HBO Max, as Warner Bros Discover owns the series and has been putting major efforts into providing content for HBO Max. When this will happen, only time can tell.

iZombie is a series from The CW that aired for five seasons between 2015 and 2019, and as of now, all five seasons are available on Netflix for most fans in the US and internationally. It’s curious why this series never quite gets the recognition it deserves, as it had a compelling premise, strong writing, and critical success. It boasted a 92, 100, 100, and 92 percent, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes for its first four seasons before a significant drop to 71 percent for its fifth and final season. 

Netflix’s iZombie stood out for its fresh approach to the zombie genre. Usually depicted by popular shows like Game of Thrones, Fear the Walking Dead, and Pedro Pascal’s The Last of Us as braindead ammo fodder, zombies and zombie-like creatures don’t always get the best rep on screen.

Netflix’s iZombie is based on a comic book series of the same name, although taking liberties with the premise and plot. The series centers around Liv, a medical resident who becomes a zombie after an outbreak at a party that she attends. Now, she must contend with the urge to eat brains and the desire to retain her humanity while working in the coroner’s office, while her unique predicament and newfound abilities drive her to help solve some of the mysterious deaths of patients that she encounters.

One unique quirk of iZombie is that when Liv eats the brains of someone who has deceased, she briefly also is granted access to their memories and absorbs aspects of their personality. The compelling acting from Rose McIver as she takes on the personalities of various individuals is a fun touch and is reminiscent of Tatiana Maslany’s performance in the series Orphan Black.

The zombies in iZombie are not your typical and are a great counterbalance to the many other zombie narratives out there. At once in the medical, crime, horror, drama, and comedy genres, iZombie’s doctor-turned-murder investigator spin on the classic zombie story hits on many of the typical television genres in refreshing and interesting ways perfect for a Netflix binge.