'Doomsday Preppers’: How real-life prepping could benefit fictional doomsday shows

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Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers" presents ordinary people with one common obsession: They believe the end of the world is near, and they are determined to prepare for it. Of course, not all of them agree on what will be the cause; some believe there will be a financial collapse while others fear a worldwide pandemic. Because of this, each one will do whatever it takes to get ready, whether it be storing food, water, or even weapons. The show, soon to enter its second season, looks at the strategies that each individual or family utilizes in prepping for their particular doomsday scenario. Then experts assess these preparations and their chances of survival.

Though "Doomsday Preppers" is a reality show, many fictional series have depicted what would happen if the world should end. Mutant bugs, nuclear war, and electrical failure have all played a part in one story or another -- each providing a small band of survivors a some version of hell to survive. But one has to wonder how differently each might have fared if the characters had actually taken the time to prepare.

"Revolution" (NBC)

Some episodes of "Doomsday Preppers" deal with the possibility of an electrical grid failure, which would result in some (if not most) of the world's modern conveniences and technologies to go kaput. That's why preppers like Janet make Faraday Cages, which allow radios and other devices to possibly work in the case of a strong electromagnetic pulse. Such a tool would come in handy for the characters of "Revolution": A show that provides a look into a world without computers or cars, and also gave NBC its biggest premiere in years. Perhaps if some of the characters had something like the Faraday Cage, life could have been bit easier for them. Or maybe not since it has been 15 years since the lights went out, and without anything to charge the devices, they could end up just being useless chotskies.

"Jericho" (CBS)

One of the ultimate cult shows in recent memory, "Jericho" centered on a community that is cut off from the world after a nuclear attack on several major American cities. At first the town must rebuild itself, setting in motion themes of community and resourcefulness; however, it later became about survival as a neighboring town declares war on Jericho. The second season moved away from the survival theme and looked at life under a newly formed government. Though "Preppers'" would have prepared the citizens of Jericho for the aftermath of the attack, one has to wonder if any of those skills would have been useful when a new government establishes itself as the ruling power. They would probably have had to prepare like survivalist Megan Durwitz, who is majorly stocked up on ammunition and food in preparation for the civil unrest that comes with losing precious commodities, such as gas and oil. That would have likely given some of the characters the upper hand.

"Woops!" (Fox)

In 1992, Fox decided that the world needed to have a funny take on nuclear war, and the result was "Woops!": A show that featured "Sex and the City's" Evan Handler as a man who survives a nuclear attack and finds his way to a farm inhabited by five other strangers. In a way, it was kind of like "Gilligan's Island" with fewer laughs. Giant bugs were not uncommon in the world of "Woops!," so perhaps making a spider hole, like Doug from "Into the Spider Hole," would have benefited the characters. A spider hole allows you to hide in the ground and wait out the danger. However, since most bugs live in the ground, that might not have be such a good idea after all. Woops!

What other shows with a Doomsday theme do you remember?

"Doomsday Preppers" second season will premiere Nov. 13 on Nat Geo.

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