‘3%’ is a Brazilian dystopian thriller web television which premiered in 2016 on Netflix. Created by Pedro Aguilera, the series is set in an unspecified future where 20-year-old individuals of the impoverished “Inland” have the single opportunity to complete “The Process” and advance to the affluence of the distant “Offshore” society. While most of the unsuccessful candidates are simply eliminated, some fail to survive, leading to only “3%” of the candidates succeeding.
The show has received positive reviews for its narrative intricacies and thematic allegories exploring the future, the concept of survival and biological calamities. It is complemented by the performances of the actors who sharpen the tone and narrative. ‘3%’ premiered in 2016 and has been renewed for a third season, which was released on June 7, 2019. For this article, I have taken into account shows that build on the narrative through the concept of dystopian fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. With all that said now, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘3%’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘3%’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The 100 (2014– )
Adapted from Kass Morgan’s young adult science fiction novel series of the same name, ‘The 100’ is set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war that has destroyed the civilization. To curb the situation, a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors send “one hundred” juvenile delinquents back to Earth, with the hope of re-populating the planet. A post-apocalyptic science fiction drama, ‘The 100’ builds upon the futuristic wasteland with patience and calmness which makes the show such a great watch. Developed by producer and writer Jason Rothenberg, the show’s narrative is inventive in adapting the right elements from the novel. The show consists of six seasons and as of 2019, it has been renewed for a seventh season.
9. The Rain (2018 – )
A Danish post-apocalyptic series, ‘The Rain’ is a Netflix production co-created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. After a virus carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in a bunker to service the horrendous virus. Six years later, they come out of hiding to search for their father, a scientist by profession who left them in the bunker under the pretence of saving them but never returned to unite with them. In the endeavour, they join a group of young survivors and together they travel across Denmark and Sweden, searching for a safe place, and for the siblings’ father, who may be able to provide the answers and the cure. The show has received praise for its writing and character development. ‘The Rain’ has been renewed for a second season, which was released on May 17, 2019.