I have no idea how this can be, but I have never heard on this. I'm downloading the Pilot Episode to my iPad as we speak -- I've also added the complete series (seasons 1 and 2) to my Amazon "Wish List" -- if I like the Pilot as much as the reviews suggest I will then I'll see if I can get the boxed set of DVDs for Christmas :-)
I nominate the "Jericho" TV series for your "best TV program" ranking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho_(TV_series)
(Jericho is one of the very few TV series I ever got hooked on... Unfortunately, CBS axed the show when it didn't receive good enough ratings on the Nielsen box. Fans blamed the poor ratings on Jericho airing at the same time as American Idol or some other reality TV show... CBS actually produced a 2nd short season because of the outcry from the fans.)
I .LOVE. post apocalyptic fiction, keep the suggestions coming!
A really horrifyingly post apocalyptic book is
"After the flood", by P.C Jersild.
It takes place like 30yrs after a global nuclear holocaust, in what used to be the Nordic countries. (mainly sweden). It's a great book, but boy what a downhill ride it is. It is even more gloomy than "The road".
I hope you're not implying that I would say anything derogatory?
John Christoper wrote "A Wrinkle in the Skin" about the earth undergoing another major mountain-building period (earthquakes, changing geography, etc) which I found very good, though I have not read it for years. He wrote a lot of what I call "Social science fiction" as opposed to the "bug-eyed monster" genre - more about people and their reactions to events. "Death of Grass" and "Pendulum" were another two.
Have to look for "The Kracken Wakes", and my ex lent away my copy of the "Triffids". I had to wonder in the Triffids when they were holed up on the farm behind the electric fence why he ran a gas-powered generator rather than salvaging a bunch of automobile batteries and wiring them in series to power the fence. Then they would only have needed occasional charging from the generator for leakage. Other than this, good story.
Other post-apocalyptic suggestions are "Farnham's Freehold" by Robert.A. Heinlein, and "The Songs of Distant Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke.
Two more post-apocalyptic tales by John Wyndham were "The Day of the Triffids" and "The Kraken Wakes" ... I think I will re-read all of these when I've caught up with the current pile of books I have (a) on the go and (b) waiting for for me in the wings...
Arrggghhh -- this is one of the ones that "popped into my head" while I was writing the blog and then it popped out again when I received a non-maskable interrupt (like my wife calling :-)
But you are right -- this was a fantastic story...