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Zombies Have Evolved Into Complicated, Relatable Characters On Television

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Long a character in literature, film, and television, the zombie has undergone a dramatic change in the last decade.

One of horror's most popular character types has become more human.

Zombies first appeared in literature in the 17th century, and in film in 1932. But it was the popular TV series "The Walking Dead" that elevated the cannibalistic undead to pop culture stars.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Mackenzie Martin makes podcasts for KCUR Studios. You can find her on Twitter @_macmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.