Last updated on June 20, 2015
On Oct. 31. 2010, the television network AMC premiered a show called ìThe Walking Dead.î
Originally a graphic novel series, the show was an instant cult classic, even spawning a series of video games, novels and action figures.
The Walking Dead is not your average television series.
It is a representation of a post-apocalyptic, zombie filled, dark story.
The main cast on the show reflect a diverse, almost unlikely bunch of characters.
They have a sheriff, a redneck, a city girl, a samurai, children, and more.
The series has a way of reminding us what is truly important in life.
All of the technology, fancy things and money that most humans thrive for, are all superficial.
It reminds us that what matters most in the world are the relationships we have and the people we love.
The shows first season was such a success, that four more seasons have followed.
Sarah Eichhorn, professor at University of California Irvine, found the show so interesting that she decided to start a course called, ì Society, Science, Survival: Lessons From AMCís, ì The Walking Dead.î
According to the schools website, UCI.edu, the eight week course is designed for students to learn how to apply mathematics and formulas to project certain aspects of a species survival or extinction.
It also shows how equations can help access the use of vaccinations, treatments and better weapons.
ìIt is basic survival. How much fuel? How much food? How much ammunition?î said Eichhorn.
ìFans of the show know itís about more than just zombies.
“Itís about survival, leadership and adapting to situations that are perilous and uncertain,î said AMCíS Theresa Beyer, vice president of promotions and activation.
According to AMC.com, The Walking Dead boasted more than 17 million total viewers in 2014.
11 million of which were in the coveted 18-49 age demographic, according to TV Guide.
Season 5 of the series returned Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8 p. m., central time.
Will they ever find their way to a ìsafe place?î Or is the whole world a zombie filled waste land? Hopefully the writers reveal the answers, someday.