I wouldn't have watched this series if my son hadn't made me watch most of the first episode with him, but I'm very glad I did. There's a strong story line and great characters in this series, and it avoids Zombie movie cliches. It has some of the survivalist elements of Jericho along with some of the family dynamics; although as of now, the number of survivors is much smaller than in Jericho. So far I've only seen it online, but we may become regular Sunday viewers while True Blood is on hiatus.
I didn't like how careless Rick was with the horse. The horse was a very valuable asset and as the only domestic animal we saw in the episode they should have made better use of it. Pets add a charm element that really humanizes the characters and makes us feel as if they're real people we know.