Since 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchise has been part of pop culture and has been wowing audiences. From the original films to the reboots, we’re ranking all 9 franchise movies from worst to best!
Subtest and social commentary have always been a staple of the horror and sci-fi genres. Movies like George A. Romero’s Dead films always have had an air of social commentary, sometimes subtle and sometimes like a punch in the face but it was always there.
Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone was another bastion of social commentary for five seasons on CBS from 1960-1964. Serling had a lot to do with social commentary in art and actually played a rather big part in the Planet of the Apes franchise coming to life in the first place. Even before the book by Pierre Boulle was written, Serling had a hand in things.
The franchise has been so strong, that it lives on in so many vestiges of pop culture from t-shirts to even being parodied on The Simpsons. The Apes even had short-lived live-action and animated television shows. The reach of the Planet of the Apes franchise is almost unparalleled, but that doesn’t mean each film in the franchise is equal.