A group of young adults struggle to survive in a world where all the adults have been killed by a mysterious virus.
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Series cast summary:
 Lex (260 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Salene (252 episodes, 1999-2003)
Meryl Cassie ...
 Ebony (236 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Trudy (226 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Jack (190 episodes, 1999-2003)
Jennyfer Jewell ...
 Ellie (170 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Amber / ... (167 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Bray (167 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Cloe (157 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Tai-San (148 episodes, 1999-2003)
 KC / ... (140 episodes, 1999-2003)
Laura Wilson ...
 May (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Ryan (131 episodes, 1999-2003)
 Patsy (122 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Dal (122 episodes, 1999-2002)
Nick Miller ...
 Pride (114 episodes, 2000-2003)
Vanessa Stacey ...
 Alice (110 episodes, 1999-2003)


'Where the virus came from, no-one knew... from deepest space, bacterial warfare or some nation's scientific experiments gone horrifically wrong? All the Adults are gone... All the teachers are gone... All peace and regular meals are gone... Just tribal instincts and war paint survive. If survival depends on not getting caught by the evil Locusts or rival cyber gang Demon Dogs or just finding your next meal... then the only option is to start your own Tribe.' Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La tribu  »

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The set for the Phoenix Mall was the largest in the southern hemisphere at the time of completion. It is also still the largest set made in New Zealand for any TV show filmed there. See more »


In the episode where Trudy is sentenced to death by the guardian, Lex is witnessing her sentence and leaves the Mall. When he entered the Mall, his facial make-up consisted of three black waves on the right side of his face, as he leaves, his facial make-up is back on his left side, a thick red line and a thin red one. See more »


Ebony: Do you remember the 11th commandment? Thou shall not shoot thyself in the foot!
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Spoofed in Stargate SG-1: 200 (2006) See more »

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Children's post-Apocalyptic pseudo-soap opera at its finest!
20 February 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I happened upon this Kiwi gem one lonely night while flipping through my new digital cable. It's basically a teenage soap opera set some years after a virus has wiped out the adult population. Following a small group (or "tribe") of kids who live in an abandoned shopping mall, the show is deceptively simple and silly. It is, in fact, epic in scope and deep in emotion. It even throws in the occasional religious allegory for good measure. Like all soap operas, the dialogue can be trite and the stories melodramatic and overly concerned with sex (yes, teen sex), but it is also one of the most addictive television shows I've ever encountered, capable of being funny, poignant, gut-wrenching and thought-provoking all at the same time. With, I might add, more inventive hairstyles, makeup and costumes than any you'll see on American television.

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