The Tribe is a post-apocalyptic teen drama television series which originally aired on Channel 5 from April 24, 1999 to September 6, 2003, over five series compromising a total of 260 half-hour episodes. It follows the lives of teenagers and children in an unnamed city as they struggle to build a new society in a world where all the adults have been wiped out by a deadly virus.
Raymond Thompson had the original idea for The Tribe in 1980. In 1997, he was approached by Nick Wilson of Channel 5 to create "a soap for the millennium targeting a child/adolescent market". Writer Harry Duffin was brought on board in November the same year, and together the two structured the characters and storylines, and an outline for episode one. Duffin gathered a group of approximately ten writers to help develop the story format. By July 1998, they had produced their first block of four scripts.