Where Did The Walking Dead Rank in the Canon of Zombie Lore?

As you may have noticed, we were really excited for last night's premiere of AMC's new zombie series, The Walking Dead. But of course, the higher our expectations fly, the harder they fall. Did it match up to classics like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead movies and new-school faves like Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later? Or would you rather have turned off the TV and reread World War Z instead?