To combine some apocalyptic drama with light-hearted comedy, The Last Man on Earth is a good option. This TV series has been around since 2015, and initially aired on Fox. There are four seasons to get stuck into, and Fox cancelled the series after the last one aired in 2018. In total, there are 67 episodes to watch. This show was both created by and stars Will Forte, who also serves as an executive producer. Notably, big names such as Seth Cohen are also on the executive producer list.
The plot for The Last Man on Earth focuses on the aftermath of a deadly virus which takes over the world. Set in late 2020, Phil Miller believes he is the last man on Earth and looks for others. After a long search across every state, he is unsuccessful in finding anyone, and decides to run his truck into a rock after being on his own for years. However, as he looks to his right while driving the truck, he sees smoke and finds out there is another survivor called Carol Pilbasian. Carol believes they should repopulate the world because they are the last two survivors, and insists that they get married. More survivors end up joining the pair over the coming months.
Cast and characters
- Will Forte – Philip Tandy Miller
- Kristen Schaal – Carol Andrew Pilbasian Miller
- January Jones – Melissa Shart
- Mel Rodriguez – Todd Dimas Rodriguez
- Cleopatra Coleman – Erica Dundee
- Mary Steenburgen – Gail Klosterman
- Jason Sudeikis – Michael Shelby ‘Mike’ Miller
- Boris Kodjoe – Philip Stacy ‘Phil’ Miller
- Mark Boone Junior – Patrick ‘Pat’ Brown
- Kenneth Choi – Lewis
- Kristen Wiig – Pamela Brinton
- Keith L Williams – Jasper
- Chris Elliott – Glenn
- Fred Armisden – Karl Cowperthwaite
- Alexandra Daddario – Victoria
- Will Ferrell – Gordon Vanderkruik
- Jon Hamm – Darrell
- Laura Dern – Catherine
- Timothy V Murphy – Benjamin Brinton
- Jack Black – Rear Admiral Roy Billups
- Alma Martinez – La Abuela Gordillo
- Jack Guzman – Hector
- Leighton Meester – Zoe
- Martin Short – sport utility vehicle driver
Most of the filming for The Last Man on Earth took place in Chatsworth, California, in a studio for 20th Century Fox. The filming process proved to be difficult at times, primarily due to issues such as keeping up silence and muffling out the sounds of civilization such as cars in the distance.
The process behind developing The Last Man on Earth began with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller writing up their concept. To begin with, they wanted the premise to become a feature film. However, when they gave the idea to Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte, he took it on with his own ideas. This led to Forte giving his own spin to it over a weekend before showing it to Hollywood execs. After a positive response, the pitching to cable and Internet services began – with Forte avoiding broadcast networks due to a belief they would have strict requirements in the content department. Fox became the distributor of the show in the end, and the main character – Phil Miller – was created with a combination of the two executive producers’ names (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller).
Episodes and reception
The first season of The Last Man on Earth has 13 episodes, and the other three each have 20 episodes. All of the seasons aired on Sundays at 9:30pm, and viewership ranged between around 1.5 and 3.5 million, going down for each season (as is the case with most TV series). Generally positive reviews were received critically; for example, Metacritic gave the series 72 out of 100. Furthermore, Rotten Tomatoes gave it an approval rating of 74% – and an average review score was 7.74 out of 10.
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