Left with an empty void in your life having recently finished re-watching The Office for the 20th time? Give The Last Man on Earth a shot. You won’t regret it!
Currently in its fourth season, the Will Forte-starring program has been a consistently hilarious take on what a post-apocalyptic world might look like. FOX’s The Last Man on Earth challenges the audience to ask themselves how they would react if they believed they were the last person left alive, with everyone else around them having perished from a mysterious illness.
Despite the show’s name, The Last Man on Earth stars more than just Will Forte. In fact, the show thrives when utilizing its fantastic ensemble cast. From the riotous Kristen Schaal (of 30 Rock and Bob’s Burgers fame) to the deadpan January Jones (Mad Men), the writers for TLMON know how to get great results from their actors.
But the best performance on the show so far has come from Mary Steenburgen, who plays Gail Klosterman. In a surprisingly dark arc in Season 3, Steenburgen gives the performance of her career, leaving the audience on the edge of their seat with a shocking cliffhanger at the end of the midseason finale.
Along with the series regulars, the show has hosted some incredible guest stars. With unexpected cameos by Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm in seasons past, to turns by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Martin Short (Saturday Night Live) this season. You never know who will show up on TLMON. The way guest stars come in and mess with or change the dynamics between the main cast always results in great episode after great episode.
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While usually staying within what can be expected of a comedy on a big four network, TLMON will occasionally touch on topics generally found in dramas. Including alcoholism, dealing with the loss of a loved one, isolation, and mental illness,TLMON covers problems people face everyday in a gentle and thoughtful way, without making light of how serious these problems actually are.
Although not perfect, The Last Man on Earth is a good indicator of how television is progressing in this day and age. Featuring knock-out performances and a plot so original you have to ask yourself how it hasn’t been done before, this is a show you need to check out if you’re struggling to decide what to watch next.
The Last Man on Earth airs Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. All past episodes are available on Hulu now. Returns with new episodes March 11.