The Last Man on Earth

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Dark, fun existential exploration of postapocalyptic life.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show addresses some deep issues about humanity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Phil generally resorts to his base instincts: gluttony, drinking, filling a pool with human excrement. 

Violence

At one point, Phil attempts suicide. He also makes cars explode, and he bowls using water-filled fish tanks as pins. 

Sex

Many references to masturbation and sex. 

Language

Some mild cursing: "What the hell are you doing?" 

Consumerism

Many jokes about and visual references to famous personages: Babe Ruth, Tom Hanks, Hugh Hefner. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Phil frequently drinks to excess; in one memorable scene he fills a baby pool with vodka and salts the entire rim of the pool before climbing in with a straw. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Man on Earth is a dark comedy about a man who believes he's alone on the planet after a virus devastates the human population. Our protagonist, Phil, drinks frequently and to excess, at one point filling up a baby pool with vodka and salting the pool's rim. Mild cursing: "What the hell are you doing?" and "Dammit." Frequent sex jokes, such as the protagonist stocking up on adult magazines for masturbation. There's a bit of violence, from exploding cars to guns breaking glass. At one point Phil attempts suicide, pushed to the brink by loneliness, boredom, and despair. But the most vexing issue for parents may be the dark, uncomfortable issues raised by the show's premise. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byCloudsofjupiter May 23, 2019
Adult Written byGARZ69 November 22, 2015

I's so glad to see a relationship with God.

This is one of the few characters I've seen praying on any TV show.
Teen, 14 years old Written byfelixph September 5, 2018

brilliant

i have always been above my age but this is good clever humour for teens
Teen, 14 years old Written bysassy.sprout March 24, 2020
Really good but had to be cut off after season 4 so it doesnt have an ending. funny and although it does have some sex talk it doesnt show anyhting. Its reeeeee... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two years ago, an unnamed virus killed everyone on earth -- almost. As far as he knows, Phil Miller (Will Forte) is THE LAST MAN ON EARTH since his nationwide bus tour failed to uncover any other signs of life. At first, he watches Tom Hanks in Cast Away and scoffs; he'll never wind up talking to a ball. And at first he keeps busy figuring out how to play tennis with himself and rigging cars to explode. But after a few years of solitude, the company of some balls with drawn-on faces starts sounding much more appealing. Then Phil makes a discovery that will change everything. 

Is it any good?

Who hasn't pictured a scenario in which everyone else on earth disappears, leaving all the world's stuff for our picking? We'd live in the fanciest house, drink the wine of kings, and do nothing but watch movies all day long. It's fun to watch Phil testing the waters of his new world. He takes what he likes from the grocery store, parks in the handicapped spot, and, pushing it even further, turns his living room into a sea of garbage and his swimming pool into a toilet. Why not?

But it's when Phil's life takes an existential turn -- we won't spoil it -- that things get even darker, and we realize what this show is really about: Wiping out humanity doesn't improve upon human nature. It's hard to imagine how The Last Man on Earth can sustain itself on its apocalyptic scenario -- unlike other after-the-fall dramas such as The Walking Dead or The Last Ship, there's no colorful foe to fight against. But with its absurdist slant and fresh talent, it'll be fun watching The Last Man on Earth try. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Apocalyptic shows are common on television. Which can you name? How is The Last Man on Earth similar to or different from these shows?

  • Why doesn't The Last Man on Earth concentrate on the end of humanity? Why does it pick up after all the people are gone? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 1, 2015
  • Cast: Will Forte
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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