A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of family loyalty, standing up for what's right, helping others, and persevering in the face of a crisis are explored.
Positive Role Models
After suddenly and unexpectedly becoming POTUS, a character admirably leads and guides her people in the face of a catastrophic event. A number of characters help and care for each other in the wake of a disaster.
Cast features a number of female characters in respected positions of power. Various people of color and ethnicities are represented in positive roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Mass deaths depict characters, including some children -- and many animals -- suffering and bleeding profusely. There's a physical altercation between a couple that results in murder. A plane crashes, a bomb is detonated, and references are made to domestic terrorism and the KKK.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is intimate and a woman's bare buttocks are shown. Oral sex is referenced.
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The "F" word, and variations of it, used frequently. Other foul language -- including "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," and "goddamn" is regularly used.
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Products & Purchases
The show is based on a series of comic books available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana, as well as drink wine. An AA meeting is depicted, and references to being "f--ked up" and DUIs are made.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Y: The Last Man is a sci-fi drama series that takes place after an apocalyptic event wipes out most of the world's male population. It features a number of female characters, including women of color, that command respect and hold positions of great importance. There are themes of helping friends and family, doing what's right, looking out for others during a crisis, and persevering in difficult times. The series contains a great deal of blood and violence, particularly when the cast of men -- and some boys -- succumb to the deadly effects of the event. Animals also suffer and die. A woman murders a man in a brutal, physical altercation, and a number of explosions, including a plane crash, are depicted. A woman's buttocks is shown following an intimate scene with her partner, and a reference to oral sex is made. Language includes frequent use of the "F" word, as well as occasional use of "s--t," a--hole," "d--k," and "goddamn." Characters drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes and marijuana.
Is It Any Good?
This show's unique take on the well-trodden post-apocalyptic tale is immediately appealing, but its large cast and overly ambitious story-telling also undermine its potential. The lack of zombies or aliens in favor of something more mysterious -- that solely targets men -- makes for a mystery that not only subverts the genre, but quickly pulls you in with its intriguing premise. The fresh approach is furthered by the titular surviving male, Yorick; rather than another heroic figure ready to save the world, he's as scared and confused as everyone else. He's also got an adorable monkey sidekick that steals every scene it's in. The series smartly doles out Yorick's story in small doses, giving equal time to the new president -- who's also his mother -- and the trials and tribulations she faces in a role she's suddenly thrust into.
But the series also gets a bit too ambitious with its story-lines, featuring more characters and narrative paths than it needs. Yorick's troubled sister, the new president's rival/former president's daughter, an aide of the previous POTUS, and a top secret operative all also have promising arcs, but they're rarely given enough time to grow and standout. The result is a show that's often pulled in too many directions, frequently teasing its potential but not fulfilling it. If you're craving a fresh, dystopian tale, Y: The Last Man certainly fits the bill, but it can also disappoint in its lack of focus.
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