Parents' Guide to

Y: The Last Man

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unique twist on post-apocalypse has violence and language.

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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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