Mike and Tandy search for new life while the gang discovers old ones on The Last Man On Earth

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There’s some nice parallel storytelling in this week’s Last Man On Earth: Mike and Tandy embark on a journey to examine the enormous blob on Mike’s thermal imaging system in the hopes of finding new life, while the rest of the gang discover numerous murdered corpses in the walls of their Zihuatanejo mansion. Though…

The Last Man On Earth has baby fever in one of the best episodes of the season

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Last week, The Last Man On Earth returned to the status quo by burying Karl and re-introducing Todd’s baby fever. After seeing how Melissa bonds so well with Jasper, Todd feels guilty that he can’t connect with the nine-to-eleven-year-old boy in their midst, but he’s more depressed because he believes he’ll never be a…

The Last Man On Earth repeatedly hits one morbid note in its winter finale

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After being off the air for a month, The Last Man On Earth returned last week with a POV episode about Karl Cowperthwaite, a dorky cannibalistic serial killer played by Fred Armisen. The episode illustrates how Karl’s social awkwardness and mundane lifestyle disarms his victims who naturally don’t believe he’s capable…

Fred Armisen stars as a cannibalistic serial killer in a flashback episode of The Last Man On Earth

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Last season, The Last Man On Earth took a three-month break between its fall finale and its spring premiere. When the series finally returned, it aired an episode that didn’t feature any of the main cast and told a story about life during the viral outbreak from the perspective of Pamela (Kristen Wiig), a haughty…

The gang freaks out for stupid reasons on The Last Man On Earth fall finale

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When The Last Man On Earth first began, Carol Pilbasian was the rule-following, hyper-organized, Type A foil to Phil Miller’s slacker ethos. She believed that the last people on Earth have a responsibility to help redevelop the planet, while Phil simply took advantage of the freedom that relatively solitude provided.…

The Last Man On Earth bides its time before the midseason home stretch

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There are exactly two interesting elements in this week’s Last Man On Earth: 1) It marks Kristen Schaal’s directorial debut, and with a script credited to her husband Rich Blomquist; 2) Tandy switches up his usual “Closure” song with an acoustic rendition of Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” for a wedding, which is…

The gang gets a little bigger in a sleepy The Last Man on Earth

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After last week’s revelation about a possible explosive Rubik’s Cube, it seemed like this week’s The Last Man on Earth was teed up for something big. And in a way, “Double Cheeseburger” did deliver (pun intended) one of the biggest surprises so far this season. But much like Carol’s birth, this episode was a snooze.

The Last Man On Earth reaffirms the strength of the main ensemble with pranks and teamwork

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Last week, Last Man On Earth unceremoniously sent Pamela and Glenn back to the mainland to search for Glenn’s likely deceased children. Thus, “Wisconsin” is the first episode this season just to feature the core ensemble (plus Jasper, who wanders in and out of frame depending on the needs of any given scene). The…

Kristen Wiig joins the gang with mixed results on The Last Man On Earth season premiere

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It’s been four months since we last caught up with the Malibu Crew on The Last Man On Earth, but not to worry, they’re exactly where we left them: On a yacht and headed for Mexico to escape nuclear fallout and the unstable, heavily armed Pat (Mark Boone Junior). At the very end of last season, Pat had tracked them…

A change is gonna come on a great Last Man On Earth season finale

There’s only so much change that can ever occur on television. Sure, locations change, new faces are introduced, some characters are born, others die, but the central dynamics of any TV show, whether it’s a network sitcom or a prestige cable drama, essentially remain the same. It’s a central tenant of the medium and…

It’s six months later as The Last Man On Earth takes an unexpected leap forward

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As The Last Man On Earth heads into the homestretch of its third season, there were a lot of loose ends out there before tonight. Melissa’s journey back from mental illness, the integration of the still mute Jasper into the group, Erica and Carol’s slowly gestating pregnancies—and that’s not even counting whatever…

Jokes and production design shine on a celebratory Last Man On Earth

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It’s no secret The Last Man On Earth returns to a few different wells time and time again for plot catalysts. Like past and present sitcoms, LMOE uses certain well-developed character traits—Tandy’s stubbornness, Carol’s jealousy, Todd’s kindness, etc.—to drive most episodes. Sometimes these iterations can be quite…

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