TV Club: The best Last Man On Earth of the season tackles mortality head-on

The Last Man On Earth has always interested me as a show because of the existential high stakes of its premise. The series always seemed driven by broad questions about the changing purpose of life after a calamitous event all but destroys it. What is our responsibility to the Earth after it has turned on us? Do we still hold onto the various social contracts that held sway in the old world? How do we redefine the value of concepts like community and family now that the world no longer provides them with meaning? Since The Last Man On Earth is a half-hour comedy, these questions aren’t discussed explicitly at a table My Dinner With Andre-style, but they thrum underneath the surface of the proceedings in every episode. Though the show can get goofy and crass, it never forgets the stakes of every conflict, which take on a …

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