The Last Man on Earth: What Critics Say
“The Last Man on Earth” will premiere on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. The show, which stars Will Forte, will have a two-episode debut before it settles into its regular schedule next week. What do critics have to say about this latest comedy series? Find out as we round-up the reviews.
The critic from San Francisco Gate thought that the show works as an extended sketch. The concept itself is funny, but when done as a weekly episode, the concept may become a long stretch. The review actually came with a spoiler, one that may affect future episodes.
Like most people, the critic for Forbes Magazine wondered about the longevity of the show’s concept. Can the show sustain the comedy, with Forte being the lone man? The first episode had the actor working with inanimate objects, and the critic has taken note of how creative this process was. But then, this can also be the show’s biggest problem. How long will the show’s story evolve this way? Still, the critic conceded that “The Last Man on Earth” is not a bad show. It was because it presents “imagination and earnestness.”
Media Post’s critic felt that the show is out of place on FOX, but it would fit in nicely with either Netflix, Amazon Prime or IFC, where offbeat comedies are usually more welcomed by viewers. However, the series itself is a good attempt by FOX to explore other genres of comedy.
The critic from Entertainment Weekly gives the show a grade of A- and calls it one of the best new shows of the season. Forte is given credit for giving the lone character a “light, grounded and affecting” portrayal. On the other hand, the critic describes the rest of the show as poetic, gritty-sweet, with a brisk pacing. It is a “profoundly funny” show about an unfunny subject of being alone in the world.
The Gazette’s critic also gives a high grade of A- for “The Last Man on Earth” as it delivers a “clever premise” and displays great chemistry. It will leave the viewers curious as to where the show is headed next. The review provides some spoilers.
NJ.com’s critic thinks the plot for the series is ingenious that it doesn’t seem like a TV series, but a smart feature film. She also gives the series a grade of A-, but like the rest, wonders how far the show will be able to sustain itself with the concept.
A standout is what the critic at Post-Gazette calls the show and says that the idea is a creative winner. It’s unique, but then this can also have some risks, particularly for a series that doesn’t bend to the usual expectations from a TV comedy.
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