TV Club: The gang searches for light in the desert on The Last Man on Earth

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It’s easy to forget that The Last Man On Earth began from a quasi-religious place. Though the series has embraced a large ensemble cast and somewhat of a trad-sitcom energy, it started as the story of a man who roamed the country for signs of life and found nothing. In an effort to prove to God that he didn’t need other life, he sunk deep into despair and depression, and was pushed to the brink of suicide until he saw light on the horizon, a beacon of hope in a world completely devoid of it. The man prayed for life and God answered his prayers, but the man soon learns that the presence of life isn’t all peaches and gravy. The comedy derives from the man’s expectation of others vs. the reality of their own individual lives and experiences, and the drama derives from their reconciliation ...