DVD Review: The Last Man On Earth: The Complete First Season

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The Last Man on Earth was created and produced by Will Forte who stars as Phil Miller, with Kristen Schaal as Carol Pilbasian, January Jones as Melissa, Mel Rodriguez as Todd, Cleopatra Coleman as Erica, Mary Steenburgen as Gail, Boris Kodjoe as Phil Miller #2, Alexandra Daddario as Victoria, and Jason Sudeikis as Phil’s brother. The series is executive produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

The Last Man on Earth: The Complete First Season takes place in the year is 2020 after a deadly virus has swept the planet.  The series follows Phil Miller (Will Forte) who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job. In the beginning we see Phil in his RV searching everywhere for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one. As he returns to his hometown of Tucson, Phil comes to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. All he wants is for someone – anyone – to find him in Tucson – preferably a woman.

We watch the caveman looking Phil slowly lose it and get to the point to where he’s having conversations with himself and all kinds of balls in a bar that he has drawn faces on (think Wilson from Castaway) but lots funnier. The insane Phil pretty much has it like he likes it and is the king of his own little world but all of a sudden he meets Carol (Kristen Schaal) who suddenly appears out of the blue. Carol is this annoying type that we all know. The two definitely do not hit it off and are complete opposites but they think that they’re the only two survivors left in the world so they try to get along and coexist. The unlikely pair also leave it upon themselves to repopulate the world so they make plans to have sex but Carol insists they’re married first and much to Phil’s disliking of the idea, he sort of agrees so he can get laid. This will also backfire on good ol’ Phil later on as the first season plays out.

As Phil and Carol begin their new life together, all of a sudden the beautiful Melissa (January Jones) shows up and Phil is instantly smitten. Of course! They have now become an uncomfortable threesome to watch and Phil has only one thing on his mind. Next up is Todd (Mel Rodriguez), an overweight, nice guy type who suddenly appears and is paired with Melissa, much to Phil’s disliking. Next up are Erica (Cleopatra Coleman) and Gail (Mary Steenburgen) who show up, and finally there’s Phil Miller #2 (Boris Kodjoe) who arrives. The first thing this guy does is save Phil’s life, plus all of the women are crushing on this new arrival which is also much to Phil’s disliking. So Phil was so lonely for so long and these people show up so you think he would be happy. We watch him slowly begin to wish he was alone again or that they would all just disappear.


Poor Phil comes up with all kinds of sleazy schemes and ideas to either try and sleep with one of the girls or to kill certain people off, but he always gets busted or is forced to confess in some weird and awkward way. The poor guy even has to start using his middle name “Tandy” because there are now  two Phils in this small group – and that’s one two many. What are the odds of this happening? Phil even gets himself banished from his own home and area and he was there first! This is where I’d put my foot down but this guy doesn’t have much of a backbone so he’s run off without much of a fight. Hey, this guy can not buy a break and he has the worst luck ever but it’a all so much fun to watch. At least he has his bar to go too where he can vent out his frustrations to all of his imaginary ball friends.

Okay, even though I didn’t catch this comedy when it first aired on FOX, I am now a fan and I am hooked. The writing for The Last Man on Earth is smart and funny and the small cast is so much fun to watch as they bring this group of interesting characters to life in this tiny apocalyptic world they all live in. Each character has their own unique personality and are really completely different from the next. Of course there’s nobody like the oddball Phil who makes this show the fun ride that it is. Will Forte is simply magic and a comedic genius. Where else can you find a grown man fill a baby pool with margaritas and drink it while he’s laying in it? He even pours the salt around the edge to make it official. I even liked the formerly posh location and setting for this comedy series that looked like it would be hitting the road by the finale so we’ll see where Phil and Carol end up next.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top that includes the titular character and the back features series details, some images, and list of extras. The inside also includes the list of episodes on each disc and extras. The DVD discs feature matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good.

Bottom line is,  The Last Man on Earth: The Complete First Season was a complete blast to watch and I have to admit that I am now hooked on this funny, end of the world comedy. Even though Will Forte is long gone from his days on SNL, this guy still has it and is really funny and so much fun to watch. This Emmy nominated series is now available on a 2-disc DVD set and is definitely a recommended watch. If you haven’t seen this series you really need to give it a shot because it’s one of the best things going on television.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 13 Episodes /262 Minutes

  1. Alive in Tucson
  2. The Elephant in the Room
  3. Raisin Balls and Wedding Bells
  4. Sweet Melissa
  5. Dunk the Skunk
  6. Some Friggin’ Fat Dude
  7. She Drives Me Crazy
  8. Mooovin’ In
  9. The Do-Over
  10. Pranks for Nothin’
  11. Moved to Tampa
  12. The Tandyman Can
  13. Screw the Moon

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Standard-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This 2-disc DVD set has some pretty cool extras as you can see below. I always enjoy gag reels and there’s a good one included with this release.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary on “The Elephant in the Room”
  • “The Last Man on Earth” Q&A Panel
  • Survival of the Funniest: Creating “The Last Man on Earth”
  • Commentary on “Screw the Moon”
  • Gag Reel


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