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Before 'Last Man on Earth,' 6 TV shows about the apocalypse

When Last Man on Earth premieres March 1 on Fox, Phil Miller (Will Forte) might be utterly and completely alone. But he’s far from the first human to wake up and find civilization forever altered (see: Rick Grimes).

It doesn’t matter what triggered the end of the world as we know it—zombies, power outages, or disease—it’s the aftermath of a catastrophe that makes for great television. Here are six memorable TV episodes and series about what life is like AFTER the apocalypse.

The Twilight Zone: The Last Man on EarthThe Twilight Zone (original series: 1959–1964) and The Outer Limits (1963–1965 and 1995–2002)
Apocalypse Trigger: Nuclear bomb

These anthology series explored the apocalypse a handful of times, but the most well known of The Twilight Zone episodes is also the one that Last Man mostly closely resembles: 1959’s “Time Enough at Last,” in which a nebbishy bookworm finds himself utterly alone after a nuclear bomb destroys humanity. At first he’s suicidally lonely, then realizes he finally has peace and quiet to read all the books … until his glasses shatter, that is. Not fair.

The Stand (1994)
Apocalypse Trigger: Influenza

A weaponized superflu wipes out 99 percent of the world’s population in less than two months, leaving two small groups of immune survivors to fight for the future of humanity. Adapted from the Stephen King novel into a four-part miniseries, The Stand has little time to waste on gray areas or the logistics of population extinction. Instead, it dives headfirst into the black and white of good verus evil, Mother Abigail versus Randall Flagg, and the wholesome Boulder, CO, versus Sin City Las Vegas, NV.

Jericho (2006–2008)
Apocalypse Trigger: Nuclear bomb

The short-lived fan favorite (CBS canceled it after one season, but ordered seven additional episodes after a frenzied viewer campaign) takes place in the aftermath of a nuclear attack that wiped out power and communications. This forced the inhabitants of the new “Allied States of America” to stave off radioactive rain, food shortages, and those jerks from New Bern.

The Walking Dead (2010–present)
Apocalypse Trigger: Zombie plague

What’s going to kill off mankind faster? Brain-hungry walkers? Or infighting and all-out-war among the few survivors who haven’t bitten the dust? As Sheriff Rick and his crew navigate their way through this new post-apocalyptic version of life in America, their fight to stay alive—food, shelter, the basic necessities—is often trumped by their fight to stay human.

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Revolution (2012–2014)
Apocalypse Trigger: The blackout

A worldwide power outage throws mankind into chaos, with disease, civil wars, food shortages, and sword fighting, which wipes out much of humanity. Those who survived rebuild societies from scratch; this new civilization more closely resembles 1827 than 2027. We all had high hopes for the collaboration of the brilliant minds behind Lost and Supernatural, but low ratings and some far-out plot points (nanotech, reeducation camps) pushed NBC to turn the lights off for good after just two seasons.

The Last Ship (2014–present)
Apocalypse Trigger: Viral pandemic

A few hundred good men and women on the USS Nathan James are tasked with saving humanity by stopping the virus that has already wiped out most of the world’s population. While the virologists race against time to find a cure, the crew also has to fight off Russian forces and jungle drug lords. Season two will air this summer.

Last Man on Earth premieres Sunday, March 1, at 9/8C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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