'Last Man on Earth' is a comedy that stands alone

February 26, 2015 9:23 PM

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That's quite the distinction, because we're in a particularly innovative period for TV comedy. You can start with Modern Family, which reinvented and reinvigorated the traditional family sitcom — and then move on to new shows like Black-ish, Cristela, Fresh off the Boat, Transparent and Jane the Virgin, which expanded the types of families TV welcomed into the tradition; and idiosyncratic series like Louie, Girls, Man Seeking Woman, Orange is the New Black and Mozart in the Jungle, which offer a very particular, and sometimes peculiar, take on what comedy can be and do.

Into that mix comes Fox's The Last Man on Earth (Sunday, 9 ET/PT, ***1/2 stars out of four), a new comedy about the cheery subject of near-extinction that is, by definition, a one-man show. And if that built-in ensemble restriction weren't difficult enough to pull off, the opening half-hour's centra...

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