Y: The Last Man is an American drama television series starring Diane Lane, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby and Ashley Romans that premiered on September 13, 2021, on FX on Hulu. The series is based on the comic book series Y: The Last Man. In October 2021, the series was cancelled after one season.
Y: The Last Man takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious cataclysmic event instantaneously killed every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one man, Yorick Brown, and his pet monkey Ampersand. The series follows Yorick as he traverses the new world as its survivors struggle with their losses and attempt to restore world society, led by Yorick's mother and incumbent U.S. President Jennifer Brown.
Cast & Characters
- Ben Schnetzer as Yorick Brown
- Diane Lane as Jennifer Brown
- Olivia Thirlby as Hero Brown
- Ashley Romans as Agent 355
- Amber Tamblyn as Kimberly Cunningham
- Marin Ireland as Nora Brady
- Diana Bang as Dr. Allison Mann
- Elliot Fletcher as Sam Jordan
- Juliana Canfield as Beth Deville
- Paul Gross as the U.S. President
|The Day Before||On the eve of the worst crisis in human history, Congresswoman Jennifer Brown clashes with the President. Her children Yorick and Hero reach an emotional crossroads. None of them know their lives are about to change forever.||September 13, 2021||1X01|
|Would the World Be Kind||After a mass casualty event wipes out every creature with a Y chromosome, President Jennifer Brown responds to the crisis. Yorick fears he may be the only survivor. Hero attempts to right a wrong.||September 13, 2021||1X02|
|Neil||With Jennifer and Yorick reunited, Agent 355 pitches a plan for what comes next. The dead President's daughter, Kimberly, circles Jennifer's secret. Meanwhile, Nora Brady and her daughter Mack say goodbye to home.||September 13, 2021||1X03|
|Karen and Benji||On Jennifer's orders, Yorick and Agent 355 search for a geneticist who can unravel the mystery of how he survived. Meanwhile, Hero and Sam encounter a dangerous group of women.||September 20, 2021||1X04|
|Mann Hunt||Yorick and Agent 355 search for Dr. Allison Mann in war-torn Boston. Back in D.C., Jennifer hides the truth about Yorick from her political rivals.||September 27, 2021||1X05|
|Weird Al Is Dead||Yorick, Agent 355 and Dr. Mann hit a snag on their way to San Francisco. Jennifer clashes with former cabinet secretary Regina Oliver. Hero is seduced by a charismatic leader as Sam and Nora grapple with a dangerous group of survivors.||October 4, 2021||1X06|
|My Mother Saw A Monkey||Kimberly uncovers a secret. 355 and Allison reach an understanding. Yorick stumbles on a mysterious town where things are not what they seem.||October 11, 2021||1X07|
|Ready, Aim, Fire||Tensions at the PriceMax spiral out of control. Hero and Sam pass the point of no return. Nora uncovers dangerous secrets.||October 18, 2021||1X08|
|Peppers||As tensions at the Pentagon come to a head, Jennifer faces a new, surprising threat. Meanwhile, the Amazons hit the road.||October 25, 2021||1X09|
|Victoria||As the Amazons close in on Marrisville, Nora reaches a breaking point. Yorick makes a new connection while 355 faces her past.||November 1, 2021||1X10|
On October 14, 2015, it was reported that FX had begun development on a television series adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic book series Y: The Last Man. Vaughan was set to produce alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Production companies involved with the series were expected to include Color Force and FX Productions.
On November 14, 2016, it was announced that Michael Green would serve as showrunner for the potential series in addition to writing a pilot script with Vaughan. On January 12, 2017, it was reported that FX was expecting to receive the script in the next few months. On May 31, 2017, it was clarified that Green had solely written the script and that Vaughan had read and liked it. On July 21, 2017, it was confirmed that FX had received a draft of the script from Green, that they had liked it, and that discussions over the potential series were ongoing. On January 16, 2018, FX CEO John Landgraf commented on the series' status during the annual Television Critics Association winter press tour saying, "[We feel] pretty optimistic, not quite at a final decision point. But we got a script I really like, a draft we really like recently." Landgraf went on to comment that Green was now available for the series following his departure from American Gods.
On April 5, 2018, it was announced that FX had given the production a pilot order. Green was expected to co-showrun the series with Aida Mashaka Croal, both of whom were also set to executive produce alongside Melina Matsoukas, Jacobson, Simpson, and Vaughan. Matsoukas was also slated to direct the pilot episode. On February 4, 2019, it was announced at the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that the production had been given a series order for a first season, expected to premiere in 2020.
In April 2019, Green and Croal exited the series due to creative differences. In June 2019, it was announced that Eliza Clark would be replacing Croal and Green as the showrunner. In February 2020, it was concluded that Clark, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and Vaughan would executive produce. Matsoukas also serves as executive producer, as does Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda. Nellie Reed serves as producer. In May 2020, it was announced that the show's title had been changed from Y to Y: The Last Man. On June 22, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere FX on Hulu instead of FX's linear cable network. In October 2020, it was announced that along with serving as showrunner, Eliza Clark would also be writing the first two episodes, with Louise Friedberg directing those episodes. FX also announced that the entire first season would be directed by women. The series is scheduled to premiere on September 13, 2021.
In July 2018, it was announced that Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland, Amber Tamblyn, and Timothy Hutton had been cast in the pilot's main roles. In February 2020, it was announced that Keoghan was no longer portraying Yorick and that a new actor would be cast. Later that month, Ben Schnetzer was cast in the role of Yorick. In March 2020, it was announced that Elliot Fletcher had been cast in the series regular role of Sam Jordan, Yorick's best friend. In October 2020, Ashley Romans and Olivia Thirlby joined the cast to replace Lynch and Poots as Agent 355 and Hero Brown, respectively. It was also announced that Hutton was no longer part of the cast list due to series restructuring, and his role would be played by Paul Gross. It was later announced that Diana Bang had been cast as Doctor Allison Mann.
Principal photography for the pilot originally commenced on August 20, 2018.
Filming locations reportedly included Pearl River, New York. In February 2020, it was revealed that production for the series was to begin in April. However, production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming for the series began in Mississauga, Canada on October 26, 2020, and concluded on July 23, 2021.