Plot[ edit ] Almost a year after a deadly virus sweeps Earth, Phil Miller Will Forte is seemingly the only human survivor in late As he searches for others and paints signs stating he is alive in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona , he finds no one. Before attempting suicide, he discovers another survivor, Carol Pilbasian Kristen Schaal. Although Phil thinks that it is ridiculous to hang on to traditions from the "old world", they marry for re-population purposes.
Over the next several months, more survivors join them. Though Phil's irritating attitude towards them leads to his banishment from Tucson, Carol leaves with him.
In season 2, Phil and Carol continue their road trip in the middle of Meanwhile, Phil's astronaut brother Mike Miller Jason Sudeikis crashes down to Earth and finds his way to Malibu, where he joins the survivors briefly before possibly being infected by the virus. In season 3, following a potential threat by Pat Brown Mark Boone Junior , the survivors move to a self-sustaining office building in San Jose, California , where Melissa January Jones struggles with mental instability and Carol discovers a young boy living in the woods whom they name Jasper.
As time passes, Erica Cleopatra Coleman gives birth to a girl named Dawn, and the group decides to leave the United States when they believe nuclear power plants are melting down all over the country. In season 4, after meeting and parting ways with Pamela Brinton Kristen Wiig and Glenn Chris Elliott , the survivors move to Zihuatanejo , Mexico, to avoid any nuclear meltdowns that may be occurring in the United States.
While there, Carol gives birth to twin daughters and becomes pregnant again a few weeks later; Erica becomes pregnant again with Todd's Mel Rodriguez first child; and Mike temporarily rejoins the group, having recovered from what was actually a weakened immune system, before leaving to search for a way to start his own family.
The main group then moves to Tapachula , only to be found and surrounded by dozens of underground survivors as season 4 concludes. Will Forte as Philip Tandy  Miller first addressed by the other characters as "Phil", then "Tandy" , an average, socially challenged man and seemingly the only human survivor after a virus wiped out nearly the entire population about a year earlier. He lives in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona , having already searched North America for other living people.
In his pre-virus life, he worked dead-end jobs and lived in a studio apartment for which his parents paid the rent. Out of loneliness, he has adopted various sports balls as "buddies" and drawn faces on them. He has painted "Alive in Tucson" on billboards and highway signs during his trip, hoping others might see the message.
Phil is married to Carol and they have twin girls together. Forte describes him as "a selfish person who sometimes borders on being a flat-out sociopath". She pressures Phil to marry her so they can work towards repopulating the Earth with "legitimate" children.
Carol is shown to be compassionate and is good friends with Melissa and Todd but can hold grudges and be stridently moralistic. In the second season, she and Phil regain the survivors' trust, and she becomes pregnant with Phil's child after he finally tells her he loves her. In the fourth season, she gives birth to twin daughters Bezequille and Mike, the latter named for Phil's brother. January Jones as Melissa Shart  "Chartres" was used in the season 2 episode, " The Boo ",  a former real estate agent from Akron, Ohio who used to be married to the late Greg until he cheated on her with a police officer.
She meets Phil and Carol after they crash their pickup truck into her limousine. Phil is initially very attracted to her and frequently vies for her affection despite having just married Carol, so Melissa does not like or trust him.
She begins dating Todd after he joins the group. In season 3, Melissa kills Darrell, one of paranoiac Pat Brown's crew, and consequently starts acting strangely, ultimately forcing Todd to lock her in a focus-group room to stop her from jumping off a building. The survivors help cure her condition using Clozapine , and Melissa marries Todd near the end of the third season.
Mel Rodriguez as Todd Dimas Rodriguez, another surviving man who, while on his way to Mexico , finds Phil and company after he sees some fireworks set off by Phil.
Kind and selfless, Todd's nature leads to him becoming the most likable member of the group, much to Phil's increasing annoyance.
He and Melissa become very close and begin a romantic relationship shortly after they meet. In season 3, when Gail breaks up with him, Todd hopes to win back Melissa until he is frightened by her strange behavior resulting from killing Darrell. He is eventually able to cure her condition using Clozapine, and they marry. In the fourth season, after Melissa decides once again that she does not want to have children, Todd struggles with baby fever until Erica agrees to have a child with him, and she announces her pregnancy with his first child at the end of "Designated Survivors".
Cleopatra Coleman as Erica Dundee, an Australian woman and self-described "political nerd. They discover Phil upon spotting a fire he started, then move in with the rest of the survivors. In the second season, Erica becomes pregnant with Phil II's child but decides to not involve him in their child's life when he openly flirts with Carol.
In " Smart and Stupid ," she tells Mike, whom she is dating, that she was imprisoned for armed bank robbery before traveling to the United States and getting a job at the State Department under an assumed name. Toward the end of season 3, she gives birth to her daughter, whom she names Dawn. She later starts a romantic relationship with Gail and they get married in season 4. Mary Steenburgen as Gail Klosterman recurring season 1; starring seasons 2—4 , a chef and former restaurant owner from Wilmington, North Carolina.
After the outbreak of the virus, she met another woman named Erica, and the two became traveling companions. Gail mentions having had a husband but does not reveal what happened to him. In the third season, she tells Carol, who wants Gail to adopt her so her child can have a grandmother, that she also had a child who died before the outbreak of the virus. To avoid being annoyed by Carol about their newly formed family, Gail finds solace in an elevator, but the elevator loses its power and traps her inside until Phil restores the power in " The Spirit of St.
She begins a romantic relationship with Erica during the six months after the episode " Name 20 Picnics Recurring[ edit ] Jason Sudeikis as Michael Shelby "Mike" Miller guest season 1, recurring seasons 2 and 4 ,  the more successful younger brother of Phil Tandy and an astronaut who survives in Earth's orbit aboard the International Space Station. Like Phil and his sports balls, he talks to pet worms out of loneliness.
After he lands in the sea, paranoid seaman Pat Brown abandons him on shore, but he finds his way to Malibu using an "Alive in Tucson" sign, his inference that Phil would have moved into the cul-de-sac following the apocalypse, and a letter from Melissa. Though his sibling rivalry with Phil resurfaces, the brothers eventually reconcile and explain to each other how their parents were proud of them both.
In "Smart and Stupid", Mike starts coughing up blood, a sign of the virus, and departs to avoid having the group grieve his death. When Phil finds Mike at their childhood home in Tucson, they spend a day growing closer than ever before Mike begs Phil in his "dying wish" to leave. Phil returns in season 3 to see if Mike is still alive but chooses not to enter Mike's bedroom, leaving without confirming his brother's status. Mike rejoins the group near the end of the fourth season, having recovered from what was actually a weakened immune system he suffered from being in space, and he is happy to learn that his niece, the younger of Phil and Carol's twin daughters, is named Mike in his honor.
The thermal imaging device Mike used to find the group soon indicates a mysterious blob, which the group does not initially know means there is a colony of dozens of survivors living nearby. He then leaves in hopes of finding a way to start his own family. He discovers the rest of the survivors after finding the original Phil sunburned and unconscious on a billboard. Also a former contractor, his skills with construction—as well as his good looks—soon make him a favorite among the women in the group.
He and the original Phil, who must go by "Tandy" after losing a competition to him, become rivals shortly after meeting. Just as he mends his relationship with her, he suffers from appendicitis and requests that Erica not let Tandy help raise their child if he does not survive. He finally dies during a botched appendectomy performed by Gail and Todd, neither of whom has medical experience. After the group says goodbye to Phil, Tandy learns that, despite Phil's earlier claim that he had no middle name, his middle name was Stacy.
A former tennis champion and ice cream truck driver, he wanders the sea on a yacht, fearing that the virus has still contaminated the land and that anyone he meets could be carrying it. He also believes the U. He abandons Mike in Miami when he thinks he has accidentally killed him by exposing him to the virus.
Armed with rifles, the three men approach the Malibu mansion at the start of the third season. He is presumed dead until his body and boat vanish. When he sees the group driving towards a marina at the end of season 3, Pat tries to kill them before Pamela shoots him in the head. Kenneth Choi as Lewis season 3 , a gay arborist from Seattle whose partner Mark is presumed to have been killed by the virus. He first comes to Malibu as part of Pat's crew but defects and joins the main group when Pat refuses to make peace with Phil Tandy.
He greatly fears Pat, especially since Pat told him he previously killed someone Mike. Kristen Wiig as Pamela Brinton seasons 3—4 ,  a wealthy socialite and philanthropist who hid from the virus in an underground bunker with her dog Jeremy. During her time in the bunker, she learned to pilot its surveillance drone , which Gail first saw near the end of the second season. She leaves upon discovering the others even though the connection is lost.
She then abducts Phil for herself upon hearing the other ladies' plans to abandon her, but she redeems herself as she realizes the errors of her actions and joins castaway Glenn on a search for his children.
Williams as Jasper seasons 3—4 , an initially silent young boy who is discovered in the background of Carol and Gail's family photos wearing a Yoda costume. Phil names him "Jasper" after his JanSport backpack, and the child chooses Erica as his parental figure despite Phil's attempts to bond with him. Six months after his first exposure to every major holiday packed into one party by the adults, he starts speaking.
Two episodes after his disappearance, Melissa, seemingly the only adult who can bond with Jasper, reveals that she knows his location and has been dropping off coolers of food near him so he can eat. Chris Elliott as Glenn season 4 , a castaway whom the group meets on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. He missed the apocalypse and thus knows nothing about the virus until Carol informs him about it, then joins the group in their return to the mainland, where he begins a relationship with Pamela and invites her on a search for his children.
Fred Armisen as Karl Cowperthwaite season 4 ,  a cannibalistic serial killer who was arrested before the outbreak of the virus and placed in a prison near Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where Phil and Todd find him while looking for Jasper.
His preferred method of killing his victims is by bringing them to his house, painting portraits of them, and killing them, presumably with a knife. Karl kills the only other survivor in the prison, a guard named Martinez Geoffrey Rivas , who had planned to leave Karl to die alone, before Phil and Todd find him.
Though the survivors put him back in prison, Karl escapes and is eventually killed after he solves a Rubik's Cube, setting off a bomb hidden inside it. Guests[ edit ] Alexandra Daddario as Victoria season 1 , an attractive woman that Phil Tandy hallucinates before he meets Carol. When Gordon first met the other survivors some time between the events of the first and second seasons, he developed a relationship with Gail.
His grave indicates that he was born in and died in Murphy as Benjamin Brinton season 3 , Pamela's husband, who dies from the virus. Alma Martinez as "La Abuela" Gordillo season 4 , a Mexican drug cartel leader who, in a flashback to , occupies the Zihuatanejo mansion wherein the main group settles in the present before she is slain by her henchman Panchito.
Jack Guzman as Hector season 4 , one of La Abuela's henchmen who, in a flashback to , prepares a bomb to avoid being killed by her before hiding the bomb in a Rubik's Cube. Leighton Meester as Zoe season 4 , a woman with whom Karl goes on an unsuccessful date. Martin Short as an unnamed sport utility vehicle driver season 4 , whom Karl kills so he can quickly escape to Mexico. Background and production[ edit ] Forte alongside executive producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord , who directed the first two episodes.
The show originated from the writing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller , who had the idea initially for a feature film. They approached longtime collaborator and former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte with the premise, who "took a spark to it and took it in his own direction", according to Miller.
They mainly pitched to cable and Internet services, as Forte believed a broadcast network would be stricter on content.