Adapted from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s comic book of the same name, Y: The Last Man premiered on FX on Hulu. Starring Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby, and Amber Tamblyn, the post-apocalyptic drama series has now been canceled just prior to the release of the remaining three episodes of the first season.
Showrunner Eliza Clark first released the news on Twitter from her profile. In the heartfelt post, Clark thanked FX and the show’s creative team for their support throughout. However, she believes the story of Y: The Last Man should continue on a different network, despite its sudden cancelation.
“We have learned that we will not be moving forward with FX on Hulu for Season 2 of ‘Y: The Last Man.’ I have never in my life been more committed to a story, and there is so much more left to tell. We had a gender diverse team of brilliant artists, led by women at almost every corner of our production… It is the most collaborative, creatively fulfilling and beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. We don’t want it to end.”
Having premiered its first three episodes on September 13, Y: The Last Man follows the story of a cisgender man and his pet Capuchin monkey who are the only survivors after a cataclysmic event wipes out every mammal from the face of the world with a Y chromosome. With Ben Schnetzer starring as the lead protagonist Yorick Brown in the wake of the post-apocalyptic world, the series was primarily handled by a creative team of women with all the episodes being directed by female directors.
During its limited airing time, the show has garnered some favorable reviews from critics who have praised its limitless potential to be something greater than just another dystopian series with its nuanced take on relationships, gender identity, and survivalism. However, many have argued that the series lacks the flair and gripping excitement of the source material, and often falls flat on its face despite its unique premise. Nonetheless, the release of numerous dystopian sci-fi shows and movies in the recent past has almost reached to the point of saturation for the viewers of the genre with Y: The Last Man taking the brunt of it.
Y: The Last Man is currently streaming on FX on Hulu.