Summary: TV show "The Last Man on Earth" is a perfect study of the pitfalls of the beta Nice Guy and the scheming tactics he uses to deceive and get his way, despite the reality that he is merely a loser.

TL;DR: The Last Man on Earth is the fictional TV equivalent of Dr. Robert Glover's No More Mr. Nice Guy. Watch it to learn what NOT to do and why.

Body: Summary of the TV show:

In 2022, a cataclysm strikes Earth, seemingly wiping out the population save for former family man and bank employee Phil Miller. Sad and very lonely, Phil travels the United States, Canada and Mexico in his RV searching for other survivors. Striving to hold onto hope that there is at least one other living person out there, he tries to make the best of circumstances until his path finally crosses with that hoped-for other survivor -- and all the more comforting if that person happens to be a woman.

SPOILERS: In the first season, Phil (Will Forte), the last man on Earth, finally believes he is free. Free from the judgement of others and his inferiority complex. He even makes himself President of the United States.

Suddenly, he finds that he is not the only survivor. There is a homely woman, played by Kristen Schaal from The Office. She appears to be the only pussy he'll get for the rest of his life, and the only way that she'll give it up is if they get married. Naturally, being a beta supplicant, Phil complies.

Throughout this, Phil confides in his imaginary friends -- sports balls of various sorts with faces on them at the local bar, a la Wilson in Castaway. Since he is such a Nice Guy, he has so much shame that he can't be honest with people when he finally finds them.

Throughout the show, his true intentions are covert. He has unspoken expectations of others and feels devastated when the expectations in his mind don't match reality. This is where the severe awkward situations and humour is created.

Then comes along smoking hot January Jones, and Phil is stuck. Of course he wants to bang Mrs. Don Draper, but he already sacrificed himself to his not-so-attractive wife. Until this point, he has invested his self-worth in banging the only women on Earth instead of actually improving his standard of living in a world without flush toilets and utilities. Needless to say, Nice Guy Phil is unsuccessful.

Then along comes another survivor - a fat dude who should have no chance with Jones's character. Except, he's actually honest about his intentions, and he ends up banging January, going to show that even a flabby dude who has no shame has more value than Phil.

Comedy ensues with Phil's Nice Guy attempts at getting what he wants. All fail. The greatest tactic Phil uses is his covertness to try to hide his full intentions, because he is full of shame about them. He is in the anger phase and never seems to escape. It is extremely cringe inducing, some scenes almost to the point of no longer being funny.

Finally, along comes Chad Thundercock played by Boris Kodjoe (also named Phil) who actually has skills pertinent to apocalyptic survival. He emasculates the other Phil as well as the fat dude and makes all the panties wet with his muscles, practical skill and no bullshit.

Lessons learned:

As a complement to reading Glover's No More Mr. Nice Guy, I highly recommend watching the Last Man on Earth. If I ran men's therapy sessions for overcoming beta Nice Guy Syndrome, I'd have all my attendees watch this show as homework.

You learn about the covert, shame-filled tactics of the Nice Guy, and while they are made extreme for comedic effect, they are accurate and much can be learned from them. Phil lies, supplicates and fails shit tests galore. He experiences extreme anger and wonders why the world -- filled with only a few people -- conspires against him. The payoff comes when a true RPer comes along and demonstrates through his actions everything Phil has been doing wrong.