1 9 9 2 (USA)
11 x 30 minute episodes
In this bizarre post-apocalyptic comedy, kids playing with an electronic toy at a small Midwestern parade accidentally set off a nuclear missile that triggered a nuclear holocaust that wiped out almost the entire world population in less than an hour.
Six people survived. Mark (Evan Handler), the narrator, had survived because he was in his Volvo and had driven through the devastation until he ran out of gas and found a lone farmhouse where the other five had found each other. A former English teacher, he kept a journal of the group’s progress and was chosen as the leader because he was the least opinionated.
The other survivors were Alice (Meagan Fay), an idealistic feminist and somewhat spacey intellectual who had been in her bookstore basement which had been built as a bomb shelter in the 1960s; Curtis (Lane Davies), an arrogant yuppie stockbroker who had been in the vault in his office; Jack (Fred Applegate), a perpetually cheery and optimistic homeless person with a penchant for joking around who had been living under the interstate; Frederick (Cleavant Derricks), a pessimistic black pathologist who had been in an underground morgue; and Suzanne (Marita Geraghty), a sexy but dumb manicurist with no discernible opinions about anything.
Occasional mutant insects – such as a giant grasshopper – intruded, but most of the action took place in the farmhouse as the six tried various nutty schemes to organize their new, “better world”.
Dr Frederick Pioss