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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

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  • Summary: Three years after "The Sudden Departure," where two percent of the world's population disappeared suddenly, the townspeople of Mapleton struggle with life including Police Chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), who has to deal with mysterious happenings in town, his two rebelling teenaged children, as well as a cult called the Guilty Remnant that includes Laurie (Amy Brenneman), a self-proclaimed prophet named "Holy Wayne" (Paterson Joseph), Rev. Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), and Mayor Lucy Warburton (Amanda Warren) in this drama series based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jun 26, 2014
    100
    None of this would work without compelling characters. Fortunately, The Leftovers has bunches of them.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 25, 2014
    80
    Even the best version of The Leftovers, if it proves a complete creative success, will not be a show for everyone. Yet it believes fervently, messily, heartbreakingly, that even two percent of everyone means more than you can imagine.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 27, 2014
    80
    Grim it sounds and grim it is, but in choosing to focus on the kind of survival stories that no one signs up for but that to some extent eventually shape us all, it can be unexpectedly eloquent about love and loss.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    Jun 29, 2014
    70
    Flawed but fascinating. ... At times it can seem too proud of its virtuous noncommerciality; its slowness can seem shallow, its artiness willful. I'm still not sure what kind of show it wants to be ... But I'm going to stick with it.
  5. 60
    The first few episodes don’t showcase enough artistry to justify all the slogging and weeping, the bloodied faces and broken hearts. But I’d be lying if I said The Leftovers didn’t fascinate me.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 26, 2014
    50
    None of the performances so far are enough to override or ameliorate all the concoctions and detours of the TV version.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 25, 2014
    25
    Almost every moment here is staged to scream, “Look at me! I’m arty!” Lindelof, burned mightily by the backlash over “Lost’s” ridiculous finale, has all but told reporters that the mystery central to The Leftovers will never be explained. That leaves you with a show wallowing in smug self-importance, melancholy and drear week after week.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 85
  2. Negative: 42 out of 85
  1. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    I loved it, the premier sets up for an amazing series if you are the kind of person who enjoys dark TV shows i'd definitely recommend it! I will definitely continue to watch to see where it goes from here... Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    10
    I have to say that I decided to write a review after reading the others reviews. Why ? Because it seams that a lot of people just looks for happy ending. And this is not a series with happy endings. (Maybe their lives are so miserable that they don’t want to be reminded of it) If you are looking for a realistic, what if, mystery, this is a series for you. Is a well-done script that keeps you all the way and makes you want to know more. Is one of those stories that you don’t need any special effects, Damon brings his well known story telling to a new field. Hopefully we are not going to have a silly ending like Lost, but from the first episodes you really get addicted to it. And for all of those who ever imagine a rapture, Well this is what it looks like… Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2014
    8
    What we see here is a well crafted television show that follows very closely to the book, which is by all means depressing and filled with mystery. If you are watching this show hoping for it to have a nice conclusion and a happy ending where everything is explained then give up right now. The book ends on a cliffhanger with nothing to be explained, but that is what is nice about it. I don't need to be fed a story and a nice wrapped up conclusion, I like to make assumptions about what happened to the people that were "taken" and that is ultimately what I believe the television show is going for. So if you want an ending that gives you all of the answers and that you don't ponder about afterward then go watch a sitcom on NBC, but if you want to watch a show that starts a conversation about religion, society, and life in general then watch The Leftovers. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    4
    As usual, I made the mistake of reading the book first. At this point, I cannot decide what this is. The book is a character driven novel that at least early on lets you know that the "event" is essentially over. The rest becomes interesting character responses to the "event." The series has created characters that don't exist in the book, along the a story line that doesn't either. So it is so far very loosely based on the book, and I mean loosely! Expand
  5. Jul 20, 2014
    2
    What the heck is this?Ive tried the pilot.I wont watch more of this **** kinda dumb?Some terrible actors in this too, great.And like many other people wrote here:Where are all te funny guys?It seems only depressed and bored people walk the earth in this show.Sorry, i try 3 EPs per show and then comes my conclusion.Will i watch 3 EPs of this show??The pilot was so boring and depressing ill quite right after it!This suckz! Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2014
    1
    I fell asleep on BOTH attempts to watch this show. I had pretty decent expectations and it sounded intriguing, but it was incredibly boring. It had flat characters, bad pacing, and an emptiness to it. Expand
  7. Aug 19, 2014
    0
    We've been watching it since the pilot episode. ~Yawn~. No one knows why the speechless white garbed people chain smoke. No one knows why they seem so intent on annoying the local townspeople. No one knows why the mysterious no named man with a gob of chaw in his lower lip is killing dogs.
    This show is incredibly depressing with a jerky narrative (if any at all) and too many 'showdowns' for the sake of drama. I'm done.
    I'll watch the news if I care to be saddened and depressed.
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