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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
  • 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
  • Creator: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jun 29, 2014
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jun 26, 2014
    None of this would work without compelling characters. Fortunately, The Leftovers has bunches of them.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 25, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 51 out of 105
  2. Negative: 47 out of 105
  1. CJD
    Jun 29, 2014
    I usually don't rate until the whole season is over because it is only fair, but I feel the need to give a 10 in an attempt to average out the stupidity. 0 after one episode? And the reviews are making assumptions that may not end up being true. Also, if 140+ million people vanished from the face of the earth with no explanation as to why, it would be international news and would be a big deal. People are so stupid, but I guess it is the Internet, right? Anyway, loved the pilot. Compelling and well written, and yes I will change my rating if the show ends up being less than excellent, but I'll make that decision when the season is over. Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2014
    Dark, Moody and like Lost (Lindelof's ground-breaking series) it doesn't pander to the less attentive and the impatient, This is an intriguing and thought provoking ride about grief and loss in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    I wouldn't usually review a show before the first season has aired, but some of these negative reviews are ridiculous.
    The show it
    atmospheric, has a nuanced and endlessly intriguing premise and is anchored by some great performances. Can't wait for the rest of the first season. Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just like my lazy uncle this show needs work because it's not unwatchable. It seems like the show purposely has no direction. Last episode it had this Waco style assault on the black british guys compound and it was really violent but, it didn't have a effect because the audience can't connect with the characters. It was kind of funny listening to SWAT team guy just talk crazy and curse as he's bleeding out. This show has alot of enigmatic moments. Like the police think the commissioner is going mental like his father because he's killing dogs and talking to toaster ovens. There's some lady in the forest trying to chop down a tree. There's a lady the commissioner's daughter and her friends follow because she has a gun in purse. So they follow her around which makes no sense. Wayne who I wish would be cast as Dr. Who kisses some dead guy on mouth and tries to heal the commissioner's son. There's product placement of Budweiser.
    Anyway maybe the next episode will be better. It is suppose to be about Christopher Eccleston who I think was a horrible Doctor Who. He was a good Invisible Man on Heroes though.
  5. Jun 30, 2014
    How original? A large cast of disparate characters all involved in some way in some major mysterious, maybe spiritual, happening and now we'll follow all of them to see how this works out. I cannot recall watching a more pointlessly depressing television show than the first episode of "The Leftovers". Is it possible that the title actually refers to some incomplete scripts left over in Mr. Lindelof's refrigerator.

    2% of the world's population has mysteriously disappeared. If that was a spoiler, you must be living on Mars. In our little target town, three years have passed and no one seems to have been able to get beyond this event or to get on with their lives, raising their children, stop being pointlessly rude to each other, etc., etc. The entire 75 minutes of the initial episode wallowed in depression and mystery. OK -- I don't necessarily want to watch "America's Got Talent", but I sure don't need to get down and wallow in misery with this show. I have instructed my DVR, "ENOUGH"!
  6. Jul 13, 2014
    This series moves at a glacial pace. This is what happens when you have a story that is 2-3 hours of material and you stretch it to 10 or more hours. I don't fault the actors here as they are doing a good job. The tone and atmosphere are fine it's just that no one wants to spend an hour a week to once again learn that no one cares what happened to their loved ones. I may tune in again at the end of season to see if they found a direction that the story should go in. Expand
  7. Jul 22, 2014
    If you are going to be dealing with highly depressing themes, you need to think about having some positive redeeming factor, to counter-balance them. Unfortunately for the viewer, the show is entirely depressing and sad. Couple that with terrible acting, subpar writing, pretentious themes and some downright annoying subplots/story lines and you have the formula for a really bad show. I'll give it one more episode but me writing this while watching the third episode tells you everything you need to know... Expand

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