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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: The third and final season of the Damon Lindelof drama series.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 12, 2017
    100
    The new season of The Leftovers is spectacular, in every sense of that word.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 11, 2017
    100
    The new episodes don’t represent another radical leap forward in style or quality the way season two was, but whatever’s lost from the shock of the new (nothing here is quite as weird or surprising as the cavewoman prologue or “International Assassin,” though a joke in the second episode and a party sequence in the fifth come close) is gained in how much more we know all the characters at this point, and how aware they are of their proximity to their story’s end.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 17, 2017
    100
    All the hype leading up to the final approach of The Leftovers has merit. The seven episodes HBO provided are consistently brilliant, sure and mindful about tying up loose ends.
  4. Reviewed by: Sean O'Neal
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    You’d be hard-pressed to name a work of art, let alone another TV show, that balances such enormity so playfully, without also being glib about the ponderous questions at its core.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    The show has entered full-blown mania as twisted, thrilling, and devastating to watch as a person speaking in tongues.
  6. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    Between the prospect of a definitive ending, the looming fear of catastrophe, and the continually exceptional performances, it’s bravura television that somehow follows the model of earlier seasons while subverting expectations. You might think you know where something is going, only to be completely disoriented a minute later.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Scott Larson
    Apr 20, 2017
    88
    There are no real answers in The Leftovers, even as plot questions are resolved, and the series miraculously turns that ambiguity into its greatest accomplishment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Aug 24, 2017
    10
    One of the best TV series ever made.
    Fantastic storyline, perfect characterization, Awesome music by Max Richter.
    Awesome music from Max
    One of the best TV series ever made.
    Fantastic storyline, perfect characterization, Awesome music by Max Richter.
    Awesome music from Max Richard is a masterpiece in the most sensitive scenes.
    The actors in the series have the best of it, and the result is nothing more than creating a masterpiece.
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  2. Apr 17, 2017
    10
    'The Leftovers' is still one of the most brilliant TV exercises ever. It is weirdly captivating and the characters are absolutely amazing.'The Leftovers' is still one of the most brilliant TV exercises ever. It is weirdly captivating and the characters are absolutely amazing. This final season starts with a bang and promises to keep digging into the addictive insanity of its plot. Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    why this doesn't receive all the awards in the world? if it is so **** perfect
    simplemente perfecta...
    cada ves que escucho el soundtrack me
    why this doesn't receive all the awards in the world? if it is so **** perfect
    simplemente perfecta...
    cada ves que escucho el soundtrack me llena de nostalgia, esperanza desesperanza y me recuerda la locura de la sociedad en esta serie.
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  4. Apr 21, 2017
    10
    The Leftovers isn't scared to go some places and it always ends up being great. One of the best shows on television in every sense (acting,The Leftovers isn't scared to go some places and it always ends up being great. One of the best shows on television in every sense (acting, writing, cinematography, directing, etc.). Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2017
    10
    The Leftovers is a must-watch. This season premierè is another ground-breaking hour of television. Lindelof is a master in his narration: IThe Leftovers is a must-watch. This season premierè is another ground-breaking hour of television. Lindelof is a master in his narration: I loved how he has evolved the show in a unpredictable narration. It's emotional, surprising and amazing. WATCH The Leftovers Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2017
    9
    The third season is great, little holes here and there, but the love story is great. As for the plot, it gives a beautiful insight into theThe third season is great, little holes here and there, but the love story is great. As for the plot, it gives a beautiful insight into the human mind and how an unexplicable mass trauma destroys contemporary nihilism.

    I wouldn't say this show helped me find God. But it shows with perfection why some people need to find him.
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  7. Nov 22, 2017
    0
    Lost has shown pretty well that ambiguity, mysteriousness and unexplained conflicting phenomenons in a TV show are not likely to produce theLost has shown pretty well that ambiguity, mysteriousness and unexplained conflicting phenomenons in a TV show are not likely to produce the mind-splitting shock-and-awe plot twist at the end, where everything fits into the puzzle, but are actually symptoms of a disease you'll see far more often in TV series' writing: Kudzu plots.

    Kudzu plots can either show one writer who decentralizes or alembicates the story so much it becomes visibly strenuous to make it coagulate and have a point in the end (I'm looking at you, GRRM) and shoehorning appears towards the end of the story as the writer frantically attempts to tie all the loose ends in a meaningful manner, or, more of a TV-series disease, can show multiple writers all trying to pull the respective show under their own artistic view, alike a room of D&D players all taking turns attempting to railroad the story. The problem of the Kudzu plot disease is that it is dishonest: the viewer starts the show with the impression that the people who built the show have a point to be made at the end, not that they'd strap themselves for a dip into the interesting idea pool, followed by a long period of just winging it and an embarrassing, anticlimactic finale. The producers love Kudzu plots because they keep the audience glued to their screen long enough that until they manage to realize the swindle three seasons have passed and the producers are already three money trains in profit, and because most writers can write a Kudzu plot; Most writers can create entangled messes, the solving of the entanglement is the actual brain-requiring part, and this is why shows who have been consistently good don't stray too much in too many directions - every line thrown has to be knotted back in somehow later.

    Introductions aside, The Leftovers exhibits all the symptoms of Kudzu plots. What about the sleepwalking cop? What about the Antichrist? What about the rapture? Strange things happen because? What about the cultists? The show makes no attempt into tying in any of these questions but each new step opens up new questions. The show's religious and magical "explanations" which are given off frugally are also a sign that the plots will most probably be ended by intellectual patches that will make the audience feel unsatisfied. You have been warned.
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