• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2014
Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
98

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    Some of the best acting, directing and ephemeral atmosphere on television. There's so much to say about every episode of The Leftovers, much less to say about the first six episodes of a new season collectively, but the easiest thing to say is that it's not too late to tune in and be awed and confused.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    Breathtaking. ... Great visuals, complex themes, incredible performances—maybe there are ways to write about The Leftovers. And yet there’s still something about this program that can’t be put into words. There’s something almost religious about in the way you just need to see it, feel it, and believe.
  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: Ken Tucker
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    When I say The Leftovers is awesome, this is what I mean: It fills me with awe.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    What it accomplishes in its third season is a triumph of concept, entertainment, provocation, cinema, acting, and often even fun that trumps any and all genre- and content-related turn-offs.
  8. Reviewed by: Emily VanDerWerff
    Apr 14, 2017
    100
    A show operating at the peak of its powers. ... It feel[s] very much like a series that has found its moment in history.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Apr 13, 2017
    100
    On top of the phenomenal performances, stellar narrative structure, and compelling/emotionally devastating writing, the show’s thematic relevance all but secures it a lauded place in TV history. Buckle up and grab the tissues, folks--this is one hell of a sendoff.
  11. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 12, 2017
    100
    The new season of The Leftovers is spectacular, in every sense of that word.
  12. 100
    Superb final season of The Leftovers. ... Suffice to say that Lindelof, Perrotta & Co. have continued to think about ways to make the fantastic seem mundane and vice versa.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 5, 2017
    100
    Season 3 is no less than a coup, wrapping up a wild narrative with ambitious new threads and honing in on each character’s fundamental spiritual and psychological beliefs.
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 12, 2017
    91
    For fans of The Leftovers, the third season looks like the best yet. It’s funny, horrifying, strange and baffling.
  16. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 13, 2017
    90
    The Leftovers grasps an outlandish idea with absolute emotional commitment: The performances in this final run are spectacular throughout, but especially Ms. Coon’s and Mr. Theroux’s. The final season sometimes repeats the first two, from the use of dream imagery to specific story beats like a business trip Nora takes (recalling “Guest,” a Season 1 standout episode). Because it depends so much on callbacks, it’s designed more to cater to the show’s faithful than to expand its flock.
  17. 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.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 467 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 467
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2017
    10
    This first episode of the final season is fantastic. It wraps up everything that happened in season 2 while adding a few questions for theThis first episode of the final season is fantastic. It wraps up everything that happened in season 2 while adding a few questions for the future of season 3. Full Review »
  3. Apr 17, 2017
    10
    Yes, it's that good, but it's not the kind of show you can jump into until you've gone through seasons 1 and 2. Unlike most shows thatYes, it's that good, but it's not the kind of show you can jump into until you've gone through seasons 1 and 2. Unlike most shows that overstay their welcome a season or more, this is the completely package. A TV story that begins and ends and is executed true to its artistic vision. You may not like its tone or thematic elements, but if this season ends as well as the two prior seasons, this will probably be the show that i recommend to people as THE best show I've ever seen. Full Review »