The Leftovers (2014–2017)
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Pilot 

The police chief faces struggles in both his personal and professional life, as the third anniversary of the departure approaches.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Damon Lindelof (written for television by), Tom Perrotta (written for television by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Theroux ... Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman ... Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston ... Matt Jamison
Liv Tyler ... Meg Abbott
Chris Zylka ... Tom Garvey
Margaret Qualley ... Jill Garvey
Carrie Coon ... Nora Durst
Emily Meade ... Aimee
Amanda Warren ... Lucy Warburton
Ann Dowd ... Patti Levin
Michael Gaston ... Dean
Max Carver ... Adam Frost
Charlie Carver ... Scott Frost
Annie Q. ... Christine
Brad Leland ... Congressman Witten
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Storyline

Three years after millions of people - some 2% of the world's population - have vanished into thin air, residents of Mapleton, NY weigh the pros and cons of a "Heroes Day" tribute to the local "Departed." Attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy in his strained community, police chief Kevin Garvey faces additional challenges at home with his daughter, Jill, who's lost in a cloud of apathy with her friend Aimee, and son, Tom, who has gravitated to a cult led by the charismatic Holy Wayne. Also of concern is a silent, white-clad group of chain-smoking men and women called the Guilty Remnant, who team up in pairs to stake out people and places around town. As tension in Mapleton escalates, the lives of Laurie, an unexpected member of the Guilty Remnant, and Meg, a recently engaged young woman, converge. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Christopher Eccleston (Matt Jamison) & Paterson Joseph (Wayne Gilchrest) also worked together on Safe House (2015) as Robert & Mark respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Jill and Aimee smoke the joint it jumps back and forth between them without their passing it. The joint also disappears from Aimee's hand when she waves at a guy exiting the building. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Garvey: Am I awake?
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Soundtracks

Sonata in A major D959 2nd movement
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Written by Franz Schubert
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An intriguing first episode
21 July 2018 | by dkwestbrookSee all my reviews

After hearing a lot of good stuff about this show, I decided to finally start watching it. I haven't read the novel it's based on, but I am a fan of co-creator Damon Lindelof's previous series "Lost". I didn't quite know what to expect from this pilot episode, but after watching it I was suitably impressed and definitely interested in continuing with this show.

Unlike "Lost", which had an explosive first episode that really hit the ground running and left the audience gasping for more, "The Leftovers" is very different. This first episode is deliberately paced and meditative, with far more focus going to the characters rather than the story. The focus on character was always my favourite part of "Lost", so it's pleasing to see that Lindelof is giving an even stronger focus to character in this show.

Despite having a high-concept premise (the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world's population), the premise doesn't drive this episode. The premise forces the characters into action, and it's the characters who make this episode so intriguing and it's the characters who I'm most interested to learn more about, not the mystery.

Overall, "The Leftovers" begins with a solid pilot episode that has a lot of potential and drew me enough to make me want to keep watching this show. That's what a pilot episode is meant to do. Unlike "Lost", this show doesn't hit its stride in the first episode, so I imagine it will take a few more episodes for me to decide if this show is as good as many people claim. But, on the basis of the first episode, I'm intrigued in what this show has to offer.


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