The Leftovers: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Leftovers

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Its dour tone and self-seriousness may make for somber viewing, but The Leftovers is an artfully crafted, thought-provoking drama that aims high and often hits its mark.



Critic Ratings: 67


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User Ratings: 1413
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Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Tom Perrotta adapted the latter's novel about life in a small town after many of its residents vanished in a Rapture-like event. The series begins with the third anniversary of the "The Sudden Departure," and the residents of Mapleton, N.Y., have their own ways of dealing with the aftermath of this cataclysmic event, including police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), who tries to keep the peace but is also fighting to maintain his sanity, while his daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley), pushes the boundaries of being a rebellious teen. Elsewhere in town, Rev. Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) swears he has the inside scoop on the worldwide disappearance of 140 million people; Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) finds an unusual career to distract herself after losing her entire family; and a mysterious group called the Guilty Remnant have an uncanny ability to call attention to themselves without uttering a single word. With Ann Dowd, Amy Brenneman and Chris Zylka.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Christopher Eccleston
as Matt Jamison
Ann Dowd
as Patti Levin
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Charlie Carver
as Scott Frost
Max Carver
as Adam Frost
Amanda Warren
as Lucy Warburton
Annie Q.
as Christine
Janel Moloney
as Mary Jamison
Scott Glenn
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
Wayne Duvall
as Artur Vitello
Patrick Husted
as Louis Patterson
Mary Shultz
as Marie Patterson
Briana Marin
as The Woman
Deshawn Harold Mitchell
as Truck Passenger
Adrian Matilla
as Purchase Cop
David Turner
as Anthony
Nadia Gan
as Liane
Natalie Gold
as Sam's Mother
Gary Werntz
as Harris Kurtz
Viki Boyle
as Older Crying Woman
Jenna Stern
as Jennifer Freschette
Curtiss Cook
as Patrick Johansen
Christopher Devlin
as Charlie Patterson
Marjorie Johnson
as Weeping GR
Adam McNulty
Cruz Rodriguez
as Preschooler
John Sharian
as Agent Davidoff
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Critic Reviews for The Leftovers Season 1

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (34)

I've watched few TV shows that make you so thoughtful. Lindelof and Perrotta make you think about the universe and whether our sense of daily purpose is too often diverted away from those who matter most.

Apr 14, 2017 | Full Review…

So with visions of Lost still too recent, here we go yet again. But after reading The Leftovers and being immensely satisfied with it, I'm not inclined at all to embark on what looks to be a very meandering journey towards who knows what or where.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

As long as the series can maintain its focus on the psychological truth, The Leftovers will feel fresh.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Leftovers conveys nicely the difficulty of maintaining order, physical or psychological, in the wake of inexplicable mass trauma.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Perrotta and Lindelof are working with an admirably rich premise.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

While The Leftovers is in almost every particular better than the immensely popular The Walking Dead, it also has none of that show's cathartic, zombie-killing release.

Jun 26, 2014 | Full Review…
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The show offers moments of grace in the midst of chaos... If someone were searching for proof of God at work in this world, he or she might pay attention to the evidence of virtue and care in these moments of human connection.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its profound sense of hopelessness, there are occasional moments of profound beauty in The Leftovers's depiction of mass grief

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

It has a very good cast, a worthy pedigree, and an interesting premise. It's worth tuning in to see where it's going to go.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Leftovers played like an epic poem of rapture (or non-rapture), and, indeed, there was a hero... we think.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The Leftovers depicts with uncomfortable authenticity the psychological toll it would take on a society to have demonstrable evidence that they've been left behind.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The maudlin cadences doubtless cast a spell. However, to approach the cult acclaim of Lost The Leftovers needs to shake off the torpor and give audiences something to cling onto.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Leftovers: Season 1

  • Mar 20, 2020
    Having just devoured The Outsider ( no pun intended ) a fellow reviewer mentioned " it was the best serial since The Leftovers ". Having sought out the old reruns, I found the pilot and realised I'd watched that episode but gave up ? I think it had a lot to do with Ecclestones awful American accent. Putting that aside, this was a revelation ( again no pun intended ) , serious characters with immediate investment. The religious allegories were done very well and some of the outcomes were deeply moving. Like a good book, I just couldn't put this down if I tried. Astonishingly well conceived and directed. On to season 2 !
  • Mar 09, 2020
    As good of a Season One as you'll ever see. It has it all: Perfect pacing, dynamic characters, a solid setup for a story, great acting, mystery, romance, and the classic Lindelof feeling of "something bigger is at play here..." Possibly the best Season One of a show that I've ever seen.
  • Jan 24, 2020
    It's more like a pilot that's hard to swallow, but if one still curious about the psychology, one may continue.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Pretentious, inconclusive, void.
  • Jan 01, 2020
    I absolutely loved this show! I wish so much there were other programs like this as it had everything making it extremely satisfying to watch. Romance, sci-fi, spiritual mystery, and intense emotional journeys along with humor, and most of all the unknown that kept me wanting to watch. Gripped my attention and I felt for all of the actors. I could relate to most of them. What an interesting show.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Interesting cinematography, interesting characters, decent acting...but a plot (if you can call it that) which goes nowhere. The producers have no idea what the hell they're doing, so you will likewise have no clue. The "leftovers" in white are really silly and annoying at best. Watching them chain-smoke and write everything down is laughable, if not pretentious and meaningless. Maybe the creators of this bomb want us to fill-in-the-blanks or consider it (somehow) profound. One thing is obvious, the series is funded by the tobacco industry. I don't just mean the morons in white who chain-smoke throughout, but the main characters are also constantly lighting-up, for no reason, just to promote smoking for financing this dud. Take a pass on this one or you'll be disappointed.
  • Jan 25, 2019
    This is the greatest show of all time. It is crazy to me that hardly anyone watched it. The writing, acting, and music are fantastic. Max Ritcher is brilliant. David Lindleloft made the perfect show. Perfect cast. All of these actors are favourites of mine now.
  • Oct 22, 2018
    Just finished Season 1 Story is better than West World The acting is terrific all around except for Liv Tyler.
  • Sep 25, 2018
    It may be extremely depressing but it kept me interested from start to finish.
  • Aug 16, 2018
    "The leftovers" is one of the best and the most underappreciated shows in the last decade of television. Every season can stand on it's own, but all of them share the same themes: Family, Home, Truth, Loss, Love, Faith. This show asks the most ultimate, the largest (or) the most basic questions and helps you to answer them (or not) on your own. What is the most important in life? Why are we here? What happens after we die? Is there a plan for all of this? If not - what matters? Why do we even believe in something? It's a mixture of faith and reason. Every difficult to understand event in the show is filled with that dichotomy. The series shows variety of human behaviour and attitude towards inexplicable phenomenon. What people are capable of doing to cope with their grief and how do they make sense of the world that has changed so rapidly and irreversibly. It's a dark, brutal, bleak, fantastic, visionary mysterious, emotional, depressing, mystical, funny, crazy, liberatory and sublime show. It will drag you through the dirt and then lift you up in the sky. The cast is phenomenal and their acting is mind-blowing (it's almost disgusting that actors from that show were notoriously ommited by the Emmys). I'm pretty sure that Max Richter's music in the show can move anyone to tears. I cried like a baby on so many scenes. The show moved me and will stay with me forever as one of the best shows I have ever watched.

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