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Episode Info

An adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel about life in a small town after many of its residents vanished in a Rapture-like event begins with the upcoming third anniversary of the "Departure" and a police chief's personal and professional struggles.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston
as Matt Jamison
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Amanda Warren
as Lucy Warburton
Ann Dowd
as Patti Levin
Charlie Carver
as Scott Frost
Max Carver
as Adam Frost
Annie Q.
as Christine
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Critic Reviews for Pilot

Peter Berg's direction holds this question-packed hour of television together, introducing an addictive central conceit with proper patience.

Jan 28, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler and Ann Dowd round out a promising cast of a show with all the elements to become another successful HBO drama.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Too many high-concept shows are afraid to be about what they're actually about, for fear of scaring off potential viewers; The Leftovers is exactly about what it's about.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The Leftovers won't give out answers, but it also takes no prisoners. And as usual, the unknown here works to be more unsettling and terrifying than any hard truths.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Destined to become a hot topic where people will argue over the meaning, the intent, the conclusions.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Theroux's simmering-souled Garvey hooked me. I don't mind living with miserable characters, as long as they're interestingly miserable. There's some glory in the gloom.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

These people have been cracked open, and the cracks are just near enough the surface to show, but just buried enough that they're sort of getting by.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is The Twilight Zone by way of J. J. Abrams: a morally provocative, fantastical premise played out through a well-coiffed cast of actors with Gossip Girl-caliber good looks.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite my trepidation, the noisy glimpse of a fallen world proffered in the series premiere is enough to create a strong desire to see these questions answered.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

This is some soul-crushing s- right here.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…