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as Kevin Garvey
as Laurie Garvey
as Matt Jamison
as Tom Garvey
as Jill Garvey
as Nora Durst
as Lucy Warburton
as Patti Levin
as Scott Frost
as Adam Frost
as Holy Wayne
as Dennis, Dennis Luckey
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
as Harris Kurtz
as Jennifer Freschette
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Critic reviews for Penguin One, Us Zero
Sunday night's episode of Damon Lindelof's new drama continued the relentless pacing of the first hour -- as long as the dour tone -- but with similarly fascinating results.
One of the most fascinating things to me about The Leftovers is the way that the story is focused on the Garvey family, who lost no one we know about in the Departure, but who have all lost themselves and each other in the aftermath.
This show carries with it an addictive angst that's difficult for those like me who are drawn to stories about broken people to resist. Everyone's cracked and creased, but in different ways and for different reasons.
I'm pretty split down the middle as far as what has kept my interest following the second week and what I found myself a bit bored with.
It's a shame that more viewers aren't able to focus on the weirdness of The Leftovers instead of its melancholy. If they could, the show - which, by the way, is pretty fantastic - might not already be known as the biggest bummer on television.
The Leftovers takes place in a well-trod genre, in a form, the postmillennial prestige drama, that's been analyzed like few before it. The more it stops doing the things it has to do and starts doing the things it wants to do, the better.
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