TV: Best of the Decade–The Leftovers

The Best TV series, 2010-2019

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta co-created The Leftovers, a supernatural myster, airing on HBO for three seasons (28 episodes) from June 29, 2014 to June 4, 2017.

Based on Perrotta’s novel, the series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure,” a global event on October 14, 2011, which led to disappearance of two percent of the world’s population.

The series focused on how several individuals struggle to adjust after the event. They include police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and family, a grieving widow Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and her brother, and reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston).

With its dark, grim tone, the series has been compared to Lost, a former series also co-created by Lindelöf.

After that strange, inexplicable event, institutionalized religions declined, and new cults emerged, such as the Guilty Remnant, composed of white-clothed, chain-smoking nihilists, and a cult led by Holy Wayne, who views himself as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

I think the globetrotting show touched a chord among viewers that goes beyond state or religion, the need to believe and the need to connect

Over the years, The Leftovers has developed a cult following.

Spoiler Alert:

At the end, Nora, who seen the family she’d been grieving, chooses to come back without them, and Kevin somehow believes.