The Leftovers (TV series)

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The Leftovers
The Leftovers 2014 Intertitle.jpg
Genre Drama
Fantasy
Created by
Based on The Leftovers 
by Tom Perrotta
Starring
Composer(s) Max Richter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter Berg
  • Sarah Aubrey
  • Tom Perrotta
  • Damon Lindelof
Producer(s) Nan Bernstein Freed
Location(s) New York
Cinematography Todd McMullen
Running time 51–58 minutes
72 minutes (pilot)
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29) – present
External links
Website

The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta's novel of the same name.[1] The pilot was written by Lindelof and Perrotta, and directed by Peter Berg.[2] The series stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Emily Meade, Ann Dowd and Carrie Coon. It premiered on HBO on June 29, 2014.[3] On August 13, 2014, HBO renewed The Leftovers for a second season.[4]

Premise[edit]

The Leftovers takes place three years after a global "Rapture", which caused the unexplainable disappearance of 2% of the world population. It centers on the ones left behind, in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York (not to be confused with the real-life hamlet of the same name).[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, Jr., Mapleton's chief of police and father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in this new world. The breakup of his family (none of whom—except his unborn daughter—were taken in the Sudden Departure) puts more and more of a strain on him.
  • Amy Brenneman as Laurie Garvey, Kevin's wife and Tom and Jill's mother, who left her entire life behind, for reasons still unknown, to join a mysterious cult called the Guilty Remnant.[5]
  • Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison, a former reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid. His main anguish comes from not accepting that he was not taken in the Sudden Departure.[6]
  • Liv Tyler as Megan Abbott, a woman about to get married when she becomes the target of the Guilty Remnant.[7]
  • Chris Zylka as Tommy Garvey, Laurie's son (that Kevin has raised as his own), who has recently dropped out of college and taken refuge with a mysterious guru called "Holy Wayne".[8]
  • Margaret Qualley as Jill Garvey, Kevin's teenaged, straight-A student daughter who is, as of the pilot, in a difficult relationship with him.[9]
  • Carrie Coon as Nora Durst, a wife and mother who lost her husband, son and daughter in the Sudden Departure. She is Matt's sister.[6]
  • Emily Meade as Aimee, a free-spirited high schooler, friend of Jill's, who seems unfazed by the rapture.[5]
  • Amanda Warren as Lucy Warburton, Mapleton's take-no-prisoners mayor.[6]
  • Ann Dowd as Patti Levin (Season 1), the leader of the local chapter of the Guilty Remnant.[6]
  • Michael Gaston as Dean, a man who seems to understand that times have changed, and addresses it head-on—often violently.[10]
  • Max Carver and Charlie Carver as Adam and Scott Frost respectively. They are identical twin brothers and happy-go-lucky types, whose upbeat demeanor brings levity to a grave situation.[11]
  • Annie Q. as Christine, one of Holy Wayne's many "groupies", for whom she apparently has a special and mysterious meaning. She is also a friend of Tommy's.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Paterson Joseph as "Holy" Wayne Henry Gilchrest, Jr., a mysterious guru.
  • Frank Harts as Dennis Luckey, a police officer who works with Kevin.
  • Scott Glenn as Kevin Garvey, Sr., Mapleton's former chief of police who has been committed to a mental health institute.
  • Janel Moloney as Mary Jamison, Matt's wife, who became paralyzed after an accident during the Sudden Departure.
  • Marceline Hugot as Gladys, a member of the Guilty Remnant.

Development and production[edit]

HBO acquired rights for series development with Perrotta attached as writer/executive producer and Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger as executive producers in August 2011, shortly before the book came out.[12]

In June 2012, Damon Lindelof was announced to be developing the series alongside Perrotta, and serves as the series' showrunner.[1]

The pilot was ordered in February 2013.[13] On September 16, 2013, HBO announced that they were taking The Leftovers to series, ordering a 10-episode first season.[14] The Leftovers is the first HBO series to be acquired from an outside studio, Warner Bros. Television, and not solely produced by HBO.[15]

Casting[edit]

In June 2013, casting announcements began. Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, Michael Gaston, and Carrie Coon were announced to star in the pilot.[6][10][16]

Reception[edit]

The Leftovers has been met with mixed-to-positive reviews. On Metacritic, the show has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a rating of 69% based on 58 reviews, with an average score of 6.8 out of 10, and the consensus states "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."[18]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Peter Berg Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29) 276070 1.77[19]
Kevin Garvey is a police chief in Mapleton, New York, working to keep order after the mysterious Sudden Departure, an unexplained event that occurred three years prior which saw the disappearance of 2% of the world's population. His wife, Laurie, has left him to join the Guilty Remnant, an organization with unknown motives that emphasizes the silence of its members. His son, Tom, has also left him to become a follower of Holy Wayne, a messianic figure. Kevin's daughter, Jill, lives with him and is in high school, but the erosion of her family life leads her to outbursts of aggression. During a parade to honor the victims of the Sudden Departure, the Guilty Remnants hold a protest and are attacked by the angered townspeople. Afterward, Kevin begs Laurie to return home with him, but she refuses to speak to him.
2 2 "Penguin One, Us Zero" Peter Berg Damon Lindelof & Kath Lingenfelter July 6, 2014 (2014-07-06) 4X5702 1.55[20]
When an ATFEC team attacks Holy Wayne's hideout, Tommy kills somebody for the first time in order to protect Christine's life. Meg has been living at the GR residence for weeks and becomes frustrated at her apparent lack of progress into their ranks. Following his night shooting dogs with Dean, Kevin's stability is questioned by his deputies and Lucy. He later visits his institutionalized father when he himself feels his sanity unraveling. Tommy's guilt is exacerbated by his growing animosity towards Wayne. Jill, Aimee and the twins spend the day following Nora after Jill spots a pistol in Nora's purse.
3 3 "Two Boats and a Helicopter" Keith Gordon Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) 4X5703 1.38[21]
Reverend Matt Jamison is steadfast in his belief that the Departed have all been less than Heroes, despite the abuse this earns him from the public. Matt faces foreclosure on his church. Following an apparent sign from God, he wins enough money at the casino to buy it back. Encountering an unknown assailant throwing rocks at members of the Guilty Remnant, Matt tries to help, only to be hit by a rock himself, and knocked unconscious. Upon waking he learns he has missed the foreclosure deadline by two days; it is revealed that the Guilty Remnant have bought his church.
4 4 "B.J. and the A.C." Lesli Linka Glatter & Carl Franklin Damon Lindelof & Elizabeth Peterson July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20) 4X5704 1.62[22]
Christmas comes to Mapleton but not without its problems. Kevin is tasked with finding the baby Jesus from the town's nativity scene, which was stolen by his own daughter Jill, unbeknownst to him. Eventually the twins leave the baby Jesus on Kevin's doorstep, but another doll is placed in the nativity scene before Kevin can return the doll. Tom takes the pregnant Christine to a hospital. On the night of the Christmas ball, GR members sneak into Mapleton residents' homes and remove pictures of the departed.
5 5 "Gladys" Mimi Leder Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27) 4X5705 1.59[23]
Gladys, a devout member of the Guilty Remnant, is brutally stoned to death. As the rest of the GR goes on lockdown, Patti takes Laurie to a diner and tests her faith. As Kevin investigates Gladys' murder, he resists pressure to hand the case over to the FBI. While calling them to cancel a Federal inquiry, he learns that he has the option to let the government simply exterminate Patti's chapter of the GR. Reverend Jamison holds a vigil outside the GR's safe house, but is personally rejected by Laurie.
6 6 "Guest" Carl Franklin Damon Lindelof & Kath Lingenfelter August 3, 2014 (2014-08-03) 4X5706 1.47[24]
Kevin and Nora have an interaction in the Mapleton courthouse. Nora attends a departure related conference in New York City as a panelist and discovers someone is impersonating her on her panel. Unable to officially attend, she wanders the hotel, spending time at a party where she kisses a departure replica, then encountering Holy Wayne, who hugs her, seemingly purging her anxieties. Returning to Mapleton, she takes Kevin up on his offer.
7 7 "Solace for Tired Feet" Mimi Leder Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt August 10, 2014 (2014-08-10) 4X5707 1.58[25]
Kevin and Nora have a date interrupted by the Guilty Remnant. Kevin's father escapes from the mental hospital, and the MPD make his re-capture a priority. Tom discovers that Wayne has impregnated another young girl, whom he also said "she means everything". After an encounter with the girl and her caretaker, Tom begins to question his devotion to Wayne, who seems to be growing increasingly unglued. Kevin's father insists he read an issue of National Geographic. Kevin and Nora spend the night together. Christine gives birth to Wayne's child.
8 8 "Cairo" Michelle MacLaren Curtis Gwinn & Carlito Rodriguez August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17) 4X5708 1.64[26]
Patti arranges for a major move by the GR on Memorial Day. Kevin invites Nora over for dinner with Jill and Aimee. Jill and Aimee have a falling out, and Aimee moves out of the Garvey residence. Jill later shows up at the GR's house. Kevin and Dean attempt to deal with Patti, whom they kidnapped the night before. In Patti's absence, Laurie takes charge of the Memorial Day plan. Patti speaks candidly to Kevin about the GR and their motives, and tries to persuade Dean, then Kevin, to kill her. When Kevin refuses, and decides to release Patti and face the consequences, she commits suicide.
9 9 "The Garveys at Their Best" Daniel Sackheim Kath Lingenfelter & Damon Lindelof August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24) 4X5709 1.85[27]
A flashback recounts Mapleton residents' experiences during the days leading up to the Departure. A surprise birthday party is thrown for Kevin's father. Laurie is revealed to be a psychiatrist, and Patti her patient, who senses an upcoming apocalyptic event. Tom has a violent confrontation with his biological father; Kevin then attacks the man. Jill prepares for a science fair. Nora spends time with her family and interviews for a job working for a mayoral candidate. Kevin pursues a deer that is wreaking havoc around Mapleton. He chases it to a house where it flees and is hit by the car. The driver is an attractive woman who invites him to her hotel room. During the Departure, Kevin is having sex with the woman when she disappears; Nora snaps at her family right before they disappear; Jill forms a circuit at the science fair when one child in the circle disappears; Laurie has an ultrasound and witnesses the disappearance of the fetus.
10 10 "The Prodigal Son Returns"[28] Mimi Leder Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) 4X5710 TBA

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