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The Leftovers

The Leftovers TV show on HBONetwork: HBO
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: June 29, 2014 – TBD
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Emily Meade, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, and Amanda Warren.

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TV show description:
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, this dramatic series follows what might happen if 2% of the world’s population abruptly vanished without explanation. The remaining population struggles to come to terms with what has happened.

Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is the father of two and the chief of police in the small New York suburb of Mapleton. He’s struggling to keep his family together, to keep his town from descending into chaos, and to keep himself in control. The tighter he tries to keep a grip on it all, the more everything seems to slip through his fingers.

His wife Laurie (Amy Brenneman) has always been the strong one. She’s smart, capable, compassionate, and has raised two kids while maintaining a successful career. Everything changed for her however after the “Departure.”

Their kids are Tom and Jill. After the Departure, Tom (Chris Zylka) ditched college, broke contact with his family, and went searching for something to believe in. What he found was Holy Wayne, a powerful prophet, and Christine, a girl he’s vowed to protect above all else.

Jill (Margaret Qualley) is having a hell of a time navigating high school, boys, a fractured family, and a father who’s doing his best but still screwing up. She pretends not to care in hopes that one day, she really won’t.

Aimee (Emily Meade) is confident and unpredictable, which in a teenager is both admirable and highly dangerous. She’s the devil on Jill’s shoulder and the big sister she never had. But she’s also searching for a family of her own.

Goofy and sweet, the Frost twins, Adam (Max Carver) and Scott (Charlie Carver), seem pretty much unbothered by what happened three years ago -— or maybe they’d just rather get high and play ping pong than think about it.

Christine (Annie Q) is a sweet girl at heart, but not afraid to use what she has to get what she wants. Above all, she’s a devoted disciple of Wayne, which either makes her woefully naïve or the smartest girl in the room.

Unlike most people, Reverend Matt Jamison (Chris Eccleston) has never lost his faith. He knows exactly what the Departure was and what it wasn’t. All he needs now is people to believe him.

Meg Abbott (Liv Tyler) has a picturesque house and a handsome fiancé, but something’s still not right. And she’ll do whatever it takes to figure out what that is and how to make it go away.

Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) is something of a local celebrity — for all the wrong reasons: She’s the only resident of Mapleton who lost her entire family in the Departure. Having survived the impossibly tragic, she still manages to wake up each day and put one foot in front of the other -– though who the hell knows where she’s going.

Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) is the mysterious leader of the Guilty Remnant, a cult of some kind. And it’s got a rapidly growing chapter in Mapleton, where Patti’s no-nonsense attitude helps her orchestrate the group’s increasingly strange behavior.

Dean (Michael Gaston) is a gun-toting, tobacco chewing man of few words, and it’s not immediately clear whether he’ll be an ally to Kevin or an enemy.

The mayor of Mapleton, Lucy Warburton (Amanda Warren) is very smart and all-business. Unfortunately, she’s not on Kevin’s side.

Series Finale

Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like The Leftovers TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?


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honeybunn August 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

Yes I watch the leftovers. because I enjoy the acting ability of Justn throux. He is
terrific in his role. We need to see him in more roles. He is great and I hope it is renewed.


Tiffany August 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Love it!! Hope the finale is everything its building up to be!-


Joe from NJ August 4, 2014 at 1:24 am

It’s a good show, just like the book. It’s talking the characters story based in the book and is doing it well… Great writing and acting alike. It is bleak and sobering but is that not life in general? This show dares to go there and some viewers cannot handle that.


Donna July 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Why would Laurie ever want to join the Guilty Remnant when she has a hot husband at home and her daughter? She is so deceived and such a fool. What a horrible thing done to Gladys and what is up with all those bodies shown at the end of the show? Still confused on what is going on!!!


Queco Jones July 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Wow. This show is horrible. Having HBO with access to all their series, I figured I would watch it because I’m paying for it…why not? Well, I would pay HBO to get rid of this show and sign legal documents not to ever put garbage like “The Leftovers” on TV ever again. No one should be subjected to watch this garbage even by mistake. The next time I want to punish my children or get rid of unwanted guests, I will force them to watch “The Leftovers” all the way to episode 4, just like I did. I would not show them episode 5, I think it’s against the Geneva Convention and a war crime.


Sue July 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This show sux. I loved Low Winter Sun. How about making more of those instead?


deb July 19, 2014 at 11:03 pm

I don’t get it


Anonymous July 10, 2014 at 2:10 am

Why is this show still on the air? The mystery is not what happened to the people who dispersed but how they ever got this sow aired in the first place.


Rose July 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

This is one strange show…. I watched it but found it hard to understand. I loved the Chief of Police though! He did very well with his part.


Jay July 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

This description gives away too much of the plot.

Interesting to have Liv Tyler playing an Abbott again.


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