How Bad Is/Are The Leftovers

I stopped watching The Leftovers twenty minutes into its second episode, finding myself simply unable to process how bad the show actually is. Considering that I’ve watched every episode of The Newsroom, this is no small accomplishment. (Congratulations, Damon Lindelof, you’ve done it again.) For the few, if any, of you who watch the show, am I missing something? Is there some integral part of my emotional makeup that’s missing, denying me the ability to feel the persistent anguish of the show’s brazenly undeveloped characters? Does The Leftovers fall under the same either-I’m-insane-or-everyone-else-is-insane-because-I-think-this-sucks category as True Detective? Or have I made a horrible error in judgement once again? And in the event that I haven’t, what show should I be watching? The freaking Bridge? Please help.

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57 Responses to How Bad Is/Are The Leftovers

  1. old man fatima says:

    Never even heard of it, but I did love True Detective! It took me a couple of eps to get into it, though. I was ready to bail, and then Matthew said to Woody “You got pussy on you” and I was all in. Once they get into the flashbacks, it picks up. 90s Matthew is way better than 2010s Matthew, with his terrible pony tail and crazy eyes and nonsense hippie “time is a flat circle” garbage rambling.

  2. catweazle says:

    Haven’t watched it. Too busy hate-watching Pretty Little Liars.

    • I have seen so many episodes of Pretty Little Liars, and I still have absolutely no idea what’s going on. (Granted, it’s not like I pay close attention. I mostly use it for background noise.)

      • catweazle says:

        There are way too many characters and most of the teen dudes look so similar/nondescript that I forget who they are every time they pop up. And all four lead girl teens have at least two love interests and NONE of them are interesting or even cute except the English teacher who belongs in jail but at least has a nice face.

  3. The only thing I’m watching right now is Endeavour, and I’m barely keeping up with that, because my attention span for TV has dwindled down to almost nothing at this point.

  4. Kate says:

    Leftovers is not great, but it’s summer and it’s something to watch. In this same category is the show about angels v. humans, Dominion. I’d recommend watching its origin story first, an old movie called Legion.

  5. artdorkgirl says:

    I kept watching the ads for it while Game of Thrones was on, and it just didn’t really grab me. I also hated The Stand, so maybe that’s just on me.

  6. I really like The Leftovers and I also really like True Detective. I can’t really say why I like The Leftovers other than the premise is really appealing to me, despite my problems with the show (most of all how depressing it is). It’s also totally possible that I’m putting too much hope on the show and only like it because of what I hope it can become and not what it actually is.

  7. Fun game: What’s the thing you can’t stand that everyone else on the planet seems to love and you feel like you’re being punk’d or taking crazy pills because how on Earth could everyone like this pile of garbage?
    Mine’s Gravity.

  8. nastyemu says:

    I wasn’t sure about The Leftovers after the first episode because watching people grieve is fucking awful. But now that they are getting more into who these people were before the incident it is much better. I shall keep watching.

  9. msmessica says:

    I’m also not into it. I was like, “I’m not into this, too many jokes about weird celebrities going to heaven, should I stick with it?” and then I googled it and it’s by some Lost guys and I felt free never watching it again.

    Penny Dreadful has been good though.

  10. They played that stupid preview before Game of Thrones so much that I hated it without even watching it.

    Also, does anyone that has Lifetime want to watch the Lottery and tell me if it’s good? It’s basically Children of Men and it’s written by one of the CoM screenwriters. But it’s also on Lifetime…

    • msmessica says:

      I might take up this task for you. I have a sift spot for the Lifetime movies they’re making now, like the Mary Harron Anna Nicole Smith Biopic and the one where Christina Ricci is Lizzie Borden.

      • Erika says:

        I have a weird soft spot for Lifetime original movies also (although I often use those movies as a way to insult stuff I find overwrought and badly written). I blame my adolescent years bored out of my gourd at my dad’s place with nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon but watch Lifetime.

  11. gnidrah says:

    It’s not on here till September, I don’t think, but I am intrigued.

    If you can get hold of it, and speak French (or are brave enough to handle subtitles 😉 ) then I recommend Les Revenants/The Returned.

  12. Erika says:

    I recently finished Orange is the New Black, which was great; although I think we’ve discussed this before, so I won’t go into it. And now I’ve started The Misfits, which is kind of interesting. I like it so far; I’m just not really sure where it’s going. There are a few GoT people in it, like the guy in Jon’s crew who’s skinny with the big ears (although only for one episode), Catelyn Stark, and Ramsay Snow who’s creepy as per usual.

  13. Marlasinger says:

    I’d like to expand this idea (triple jack?) and talk about regular life things as well. I never liked “going out,” and didn’t understand why my friends and I couldn’t stay home playing board games with some good punch and talk about ghosts.

    • Yeah, going out is only fun if you’re with a good, smallish group and you’re not going anywhere too far or too loud/crazy. It took me way too long to figure this out.

  14. Erika says:

    I also watched Sherlock which was great; I especially loved the score. And The Fall has lots of Gillian Anderson goodness, which makes me happy.

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