The Leftovers season 3

The Leftovers Turned the End of the World Into the Best Show on TV

The Ringer talks the phenomenon that is HBO’s cult TV series The Leftovers, and how it managed to subvert the expectations to create a unique, captivating experience during TV’s golden age.

Along the way, The Leftovers inadvertently became a solution to, or at least a respite from, pop culture’s solution addiction. In a TV ecosystem consumed by figuring out either what’s already happened or what will, it’s a relief to have a show that can’t be cracked — and one where cracking it is beside the point. The Leftovers has discovered the creative potential of exploring the fallout of a climax rather than the buildup to one.

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