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The Sudden Departure – the leftovers

The Sudden Departure – the leftovers

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  • spicey_mouseturds

    This fucking show broke me. My brother got me hooked on it a few years ago. It’s 3 seasons of the most relentlessly depressing and disturbing storyline ever invented and all of the acting is superb.

  • thedancingwireless

    This show stuck with me, maybe more than any other show I’ve watched.

    If you’re on the fence, do it. It’ll challenge you and make you think like few other shows have. It makes so many brave choices.

  • bharatchipkar6

    That final table conversation was the best way to end this show. Carrie Coon is phenomenal and because of this show I now am a fan of Justin Theroux

  • peanutlobber

    The worst show peer pressure made me watch.
    I was hoping I would never be reminded of this groundbreaking show that kicked into gear the no hope and all depressing TV drama. Truly terrible entertainment in all sense of the word.

  • PeengPawng

    I don’t even know if the ending or beginning were more tragic😭🥺 It was such a build up for her. The one who lost everything. I always think of this show when people say everyone has suffered during the pandemic or in life in general. Some have suffered a lot worse. She got hit crazy hard☹️


    I might be in the minority here, but while they were many fantastic elements to the show, enough to get me to watch it all the way through, there’s a lot of writing choices where they just forcibly made the relationships worse unnecessarily. When bad communication is a consistent, major plot device, I get extremely irritated, and that was the case in the show. Thank god it had so much intrigue and good acting.

  • Jazz-Cigarettes

    I loved this show; one of my favorite things I’ve watched in the past 20 years. If you’ve never seen it but are intrigued, fair warning: you will see people who critique the show or didn’t care for it because they “don’t give a satisfying answer as to the mystery/what really happened.”

    I’d say that that is technically true on its face, and obviously it’s fine for a show to not be up your alley if it doesn’t tick exactly the boxes you’re hoping for like that. It certainly isn’t gonna be for everyone. But the show knows what it is and is pretty deliberate about its intention to not be about the answer to the mystery, and more just about what it would be like to live in this world where people were suddenly raptured and never really actually have the answer.

    If you go into it understanding that you’re just along for the ride and not building to some sort of “LOST – what really is the deal with the island?” type of plotline then it’s an amazing and beautifully crafted story (albeit one that can be very emotionally draining and at times depressing).

    One other thought. I understand that it was adapted from a book (or book series) and so they took the “2% of the population disappeared” figure directly from that source material. The one change I would’ve made is I’d have upped that number only because it seemed low.

    Don’t get me wrong, any sort of “unexplained disappearance” would definitely have a mindfuck effect for the world at large, even if it was just 2% or ~150 million people globally. But the show sometimes makes it feel as though almost everyone in the world personally knows DOZENS of people who departed when the math for that just doesn’t add up. If it was randomly distributed, we’re talking about only what, 2 out of every 100 people you know departing? That means your family and social circles are still gonna be pretty intact.

    I felt like the number of departed should have increased to something like 12-15% of the world population, because then it would seem much more likely that almost everyone in the world would’ve lost at least one or two close friends/family members (if not more). But that’s just my take, curious what others think.

  • excel958

    I can’t believe I slept on this show for so long. Went straight to my top 5 favorites. It battles Better Call Saul for #2. #1 goes to The Wire because I’m that guy.

  • RBlomax38

    If you watch this show and think it’s too frustrating/confusing keep going, at least until end of season 2. That finale is my favorite episode of TV ever made

  • reddit_beer_map

    Trying to think of a recent-ish show that approaches the level of quality of The Leftovers. Coming up empty. This show was simply on another level.

  • I_AM_N0_0NE_

    I remembered trying to watch this show back when it came out in 2014 and not liking it after watching the first few episodes Once I found out the writers said we would never find out the reason for the departure, I immediately dropped it. I revisited it a few weeks ago and just finished the series last week. I now think it’s one of the best shows ever made. I feel like it’s one of those shows you have to have a certain mindset for. You have to be willing to accept the ambiguity and senseless bc that’s the exact ideas the show is trying to portray.

  • bdog556

    Simply put, The Leftovers is one of the most fascinating and moving shows I’ve ever seen. Max Richter’s score will have me crying in a matter of seconds.

  • theONE306

    I always thought there was a lot of wasted potential in “the snap” from Avengers. But apparently there is an entire show built around that idea. And it came first.

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