The Leftovers (2014 series)

From [YSDC] The Veiled Society
Jump to: navigation, search
Promotional image for The Leftovers (2014 series)...


Three years after the simultaneous disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of "leftovers" struggle to continue their lives while they cope with loss and the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.


  • Release Date: 2014-2017
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: Near Future, Cthulhu End Times, Mapleton (New York), Jarden (Texas), Australia, and the Dreamlands
  • Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
  • Creator: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
  • Producer/Production Co: Warner Bros. Television
  • View Trailer: (link), (link), (link), (link), (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity, Sexual Situations)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The series sometimes gets dismissed as a "Christian show" for a casual resemblance to the belief in the "Rapture" by some sects of Christianity in which a select portion of the world's Christian population is prophesied to vanish in the End of Days, but the series treats the events instead as a terrifying, irrational event without any rhyme or reason that can be understood by humans, with good and evil and ordinary people alike vanishing at random, one small town in Texas being left untouched for seemingly no reason anyone can understand, hints at scientific answers that fail to answer anything well and raise more questions than they resolve, some hints at the intervention of supernatural beings which are indistinguishable from insanity, and the 98% of the population that was left behind crumbling under the trauma and turning to bizarre doomsday cults for comfort and answers which science, government, and traditional religions cannot provide. It is, in essence, a basically Lovecraftian treatment of a superficially "Christian" mystery, with seemingly Christian imagery used to illustrate the cosmic absurdity and horror implicit often in such subjects as raptures, angelic messages, divine births, immaculate conceptions, and miracles.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • (review needed)


Three years after the simultaneous disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of "leftovers" struggle to continue their lives while they cope with loss and the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • cults: numerous examples, including:
    • The Guilty Remnant (who dress in white, do not speak, smoke heavily, and engage in terror tactics to force others to remember the pain of the Departure)
    • The Bullseye People (who wear no shoes and paint bull's-eye targets on their foreheads to make themselves invisible to a repeat of The Departure)
    • a cult lead by a "wingnut in Australia who says he went to the Other Side and now cannot die
    • The Holy Wayne Cult (whose leader is believed to have the gift of prophecy and the ability to heal the emotionally and spiritually wounded with hugs, and who claims in private to be a fraud)
  • organization: ATFEC (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Cults), a government organization that takes an extreme position against cults, offering their services to local police departments to make local cult problems "go away" by storming cult compounds, shooting everyone, and claiming the cult shot first
  • event: "The Departure", a mysterious event in which a seemingly random 2% of the world's population (one in 50 people) vanished into thin air for reasons that neither science nor religion have been able to satisfactorily explain
  • location: Dreamlands - a couple of episodes appear to take place in a "Dreamlands" style netherworld, with some characters apparently able to and from other worlds or dimensions at the edge of death
  • race: an unnamed group of perhaps hallucinatory and often vaguely threatening spirits or "angelic" beings, mostly unseen, who deliver terrifying and seemingly prophetic messages, signs, and omens to isolated and seemingly unbalanced individual "leftovers"

Keeper Notes