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The Leftovers

The Leftovers

HBO 2014

When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Leftovers

The Leftovers - S1E2

#1 - Penguin One, Us Zero


Season 1 - Episode 2

In the wake of a series of disturbing encounters, Kevin pays a visit to a therapist. Tom finds himself in a precarious situation with Christine, a favorite of Wayne's. A frustrated Meg is asked to part with pieces of her past. Jill and Aimee tail Nora Durst, who became a local celebrity when her entire family disappeared in the Departure.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 3378 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E4

#2 - B.J. and the A.C.


Season 1 - Episode 4

A holiday display goes wanting, sending Kevin scurrying to find out who is responsible. Tom and Christine run into trouble at a hospital and on the road. Kevin retrieves a surprise detainee from a neighboring police station, and receives some unexpected visitors at home. The Guilty Remnant puts their stamp on the holiday season.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2607 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E1

#3 - Pilot


Season 1 - Episode 1

Three years after millions of people--some 2% of the world's population--vanished into thin air, residents of Mapleton, NY weigh the pros and cons of a 'Heroes Day' tribute to the local 'Departed.' Attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy in his strained community, police chief Kevin Garvey faces additional challenges at home.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 4509 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E1

#4 - Axis Mundi


Season 2 - Episode 1

Jarden, Texas was renamed 'Miracle' after it was discovered no one departed. Among the local families is the Murphys: the father, John, the mother, Erika, and their twins, Evie and Michael. Meanwhile, Kevin Garvey, Nora Durst and Jill Garvey show up in Miracle to start over, but Kevin cannot seem to escape his past.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2461 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E5

#5 - Gladys


Season 1 - Episode 5

Laurie's resolve is put to the test in the wake of a brutal hate crime. After his latest initiatives to maintain peace in Mapleton fall short, Kevin turns down an outside offer to rid the town of its problems. Matt brings his pulpit to the street. Meg takes on a new role.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2479 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E7

#6 - Solace for Tired Feet


Season 1 - Episode 7

After learning his father has escaped the psychiatric hospital, Kevin orders an APB to track him down. Jill attempts to break an endurance record. Holed up in Indiana, a disillusioned Tom makes an unsettling discovery.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2296 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E3

#7 - Two Boats and a Helicopter


Season 1 - Episode 3

In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, the Rev. Matt Jamison continues to preach his gospel: that many who disappeared in the Departure were sinners and not saints. Matt's campaign is detoured when he learns he may lose the church to foreclosure, forcing him to launch a desperate, last-minute plan to come up with the cash to keep it.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2950 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E3

#8 - Off Ramp


Season 2 - Episode 3

Laurie and Tom Garvey's work to rescue lost souls takes a toll on theirs. Laurie seeks to spread the word about the Guilty Remnant's dangers, while Tom's infiltration of the cult uncovers a whole new nest of problems.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2151 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E8

#9 - Cairo


Season 1 - Episode 8

Kevin fears he's losing touch with reality after finding himself, inexplicably, in a difficult situation involving Patti Levin, a leader of the Guilty Remnant. Meg loses control during another encounter with Matt; Jill confronts Aimee about her relationship with Kevin; Nora stands up to Laurie, and finds her privacy invaded.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2285 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E5

#10 - No Room at the Inn


Season 2 - Episode 5

Rev. Matt Jamison takes his vegetative wife Mary outside of Miracle to seek answers about her condition. But their lives take a dangerous detour when Matt is barred from returning to town. Matt races to get Mary back into Miracle while struggling to keep her safe from desperate tourists who are squatting just outside Miracle's gates.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2126 votes.

The Leftovers - S3E5
#11 - It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World
Season 3 - Episode 5

Convinced it is Kevin’s destiny to be in Miracle for the coming seventh anniversary of the Departure, Matt Jamison impulsively heads to Australia in an effort to bring Kevin home. Unfortunately, God gets in the way.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2225 votes.

The Leftovers - S3E3
#12 - Crazy Whitefella Thinking
Season 3 - Episode 3

With the clock ticking towards the anniversary of the Departure and emboldened by a vision that is either divine prophecy or utter insanity, Kevin Garvey Sr. wanders the Australian Outback in an effort to save the world from apocalypse.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2344 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E4
#13 - Orange Sticker
Season 2 - Episode 4

In the midst of an earthquake, Nora awakens to find Kevin missing and her hopes of safety in their new town dashed. The Murphys are left reeling after Evie's disappearance. Kevin returns home but without his memory of the night before or his cell phone, which would link him to the missing girls. Meanwhile, an old enemy makes her return in an unexpected way.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2091 votes.

The Leftovers - S3E2
#14 - Don't Be Ridiculous
Season 3 - Episode 2

In her official capacity as fraud investigator for the Department of Sudden Departure (D.S.D.), Nora travels to St. Louis to investigate a possible scam that involves convincing the family members of The Departed there’s a way to see their loved ones again.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2332 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E2
#15 - A Matter of Geography
Season 2 - Episode 2

Kevin, Nora, and Jill try to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Mapleton riots but problems from the past keep resurfacing. The new Garvey clan gets a fresh start in the safety of Miracle. Nora makes an impulsive choice, while Kevin gets entangled in the Murphy family's problems.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2253 votes.

The Leftovers - S1E6
#16 - Guest
Season 1 - Episode 6

Nora takes care of some unfinished business in Mapleton before heading to New York for the Second Annual DROP conference (Departure Related Occupations and Practices). Agitated that her ID has been pinched, Nora, wearing a 'Guest' badge, scours the convention for her imposter, and ends up getting detoured by an amorous salesman, a best-selling author, and a rogue attendee.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2438 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E9
#17 - Ten Thirteen
Season 2 - Episode 9

A personal loss and subsequent pilgrimage to Miracle offer clues on why Meg embarked on her path as a Remnant crusader. After a fallout with Laurie, Tom seeks to reunite with Meg.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2128 votes.

The Leftovers - S3E6
#18 - Certified
Season 3 - Episode 6

Laurie Garvey, a former therapist, must become one again as she heads to Australia to help Nora and Kevin along their paths.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2199 votes.

The Leftovers - S3E1
#19 - The Book of Kevin
Season 3 - Episode 1

Three years after Miracle, Texas was overrun by the Guilty Remnant, Kevin Garvey has returned to his role as chief of police. Although he seems to have moved past the incredible events surrounding his "resurrection," the Seventh Anniversary of the Sudden Departure is just two weeks away and many believe another apocalyptic event may come with it.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2590 votes.

The Leftovers - S2E6
#20 - Lens
Season 2 - Episode 6

Some unexpected visitors get under Nora's skin, and she becomes preoccupied with a burning question about herself. Kevin's predicament becomes impossible to ignore. Erika finds an unlikely ally and reveals some haunting secrets.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Leftovers from 2125 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021



A fantastic different show.


Considering the high ratings of some reviewers - I persisted. But a messy plot (albeit with strong sub-stories) combined with the trendy ending that doesn't answer any questions means I won't be investing more time in this series. Disappointing.


Wow, this show is just the pits


The. Best. Show. Ever. Made.


I watched the first season when it aired, and thought it was a muddled mess, but based on the recommendation of friends I gave it another try, and I'm so glad I did. Season 2 the show really starts to find its footing, and pace. Another commenter mentioned the "trendy ending that doesn't answer any questions"; to that I have to say what more questions could you possibly want answered? I thought the "ending was BRILLIANT". [spoiler]The entire show is about the extremes that humans will go to assign meaning to random events. There is no providence, there is no master plan, there is no destiny, and if you believe otherwise, then yes, you WILL be disappointed in this series. In the end this show is about the human mind and how it is so very fragile and so fallible; yet it shapes the world around us, and more importantly _shapes those around us_. We must be careful with sharing our beliefs, because they are contagious, yet in the end my amount to nothing.[/spoiler]


Really good if you don't focus on "What Happened".


words cannot describe how much i love this show, it's perfect in every single way, and it had a fantastic ending


To those on the fence, and those who have given up hope. This show has many lessons for you. It takes patience, but pays in dividends.


Put simply, one of the finest TV shows ever made, up there with _The Wire_ and _Breaking Bad_. The Leftovers is far more than its mystery, it's about its characters and how they react to this new world and the changes brought before them. It's not about delving into ideas of why the event happened, it's about people that were already broken before it, and how disaster brought that into the light. I don't want to get too much into what makes the show great, because that would be spoiling it. You just need to know that if you want to go into _The Leftovers_ hoping to have a _Lost_ style mystery, in the hopes that everything will be revealed in time, then you should probably alter your expectations or watch _Lost_ again. This is about the people, and that's what makes it truly great. _The Leftovers_ will make you laugh, it will make you cry (oh boy, will it make you cry) and it will make you happy that someone even attempted to make a show so bold, ambitious and complete, that you will never forget. It was criminally underwatched when it was airing, but now you can watch the whole thing. Do yourself a favour and watch every minute of this masterpiece.


Best show and best soundtrack ever.

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