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The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan) and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. The pilot was written by Lindelof and Perrotta, and directed by Peter Berg. The series stars Justin Theroux (The District, Six Feet Under, Parks and Recreation), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy, Private Practice), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka (10 Things I Hate About You, The Secret Circle), Margaret Qualley, Ann Dowd (Nothing Sacred, Olive Kitteridge, Masters of Sex) and Carrie Coon. It premiered on HBO on June 29, 2014.
The Leftovers takes place three years after a global event in which many people disappeared, known as the “Sudden Departure”, which caused the unexplainable disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world’s population. The story focuses primarily on the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey is the Chief of Police. His wife, Laurie, has joined a cult called the “Guilty Remnant”. Their son, Tommy, has left home for college while their daughter, Jill, is acting out.