‘The Leftovers’ is ‘bleak’ and ‘weird’ — but also ‘deeply affecting’

The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, stars   Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, and   Margaret Qualley, among others. “I don’t know if I could live in this   Leftovers world; there’s so much anxiety and stress within this.”
Catch the full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at   PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. In fact, “You don’t want to watch this right before you go to bed,” says   BingeWorthy cohost   Touré. The series focuses on a family and their town two years after 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. “All you heard after season 2, was like, ‘This is the greatest show, and it’s so moving, and it’s so profound and deeply affecting,’” she said. “[It’s] just disturbing, it’s unsettling,” he said. While   Touré admitted   to being a fan of   “the story of how a cataclysmic global event has this lasting impact on them   and disruptively changes society,” he said the show is a bit too “weird” and “heavy” for his liking. His cohost, Jessica Shaw—a recent Leftovers convert—admitted that she initially gave up following the first season because “it was so depressing, and it was so bleak.” But that changed when it came to the intense second season, which moved the series from New York to a mysterious town in Texas. HBO’s   The Leftovers, which frequently alludes to the Bible’s apocalyptic passages, isn’t exactly light viewing. The series is currently in its third season, and while Shaw agreed with Touré that she “wouldn’t want every show I watch to be like that,” she’s now “mid-binge” and “loving it.”

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