The BEST Episodes of The Leftovers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Network: HBO

Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from New York struggle to continue their lives, while they cope with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

I Live Here Now

#1 - I Live Here Now

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2015

Kevin comes clean to a skeptical John about his connection to Evie's disappearance, as Miracle faces an unexpected threat on the fourth anniversary of The Departure.

star 8.54
2,717 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
The Book of Nora

#2 - The Book of Nora

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 4, 2017

Convinced that she'll be reunited with her children, Nora decides to use the machine - at what cost?

star 8.44
2,635 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Tom Spezialy
International Assassin

#3 - International Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2015

In the wake of Kevin's desperate decision to vanquish Patti, questions and answers emerge as the world adjusts to the repercussions of what comes next.

star 8.34
2,656 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Nick Cuse
G'Day Melbourne

#4 - G'Day Melbourne

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 7, 2017

Kevin and Nora travel to Australia, where she continues to track down the masterminds of an elaborate con, while he catches a glimpse of an unexpected face from the past, forcing him to confront the traumatic events of three years earlier.

star 8.28
2,832 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Damon Lindelof
A Most Powerful Adversary

#5 - A Most Powerful Adversary

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2015

Nora gives Kevin and Jill news they weren't expecting. Laurie makes a rash decision that affects the Garveys. Kevin deals with the fallout of Nora's news, and explores his options re: tackling his Patti problem head-on.

star 8.26
2,554 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Patrick Somerville
The Prodigal Son Returns

#6 - The Prodigal Son Returns

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 7, 2014

An unexpected ally helps Kevin get out of a jam near the town of Cairo. Meanwhile, an elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunges the town of Mapleton into chaos. Holy Wayne grants a final wish; Tom copes with his new reality; Nora makes a life-changing decision.

star 8.24
3,005 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)

#7 - The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 28, 2017

On a mission of mercy, Kevin assumes an alternate identity.

star 8.22
2,571 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Nick Cuse
The Book of Kevin

#8 - The Book of Kevin

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 16, 2017

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.

star 8.15
3,130 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Patrick Somerville
Certified

#9 - Certified

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 21, 2017

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

star 8.14
2,657 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Carly Wray, Patrick Somerville
Lens

#10 - Lens

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2015

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.

star 8.11
2,557 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
The Garveys at Their Best

#11 - The Garveys at Their Best

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 24, 2014

Kevin tries to suppress his bad habits while tracking down a marauding deer in Mapleton. Laurie receives some not-unexpected news amidst a rising sense of foreboding. Tom connects with his past, against his better judgment. Nora has a job interview; Kevin Senior receives an honor.

star 8.08
3,163 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Kath Lingenfelter
Crazy Whitefella Thinking

#12 - Crazy Whitefella Thinking

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 30, 2017

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.

star 8.04
2,860 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Spezialy
It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World

#13 - It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 14, 2017

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.

star 8.03
2,683 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Lila Byock
Don't Be Ridiculous

#14 - Don't Be Ridiculous

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 23, 2017

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.

star 8.03
2,872 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
Ten Thirteen

#15 - Ten Thirteen

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2015

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.

star 8.01
2,530 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Monica Beletsky
A Matter of Geography

#16 - A Matter of Geography

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2015

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.

star 7.97
2,688 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
Orange Sticker

#17 - Orange Sticker

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2015

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.

star 7.97
2,497 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Spezialy
Off Ramp

#18 - Off Ramp

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2015

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.

star 7.87
2,614 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Patrick Somerville
Guest

#19 - Guest

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 3, 2014

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.

star 7.87
3,230 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Kath Lingenfelter
No Room at the Inn

#20 - No Room at the Inn

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2015

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.

star 7.84
2,528 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jacqueline Hoyt
Cairo

#21 - Cairo

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 17, 2014

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.

star 7.83
3,079 votes
Writers: Carlito Rodriguez, Curtis Gwinn
Axis Mundi

#22 - Axis Mundi

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2015

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.

star 7.67
2,981 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jacqueline Hoyt
Two Boats and a Helicopter

#23 - Two Boats and a Helicopter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 13, 2014

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.

star 7.66
3,849 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jacqueline Hoyt
Solace for Tired Feet

#24 - Solace for Tired Feet

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 10, 2014

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.

star 7.66
3,037 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Jacqueline Hoyt
Gladys

#25 - Gladys

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

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.

star 7.55
3,292 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta