"if Mr. Noah’s debut was largely successful, it was also because of the operating system — the show’s writing — running under the surface. This first outing was about proving that he could run the software without crashing."
"Thank god for Oscar the Grouch. He belongs to another time; no pedagogical theory would propose him now, no earnest producer could pitch him. He is unprettiable, irredeemable, hanging on to his battered garbage can like the last rent-controlled tenant in a fancy co-op building."
"'The Leftovers' is about absence, about the human response to suffering and knowing that no explanation is forthcoming... In its willingness to sit with these questions, it makes a strong case for being the most spiritual drama on television."