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Noughties Drama Series

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These shows were all the rage in their era. They typically have a punchy, easily-remembered title with only one or two words, like "Show" or "The Place". They are heavily character-driven, and each episode reveals only a little more of the overall plot. In many respects, they harken back to the style of classic Television Serials like the old Doctor Who, but Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier, and usually with a generous helping of Mind Screw.


Expect a lot of flashbacks and shocking plot-twists, with most characters being connected in a way which they don't initially realize. Fans of these shows will go over each episode with a fine-toothed comb, forming their own outlandish theories and predictions. However, don't expect the creator to clearly resolve the show's Myth Arc — In fact, there's a chance that they're making it all up as they go along, giving these shows a reputation for Kudzu Plots and clumsy endings.

Lost is the Trope Codifier and inspired many imitators, though other shows of its kind came before, including The X-Files, Babylon 5 and Alias.

See also Ontological Mystery.