- Award Snub: Suffice it to say, fans were not pleased when the highly acclaimed third season recieved only one Emmy nomination.
- Awesome Music: Max Richter's somber and poignant score received critical acclaim. Examples include the title theme, The Departure and its variants and Donna Nobis Pacem.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's a series about people constantly attempting to cope with grief, depression, and existential/spiritual crises, which is not exactly an easy sell for the average audience.
- Growing the Beard: The second season drew better reviews than the first, and the third season drew universal acclaim from critics, boasting a 98 on Metacritic.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The many instances of Male Frontal Nudity. What's Lindelof's next TV gig? Adapting Watchmen, where one of the characters is a walking nude scene, for HBO.
- In the first season, Tommy and Laurie joke that she should get a "Thug Life" tattoo. In the third season, her A Day in the Limelight episode does have a rap song for the theme music.
- This wouldnt be the last time Carrie Coon has to deal with a large part of the population suddenly vanishing.
- Moral Event Horizon: Definitively crossed by Meg in "Ten Thirteen" when she's informed of a man who wandered onto the compound in Miracle and has him stoned to death. She follows this up by unleashing a plot to have all the people hanging around Miracle break in and trash the town, for no apparent reason other than to punish them because she didn't get what she wanted from visiting.
- She may have crossed it earlier in "Off Ramp" when she rapes and nearly kills Tommy.
- Signature Scene: Kevin singing karaoke in the hotel bar.
- Uncanny Valley: Done deliberately to creepily devastating effect. The dolls of the Departed, particularly the ones deposited in Nora's house, with their wide glass eyes.
- The Woobie:
- Matt Jamison. To count off: parents dead in fire, wife rendered a vegetable, his church was foreclosed on due to lacking payments and then sold to the Guilty Remnant, and to top it off he's implied to get attacked somewhat routinely because of his newsletter highlighting the sins of the departed.
- Nora Durst, having lost her husband and both of her children. Their life was hardly perfect, but the level of loss was incredible. The fact that she is able to do something to move forward with her life in contrast with the Guilty Remnant, the majority of whom have surely lost far less, makes her something close to an Iron Woobie.
YMMV / The Leftovers