The show, based on a book by Tom Perrotta (one of my favorite authors), was developed for television by Damon Lindelof, of Lost fame. It takes place in a world where an unexplained “Departure” has seen 2% of the world’s population disappear without explanation. Think of the Biblical Rapture, but affecting people of all faiths (and no faith).
We entered the new Golden Era of television about a decade ago, with The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad widely considered the standard bearers for the medium. Over the past five years, the number of well-reviewed TV shows has increased exponentially, to the point where it is essentially impossible to watch every show worth watching.
The popular term for this state of affairs is “peak TV.” There are now more television series on the air (or streaming) than there are days in the year. And here’s the crazy thing: a shocking number of them are absolutely worth watching. For every Real Housewives of Wherever, there’s a Master of None.