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The Best Episodes of The Leftovers

Every episode of The Leftovers ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Leftovers!

When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:HBO

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The best episode of "The Leftovers" is "International Assassin", rated 9.6/10 from 9750 user votes. It was directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof. "International Assassin" aired on 11/22/2015 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "I Live Here Now".

  • International Assassin
    9.6/10 9,750 votes

    #1 - International Assassin

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-22

    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.

    Director: Craig Zobel

    Writer: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof

  • I Live Here Now
    9.5/10 8,732 votes

    #2 - I Live Here Now

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-12-06

    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. Season Two Finale.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • The Book of Nora
    9.5/10 8,404 votes

    #3 - The Book of Nora

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-06-04

    Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. And then it ends. Series Finale.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Spezialy, Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • The Prodigal Son Returns
    9.3/10 7,087 votes

    #4 - The Prodigal Son Returns

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-09-07

    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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • A Most Powerful Adversary
    9.3/10 6,299 votes

    #5 - A Most Powerful Adversary

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-11-15

    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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Patrick Somerville, Damon Lindelof

  • The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)
    9.3/10 6,546 votes

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

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-05-28

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

    Director: Craig Zobel

    Writer: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof

  • G'Day Melbourne
    9.2/10 5,524 votes

    #7 - G'Day Melbourne

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-05-07

    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.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Tamara P. Carter, Damon Lindelof, Haley Harris

  • The Garveys at Their Best
    9.1/10 6,394 votes

    #8 - The Garveys at Their Best

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-08-24

    Kevin tries to suppress his bad habits while tracking down a marauding deer in Mapleton. Laurie receives 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.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Kath Lingenfelter, Damon Lindelof

  • Lens
    9.0/10 5,181 votes

    #9 - Lens

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-11-08

    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.

    Director: Craig Zobel

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • Certified
    9.0/10 4,914 votes

    #10 - Certified

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-05-21

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

    Director: Carl Franklin

    Writer: Carly Wray, Patrick Somerville

  • No Room at the Inn
    8.9/10 5,518 votes

    #11 - No Room at the Inn

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-11-01

    Rev. Matt Jamison takes his vegetative wife, Mary, outside Miracle to seek answers about her condition, but their lives take a dangerous detour when he is barred from returning to town. Racing to get her back into Miracle, he struggles to keep Mary safe from desperate tourists squatting just outside the town’s gates.

    Director: Nicole Kassell

    Writer: Jacqueline Hoyt, Damon Lindelof

  • Two Boats and a Helicopter
    8.8/10 6,868 votes

    #12 - Two Boats and a Helicopter

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-07-13

    In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, Reverend 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.

    Director: Keith Gordon

    Writer: Jacqueline Hoyt, Damon Lindelof

  • Guest
    8.8/10 5,796 votes

    #13 - Guest

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-08-03

    Nora goes to New York for the second annual Departure Related Occupations and Practices (DROP) conference, but discovers that someone else has her ID badge, so she searches the convention as a "Guest," and has encounters with a salesman, an author and a rogue attendee.

    Director: Carl Franklin

    Writer: Kath Lingenfelter, Damon Lindelof

  • The Book of Kevin
    8.8/10 5,276 votes

    #14 - The Book of Kevin

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-04-16

    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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Patrick Somerville, Damon Lindelof

  • It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World
    8.8/10 4,895 votes

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

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-05-14

    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.

    Director: Nicole Kassell

    Writer: Lila Pyock, Damon Lindelof

  • Cairo
    8.7/10 5,347 votes

    #16 - Cairo

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-08-17

    Kevin fears he’s losing touch with reality after inexplicably finding himself 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.

    Director: Michelle MacLaren

    Writer: Curtis Gwinn, Carlito Rodriguez

  • A Matter of Geography
    8.7/10 5,067 votes

    #17 - A Matter of Geography

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-10-11

    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 finds a fresh start in the safety of Miracle. Nora makes an impulsive choice, while Kevin gets entangled in the Murphy family’s problems.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • Don't Be Ridiculous
    8.7/10 4,653 votes

    #18 - Don't Be Ridiculous

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-04-23

    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.

    Director: Keith Gordon

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • Orange Sticker
    8.6/10 4,712 votes

    #19 - Orange Sticker

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-10-25

    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.

    Director: Tom Shankland

    Writer: Tom Spezialy, Damon Lindelof

  • Ten Thirteen
    8.5/10 4,815 votes

    #20 - Ten Thirteen

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-11-29

    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.

    Director: Keith Gordon

    Writer: Monica Beletsky, Damon Lindelof

  • Crazy Whitefella Thinking
    8.5/10 4,900 votes

    #21 - Crazy Whitefella Thinking

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-04-30

    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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Spezialy, Damon Lindelof

  • Off Ramp
    8.4/10 4,872 votes

    #22 - Off Ramp

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-10-18

    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.

    Director: Carl Franklin

    Writer: Patrick Somerville, Damon Lindelof

  • Axis Mundi
    8.3/10 5,345 votes

    #23 - Axis Mundi

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-10-04

    Jarden, Texas was renamed “Miracle” after it was discovered that no one had departed. The town has since become a magnet for tourists and people who are convinced it is special and can keep them safe. Among the local families is the Murphys: the father, John, the mother, Erika, and their twins, Evie and Michael. While trying to protect his town from frauds and charlatans, John gets an ominous warning from a man who claims to have psychic powers. Soon afterwards, Kevin Garvey, Nora Durst and Jill Garvey show up in Miracle. This newly formed “family” left Mapleton to start over, but Kevin cannot seem to escape his past. The Murphy family and Kevin subsequently experience a mysterious event that will that change their lives forever.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Jacqueline Hoyt, Damon Lindelof

  • Gladys
    8.2/10 5,105 votes

    #24 - Gladys

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-07-27

    Laurie’s resolve is put to the test in the wake of a brutal hate crime. After his latest initiatives to maintain the 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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof

  • Solace for Tired Feet
    8.0/10 4,831 votes

    #25 - Solace for Tired Feet

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-08-10

    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.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Jacqueline Hoyt, Damon Lindelof