I just binged on The Leftovers and I think it is an incredible piece of television. I know a lot of the reviews are just good, the main criticism being that it doesn’t have well defined arcs. But I think we’re at a point where television, and indeed all storytelling, can choose not to be beholden to plot.
I see a lot of similarity in style between The Leftovers and Enlightened, and I think had enlightened premiered after the leftovers, it would still be around. But at the same time, I don’t think hbo would have picked up the leftovers if it hadn’t taken the risk with enlightened.