The 6-Season TV series ‘Lost’ wasn’t an astonishingly different one when it released its pilot. A lot of characters, plane crash, seemingly uninhabited island, survival – things don’t seem unusual. And then it begins. The traversals through time, the foresight, bizarre obscure phenomena, varying timelines across decades, “The Others”, Jacob/Man in Black, Dharma Initiative and everything else makes sense only as the series progresses and from the outside, things do seem a little out of the line in the beginning. The ending of the Season 6 finale is another frequently talked about “happenstance” which, I would say, could’ve been stretched to another season or a two, rather than leaving us all flabbergasted.
What makes ‘Lost’ so special that we have been missing it since? To start with, the idea of creating continuity has boggled filmmakers, which ‘Lost’ has clearly defied. There is a certain depth in the each and every episode and the same has been carried forward to the next, which is quite rare in TV shows nowadays. Also, there are a countless number of characters (at least more than 30 regulars as per my count) which is a wee bit difficult to pull off, given the character depths and their relationships that are there to be developed.
To sum up, a TV show similar to ‘Lost’ would have either of stranded people, survivors, time-travel, alternating parallel timelines, clairvoyance, interpersonal animosities, mysterious phenomena, mythological references, unexplained deaths or disappearances, chaotic unorganized groups, uninhabited islands (or towns or cities which are difficult to leave) or spiritual powerful beings. Here, on this list, we bring you a bunch of TV shows which are similar to ‘Lost’ in one or the other way, either with the ensemble cast or the premise or the weird supernatural events. And mind you, this isn’t an exhaustive list but just are our recommendations. You might be able to find a few of these shows like Lost on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
13. Flight 29 Down (2005-2007)
The story of a bunch of teens who were a part of an adventure camp crash land their 15-seater plane on a remote island in the South Pacific. Though not much depth to the story or characters per se, ‘Flight 29 Down’ barely fulfills the criteria of being compared with ‘Lost’, let alone the other ingredients. A watchable 2-season flick if you’re looking forward to a dumbed down version of ‘Lost’.
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