Produced and aired by ABC, Lost is the intertwined past, present and future story of a group of plane crash survivors who land on a mysterious island and slowly try to find their way back home. In 2004 – on the verge of a new social media and streaming dominated era – there had been other popular shows (such as The Sopranos, The X-files and Twin Peaks) but this one in particular – thanks to its combination of subgenres, non-linear timeline and complex characters – became the first real mainstream phenomenon on tv. In 2008 a Wiki fandom section was created in its honor – called Lostpedia, it contains more than 7.380 articles and is divided in sections that explore all its inside elements like ‘Mysteries’, ‘Cultural references’ and ‘Literary techniques’.
Part of this lucky fate is to be found in the show’s Chinese box structure, and has since then influenced many more choral TV shows (Dark, Sense8 and The Leftovers among others), so much so that its creator Damon Lindelof – ten years after the airing of a long debated series finale – was interviewed by Esquire to explain why everyone was still talking about it. “When you talk about something like faith and science on a meta level, it doesn’t matter what the show said. When the show ends there are still all these questions that are going to exist. Is there always a scientific explanation for everything in the natural world? Is there a God? The show isn’t going to be able to answer that.” Lost posits dualist fundamental questions about good and evil, presence and absence, life and death, rationality and impulse and reveals different sides of mankind in a both complex and relatable way – granting the show a n.8 position on the top 100 Shows of all time list made by IGN, and making it a very successful example of philosophical entertainment.