Lost After 'Lost'? What To Watch When It Ends
Lost After 'Lost'? What To Watch When It Ends
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're now just two months away from the series finale of Lost, which means fans who have dedicated their hearts and souls to this epic series will soon have a very big hole to fill.  The dedication of Lost fans is unparalleled by any other TV series, with viewers becoming deeply invested and noticing every little detail.

Is there anything else that comes close to filling the void that will be left by a world without Lost?  After May 23, as I see it, Lost fans have four possible options.

Watch Fringe

Why Fringe is Lost-Worthy: If you like the parallel universe on Lost, then you'll love it on Fringe.  Despite starting out as a mostly procedural series, Fringe has recently discovered its true place as a great serialized drama.  The stories are interesting, thoughtful, and it's very easy to get lost in the complex backstories and scientific theories.  The show was also already renewed for a third season, meaning it's safe to start getting really obsessed with Fringe.  The best part is that Fringe actually offers answers to some of the questions it raises in a reasonable amount of time.

Why It's Not Lost-Worthy: While Lost has a giant ensemble of characters, Fringe has a much smaller cast, and even series regulars like Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole don't get a whole lot to do, so you really have to like the main characters.

The Lost Connection: Not only is the show from the genius that is J.J. Abrams, but it stars Lance Reddick (Matthew Abaddon).

Watch FlashForward

Why FlashForward is Lost-Worthy
: The basic story of FlashForward is incredibly compelling, and after a very long hiatus, the show returned better than ever by really propelling the story forward.  The mystery and characters are growing, and the science is just confusing enough to allow Lost fans to continue speculating about time travel theories long after Desmond and the Island are gone.

Why It's Not Lost-Worthy
: The ratings have been declining from day one, and there's a certain level of uncertainty about whether the show will come back for another season.

The Lost Connection: The show stars Sonya Walger (Penny) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie).  

Get Ready for Undercover

Why Undercover is Lost-Worthy: This is the new show J.J. Abrams is developing for NBC, and that alone makes it Lost-worthy.  Abrams has an amazing track record when it comes to new shows, so even though it hasn't aired, Lost fans may want to spend the summer getting ready for a new series.

Why It's Not Lost-Worthy
: There's no guarantee that NBC will even pick up the series, and also, since it's NBC, there's no guarantee the network will even know what to do with a quality series.

The Lost Connection: The show comes from J.J. Abrams who is directing the pilot, just like he did with Lost.

Give Up On TV

Why Nothing is Lost-Worthy: Let's be honest, Lost redefined television in a lot of ways.  It turned casual viewers into super fans who scour the Internet looking for every little clue they could find.  The chances of having a show come close to that level of fan involvement is very unlikely, so if you're desperate to find something just like Lost, you probably shouldn't even bother.  Just stay home, watch the complete series of Lost over again, and maybe try to wean yourself off of hardcore TV viewing by watching a procedural or two.  I suggest Bones or Castle.

Why Nothing Isn't Lost-Worthy: Going cold turkey isn't easy, so Lost fans shouldn't just go from a deep involvement in TV to no involvement whatsoever.  The best way to handle this could be to accept that nothing will ever replicate the Lost experience.  After acceptance, you can move on to a healthier relationship with TV.

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