A six-episode retrospective on the TV show Lost hosted by SYFY WIRE's Senior Producer, Tara Bennett, and renowned TV critic, Maureen Ryan. Fifteen-years ago, Lost changed the television landscape and its impact is still influencing what we watch today. For this podcast series, we're not recapping episodes. Instead, we're exploring how Lost impacted high-concept, serialized storytelling, opened the door for shorter U.S. seasons, created a transmedia landscape that fed water-cooler TV, ushered in a new era of fan engagement, and went on to populate the next generation of showrunners and landmark television series.
Hosts Tara Bennett and Maureen Ryan kick off the limited series with their first guest, Melanie McFarland, TV Critic for Salon.com, to discuss "How Lost Changed TV". Together, they cover their first impressions of Lost and the unique elements of the series: its structure, serialized elements, genre elements, shorter TV seasons now because Lost negotiated its ending, the development of flagship showrunners, the advent of spoiler culture and fandom culture outside of niche shows, the tip up of toxic fan culture, the controversy of the ending, and shows inspired by Lost.