The most important event in US narrative television history is taking place this year. After six seasons, the television series Lost is winding up. What makes this so important for narrative TV in the US? It’s the first time a show has been able to structure itself to end on its own terms.
The first two-and-a-half seasons of Lost are good, but they are not compelling viewing. This changed mid-way into season three when the show’s producers were given permission to set their own end date. From that point on, the show developed a tight structure and a purpose-driven narrative. Lost suddenly became great must-see television.