Flashback: ‘Lost’ Premiered Ten Years Ago [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Flashback: ‘Lost’ Premiered Ten Years Ago [WATCH VIDEO]

In September of 2004, exactly ten years ago, “Lost” premiered on ABC. It was considered as a groundbreaking television series, captivating not only viewers in the United States, but all over the world. Read on as we remember “Lost” and why it became one of the most important shows ever made.

The budget alone for the pilot episode of “Lost” was reportedly stratospheric, making the show one of the most expensive, according to The Richest.  Set in Hawaii, the plot followed a group of people who crash landed in an unknown island. Season after season, the survivors tried to deal with the mysteries of their surroundings, as well as the circumstances that lead them to where they are.


The show was not initially meant to become a sci-fi series. But as it progressed after the first season, its mysteries and mythology made “Lost” so dense that it truly became intriguing. The one thing that piqued viewers’ interest of the series was in its presentation of the flashbacks and flash forwards, giving each character a story that ties them to the other characters. The format of “Lost” was one that appeared to be impossible to do on television, and a network presentation at that, but the show worked at it so well it became such a critically acclaimed and award-winning series.

“Lost” ran for six seasons. It became so big and so complex, which is perhaps partly why its conclusion became quite controversial. But despite the controversy, the show did raise the bar for storytelling on the small screen. It will be awhile before another captivating show like “Lost” would come to television.

Where Are They Now: The Stars of “Lost”

  • Matthew Fox was originally supposed to be killed in the pilot episode, but his character became central to the story. These days, Fox is doing movies and hasn’t gone back to television since “Lost” ended.
  • Evangeline Lilly also concentrated on movies when the show ended. She was in the “The Hobbit” and will be part of “Ant-Man,” which will come to theaters in 2015.
  • Josh Holloway did “Intelligence” for CBS last season.
  • Jorge Garcia was in the short-lived series “Alcatraz.” Last season, he became part of “Hawaii Five O” on CBS.
  • Naveen Andrews was in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” last season too. The show was cancelled by ABC in 2013.
  • Terry O’Quinn remained active on television, appearing in “Hawaii Five-O” and starring in shows like “666 Park Avenue” and “Gang Related.” He was also in “Falling Skies.”
  • Daniel Dae Kim loved staying in Hawaii so much that after “Lost,” he immediately jumped to another series, “Hawaii Five-O” where he is a regular.
  • Yunjim Kim is on “Mistresses,” which runs during the summer.
  • Emilie De Ravin is Belle on “Once Upon a Time.”
  • Michael Emerson, one of the greatest villains on television  because of “Lost,” is currently in “Person of Interest.”
  • Henry Ian Cusick was on the first season of “Scandal” and was part of “The 100.”
  • Dominic Monaghan has a documentary show “Wild Things” on BBC America.
  • Harold Perrineau can be currently seen in “Z Nation” and “Constantine” this fall.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell was on “Revolution” and will soon be seen in the latest season of “Once Upon a Time.”
  • Ken Leung is part of the summer series “The Night Shift.”

Were you a fan of the series? What was your most memorable episode or scene? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Check out the video from one of “Lost” best episodes, “The Constant.” For more television news, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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