Cinematic Influences on Lost

atkins-bookshelf-moviesTelevision may never see a show like Lost again. The critically-acclaimed series, produced by J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Carlton Cuse for ABC, first premiered on September 22, 2004. Over 121 episodes, more than 11 million fans, known as Losties or Lostaways, came to love or hate the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 as well as the island’s inhabitants — human, animal, and supernatural. In the end, the show defied a simple label — it was an exotic blend of adventure, science fiction, supernatural, horror, mystery, and drama. 

And as many critics, fans, and students of the series have all noted, the writers of Lost consistently paid homage to the show’s many influences — literature, television, cinema, music, and pop culture. In several interviews, the producers of the show acknowledged that the novels of Steven King, particularly The Stand, were the greatest influence on the show. Here are some of the key cinematic and television influences on the ABC series Lost:

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (Fox TV series)

Alias (ABC TV series)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly (WB TV series)

Castaway (film)

Crossing Jordan (NBC TV series)

Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno (films)

Forbidden Planet (film based on novel)

Fringe (Fox TV series)

Gilligan’s Island (CBS TV series)

Jurassic Park (film)

The Langoliers (ABC TV miniseries based on novella)

Lost Horizon (film based on novel)

Nash Bridges (CBS TV series)

The Prisoner (British TV series)

Solaris (film)

The Stand (TV series based on the novel)

Survivor (CBS reality show)

To Kill A Mocking Bird (film based on novel)

The Twilight Zone (CBS TV series, 1958; revived in 1985 and 1994)

Twin Peaks (ABC TV series)

The Wizard of Oz (Film based on novel)

The X-Files (Fox TV series)

Read related posts: The Literary Works Referenced in Lost
Who are the Most Influential Characters in Literature?
Most Influential People That Never Lived

For further reading: Lost’s Buried Treasures by Lynnette Porter, David Lavery, and Hillary Robson (2009)

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