Series that get you from point A to point B don’t take much more thinking effort on your part than choosing what frozen pizza to buy and that’s perfectly fine but sometimes you want to ponder, curse and lust for the next episode of a show. Throw off the parking brake on your brain and try out the higher gears when you shove more exotic mental food into it from these six shows like “Lost” that will leave you confused after every episode.


A show that rewards the attention and discipline of its audience is exactly like “Lost” regardless of how you felt about that show’s finale. “Rubicon” revels in the humanity of its conspiracies with no need or want to delve into anything more horrendous or powerful than the human mind. This show builds slowly as it allows you to decide who to distrust and who to put your faith behind with little forks in the road that make you soldier on or reevaluate your choices. Little deceptions become big lies in “The Outsider” as the story starts to take on a faster pace, alerting you to the private fears of certain employees of API.


In the absence of a hero to root for, you want a truly evil villain to root against, yet all “Ringer” tosses up is lukewarm evil that never seems to generate enough personality to exist without being propped up with a few 2 x 4’s. From the bizarre need to fill every episode with tension, whether warranted or not, to the thin premise that struggles to hold the season together this show will leave you confused, frustrated and uttering prayers to Joss Whedon to come rescue Sarah Michelle Gellar. The cast acts in extremes constantly which is off putting but what you need to watch is the first episode “Pilot” where the terrible CGI around the boat disappearance sets up the apathetic tone of the show’s future as tosses twist after nonsensical twist in a sad attempt to keep your attention. Yes they didn’t even bother to do some revisionist history and give the pilot a title, not that they’re unique in that idea.

“The Wieners Circle”.  

With spurts of anger, bile and general antagonism, “The Wieners Circle” seems to be an anomaly of a show that would burn out quickly, yet it’s everywhere, as ubiquitous as boils in England during the time of the bubonic plague. It resembles “Lost” in the deep seeded mystery that suggests a dark, malevolent force at work behind the scenes. Watch the armpit contest episode and believe that there is a smoke monster motivating the workers because if this is just their normal reality then Nero is warming up his fiddle to watch this Rome burn.


Although starting out as a fairy tale monster of the week type of show, “Grimm” has chugged along building a strong undercurrent of mystery and conspiracy. The cast plays well with each other and the show has allowed even supporting characters such as Sergeant Wu, to draw breath and get nicely fleshed out. With an fairy tale illuminati as well as monsters that can hide from the Grimm’s perception, this show is downright as intriguing as “Lost” before it snuggled up to Heaven and purgatory in that final season. “Three Coins in a Fuchsbau” adds in that element of supernatural objects as well as beings having an effect on our world and is a fun watch.


Not a huge stretch to be like “Lost” with J.J. Abrams overlooking it and Jorge Garcia front and center, but the hidden agenda behind the disappeared guards and prisoners as well as the mysterious keys put it solidly in the fun and confusing genre. “Tommy Madsen” is a great episode where you expect the reunion to be a bit of a cliché and not the brutal event it becomes.