Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse stand in front of posters for Alias and Lost in the Los Angeles production offices of ABC on the Disney lot (Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD) extra featurette "Lost in a Day")

Alias was a television series that shares a number of overlaps with Lost, both in storyline as well as cast and crew as J.J. Abrams helped create both shows.

Warning: This page contains numerous spoilers for Alias.

Shared crew

Shared cast

Terry O'Quinn as FBI Asst. Director Kendall

Shared character names

Note: Sydney is the protagonist of Alias.

  • Sydney's father was Jack.
  • Sydney's half-sister was Nadia.
  • Sydney's lover was Michael.
  • Fellow agents included Tom and Rachel.
  • Francie's lover in season one was called Charlie (also, his surname was Bernard).
  • Emily is the wife of the evil boss Arvin Sloane.
  • Arron was the little boy kidnapped by Sark
  • Danny was Sydney's fiancee
  • Sayid was the man the Bristows met in Iraq
  • Clementine was the first name Sydney suggested for her baby.

Shared episode names

  • "So It Begins" is the title of the second episode of Alias's first season; and also the title of the thirteenth Lost mobisode.
  • "S.O.S." is the title of the 10th episode of Alias' final season, as well as the title of the nineteenth episode of Lost's second season.

Shared phrases

  • The name of the protagonist of Alias is also Sydney.
  • The phrase Snowman is used by the Dharma Initiative, while the 19th episode of Alias's season one is entitled "Snowman".

Shared music

Shared sets

  • The Swan Orientation film was shot on the APO set from seasons 4 and 5 of Alias in Burbank by the Alias crew. [1] [2]
  • The plane used in Alias season 3 episode 15 is the same set used in the Pilot of Lost

Alias's allusions to Lost



  • Nikki's show Expose bears several resemblances to Alias. Both have one word titles with 3 syllables. Nikki is posing as an undercover stripper and ultimately learns that the person she is working for is the villain she has been trying to uncover. Sydney frequently went undercover in a wide range of disguises, many of them sexy, and likewise learned that her boss Arvin Sloane was evil.


  • A recurring theme in Alias is the number 47, much like the Numbers in Lost.


  • In the last season of Alias, a pregnant Sydney is kidnapped and finds herself in an operating room. In Lost, Claire has had an almost identical experience.

Parent issues

Season finales

  • The Season 1 finale of Alias and the Season 3 finale of Lost featured similar situations. In both instances, a leading man (Charlie in Lost and Vaughn in Alias) is confined to an area that is flooding. Both men look through a glass window to a person who is watching from the other side who is in considerably less danger (Sydney in Alias and Desmond in Lost). In both cases, the onlookers try to smash the glass window with a nearby fire extinguisher and fail to do so.
  • In the series finale of Alias, Tom Grace uses a cylinder of liquid nitrogen to delay the explosion of a big pile of C4 in exactly the same way that Michael does in the Season 4 finale of Lost.

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