Lost 是一部美国神秘冒险悬疑主题的系列电视剧，它讲述的是坠机的幸存者在一个神秘的热带小岛上的生活，以及他们在过去和未来的一些经历。在那里，在他们试图生存、努力获取营救的时候，他们遇到了未知的怪物, 野猪, 一个神秘的人群 原住民, 陌生的彼此，还有北极熊。Lost获得成功的重要原因是它的 全体演员, 神秘的情节, 和 闪回 ，即关于人物过去生活的一些神秘故事。本剧由 Jeffrey Lieber、J.J. Abrams 和 Damon Lindelof创作, 由 Bad Robot Productions出品, 全剧在夏威夷拍摄，由当地出品公司Grass Skirt Productions生产制作。 放映由Touchstone Television制作， 并在美国的ABC网络上进行了宣传。它的 音乐制作 由 Michael Giacchino完成。 Lost 出名的另一个原因是由于它打破传统的、创新性的市场运作，包括2006年世界范围的alternate reality game (ARG) ，它被称为 Lost 经验.
Lloyd Braun 被认为是最早创造出Lost概念的人。当时 (2003年) Braun 是ABC的主席。最初考虑叫作 "The Circle", 没人记得他是怎么想出 Lost这个故事的, 他为这个想法而着迷。但是看起来他是唯一一个有这个想法的人。由于对这个想法的执着，（这个故事后来被描述成“飞机坠落在小岛上”）, Braun找到了 J.J. Abrams. Abrams 在那时正在忙着 Alias, 没时间做 The Catch (他做的一个节目秀)和开始一个新系列 ，特别是那时 Lost 还是一个很难进行下去的想法。甚至在 Lost开始放映之前, 周围几乎都是一片批评的声音。后来，当 Lost 被获准之后, Michael Eisner ( Walt Disney 公司的主席和首席执行官)说: "这是一个疯狂的想法，永远不可能实现 。" . Lost最初设想为 "漂流者: 系列" 。放映的名称被建议叫作 Nowhere（无处）. 
Matthew Fox, Dominic Monaghan, Jorge Garcia 和 Josh Holloway 试镜了Sawyer这个角色。最终， Holloway 得到了这个角色，但由于他们的试镜表演，更多的人物角色被创造出来 。制片人为Monaghan创造了Charlie 这个角色，Fox 得到了Jack这个角色, Garcia得到了Hurley这个角色, 他们成为了这个片子的第一批角色。[source needed] 开始, the executives saw Sawyer as a suit-wearing con man, but after the audition, they molded his part to suit Holloway's southern accent and the "edge" that he brought to the character.
Originally, the characters of Sayid and Sun were not in the script. Despite Yunjin Kim failing to land the role of Kate, they liked her nonetheless, and decided to write a role especially for her: Sun, the optimistic but put-upon wife of a Korean businessman, Jin. Later, Daniel Dae Kim was cast to play the part of Jin as a counterpart to Sun. Also, the producers saw that Naveen Andrews's work would be perfect for the role of Sayid.
There have been numerous changes to the creative writing staff behind the storyline of Lost from the beginning to the present. Paul Dini has been with Lost since its inception, and was present at the Season 1 preview screening at Comic-Con 2004. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis joined the writing group midway through the first season. Javier Grillo-Marxuach no longer writes for Lost, although he wrote for and participated in The Lost Experience. Jeph Loeb joined as co-executive producer in Season 2. Drew Goddard and Brian K. Vaughan also joined the writing staff during Season 3. Many of the writers are also known for their work in the television as well as the comics industry.
The FX department, originally based in California, was later moved to Hawaii. The Hawaii offices of Grass Skirt Productions moved from Dole Cannery Offices to the Hawaii state-operated Hawaii Film Studio. At this time the primary sound stage in the former Xerox Hawaii building near Dole Cannery, which included the set for the caves, also moved to the Hawaii Film Studio where the sets for the Swan and Hydra station interiors were created.  . The other location settings are, with a handful of exceptions, located exclusively the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  The exceptions include the airplane interior of the Pilot, and the underwater scenes in "", filmed in southern California near Hollywood, and the polar bear cave, filmed on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Jack Bender is an executive producer, and along with Jean Higgins comprises the top ranking staff members residing in Hawaii with the film crew, although Carlton Cuse, the "show runner" for Lost, frequently travels from California to be with the crew. Bender thus naturally serves as the primary resident director for episodes, although Lost also uses a wide range of guest directors.
Lost has been notable as a television program that has been heavily integrated with a multifaceted interaction with viewers, many of which have been industry firsts. These have included a significant use of the internet, including an ARG (The Lost Experience,Find 815), mobisodes, official podcasts, official forums, episodes made available for viewing on iPod, episodes viewable online at ABC's official site, and tacit support of fan sites. Lost has also been notable for combining all of these approaches to achieve what some have described as "viral" or "meme" status.[source needed]
Lost (along with Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy among others) is often credited with helping to "revive" ABC in its maiden 2004-05 season. Prior to that, ABC had been falling behind other networks with unpopular derivative shows and low ratings. Thanks to Lost and other new shows of that season, ABC was revived as one of the stronger networks and has remained so since. The success of Lost also spawned subsequent attempts at various networks at serial dramas with continuous storylines [source needed], especially those with flashbacks and an element of mystery, such as ABC's own The Nineand Daybreak (both canceled), even though serial dramas tend to be less popular, and therefore less profitable, in syndication.
See also: Criticism of Lost#Scheduling
ABC aired the first season of Lost (2004–2005) on Wednesdays at 8/7c, and moved the second season (2005–2006) one hour later to 9/8c. Both seasons started in the fall and ended in the spring, with multiple breaks in which repeats were shown. For Season 3 (2006–2007), in an effort to maximize the amount of straight-run episodes, ABC divided the season into two "mini-seasons": a 6-episode pod in the fall and a 16-episode pod in the spring. For the second "mini-season", due in part to avoiding Fox's American Idol, Lost was moved to a new time slot of 10/9c on Wednesdays. Viewership dropped to its lowest levels, although it is unclear if that was due more to the time slot, hiatus, or viewer interest in the actual storyline of Season 3. However, Nielsen reported that Lost was the top time shifted show from January 01, 2007–November 18, 2007, meaning that it benefited the most from DVR playback at a date later than the broadcast.  For Season 4, Lost was moved to Thursdays at 9/8c, starting on January 31, 2008, a change brought on by the effects of the writers' strike on the network's lineup. The straight-run format was kept, but reduced episodes meant that a fall start date and mid-season break were no longer necessary.
Lost is also available for viewing the next day in full episodes on the ABC webpage. Since the second "mini-season" of Season 3, ABC started showing Lost back-stories, of which four new mini-episodes are available on the website at the time of a new episode. Averaging around four and a half minutes long, these mini-episodes portray part of a character's life before the crash, in chronological order.
Lost can be seen on two (sometimes three) different networks in Canada. The first, (CTV) network is aired in English. The second, (SRC) network is dubbed in French. The CTV network shows Lost at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesdays. SRC (Société Radio-Canada) network shows Lost (under the name Perdus) dubbed in French. It is also shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm ET. But also airs again on Saturdays at 10:30 pm ET.
Canadian broadcasts on the CTV Network have been concurrent with US broadcast, while on the SRC they are a little more than a half a season behind. With Season 3's post-hiatus later time slot change in the US, Canadian viewers actually have seen Lost first before the American viewers: the east coast Canadian broadcast has in fact been two hours, and in some weeks three hours, ahead of the east coast US broadcast.
Most Canadian cable and satellite providers also carry major ABC affiliates, usually from Seattle and Detroit.
The first two seasons of Lost were seen on Channel 4. Before Season 3 began broadcast in the US, Sky One bought the rights to air Seasons 3 and 4. Recently, Virgin Media and Sky have disagreed over the price of the Sky TV channels. Virgin Media no longer carry Sky One, making the Sky Digital platform the only way to watch Lost on broadcast TV in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media have secured the rights to on-demand broadcasts of Seasons 1 - 3 of Lost, from August 2007. 
UK broadcasts of Lost originally began Season 1 eleven months later than in the US, but caught up by broadcasting Season 2 just two months after the end of the Season 1 broadcast. As of Season 3, the episode broadcast in the UK is just four days behind US airing.
Lost is aired in Ireland by free-to-air station RTE 2 and on a number of subscription packages by Sky One. RTE 2 was one of the first European stations to air Lost and began nine months after the first US airing, though began catching up during the first season by airing two episodes in one night on a number of occasions. At the moment, Lost retains its Monday night slot on RTE, which means it airs its episodes five days after ABC, and only one after Sky One. It's current time-slot is 10:05 pm.
Since Sky One's acquisition of rights to air on a Sunday night, a considerable drop in ratings for RTE 2 has been witnessed.
In Australia, Lost has always been aired by free-to-air station Channel 7. It has always aired at Thursdays 8:30 pm. Australia is usually about six episodes behind the United States, but as of mid-Season 3, is nine episodes behind, which was due to a two-week hiatus over the Easter break. Beggining with season 4, Lost will are on Network Seven a number of days behind USA.
The Lost Experience and countries involved
Australia's Channel 7 and the United Kingdom's Channel 4 also played an integral part in The Lost Experience (TLE), along with the United States' ABC, with official bloggers being assigned to each: The Lost Ninja was based in Australia with Channel 7, and The Other Girl was based in the UK with Channel 4, and rounded a trio with Speaker, the US TLE blogger working for ABC. Glyphs and clues in these official blogs and "live" events were found in all three countries during the course of the game.
- See also voice actors
Lost is broadcast in a number of countries, and their airdates vary from being almost concurrent with the US broadcasts, such as Sweden which is generally only one episode behind, to still beginning to broadcast the first season, as in Japan. Some countries dub their broadcasts with voice actors, while others use the English audio with subtitling.
Up until recently, it was uncertain exactly where Lost was headed. There were rumors about further seasons, and even feature films. However, on May 7, 2007, ABC revealed that Lost was to continue for a further three seasons, with each of these three seasons being condensed into 16 episodes. They were to be aired back-to-back with no gaps, starting in February and ending in May. Thus, at the present time, Lost is expected to end in May 2010, after 117 episodes. 
Lost has become a widespread hit around the world, and with this has brought a community of dedicated fans who analyze every single aspect of the show, included planted Easter eggs. The producers seem very aware of their fanbase, and indeed the inclusion of these Easter eggs is to enhance one's enjoyment of the show.