Lost, its just as good at drama as it is at sci fi. Granted its corny and lately its been cliche and run out character development ideas but its still the most complex, multilayered, politically subversive, rewarding and intellectually involving narrative in the history of television.
Please tell me you're joking. Lost is a lot of fun and I enjoy the show (and yes, there is fan service, loads of it), but let's not confuse complexity with depth.
Lost has a redicolous amount of depth.
Not intellectual depth, it doesn't. Lost has complexity and convoluted plotlines in spades but it's not some highbrow piece of art. It's pulp. Not that different than a lot of anime in that regard, really. Tons of characters running around doing wacky shit, exploring various themes (mostly superficially and ineffectually), and complex character relationships (many times, unnecessarily so). Its prime ingredient is that the series hides the most important aspects of the story from the viewer to create mystery. That is not quality storytelling. It's the laziest way to create suspense, really. Just hide stuff and let people wonder instead of trying to create real intrigue by being open and presenting the story points to the viewer in full.
With that said, I enjoy the show. But I'm not afraid to admit that it's a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Thats bullshit. High art invokes serious indepth study and analysis. For example see Lostpedia.com. If that isn't an example of numerous levels of interpretation and meaning from Lost i don't know what you mean exactly by highbrow art.
BTW out of interest here's a serious journal analysis of narrative complexity, Lost included. Don't tell me its not art.
From personnel experience only documentaries, and only on rare occasions, have motivated my own interests in additional knowledge. Lost is a unique example of true engagement in a tv show. Doesn't often happen.
“When we make some new announcement and if there is no positive initial reaction from the market, I try to think of it as a good sign because that can be interpreted as people reacting to something groundbreaking. ...if the employees were always minding themselves to do whatever the market is requiring at any moment, and if they were always focusing on something we can sell right now for the short term, it would be very limiting. We are trying to think outside the box.” - Satoru Iwata - This is why corporate multinationals will never truly understand, or risk doing, what Nintendo does.