A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Peter Krause ...  Joe Miller 3 episodes, 2006
Julianna Margulies ...  Jennifer Bloom 3 episodes, 2006
Peter Jacobson ...  Wally Jabrowski 3 episodes, 2006
Dennis Christopher ...  Dr. Martin Ruber 3 episodes, 2006
April Grace ...  Lee Bridgewater 3 episodes, 2006
Elle Fanning ...  Anna Miller 3 episodes, 2006
Kevin Pollak ...  Karl Kreutzfeld 3 episodes, 2006
Jason Douglas ...  Anthony 3 episodes, 2006
Benjamin Petry Benjamin Petry ...  Isaac Kreutzfeld 3 episodes, 2006
Chris Bauer ...  Lou Destefano 2 episodes, 2006
Harriet Sansom Harris ...  Margaret Milne 2 episodes, 2006
Margaret Cho ...  Suzie Kang 2 episodes, 2006
Ann Cusack ...  Helen Ruber 2 episodes, 2006
Roger Bart ...  Howard 'The Weasel' Montague 2 episodes, 2006
Nicholas Guilak ...  Arjun Mehta 2 episodes, 2006
Ewen Bremner ...  Harold Stritzke 2 episodes, 2006
Tim Guinee ...  Eddie McCleister / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Chris Monberg ...  Little Jim 2 episodes, 2006


Detective Joe Miller comes into possession of a seemingly innocuous motel room key while working on a murder case. The key can open every door and take him into a motel room that seems to exist outside of normal time and space. However, if he leaves something in the motel room that did not originally come from there, it will be gone as soon as the room "resets"... He discovers that there are special objects hidden in different places. They don't look special, but they have special powers. When his daughter disappears and he is framed for killing his partner, he must find a way to bring her back from the room, while working with different groups and people searching for the objects. But who can he really trust when everyone goes crazy after touching the objects... Written by Johnny4747

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Some doors are better left closed.


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In the Lost Room Promo that aired on the SciFi Channel, it has a different child actress being lost in the room than was actually used in the mini-series. See more »


Whenever Joe looks out the window from the motel room, the reflection of the motel sign is backwards. See more »


References Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) See more »

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Original, compelling, entertaining--when the series?
27 January 2007 | by bmoore-13See all my reviews

TV doesn't get just a whole lot better than this. Some may object to a show built on "contrivances"--in this case seeming everyday objects that do magical (or superhero-like) things--but the strong writing and acting (especially by the lead, Peter Krause) made me buy every minute of it. It broadcast for six hours, with commercials, but it seemed much too short. I wanted much more. I'm not sure how a series would work, if anyone is talking about or actually creating that, but I would sure give it a look.

While watching this great mini-series, a number of other shows came to mind, mostly X-FILES and THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but THE LOST ROOM is by no means a rip-off/retread. Like those two shows, this one covers a lot of territory. It is funny in parts, but it's also a crime drama and, of course, a sci-fi story. And the plot is, as my "summary" states, original and compelling. The conspiratorial part of the show is, to me, much less interesting than what the everyday objects do, and how the various characters make use of them and respond to one another. Let's hope that, if there is a series (forgive my ignorance!), the producers can keep Peter Krause and the other fine writers (and director, who does a solid job as well) responsible for making this such a great viewing experience.

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11 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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Motel Man See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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