Missing (2003 TV program)

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A screen shot of the program's title card

Missing is a weekly syndicated television program in the United States profiling real cases of missing people. The series is produced by Telco Productions, Inc. and the show's host is the producer's president and founder, Alex Paen. The series debuted on September 4, 2003, and is still in production. An episode is 30 minutes and has household areas where local broadcasters can showcase missing people. The show within the Children's Television Act of 1990 since 2011.[1]

According to the official website, as of June 25, 2019, 816 people featured on Missing have been safely recovered.[2]


The show displays around 20 pictures of missing children and adults per episode. It begins with the account and description of the person, causing specific notice of body modifications, visible injuries and scars. Episodes (especially previous ones) include video clips made by KidSmartz to learn children watching what to do in a certain situation.

The show also includes Internet Safety Tips (a person, usually an adult or teenager, suggests some tips on how to stay safe online) and a Safety Quiz. (The video is produced by KidSmartz, showing a child doing the baddest thing in the situation and then quizzed on what the child should have done in the situation).

Nearing the end of the show, a "roundup" is presented showing the person (or people) pictured with their first and last name. Some roundups contain four individuals at a time (usually when they are all missing and have the same surname). An individual is shown for two seconds; more time is allowed depending on how many individuals are in the same slide.

Music from the series is composed by Larry Brown; the male whispers are added during the editing process.


Episodes are distributed operating a satellite system and are aired on Wednesdays at 6:00 AM-6:30 AM Eastern Time.[3] The episodes are closed captioned[3] and broadcast weekly, though some air it a twice a week. The program is commonly aired on weekends (7:00 AM-11:00 AM) and is a standard variety for E/I programming among U.S. broadcasters; it is aired on national television channels like Escape.


  1. ^ Paen, Alex (2011). "FCC Requirements" (PDF). Telco Productions.
  2. ^ "Missing - The official website of Telco Productions missing persons television series". usamissing.com.
  3. ^ a b Paen, Alex (September 3, 2019). "Broadcasters Information" (PDF). Telco Productions Inc.

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