The Forgotten (TV series)

The Forgotten is an American crime drama television series which premiered on September 22, 2009 on ABC. On November 9, 2009, ABC ordered five additional episodes of the series, bringing the first season's total to eighteen episodes.[1] The final two episodes of The Forgotten aired on July 3, 2010.[2]

The Forgotten
The Forgotten Logo.svg
GenreCrime drama
Created byMark Friedman
ComposerGraeme Revell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 + unaired pilot
Executive producers
Production locations
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) –
July 3, 2010 (2010-07-03)

The Forgotten was rated R16 in New Zealand for graphic violence and sex scenes.


A group of dedicated, amateur detectives, the members of the Forgotten Network (referred to in the pilot as the Identity Network), attempt to reconstruct the pieces of these John and Jane Does' lives from what little evidence is left behind. Each episode is narrated by a "body" who watches the team as they pursue the tantalizingly difficult challenge of figuring out who this victim once was. Why would anyone volunteer for such a grim task? As new recruit Tyler Davies quickly discovers, each of the members of the team has his or her own reasons for volunteering for the Network. Alex Donovan is a former cop, whose then eight-year-old daughter was kidnapped two years ago and has never been found. Lindsey Drake, the woman who runs the network from her home, is a virtual recluse whose husband is a convicted murderer. Walter Bailey does stake outs—when he is not blowing his cover. Candace Butler hates her day job. She also happens to have a special gift for putting people at ease—even the prickly Tyler, a talented sculptor with a background in forensics, a medical school drop-out, who initially joined the team to fulfill a sentence of 200 hours of community service after being apprehended defacing buildings.

The pilot episode of The Forgotten had an unusual error in the location scenes. Most of the action takes place in Chicago, while a few scenes are set in Dubuque, Iowa—less than four hours drive northwest. The Dubuque scenes are set in summer weather, with green trees and lush growing grass. The Chicago scenes, taking place at the same time, are in winter with falling snow—in spite of the fact that Dubuque is over 50 miles farther north than Chicago.


The Forgotten intertitle


In addition to the 17 regular episodes produced with the cast listed, an "Original Pilot" was previously filmed with different actors in some of the roles. Rupert Penry-Jones played Alex Donovan, and Reiko Aylesworth played Linda Manning (replaced by Heather Stephens as Lindsey Drake).[3]


TitleDirected by [4]Written by [4]Original air date
Unaired pilotDanny CannonMark FriedmanUnaired
Same plot as the aired pilot, but with Rupert Penry-Jones as Alex Donovan, and Reiko Aylesworth as Linda Manning (replaced by Heather Stephens as Lindsey Drake in the aired pilot episode).

Season 1 (2009–10)Edit

No.TitleDirected by [4]Written by [4]Original air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"Danny CannonMark FriedmanSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)2J50919.53
Volunteer members of the Forgotten Network, Alex Donovan, Candace Butler, Lindsey Drake, Walter Bailey, Tyler Davies and Det. Grace Russell, work together to solve the case of "Highway Jane," who had been murdered and her body dumped in the woods.
2"Diamond Jane"Jeffrey HuntLukas ReiterSeptember 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)2J50517.52
The Forgotten Network takes the case of a Jane Doe who was found strangled and dumped in an alley six weeks previously. The only link to the investigation is an engagement ring.
3"Football John"Holly DaleSeamus Kevin Fahey & David SlackOctober 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)2J50537.81
The Forgotten Team investigates a case of a former football player who had been beaten to death and left in an alley. One clue is a key found in his pocket.
4"Parachute Jane"Paul McCraneHolly Harold & Marqui JacksonOctober 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)2J50527.58
The Forgotten Network investigates a Jane Doe who apparently died from an insulin overdose, but the team suspects foul play.
5"River John"Oz ScottMarqui Jackson & Mark FriedmanOctober 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)2J50557.62
The Forgotten Network investigates the case of a John Doe who had been shot in a drainage tunnel. Alex's search for his own missing daughter is mirrored in the life of the victim as the team uncovers an evil plot that involves betrayal, kidnapping, and murder.
6"Canine John"Bill EaglesStephen GallagherOctober 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)2J50548.56
The Forgotten Network investigates the murder of a man who had been found buried at a local vacation spot. The only clue to his death is a stray dog who stands vigil over his owner's grave.
7"Railroad Jane"Deran SarafianDavid SlackNovember 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)2J50567.27
When a female skull is discovered near a railroad track, the Forgotten Network learns Jane Doe's only remaining relative, her comatose sister, could also be in danger.
8"Prisoner Jane"Nathan HopeRick EidNovember 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)2J50577.69
The Forgotten Network takes the case of a Jane Doe found strangled in a warehouse. The investigation leads the team to man who might have been falsely imprisoned for her murder.
9"Lucky John"Tucker GatesLukas ReiterDecember 1, 2009 (2009-12-01)2J50585.46
Four months after a man is found dead in the trunk of a car, a DNA test identifies the man as an ex-con who died years ago.
10"Double Doe"Karen GaviolaDebra J. FisherJanuary 5, 2010 (2010-01-05)2J50594.38
Walter brings The Forgotten Network their first case involving multiple victims, a male and female Doe shot to death and buried in the snow outside a sleazy motel. The age difference and the large amount of cash found on them suggest something nefarious.
11"Patient John"Guy FerlandStephen GallagherJanuary 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)2J50604.32
A John Doe found murdered and stuffed inside a seepage pit takes the team into the world of medical trials.
12"My John"Deran SarafianSeamus Kevin Fahey & Mark FriedmanFebruary 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)2J50625.92[5]
When a young man falls to his death from the top a skyscraper, the Forgotten Network takes on the near impossible task of identifying him. Also Maxine Denver joins the Forgotten Network because she has a little bit to do with the John Doe.
13"Mama Jane"Dermott DownsRick Eid & Marqui JacksonFebruary 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)2J50614.97
A woman is found dead in a strip club bathroom, which leads the Forgotten Network to find out what the one thing was that the Jane Doe wanted.
14"Train Jane"Jeffrey HuntDavid SlackFebruary 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)2J50635.02
A woman is found unidentified in a train wreck but a passenger said she survived because she helped him get out the train, so the Forgotten Network works to find out what really happened to the Jane Doe
15"Donovan Doe"Christopher MisianoMarqui Jackson & Mark FriedmanMarch 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)2J50664.85
The remains of a female child are found and Russell believes that these bones may be tied to the disappearance of Alex's daughter, Lucy. She asks for the Forgotten Network's help in identifying the remains and finding answers about the girl's disappearance. SERIES FINALE
16"Designer Jane"Felix AlcalaDebra J. Fisher & Holly HaroldJuly 3, 2010 (2010-07-03)[6]2J50642.68
When a young woman is killed outside a local charity event, Lydia (Aisha Tyler), an old friend of Alex's, asks the Forgotten Network to help identify the unknown woman. SHOULD BE VIEWED AS #15
17"Living Doe"Guy FerlandCorey MillerJuly 3, 2010 (2010-07-03)2J50653.06
After waking up from a coma, a young man comes to the Forgotten Network in order to find out his name. The team links the man's past to a violent lifestyle which almost costs them one of their own.

International broadcastingEdit

Country Channel First aired
  Finland MTV3 January 6, 2012
  France TF1 February 28, 2012
  Greece Star Channel
March 18, 2013
  Hungary RTL II October 3, 2012
  Italy Joi March 3, 2010
  Lithuania LNK December 8, 2011
  Netherlands NET 5 December 9, 2011
  Poland TVN February 23, 2010
  Slovenia Planet TV November 1, 2013
  Switzerland RSI La 2
(in Italian)
September 18, 2011


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  2. ^ "Breaking News - ABC Gives "Forgotten" July 3 Send Off -".
  3. ^ "The Forgotten: Unaired Pilot". Episode Guide.
  4. ^ a b c d "The Forgotten Season 1 Episode Guide". "".
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 10, 2010). "Tuesday Finals: NCIS: LA, Lost Rise; Past Life Falls". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums - View Single Post - ABC Upfront: Fall 2009".

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