The Forgotten (TV series)

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The Forgotten
File:The Forgotten Logo.svg
Genre Drama
Starring Christian Slater
Michelle Borth
Rochelle Aytes
Heather Stephens
Anthony Carrigan
Bob Stephenson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17 (and 1 unaired pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jerry Bruckheimer
Jonathan Littman
Location(s) Chicago
Los Angeles
Production company(s) Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – July 3, 2010 (2010-07-03)

The Forgotten is a 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 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 8-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's 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.


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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]


Title Directed by[4] Written by[4] Original air date
Unaired pilot Danny Cannon Mark Friedman Uniared
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)

Season 1 (2009–10)

No. Title Directed by[4] Written by[4] Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Danny Cannon Mark Friedman September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) 2J5091 9.53
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 Hunt Lukas Reiter September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29) 2J5051 7.52
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 Dale Seamus Kevin Fahey & David Slack October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06) 2J5053 7.81
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 McCrane Holly Harold & Marqui Jackson October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13) 2J5052 7.58
The Forgotten Network investigates a Jane Doe who apparently died from an insulin overdose, but the team suspects foul play.
5 "River John" Oz Scott Marqui Jackson & Mark Friedman October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20) 2J5055 7.62
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 Eagles Stephen Gallagher October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27) 2J5054 8.56
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 Sarafian David Slack November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) 2J5056 7.27
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 Hope Rick Eid November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17) 2J5057 7.69
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 Gates Lukas Reiter December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 2J5058 5.46
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 Gaviola Debra J. Fisher January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 2J5059 4.38
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 Ferland Stephen Gallagher January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) 2J5060 4.32
A John Doe found murdered and stuffed inside a seepage pit takes the team into the world of medical trials.
12 "My John" Deran Sarafian Seamus Kevin Fahey & Mark Friedman February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09) 2J5062 5.92[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 Downs Rick Eid & Marqui Jackson February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16) 2J5061 4.97
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 Hunt David Slack February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) 2J5063 5.02
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 Misiano Marqui Jackson & Mark Friedman March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09) 2J5066 4.85
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 Alcala Debra J. Fisher & Holly Harold July 3, 2010 (2010-07-03) [6] 2J5064 2.68
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 Ferland Corey Miller July 3, 2010 (2010-07-03) 2J5065 3.06
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 broadcasting

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


  1. Hibberd, James (November 9, 2009). "ABC picks up more 'Forgotten,' declines 'Eastwick'". the Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. [1]
  3. "The Forgotten: Unaired Pilot". Episode Guide. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "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. 

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