The Forgotten (TV series)

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The Forgotten
The Forgotten Logo.svg
The Forgotten logo
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 (plus an 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 channel ABC
Original run 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]

International broadcasting[edit]

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. 

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