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John Doe (2002–2003)

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A man who seems to know everything but his own name helps police solve crimes as he searches for his identity.

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Series cast summary:
 John Doe (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Frank Hayes (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Jamie Avery (21 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Digger (20 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Stella (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Karen Kawalski (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Stu (13 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michelle Hart ...
 Nance Fenton (11 episodes, 2002-2003)


John Doe is an intelligent adventure series, named after the main character, albeit not by name: 'John Doe' is called thus because nobody knows the name of the man who literally fell from the sky, naked, in the sea near an obscure island. When Cambodian fishermen save him, it soon becomes clear his memory is in a paradoxical state: he has total amnesia concerning his own past, even his real name, but has more factual knowledge stored in his brain then even the Google computer banks on every possible other subject, as if he had memorized the Library of Congress, so one rarely needs to read anything when he's around. He also is intelligent and inquisitive enough to understand and use much of that knowledge, and keeps rolling into all kinds of weird mysteries, teaming up with various characters, each of which must first be convinced he's legit, such as police detectives Frank Hayes and Jamie Avery, but gets frustrated by finding his own story the most elusive, probably linked to some ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The world's smartest investigator... is the ultimate missing person. See more »


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Fall John Doe!  »

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The original (unaired) pilot episode was shot with a different cast. Elizabeth Lackey was the first to assume the role of Lt. Jamie Avery, Azura Skye played Karen Kawalksi and rock musician Meat Loaf, was barman Digger. The only "survivors" from that shoot were Dominic Purcell, and, John Marshall Jones. See more »


Frank Hayes: Just because you know everything, doesn't mean you know everything, John.
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Followed by John Doe: Pilot (2002) See more »


Written by Joe MacLeod, Dave Rosin, Morgan Smith, Jesse Smith
Performed by Day Theory
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User Reviews

Real and surreal; an enjoyable show!

"John Doe" is a fascinating show with characters that are surprisingly real for such a surreal work.

Begin with John himself, a man with total personal amnesia yet he knows virtually everything else! If you suddenly understood complex mathematics and statistical probability, wouldn't you use that knowledge to get rich? John does. Newly rich, Doe also acquires an identity so that he can have a life while he tries to find his old one.

Encountering a missing child's image, he begins a quest to help police find her, initially believing that she must be connected to him, for he sees her in color despite being color blind.

Who is John Doe? He's a real guy, wanting a nice place but quick to help other's when he can.

Surrounding Doe are a cast of characters, including Lt. Jamie Avery, a tough policewoman who questions Doe's helpfulness; Hayes, a police officer who sees Doe as a valuable ally and possibly a friend; Digger, a bar owner with a philosophical nature hidden by a gruff exterior; and Karen, a vibrant eighteen-year-old art student who might prove John's best chance of regaining his lost memory

If you enjoyed the surrealistic "Twin Peaks", or were a fan of the less dour episodes of "The X-Files", give "John Doe" a chance. You might find yourself liking the man, even if you don't know who he really is.

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