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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He's got all of the answers, except the most important one... who he is. See more »


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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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One of my two favorite TV shows
4 January 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

John Doe is quite probably the best new TV show that you've never seen. Why? Because of its time slot. I remember when The X-Files was on at the same time, and it struggled for ratings. Now, (at least, at the time I'm writing this) this wonderful drama has been stuck in the same slot, on "date night" when nobody is home to watch it except us geeks.

The basic plot is great: John Doe wakes up and realizes he knows everything except what's important - his identity. He's also colorblind. I got sucked in from the beginning, because I thought the plot sounded like a nifty idea, and I became addicted. Even my mother watches it, and we don't usually have the same taste in tv shows. John Doe, though, has become appointment TV, we make a point to sit down together and have dinner once a week while figuring out this week's mystery.

This is one of the few dramas I like, because it has a mystery to it, and because of the trivia John comes up with each episode. It's not your usual shoot-em-up cop show or blah-blah-my-life-is-so-hard yakfest. I highly recommend watching it, you'll be hooked!

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