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Without a Trace (2002–2009)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.


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Series cast summary:
 Jack Malone (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Samantha Spade (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Vivian Johnson (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Danny Taylor (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Martin Fitzgerald (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Elena Delgado (88 episodes, 2005-2009)


As any detective can tell you, investigating missing property or deaths is comparatively easy compared to elusive missing people. However in New York City, there is a special unit of the FBI that is designed to find them. Using the vast resources of their bureau, the team, lead by Agent Jack Malone, race against time in the tight 72 hour window after a disappearance while hope for a recovery is still typically possible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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26 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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The original title of the show was "Vanished", but when CBS opted to pick it up the title was changed to "Without a Trace". See more »


In more than one instance, suspects being interviewed with a polygraph answer all the control questions (Is your name John Doe? Are you 39?) truthfully. In reality, a suspect is told to answer all the control questions "yes", whether true or not, to determine the accuracy of the polygraph machine. See more »


Jack Malone: Everybody's skeptical of you white-collar guys.
Martin: Yeah, I've noticed.
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Crazy Credits

Amongst the opening credits, for a brief moment the words "Amber Alert" are flashed on the screen. The Amber Alert system was formally inaugurated in the state of California, July 31, 2002. It drew both national and international recognition in its success in aiding authorities in their search for abducted children. In less than one year, the California Amber Alert system has been credited with aiding in the rescue of over a dozen children. The intial system was formulated in Texas in 1996, and is named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped and murdered. As of April 10, 2003 a bill creating a national Amber Alert system has passed in the House of Representitives, and unanimously approved in the Senate. "Without A Trace" (2002) aired its first episode shortly after a summer littered with nationally covered child kidnappings including the famous Elizabeth Smart abduction. The show aired Elizabeth's profile following its November 21, 2002 episode, In Extrimis. All Profiles are chosen by the FBI, not the show's producers. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.163 (2009) See more »


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I wish the 5 original players would be reinstated in the future.
22 January 2007 | by (Budapest/Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The show is still very good though my friends and I, who watch it together, agree with another viewer that Ms Sanchez ruined an excellent #10 show. There were already two women and a Spanish-American on board, so the show was politically correct and the ensemble fantastic. I never wished anybody (besides Hitler and heads of the soviet Union) to die, but I heartily wish that Ms Sanches' character would be shot for good and the show would return to its previous magnificence. Well, then I could purchase the following seasons' disks as well as those I had without Ms Sanchez' not enjoyable and unwanted presence. Could there be a possible hope in that direction? What a great thing it would be.

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