Down 62 this week

Without a Trace (2002–2009)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 13,883 users  
Reviews: 76 user | 12 critic

The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.


0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Aug 2011
a list of 21 titles
created 16 Jan 2013
a list of 47 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
a list of 42 titles
created 15 May 2014
a list of 39 titles
created 07 Jul 2014

Related Items

Search for "Without a Trace" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Without a Trace (2002–2009)

Without a Trace (2002–2009) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Without a Trace.

User Polls




7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 18 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cold Case (2003–2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved.

Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The third "Law and Order" series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
Law & Order (1990–2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
CSI: NY (2004–2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

CSI Head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper
CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Numb3rs (2005–2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch
The Closer (2005–2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.

Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds
Unforgettable (TV Series 2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Carrie Wells, a former NY Police detective, has a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She rejoins the force and uses her ability to solve crimes.

Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao
Medium (2005–2011)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Suburban mom Allison Dubois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber
Crossing Jordan (2001–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A "sexy, brilliant" Boston medical examiner... Despite a checkered career, Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh goes above and beyond to solve cases.

Stars: Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor


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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

26 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vanished  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


There are a number of scenes which indicate that the show is actually shot in Los Angeles and not New York, where the show is supposed to take place. There are several supposed one way streets with double yellow lines painted down the middle (which do not exist in New York), large blue street signs (which are used in LA, as opposed to NY, which uses green street signs), and house numbers on each street painted into the sidewalk in front of each house, which is also not done in New York, but instead in Los Angeles. See more »


Martin: How do you know the father took her? Maybe they were kidnapped. Maybe he was killed and then she was taken.
Samantha: Even a psychotic pedophile is unlikely to target a girl traveling with an adult male.
Martin: So without any evidence to suggest this guy was dirty you assume, this is a custody thing or incest.
Jack Malone: Careful, Martin, she's got a thing about men.
See more »

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 Séries express: Episode #2.44 (2009) See more »


Fade Into You
Performed by Mazzy Star
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

On Second thought
25 May 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

A little while ago,I'd written a user comment that was faintly praising and perhaps a little more than cruel in dismissing this show as a sort of pedestrian,superficial attempt at sincere drama that is acted well-enough and scripted competently enough to be interesting. After watching more episodes(mostly in re-runs) and getting roundly unsupported by those who bothered an opinion of my review,I decided to do a rewrite.

While I still stick by my assertion that this show isn't quite as innovative or searing as it aspires to be,it's still quite compelling a drama. While the acting varies,from superb and sublime(mostly Anthony LaPaglia as the chief,but Marianne Jean-BAptiste and Poppy Montgomery are good as fellow agents),to completely flat(mostly Roslyn Sanchez,who IS easy on the eyes but not much more),the stories DO draw the viewer in,and the earnest and deliberate means of spelling out the Bureau's investigating a missing case. Good storytelling that is not (ordinarily) as graphic or de-humanizing as a CSI episode,that still handles the subject manner soberly(if sometimes short-sighted),this show may not be my favorite on the telly,but I will watch it if it's on more often than not. That,to me,seems like a more accurate assessment.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does LaPaglia's 'accent' drive anyone else crazy? MoonWolf99
Wow, did Martin and Viv get short shrift or what? MadamFleur
Why are only the first 2 seasons out on DVD? GreenLanternGirl
What is the appeal cay1234
Help me with the name of an episode? Stovepipe99
UK viewer brown_eyed_girl28
Discuss Without a Trace (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page