Without a Trace (2002–2009)

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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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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 »


[Talking about a re-united marriage]
Samantha: So, what do you think their odds are?
[Sam doesn't get an answer]
Samantha: Are you all right?
Jack Malone: Marie and I separated.
Samantha: When?
Jack Malone: Three months ago.
Samantha: Three months.
Jack Malone: Yeah.
Samantha: Well, I don't know what to say.
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Actual missing-person reports are posted at the end of each episode. See more »


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Why Haven't They Gotten Rid Of Roselyn Sanchez Yet?
14 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The woman is a menace to acting.

I mean, she has been awful in every single episode she was in. And just in case you weren't sure how bad she was, she's been awful in every movie she's been in.

She's not an actress. She's a model who is completely lacking in acting talent or knowledge.

And don't get me started about the way she mumbles. Why hasn't anyone gotten her to an elocution class? Isn't that the least you should be able to do if you're trying to be an actor? This show used to be really good and then suddenly, the quality went out the window. It corresponded with the arrival of Ms. Sanchez and her bad acting.

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