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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26 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vanished  »

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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 »


[about a missing father]
Jack Malone: No. Pillar of the community, coaches little league. The whole nine yards.
Vivian: That's a mixed metaphor.
Jack Malone: Indeed.
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Actual missing-person reports are posted at the end of each episode. See more »


Referenced in Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) See more »


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20 June 2006 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I have watched quite many episodes of this show. Simply because i have very few TV-channels with good reception during weekends in the cabin, and this show is conveniently shown Saturday evening.

There are two kinds of TV-shows. First the ones that get better the more you watch them, like most of the shows from HBO for instance. The characters get more elaborate, the story deeper and the show moves forward. Then there is the second kind of show that becomes worse the more you watch. Repetitive scripts, shallow characters, illogical story line. Unfortunately this show belongs to the latter category.

I don't really know whether that's so unexpected though. This show is about cops trying to find missing people and there are not that many ways for someone to go missing. Usually it's just variants on the same thing. Violent crime, teenagers run away from home, abductions, accidents. After a dozen episodes it more or less feels like i have seen it all.

And what are the positive points? Since i have given this show a five-star grade there should be a few of those as well. And there are. This show has a few qualities that i appreciate. Among them are the technical quality, the decent acting and the nice pace. Especially pace is something that's very necessary for a show to concentrate on. If i'm going to watch many episodes of a TV-show i need it to be well-paced. Not too fast-paced and not too slow. Both ruin the experience. This show is just about right.

With a bit more creative thinking in the script-department, a bit more character-development and perhaps also a bit less moralizing this could be good entertainment. Right now it barely reaches the "ok"-mark.

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