John Doe (2002–2003)
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A man awakens on an island only to discover that he has no memory of who he is. Without knowing his identity, he travels to Seattle and finds out that not only is he an amnesiac but that he... See full summary »


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Brandon Camp (creator), Mike Thompson (creator) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dominic Purcell ... John Doe
Jayne Brook ... Jamie Avery
John Marshall Jones ... Frank Hayes
Sprague Grayden ... Karen Kawalski
William Forsythe ... Digger
Romy Rosemont ... Mrs. Nichols
John Rosenfeld ... Evan Nichols
Dion Luther ... Stockbroker
George Touliatos ... Sausage
Fred Keating ... Car Salesman
Peter Bryant ... Paramedic
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Bureaucracy
Karin Konoval ... Beehive
Doug Abrahams ... Cashier
Daniel Boileau ... Greasy


A man awakens on an island only to discover that he has no memory of who he is. Without knowing his identity, he travels to Seattle and finds out that not only is he an amnesiac but that he is a savant, that he knows literally everything. The colorblind genius soon becomes a police consultant, aiding in the most inexplicable of crimes, while, at the same time, beginning a journey to find out who he is. Written by Dan

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




USA | Canada


English | Khmer

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20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Black and White (some sequences)| Color
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Flat entertainment, poor character development, unoriginal cop story and smoking fillers
8 June 2009 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

Considering John Doe apparently inspired Kyle XY's creator I was expecting its pilot to be quite interesting. However I probably had too high expectations because I was quite disappointed by it. First they turned the protagonist into a freak who had the crazy idea of showing off his amazing knowledge in front of an audience, in a public area. So after that scene I began to worry that it was just entertainment. But the problem is that it got worse as none of the other characters were properly introduced. They focused too much on John Doe which made the story far less intriguing. I was also slightly disappointed by Dominic Purcell's performance because I found he didn't make a believable John Doe. An other problem was the police story. It really felt like déjà vu and it wasn't a pleasant sensation. It leads us to the worst issue in the bunch, the episodic format. I could already see the fillers coming one after an other.

So overall I was very disappointed by it and don't recommend it to anyone. Considering how bad it was I better understand now why the show got canceled. In some way I have the impression that it missed its target, developing characters to help the protagonist find his own identity. It's sad because there was potential, like the people he met at the club. The production quality was also quite good and the casting correct. But I'll never know if it got better, probably not, because I don't plan to watch the next episode.

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