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the forgotten

the forgotten

  • Premiered: 
    September 22, 2009
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Mark Friedman 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

In the United States, the remains of 40,000 people have yet to be identified. When police investigations reach a dead end, civilian volunteers across the country work to name The Forgotten. One such team of dedicated amateurs -- The Forgotten Network -- works on murder cases involving unidentified victims. The Forgotten Network gathers in coffee shops and living rooms to discuss leads, clues and tips, each bringing his or her own motivations and skills to the table, each driven by a deep sense of purpose. This group must first solve the puzzle of the victim's identity in order to then help catch the killer, often taking them on a personal and emotional journey that focuses on giving names back to the deceased. Working against the clock to give each victim a name before they're buried as a John or Jane Doe, these amateur detectives are in it to bring closure...and win justice. The Forgotten Network is led by Alex Donovan, a former detective who left the force after the disappearance of his own young daughter. Also volunteering in The Forgotten Network are: Candace Butler, a confident, headstrong young woman who avoids the crushing boredom of her mundane job by helping the Network identify victims; Lindsey Drake, a resilient high school science teacher who works with the Network as a form of penance for a crime committed by her husband; Walter Bailey, a well-intentioned phone company employee and true-crime enthusiast whose zealousness can sometimes complicate investigations; Tyler Davies, a street-smart medical school dropout and aspiring artist who is court-ordered to join the Network to satisfy his community service; and Grace Russell, a resourceful homicide detective with the Chicago Police, who is Alex's former protege and now his main link to the department.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bonanza Productions
  • In association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television