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John Doe was a unique, interesting mix of science fiction and crime drama. The series begins when the main character, played by Dominic Purcell, wakes up to find himself naked on a small island off the coast of Seattle, Washington. As he comes to, he discovers that he cannot remember his name - or anything else about himself. However, he knows literally everything else. Whatever event left him unconscious with no knowledge of his past also inserted every existing fact of human knowledge into his brain. There is no factual question that is unable to answer. He also finds himself with expert-level skills on a wide variety of topics, such as computers. He assumes the name "John Doe."

On the path to uncover his past, his identity, and what strange event happened to him, John teams up with two detectives from the homicide division of the Seattle Police Department, Frank Hayes (John Marshall Jones), and Lieutenant Jamie Avery (Jayne Brook). John uses his unique knowledge to analyze crime scenes and solve murders. Thus, the viewer is simultaneously rooting for John to find his identity and return to his former life, while wanting to continue watching him work with the detectives.

Throughout the series, facts about John's past periodically materialize. In the first episode, a strange woman addresses him by name before her passing boat pulls out of range. John slowly becomes aware that the Phoenix Organization, an international conspiracy group, is watching his every move and may be the key to unlocking his past. The first and only season ends with a cliffhanger, leaving viewers uncertain as to John's true identity, or what caused his condition. The show is engaging and entertaining, as viewers follow John's train of thought in solving crimes, learning new bits of trivia along with the shows main characters.

John Doe was produced by Camp-Thompson Productions, Regency Television, and Fox Television Studios. It aired on Fox for one season of twenty-one episodes, beginning in September 2002.

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FOX
1 Season, 21 Episodes - Ended
Science Fiction, Drama
8.4/10
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  • John is struck with visions that may help him to finally uncover the truth, and who his true friends really are.

  • When Digger's lifelong friend is killed, John treks with him and tried to help him find out what happened. John also hopes to find out the truth about his own past, in the process.

  • After John is struck by lightning, he is forced to adjust to being "normal" again...just when he was getting used to being unique. Will he regain his abilities in time to catch the latest killer who is trying to play cat and mouse with him? Or will he remain "normal" permanently?

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