Without A Trace

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  • TV-14
  • 2002
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.0  (21,633)

Without A Trace is a crime drama television series that aired on CBS from 2002 until 2009. The show follows a specialized FBI team, the New York City Missing Persons Unit, as they investigate cases of individuals who have mysteriously disappeared. The main character, Jack Malone, played by Anthony LaPaglia, leads the team with his no-nonsense approach and dedication to finding every missing person. Alongside him are Samantha Spade, played by Poppy Montgomery, who is determined and deeply empathetic, and a cast of other talented agents.

Without A Trace gives a spotlight to various cases of missing people, providing viewers with an insight into the FBI's work and the countless emotions that come with it. The cases are often complex and heart-wrenching, ranging from abducted children to runaways to vanished adults. The show takes viewers through the investigations, from gathering evidence to interviews with family members and witnesses. The team, through their expertise and cooperation, always manages to solve the case and reunite families.

One defining aspect of the show is its use of flashbacks. These are utilized to give the audience a backstory to the case or to provide insight into the missing individual, offering a glimpse into their life before their disappearance. It also provides a look into the investigation team's approaches and strategies as they piece together the puzzle.

The show also touches on the agents' personal lives, especially Jack's struggles with his own family, including his alcoholic father and divorced wife. This subplot humanizes the characters, making them relatable to the audience.

Without A Trace is compelling, emotionally charged, and doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable realities of missing persons cases. Besides its intense and thought-provoking plots, it emphasizes themes of compassion, teamwork, and the importance of keeping hope alive in dire situations.

The series was mainly filmed in Los Angeles, but the location of some episodes was filmed in New York to further enhance the accuracy and realism of the show's setting.

The show was commended for its innovative storytelling strategies, its well-written storylines, and its impressive cast performances. Without A Trace also addresses social issues, such as immigration, race, and gender, with sensitivity, making it a thought-provoking and timely show.

Without A Trace was a commercial success, receiving critical acclaim and numerous nominations for awards such as the Emmy's and the Golden Globes. The series became one of the most popular TV shows in the early 2000s and a household name.

In conclusion, Without A Trace is a must-watch for fans of crime dramas, as it delivers gripping storylines, strong character relationships, and beautiful cinematography. It is no surprise that the show has continued to be enjoyed globally and has cemented itself as a classic in the genre of crime shows.

Without A Trace is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (160 episodes). The series first aired on September 26, 2002.

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24. Undertow
May 19, 2009
After a late night dive, a man disappears and the team tries to determine the cause of his disappearance. Meanwhile, Danny and Elena prepare to take the next step in their relationship.
23. True
May 12, 2009
After Hannah's boyfriend disappears from Chicago along the way to New York, Jack hesitates to assign the team on his case.
22. Devotion
May 5, 2009
A teen, last seen on video being agitated around her abductor, goes missing, and the team must do all they can to find her before its too late!
21. Labyrinths
April 28, 2009
The team looks for a missing journalist after her hardcore exposes are published on an on-line magazine. They begin to suspect a politician, the subject of one of her latest entries. Meanwhile, Brian remains in Sam and Finn's life.
Hard Landing
20. Hard Landing
April 14, 2009
The team has to find a billionaire's son who disappears while piloting a plane.
19. Heartbeats
April 7, 2009
The team has a lengthy list of suspects in the disappearance of a Russian matchmaker.
18. Daylight
March 31, 2009
The team believes that the past of a missing psychologist's brother might have played a role in his disappearance. Martin's relationship with Kim takes a spicy turn.
Voir Dire
17. Voir Dire
March 17, 2009
A trial consultant goes missing and the team narrows down the list of suspects as they investigate her disappearance. Martin may develop personal feelings towards a juror on a trial the missing person was recently involved in. Sam & Jack learn to deal with Brian spending more time with Finn.
16. Skeletons
February 17, 2009
A woman and her infant go missing after she attends a self-defense class. The team tries to determine if any foul play is involved.
15. Chameleon
February 10, 2009
A man faking his identity and posing as a college student disappears and the team must decipher his secrets in order to find him.
Friends and Neighbors
14. Friends and Neighbors
February 3, 2009
The team searches for someone who abducted two neighbors from their homes. The case twists and turns when the agents learn the identity of the kidnapper.
Once Lost
13. Once Lost
January 27, 2009
Elena's former partner goes missing following a sting. As the investigation continues, Elena must face her own past in order to find her friend.
Believe Me
12. Believe Me
January 13, 2009
The team searches for Elena's former partner, an undercover cop who goes missing after a sting. During the investigation, Elena is forced to face the repercussions of her own past actions as she races to find her friend.
11. Wanted
January 6, 2009
The team believes they're investigating a custodial kidnapping case after a teen, last seen with her mother, vanishes. But the case turns ominous when the agents discover the teenager has a secret life. Meanwhile, Jack and Samantha's relationship hits a speed bump.
Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg
10. Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg
December 16, 2008
The FBI team tries to find a television weatherman who goes missing after showing up to work bleeding from his side.
Push Comes to Shove
9. Push Comes to Shove
December 2, 2008
The team must decide whether or not a doctor's past is a factor in her disappearance from the hospital just after helping a patient.
Better Angels
8. Better Angels
November 25, 2008
Jack and Samantha head to Los Angeles to look into the disappearance of a man who vanished after attending a funeral.
7. Rewind
November 18, 2008
Our squad discovers a shocking truth during an investigation of a missing paraplegic recently injured in a car accident. The team also continues to adjust to "normal" without Agent Medina and with Jack back at the head.
Live to Regret
6. Live to Regret
November 11, 2008
A bank manager disappears and the team uncover a dark secret during their investigations. Jack returns to his rightful place as head of the department.
Rise and Fall
5. Rise and Fall
October 28, 2008
Martin is left to handle a MP case while the rest of the team must divert attention to a child kidnapping at the mall.
4. True/False
October 21, 2008
The team investigates when the teenage son of a Secret Service agent disappears and discovers a long festering secret that set in motion a deadly chain of events.
Cloudy With a Chance of Gettysburg
3. Cloudy With a Chance of Gettysburg
October 14, 2008
A white-collar criminal disappears before he can testify against a former business partner.
Push Come The Shove
2. Push Come The Shove
September 30, 2008
The CSIs are called to investigate when an executive at a clothing company is kidnapped during a rooftop party.
1. Closure
September 23, 2008
The team searches for a missing man whose daughter went missing several years earlier, which makes the team wonder if his need to help another couple with a missing child is connected to his own disappearance. Meanwhile, Jack must adjust to life with a new boss.
Where to Watch Without A Trace
Without A Trace is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Without A Trace on demand at Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 26, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (21,633)