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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2002
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones, Dominic Purcell
  • Summary: The series is about the life of John Doe, a mysterious man who rises from the primordial waters of an isolated island, possessing knowledge of literally everything in the world, yet having no memory of who -- or even what -- he is. Doe quickly finds his way to Seattle, where he befriends the police and uses his special gift to help them solve "impossible" crimes each week, while continuing his unending quest to uncover who he is and where he came from. Despite his considerable charm, Doe is an emotional island unto himself. Want to know the population of Peru in 1853? How many blue cars there are in the state of Washington? Or better yet, predict which horse will win every race at the track based on knowing all the variables? Doe has all the answers. But what is he like? Family man or loner? Hero or villain? What is truly in his soul? Doe doesn't have a clue. In his search to unlock the key to his past, He may be a government agent, an extra-terrestrial or perhaps just a regular John Doe with a bout of amnesia. Whatever secrets his past holds, Doe is now the man who knows everything -- a gift that will forever change his destiny. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 24, 2013
    Highly arresting. [20 Sept 2002, p.C1]
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Feb 24, 2013
    If they can maintain that level of intelligence, then John Doe stands a chance of becoming the kind of special series - like "The Fugitive" and "The Prisoner" - that people will talk about for years to come.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 24, 2013
    It's an inventive, affecting and sometimes amusing hour. [20 Sept 2002, p.6C]
  4. Certainly, Dominic Purcell creates quite a presence as this man of mystery. [20 Sept 2002, p.1]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 24, 2013
    Distracting and annoying as some of its bad habits are, "John Doe" is still hauntingly distinctive enough to warrant further investigation. Who knows but that eventually we may even find -- yes, I'm going to say it -- Doe a dear.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Feb 24, 2013
    Can we please have a moratorium on voice-over narration? This lazy device is being overused to convey what simple dialogue should. In John Doe, the title character's innermost thoughts won't stop. [19 Sept 2002, p.48]
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 24, 2013
    An annoying voice constantly explains what he is thinking, things like "What am I?" "Where did I come from?" Surprisingly, he never asks, "What am I doing on this stupid show?" [20 Sept 2002, p.D13]

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