The BEST Episodes of The Forgotten

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Gone but not forgotten. That's what they say. But what if a killer took your life - and your name? Every city has its share of unidentified murder victims. When standard police procedure fails to give them a name, that's when the Identity Network steps in. A group of dedicated, amateur detectives, the members of the Identity Network attempt to reconstruct the pieces of these John and Jane Doe's lives from what little evidence is left behind. Each episode is narrated by a "body" who watches the team as they pursue the tantalizingly difficult challenge of figuring out who this victim once was. Why would anyone volunteer for such a grim task? As new recruit Tyler Davies quickly discovers, each of the members of the team has his or her own reasons for volunteering for the Network. Alex Donovan is a former cop, whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped and has never been found. Linda Manning, the woman who runs the network from her home, is a virtual recluse whose husband is a convicted murderer. Walter Bailey does stake outs - when he's not blowing his cover. Candace Butler hates her day job. She also happens to have a special gift for putting people at ease - even the prickly Tyler, a talented sculptor with a background in forensics. Follow these committed amateur investigators as they race against time to piece together the stories of these dead people's lives - and ultimately, hopefully, their murders.

Train Jane

#1 - Train Jane

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 23, 2010

When a city train derails, there are dozens of injuries and several bodies found in the wreckage. But one of the female victims remains unidentified. The Forgotten Network follows her journey, which leads them to a secret society of roving nightclubs. Was Jane Doe killed in the crash, or is someone using a city's tragedy to cover up an even deeper mystery that led to her death.

star 7.61
406 votes
Donovan Doe

#2 - Donovan Doe

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 9, 2010

The Forgotten squad looks for the killer of an 8 year old girl (who died five years ago), and has to match their wits against a multiple child murderer who likes to leave clues in the form of puzzles...

star 7.44
407 votes
River John

#3 - River John

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2009

A John Doe is found shot to death in a drainage tunnel; clues point toward the victim having been searching for someone; Alex starts to see his own story reflected in the victim's.

star 7.32
495 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Mark Friedman, Marqui Jackson
Patient John

#4 - Patient John

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 12, 2010

A John Doe found murdered and stuffed inside a seepage pit takes the team into the world of medical trials. The team learns that the Doe was a recently naturalized citizen who needed to supplement his income by becoming a medical guinea pig in order to bring his family to America. But did one of these trials end up killing the Doe? Who covered it up? And are there any other victims?

star 7.30
433 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Stephen Gallagher
Living Doe

#5 - Living Doe

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 3, 2010

A mysterious young man knocks on The Forgotten Network's door with a most unusual request -- 'help me find my identity.' After a violent assault put him in a coma, John Doe has no recollection of who he is. During the investigation, the team tracks the Doe's past to a world of crime, where a member of their team is nearly killed. But who is John Doe? Why hasn't anyone come forward to identify him? And was it this dangerous lifestyle that led to John Doe's assault.

star 7.24
292 votes
Lucky John

#6 - Lucky John

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2009

When a John Doe is found killed and stuffed in the trunk of a car, The Forgotten Network investigates the case four months afterwards. But when a DNA test identifies the Doe as an ex-con that died four years earlier, the investigation takes an odd turn.

star 7.22
490 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Lukas Reiter
Designer Jane

#7 - Designer Jane

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 3, 2010

Gunfire outside a charity event kills a woman and injures others, including a person (Aisha Tyler) from Alex's past.

star 7.22
319 votes
Double Doe

#8 - Double Doe

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 5, 2010

Walter brings The Forgotten Network their first case involving multiple victims, a male and female Doe shot to death and buried in the snow outside a sleazy motel. The age difference and the large amount of cash found on them suggest something nefarious. But did the victims actually know each other? What was the money for? And why did the murderer leave it behind.

star 7.21
408 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Debra J. Fisher, Holly Harold
Diamond Jane

#9 - Diamond Jane

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2009

The Forgotten Network takes the case of a Jane Doe who was found strangled and dumped in an alley six weeks previously. The only link to the investigation is an engagement ring.

star 7.20
502 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Lukas Reiter
My Son John

#10 - My Son John

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 9, 2010

When a young man falls to his death from atop a skyscraper, the Forgotten Network takes on the near impossible task of identifying him. Their efforts lead them into the world of "Parkour" or free running, where they learn John Doe may have recently returned to America after an extended stay abroad. The case takes an unusual twist when two separate individuals come forward, each claiming the Doe as their own. But which one is really his relative? What brought John Doe back to America? And was it a dangerous Parkour act that got him killed or something more sinister?

star 7.14
376 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Mark Friedman, Seamus Kevin Fahey

#11 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2009

Volunteer members of the Forgotten Network, Alex Donovan, Candace Butler, Lindsey Drake, Walter Bailey, Tyler Davies and Det. Grace Russell, work together to solve the case of "Highway Jane," who had been murdered and her body dumped in the woods.

star 7.14
682 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Mark Friedman
Football John

#12 - Football John

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2009

The Forgotten Team investigates a case of a former football player who had been beaten and left in the street.

star 7.13
416 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: David Slack, Seamus Kevin Fahey
Canine John

#13 - Canine John

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 2009

The Forgotten Network looks the death of a John Doe found buried at a local vacation spot. They find that the only clue is a stray dog standing over his owner's grave.

star 7.12
439 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Stephen Gallagher
Mama Jane

#14 - Mama Jane

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 16, 2010

The Forgotten Network sets out to ID a 40-year-old woman found murdered in a local bar. One of the primary suspects is a superstar basketball player (guest star Baron Davis, LA Clippers), who had an altercation with Jane Doe days before. As the team follows several leads, they learn that Jane Doe had paid to adopt a baby right before she died. But if that's what led to her death, what happened to all the money? Where is the baby? And who was willing to kill her for it.

star 7.10
407 votes
Prisoner Jane

#15 - Prisoner Jane

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2009

The Forgotten Network takes the case of a Jane Doe found strangled in a warehouse. The investigation leads the team to man who might have been falsely imprisoned for her murder.

star 6.85
351 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Rick Eid
Parachute Jane

#16 - Parachute Jane

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2009

The Forgotten Network investigates a Jane Doe who appears to have died from an insulin overdose, but further developments lead the team to suspect foul play. If someone wanted her dead, what was the reason? Where is her family? And what is her name? The answers to these questions lead the team into the mysterious world of 'parachute kids'.

star 6.83
381 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Holly Harold, Marqui Jackson
Railroad Jane

#17 - Railroad Jane

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2009

When a female skull is discovered near a railroad track, the Forgotten Network learns Jane Doe's only remaining relative, her comatose sister, could also be in danger.

star 6.74
494 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: David Slack