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John Doe

Moral Rating: usually OK
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Mystery
Length: 1 hr.
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, William Forsythe, Sprague Grayden, John Marshall Jones

Show Synopsis: (from the producer) From writers Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson (“Dragonfly”) and director Mimi Leder ("Pay It Forward," "Deep Impact," "The Peacemaker") comes the story 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, JOHN DOE (Dominic Purcell) 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? The exact ingredients in a box of Apple Jacks? Or better yet, predict which horse will win every race at the track based on knowing all the statistical 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.

viewer comments…
Usually Okay—John Doe holds the interest for me that saturday morning cartoons did when I was seven!!! It's the best show on TV next to Farscape, of course!
Preiso J. Shorter, age 26
Usually Okay—The show is my favorite right now…but it worries me that the writers are trying too hard. Easy there. Don't be so afraid to let things evolve naturally…more lingering DRAMA please. I feel like we're in a hurry to get it over with…and that breaks my heart.
Susan, age 45
Usually Okay—It is a very good show. I think that more people should check this one out. You might even learn something if you can catch the "fun facts" that John throws out there.
John DiStefano, age 21
Usually Okay—John Doe is the best show I have seen in a long while. I hope it stays in production for a long time to come. I am so curious to know who he is and where he comes from!!! Well Done! Keep up the good work!
Susan, age 40
Usually Okay—Excellent, with plot twists that I hope they can keep going. Best new show of the season.
BobP, age 51
Usually Okay—Two Thumbs Up!!! I Absolutely Love John Doe!!! I have watched every episode so far and I hope it continues! I haven't been this involved in a show since my very Favorite Series, Quantum Leap!!
Patricia Shoulders, age 29
Usually Okay—Superior programming. One of the true winners. I have enjoyed every show and am extremely upset that they would pre-empt any episodes simply to show a repeat of an old movie. Vary tacky Fox!
Bruce, age 50
Usually Okay—I love the show! I've always enjoyed a good mystery, and John Doe provides it. There are very few shows that I watch faithfully, but this is one of them. My VCR has never recorded anything, because it needed an attachment to make the recording function work with my TV set (the VCR was a gift from a friend). I bought the piece that was needed the other day, just so I wouldn't miss tonight's episode because I won't be home in time to watch it. I've had the VCR for a year, so that should tell you how important the show is to me. I hope it continues to grow an audience, so that it will stick around for the long haul.
Colleen Moore, age 41
Usually Okay—Great show!! One of the best of the season. Dominic Purcell is great. I love the whole premise.
Susan, age 48
Usually Okay—I think that this is the best new series I have seen in a very very long time…I am constantly on the edge of my seat. I believe this show is a winner and as long as they can keep up the awesome scripts this show will be around for years to come.
Philip A. Thomas, age 25
Usually Okay—I find it the best show of the new fall season. If it can avoid falling into a too predictable pattern, it should entertain for years to come.
Grace M. Lapsley, age 23
Usually Okay—John Doe is great! It is the hit of the year. I tuned in initially not expecting much, but this show has potential to last. Very well done.
Clyde Ross, age 46
Usually Okay—I watched John Doe last night for the first time, It was a rebroadcast of the first episode. And I thought it is the best show to come along in a long time. Keep up the good work! I'll be watching Friday nights at 9:00 on Fox.
Steven Batseon, age 38
Usually Okay—John Doe is one of the most exciting new shows on TV this season. With so much new viewing that is unacceptable for Christians to see, I really like this show and feel comfortable with its content. Great suspense, intrigue, mystery. I like it a lot.
Dawn Swails, age 56
Usually Okay—This show is simply outstanding… dialougue is wonderful; story is great; the huge question on who he truly is is simply mind-boggling and makes you want to watch more episodes to watch the story unfold. So far 2 eps have aired and I really want an entire season to happen. The leading star plays the role to a T and gives a great performance. FOX do not cancel this show like you do so many others that have potential i.e That 80's Show!!
David, age 21
Usually Okay—I thought the show was great, I just happened upon it while channel surfing, now I hope I don't want to miss an episode. The show puts me in the mind of "The Pretender" another one of my favorites.
George Ann Boring, age 37
Usually Okay—Great entertaining show. It has excellent style and drama. One of the best I have seen in awhile.
Jim Highfield, age 58
Usually Okay—John Doe is a great show. There is so much mystery behind John Doe's life and every show leaves you wondering if he will ever find his past and who he really is. Everyone should watch it.
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—This show is awesome. I love it and the plots are great. Never to slow never to fast. FOX> KEEP THIS SHOW!! please.
Derek Clarno, age 16
Usually Okay—John doe is a great wonderful show. It has everything: humor, suspense, drama, actiong. Great storys; great characters; great dialogue. I hope John doe stays on for a very long time.
Chris, age 15
Usually Okay—This is a really cool drama show. It's mysterious and interesting. People who like shows with mysterious characters should watch this.
Aurora, age 14
Usually Okay—This show is awesome. Man I missed the first few but once I tuned in I loved it. They should make a movie on it! The story is good. Dominic Purcell is the best actor for it.
James D., age 12