Without a Trace (2002–2009)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.

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Creator:

Hank Steinberg

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18 February 2005 | jeffberg79
Another CSI disguised
Whereas CSI is about a crime scene unit team, Without A Trace involves missing persons and the FBI. Otherwise, it's nothing more than another CSI spin off. = "CSI: Without A Trace". People tend to disagree but they fail to see CSI: Without A Trace for what it is, Bruckheimer TV.

CSI deals with a crime scene to solve a murder or two while CSI: Without A Trace backtracks a person or person(s) last steps at a "crime scene" of sorts to find this person. Both shows genres deal with lengthy interviews with suspects or witnesses and the hunt for forensic evidence. Flashback scenes are used in both series and are filmed under similar sequences. At the end of an episode, a small snippet involves the personal lives of the crime-solving team.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

During each episode, a 15-second presentation appears, asking the public for help in finding real-life missing persons. The FBI provides a picture and descriptive information about the missing person to be displayed with a voice-over message recorded by one of the series stars.


Quotes

Samantha: Did you charge a plane ticket to Houston four months ago?
Samantha: And then again two months ago, and then *again* last week?
Martin: And did you run into this guy while you were there?
Martin: Lives in a suburb outside of Houston. Loves boats, loves to steal people off of ...


Goofs

Since the inception of the agency, FBI agents travel in pairs when interview subjects. This is both to have a witness to the interview as well as for protection in case unexpected things occur. Multiple times during the show, single agents are shown talking with subjects alone, even in their homes or places unfamiliar to the agents.


Crazy Credits

Amongst the opening credits, for a brief moment the words "Amber Alert" are flashed on the screen. The Amber Alert system was formally inaugurated in the state of California, July 31, 2002. It drew both national and international recognition in its success in aiding authorities in their search for abducted children. In less than one year, the California Amber Alert system has been credited with aiding in the rescue of over a dozen children. The intial system was formulated in Texas in 1996, and is named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped and murdered. As of April 10, 2003 a bill creating a national Amber Alert system has passed in the House of Representitives, and unanimously approved in the Senate. "Without A Trace" (2002) aired its first episode shortly after a summer littered with nationally covered child kidnappings including the famous Elizabeth Smart abduction. The show aired Elizabeth's profile following its November 21, 2002 episode, In Extrimis. All Profiles are chosen by the FBI, not the show's producers.


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Written and Performed by David Berkeley

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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