There was a TV series, called John Doe I think, about a man who finds himself on a beach with amnesia about his recent past. Yet he find he has an encyclopedic memory and can cleverly apply it. So he has some adventures like a modern Sherlock Holmes trying to help people.

The series was on for a few months I think then it was no more. I just wondered what happened to it? Did it not have much of an audience?

  • I'd never heard of it, but IMDb seems to have a 7.9/10 rating for the series.. Dec 27, 2014 at 6:20
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    It got rebooted. It's called blindspot now.
    – cde
    Nov 2, 2015 at 19:17

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It was cancelled because of dwindling ratings and being replaced by another show. The same fate that many great shows (coughFireflycough) shared.

From Futoncritic.com: (emphasis mine)

"John Doe's" search for the truth is over. A source close to the FOX series has informed us the network will not renew the series for a second season. The producers of the drama were informed yesterday about the news.

The news comes as no surprise after recent reports had the network's support shifting from "Doe" to "Fastlane." FOX executives had repeatedly stated they hoped to keep one of the two dramas for next season as part of a new Thursday or Friday lineup.

After debuting to an impressive 9.8 million viewers in September of last year, "Doe's" audience dropped more than 40% by its finale last month (5.8 million viewers). Among adults 18-49 the erosion was even more noticeable (4.3 vs. 2.4 average rating for the hour) as the series routinely finished third in its time slot among the four major networks.

  • Did they ever mention in the show what had been done to 'upgrade' his mental powers?
    – 201044
    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:43
  • Sorry, I haven't seen the show (yet), but during my research I saw comments that the producers explained everything left open by the cliffhanger after the cancellation. You should open a new question here on the site, I am sure someone can answer this.
    – magnattic
    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:47
  • @201044 "You should open a new question here" - It seems there is already one which might help you there.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Dec 29, 2014 at 14:20
  • When I saw some of the episodes I never got the impression there were any religious implications. I just thought some strange organization had done something to enhance his mind.
    – 201044
    Sep 14, 2015 at 2:51
  • The John Doe character was very interesting and that show like the TV shows today 'Limitless' or Elementary' can be inspiring and clever ; I just wish not all of their deductive abilities ( actually it's really inductive reasoning , I think) weren't spewed out at some level of 'hyper-communication'. So to let 'average' people follow some of the logic the character has to talk in slow motion. It would be more 'instructive' ( yes TV dramas can be instructive) if some set of inductive inferences were displayed in a non-hyper fashion.. That would make such dramas almost educational..
    – 201044
    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:16

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