Unforgettable (TV series)

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Television series
German title Unforgettable
Original title Unforgettable
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2011-2016
CBS Television Studios,
Timberman-Beverly Productions,
Sony Pictures Television
length 43 minutes
Episodes 61 in 4 seasons ( list )
genre Drama , crime series , mystery
idea Ed Redlich ,
John Bellucci
production Ed Redlich ,
John Bellucci ,
Carl Beverly ,
Sarah Timberman
First broadcast September 20, 2011 (USA) on CBS
first broadcast
May 8, 2012 on Glitz *

Unforgettable is an American crime series by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci with Poppy Montgomery in the lead role. It is based on the short story The Rememberer by J. Robert Lennon , published in 2008 . It's about Detective Carrie Wells, whose episodic memory is exceptionally well developed so that she can remember everything she's ever seen. The US premiere was on September 20, 2011 on CBS , the German-language premiere on May 8, 2012 on Glitz * .

After the series had already been canceled twice by CBS, in May 2012 after the first season and in October 2014 after the third season, the cable broadcaster A&E took over the series for a fourth season. In February 2016, A&E finally announced the discontinuation of the series.


NYPD Detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia , a rare syndrome that gives her the ability to visually remember everything she has ever seen. This means that Carrie can go back to earlier times in her life at will, with one exception. During an investigation into the case of her murdered neighbor Catherine Grant, the young woman meets her former friend and partner Al Burns again. Carrie had resigned from the Syracuse Police Department years ago when Burns refused to pursue the investigation into her murdered sister Rachel. She couldn't cope with this and her situation and submitted her farewell. Carrie was not only the youngest detective at the time, but also the one with the highest clearance rate of all time.

In between, the young woman earned her money with her phenomenal memory in gaming salons , sometimes in illegal gambling dens. Then, as now, she worked as a volunteer in a home for the elderly, in which her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, also lives . The old lady can't remember her childhood daughter Rachel being murdered. Carrie also only recognizes her sporadically, although she knows that her daughter is a police officer.

Al Burns asks Carrie to support him in the case of Catherine Grant, in which there is little evidence, which she refuses at first. He says that she has to come back, she wasn't ready then to deal with her sister's death, but now she is ready and, if there is more to discover, he can help her. She should trust him. Carrie replies that she trusted him before, but he gave up. While Carrie is talking to her mother in the old people's home, who she does not recognize as her daughter, a helper brings her the file with her sister's case and a message from Al Burns: "I never gave up," it says on a piece of paper. Carrie's mind keeps coming back to the day her sister died. The man she sees is always faceless.

Carrie Wells later returns to the NYPD as a detective and works with her colleagues in the (fictional) 117th precinct after initially working as a consultant for the NYPD.

Continuation of the plot regarding Rachel's death in the first season

Episode 6
On the way to her mother, whom she is visiting with Al Burns, Carrie Wells talks about her sister's murder in 1984. She is holding a phantom image she has created in her hands. To her great surprise, Alice recalls Wells, who has Alzheimer's disease, and believes that everything is still as it was when Carrie and Al were a couple almost nine years ago. She pretends that she last saw Al a few days ago. A call comes in and Carrie and Al have to say goodbye. "Go ahead and catch your criminals," said Alice Wells.
When Carrie visits her mother at the end of the episode, she has a drawing with her that shows her sister's likely murderer. She happens to come across her mother's eyes. "But Carrie, why do you have a drawing by Jonathan with you," the young woman hears her mother ask.
Episode 7
In this episode, Carrie returns to the end of the last episode, in which her mother referred to the man in the drawing as Jonathan. Unfortunately, she can't remember his last name, only that he lived across the street. Carrie believes the man in the photo could be her sister Rachel's killer. When she tells Al that the closer she gets to the solution, the worse her headache gets, he says, "Just like before." During this episode, Carrie is caught up with her memories of her dead sister. She also remembers when Al told her that she needed a break. Then she told Al that she couldn't go on like this, that she needed a normal life in places that weren't crime scenes and with people who weren't victims. At the time, she had left the department assuring each other of their love. At the end of the episode, Carrie sees the jacket of the man who killed her sister for the first time. Thereupon she tells Al, who is completely surprised, that she now also knows where he worked (emblem on the Stop & Fill jacket ).
Episode 8
Carrie tries to get information about the company whose name was on the perpetrator's jacket. She also recalls her memory of the room she ( Victoria Leigh , Carrie as a child) shared with her sister and her reaction to it when her mother ( Sue Cremin as a young mother) all the things that reminded Rachel, removed from it and how painful it was for her then.
In this episode, Det. Roe Sanders offers Carrie his help when he learns that she is investigating grocery stores near Syracuse , where she lived with her mother and sister as a child. His uncle is pretty big at a supermarket in case she needs help. “Thanks,” says Carrie, “I'll keep that in mind.” Later he wants to know from Carrie whether she can really remember absolutely everything in her life. By the time she was eight, she really had a pretty good memory. "And then suddenly one day," says Carrie and pauses ... After a pause, she finishes the sentence that one day she started to concentrate and since then she has remembered everything, really everything.
At the end of this episode, Carrie tells Al Burns and Roe Sanders that she looked all over the house and in the attic for Rachel's things, but they were gone, lost forever. And so she decided at that moment that there was no way she would lose anything again. So then she sat in her room and started to remember what it was like. And everything was as it was when Rachel was with her. Every little thing in the shared room down to the book Rachel last read was there again. Carrie hands Sanders the drawing of the man she believes killed Rachel. She doesn't even know if his real name is Jonathan, that's all she found out about the murder of her sister after 28 years. Sanders wants to call his uncle Sherman, maybe he could help.
In episodes 21 and 22, Rachel's death in the forest is investigated further.


The series was developed by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci. It was produced by CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Initially, 13 episodes were ordered for the first season. On October 25, 2011, the back nine order , the order for a further nine episodes, so that the season comes to a total of 22 episodes. Although the series had good ratings of around 10 million viewers over the entire season and almost consistently a rating of over 2.0 in the advertising-relevant target group , this was not enough for the broadcaster CBS. In May 2012, the broadcaster announced the discontinuation of the series.

In the course of the month, the two cable channels TNT and Lifetime expressed interest in the series. However, these negotiations failed, so the production studio turned to the original broadcaster CBS again. On June 20, 2012, he finally announced the order for a second season with thirteen episodes, which was shown from July 28, 2013 to May 9, 2014. In late September 2013, CBS announced the production of a third season, the 13 episodes of which aired from June 29 to September 14, 2014.

In October, CBS announced the retirement of the series. Four months later, the series was revived again and switched to cable channel A&E for the fourth season. After broadcasting this, the broadcaster itself announced the setting.

Cast and dubbing

main actor

The series was set to music at Scalamedia in Berlin . Frank Turba and Stephanie Kellner wrote the dialogue books, Turba also directed the dialogue with Ronald Nitschke and Frank Schröder .

Role name actor Main role
Main role
Supporting role
Supporting role
Voice actor
Det. Carrie Wells Poppy Montgomery 1-4 1-61 Silvia Missbach
Lt. Al Burns Dylan Walsh 1-4 1-61 Uwe Büschken
Det. Mike Costello Michael Gaston 1 1-22 Peter Reinhardt
Det. Roe Sanders Kevin Rankin 1 1-22 Felix Spit
Det. Nina Inara Daya Vaidya 1 1-22 Susanne Geier
Dr. Joanne Webster Jane Curtin 1-3 14-48 Kerstin Sanders-Dornseif
Eliot Delson Dallas Roberts 2-3 23-48 4th 49-50 Nicolas Boell
Cherie Rollins-Murray Tawny Cypress 2-3 23-48 Daniela Hoffmann
Jay Lee James Hiroyuki Liao 2-4 23-61 Rainer Fritzsche
Delina Michaels La La Anthony 4th 49-61
Denny Padilla EJ Bonilla 4th 49-61

Guest and supporting actors (selection)


Logo of the television station CBS , on which the series aired for the first three seasons in the United States
United States

The first season of the series aired in the United States from September 20, 2011 to May 8, 2012 on CBS. On average, the 22 episodes of the first season were seen by 12.11 million viewers and thus landed 24th of all broadcasts in the 2011–2012 season. The second season was broadcast from July 28, 2013 to May 9, 2014 on CBS. The third season aired from June 29 to September 14, 2014. The fourth season has been shown on A&E since November 27, 2015 .


In Germany, the first season was broadcast from March 8 to December 18, 2012 by the pay-TV channel Glitz * . The second season was also shown on Glitz * from November 26, 2013 to February 18, 2014. The third season was also broadcast on this channel (Glitz * was renamed TNT Glitz) from October 9, 2014 to January 1, 2015. The broadcast of the fourth season began there on February 11, 2016.

In free TV , the first season of the series should be shown in the course of 2012 on the station Kabel Eins , but the broadcast began on October 11, 2012 on the station Sat.1 and ended on March 7, 2013. The second season should will be broadcast on Sat.1 from February 12, 2015, but a decision was made against it without giving a reason. The second season was broadcast on Kabel Eins from April 10, 2015.


The series has been running on Swiss television on the private broadcaster 3+ since December 13, 2012. It started there with the tenth episode of the first season and broadcasts through to the twelfth episode of the first season. As of January 3, 2013, the remaining episodes of the first season, starting with the second episode, were shown. On May 23, 2013, the first season ended with the first episode. Why 3+ used this episode order is unclear.


The first season was broadcast on Austrian television from June 3 to October 28, 2013 on ORF eins .


At the same time as the United States, the series ran in Canada . In the same year the series was launched in Romania , Portugal and Poland . In 2012 it began broadcasting in Iceland , Japan , New Zealand , Italy , India , Brazil , Denmark , Russia , Spain , Great Britain and Belgium .

DVD release

  • Season 1 was released on March 7, 2013
  • Season 2 was released on December 29, 2014
  • Season 3 was released on June 18, 2015
United States
  • Season 1 was released on July 9, 2013
  • Season 2 was released on June 24, 2014
Great Britain
  • Season 1 was released on September 10, 2012

Web links

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