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Published:March 25th, 2007 13:51 EST
Without A Trace is found on DVD

Without A Trace is found on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

When someone disappears, it is up FBI's Missing Persons Unit to find them and hopefully bring them back alive. 

Since its debut in the fall of 2002, Without a Trace follows Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) and his team as they track down the missing.  But in order to find out where they are, the FBI has to know, who they are.  Sometimes the missing are found alive, and sometimes they're not.

In the beginning, the series struggled to find an audience when they were on Thursday nights against NBC's ER.  However, once the writers delve a little bit more into the characters' background and personal life while still focusing on a case, Without a Trace made it to the Top 20.  The series is in its fifth season and is now on Sunday nights against ABC's Brothers & Sisters, which was recently renewed for next season.

Season one is available on DVD, featuring all 23 episodes featuring extras such as audio commentaries on episodes such as the pilot and the season finale from series creator Hank Steinberg (The Nine).  This season's best episodes include "Hang On To Me" in which Charles S. Dutton (Roc) won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal as a distraught father searching for his son when he believes that Jack has given up.  Another one is "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?” on which the team is a part of an internal investigation in which secrets are revealed and loyalties are being questioned.

Season two is now out on DVD, picking up where the two-partner "Fall Out" from season one left off, as agent Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery) deals with the aftermath of being shot both physically and emotionally.  While still focusing on one case every week, the series also becomes more character-driven in episodes such as "Shadows" in which Martin (Eric Close) and Sam search for his terminally ill aunt while Jack tries to make peace with his estranged father (Martin Landau), who is suffering from Alzheimer's.  This DVD features all 24 episodes plus deleted scenes.

Watch as FBI Agent, Jack Malone and his unit continue their mission of finding the missing in seasons one and two of Without a Trace, available on DVD.