Category: Mentally Impaired

Stumptown

Stumptown/ABC/2019+ (Down syndrome)

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Ansel Parios (Cole Sibus), a youth with Down syndrome who lives in Portland, Oregon. Ansel helps out at the bar called “Bad Alibi.” His sister, Dex (Cobie Smulders) is a ex-Marine Corps veteran turned private investigator (she suffers from PTSD, experiences combat flashbacks, and has a gambling and drinking problem).

Cole Sibus who plays Ansel also has Down syndrome in real life. Sibus is best known for his role on the A&E series “Born This Way” and a role in the 2018 film “Spare Room.”

The TV series is based on Greg Rucka’s graphic novel series, “Stumptown.”

Strange

Strange/BBC/2002-2003 (Down’s Syndrome)

Kevin (Timmy Lang) works at a Cathedral in England as Cannon Black’s gardener, a job that enables him to spy on the Canon and find out vital information.

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Kevin can sense the presence of demons and assists a defrocked priest John Strange (Richard Coyle) in fighting demonic agents in the region.

 

Nowhere Man

Nowhere Man/UPN/1995-96 (Brainwashing / Manipulated Memory)

Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood), a photojournalist whose identity has been “erased.” His wife and friends claim not to know him, his credit cards no longer work.]

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Thomas believes all that is happening is due to photograph called the “Hidden Agenda” that captured the execution of four men in South America by American soldiers.

To resolve his situation, Thomas searches for the negatives of the image that might somehow shed light on his dilemma. But following right behind are members of a mysterious organization who want to negatives for themselves.

After 25 episodes of crisscrossing the country in search of the negatives, Tom discovers the “Hidden Agenda” photo does not exist. They were part of an FBI brainwashing program that implanted the fictional identity of Thomas Veil into his mind. Thomas (his real name never revealed) was part of an FBI training exercise. Shades of BOURNE IDENTITY and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.

Kyle XY

Kyle XY/ABC FAMILY/2006-2009 (Amnesia)

A teenage boy (Matt Dallas) awakens naked in a forest outside Seattle, Washington, with no more knowledge or abilities than a newborn and no belly button.

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Missing standard human behaviors such as anger, joy and love, the teenage savant is adopted by a family and given the name Kyle. The series follows Kyle as he tries to solve the puzzles of who he is and why he has no memory before that day.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter/SYFY/2015–2017 (Amnesia)

Six people emerge from stasis pods with amnesia. They discover they are on a deserted a 27th century spaceship called the Raza and no have idea who they are or what they’re doing here.

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Together, with the help of a female android (Zoie Palmer), the group sets off to discover the meaning of their existence.

With no apparent names, they call themselves One through Six, the names reflecting the order in which they emerged from their pods.

It is later learned that “Two” (Melissa O’Neil) is an artificial human complete with a host of nanites that keep her alive.

 

Blindspot

Blindspot/NBC/2015+ (Amnesia)

Jane “Remi” Doe (Jaimie Alexander), a woman found naked in Times Square with no memory and mysterious images tattooed on her body.

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Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and his FBI team from the Bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group investigated the mysterious markings to uncover the true identity of this enigmatic female whom they kept in protective custody.

It is later revealed that Jane was born Alice Kruger in South Africa, then orphaned and trained as a child soldier by the apartheid regime. See eventually married FBI Agent Kurt Weller.

 

Action Man

Action Man/FOX/1995-96 (Amnesia)

Action Man, an amnesiac trying to unlock the mystery of his past. A combination of G.I. Joe and James Bond, this hero is a member of an elite multinational task force named Action Force headquartered on an space station orbiting earth.

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Together with his fellow agents: Knuck, Natalie, and Jacques (a computer whiz in a wheel chair) Action Man battles the one-eyed, robotic handed terrorist Dr. X (Rolf Leendres) and his skull “Council of Doom”.

Based on a Hasbro line of action figure toys, the series featured live action segments before and after the main show. The live action Action Man was played by Mark Griffin.

Samantha Who?

Samantha Who?/ABC/2007 (Amnesia)

Samantha Newly (Christian Applegate), a 30-year-old real estate executive who develops retrograde amnesia after a hit and run accident.

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As Samantha attempts to return to work and her life, she learns that before her accident she was a horrible, selfish, unlikable person so to make amends she sets out to reform her life and make the world see a new her.

People in her life include: her dysfunctional parents, Howard (Kevin Dunn) and Regina (Jean Smart), a self-centered Andrea (Jennifer Esposito), and needy but well-meaning Dena (Melissa McCarthy), her roommate and ex-boyfriend, Todd (Barry Watson) and her apartment house doorman, Frank (Tim Russ).

Fifth Corner, The

The Fifth Corner/NBC/1992 (Amnesia)

Richard Braun (Alex McArthur), a man who wakes up next to a dead woman in bed. He has no recollection of his identity. And when he returns home, he discovers such items as designer clothes, weapons, fake IDs and passports, which leads him to believe that he is a deep-undercover spy.

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Aided by Boone (J.E. Freeman), a comic book reading sidekick/driver, Braun sets out to learn his real identity. On their trail is a red-headed reporter named Erica Fontaine (Kim Delaney). who seeks to learn more about who Braun is.

“He woke up and couldn’t remember who he was. Where he’d been or what he’d done. Then he discovered he was not just one man, but many. A spy with many talents. An operative for a billionaire’s secret organization that wants him back. His only chance to survive lies with a woman who holds the key to his past and knows the secrets of his soul. So he’s running for his life. Trying to discover who he is and why we call him…The Fifth Corner.”

Braun was formerly employed by The Corporation headed by Dr. Granwell (James Coburn), an evil billionaire who hopes to bring Alex back into the fold so he can retrieve a mysterious diary (a laptop with details of all his assignments).

Braun is called “George” by his nefarious co-workers and that he is a man of many names. One of those is a nickname “The Fifth Corner” because when there was no way out he would find one.

Granwell is assisted by a beautiful, blind, female companion (Julia Nickson-Soul) and his second in command “The Hat” (Anthony Valentine) who commands a minion of assassins and psychopaths who were all at the disposal of Granwell’s wishes.

The Fifth Corner was a short-lived television series (6 episodes) which aired on NBC in 1992. The two-hour pilot aired on April 17, 1992.

Coronet Blue

Coronet Blue/CBS/1967 (Amnesia)

Michael Alden (Frank Converse), a man suffering from amnesia who was fished out of the East River on the mystery adventure CORONET BLUE/CBS/1967). The only thing that he remembered was the phrase “Coronet Blue.”

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The series was not renewed after it filled as the summer replacement for THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW/CBS/ABC/1967-79, so the viewers never discovered what the cryptic phrase “coronet blue” really meant. Frank Converse resurfaced on the crime drama NYPD the following fall season.


Theme Song Lyrics

Coronet Blue… Coronet Blue…
Deep down inside my brain I keep hearing that wild refrain.

Coronet Blue… No other clue…
I know that this must be the key that can set me free.

For I was born just yesterday lonely as a misty river
Always a’ moving like the river. If I linger I will die…

And so I go my lonely way every journey filled with danger
Even to myself a stranger. Wonderin’ who am I?


Note: Years later, writer and creator of the series Larry Cohen revealed the secret to the “Coronet Blue” mystery in his 1996 biography, “The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker.”

“The actual secret is that Converse was not really an American at all. He was a Russian who had been trained to appear like an American and was sent to the U.S. as a spy. He belonged to a spy unit called ‘Coronet Blue.’ He decided to defect, so the Russians tried to kill him before he can give away the identities of the other Soviet agents. And nobody can really identify him because he doesn’t exist as an American. Coronet Blue was actually an outgrowth of ‘The Traitor’ episode of THE DEFENDERS.” (that aired February 16, 1963)