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.
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.
iZombie/CW/2015-2017 (Zombie Disease)
Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver), Seattle-based medical student who joined the ranks of the living dead when she contracted a zombie like disease after attending a party on a boat. Her condition is the result of a new designer drug called “Utopium,” which turns its victims into zombies who then go on a feeding frenzy (humans).
Luckily, Liv found a source of human flesh to eat, namely brains as she worked for the coroner’s office and snacked on the corpses in the King County Morgue. Consuming human brains helps Liv maintain her humanity and suppress her hunger, otherwise she would revert back to a full-blown mindless zombie.
When Liv discovers that she inherits personality traits and memories from the brains of those she feeds on, she poses as a psychic and assists the police in solving murders.
Some iZombie quotes by Liv
Liv: Thanks for listening to me all night, Clive, I’m glad you know I’m a zombie.
Clive: Remember this. I’m alive because of what you did. I know it hurts right now, but try to remember that when you’re beating yourself up.
Liv: A massive zombie outbreak means never having to say you’re sorry.
Liv: Sorry about the mess.
Peyton: Okay, but don’t eat a new brain until this is dealt with.
Liv: Can we just be honest for a moment? We both know deep down that this can’t work. Being a zombie has changed me. You love the woman I was before, you tolerate the woman I am now.
Liv: Hey Lowell, so sorry to do this on a message, but I have to cancel. I’m literally seconds away from puking, it hit me out of nowhere, and I’m calling you from the bathroom floor right now. Hope you understand- oh my god, I’m such an idiot, I totally forgot you’re a zombie. I can just tell you. I had a bad batch of agoraphobe brain, and I can’t get out of my apartment. Okay, bye.
Liv: Must have donuts. Great, I hate Homer Simpson’s brain.
Liv: Son of a bitch, I ate the brains of a sociopath
Grey’s Anatomy/ABC/2005+ (Amputated leg)
Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), physician with a prosthetic left leg who works at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in the City of Seattle, Washington. She is an attending surgeon and became the new chief of pediatric surgery following the death of Dr. Jordon Kenley (John Sloman).
Dr. Robbins graduated from John Hopkins School of Medicine. She was named “Arizona” after the battleship, U.S.S. Arizona because her grandfather served on the Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and saved 19 men before he drowned. Arizona’s love interest is orthopedic resident Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez).
When traveling on a plane with colleagues, Arizona’s plane crashed and she suffered a severe open fracture to her thighbone. Arizona refused to have her leg amputated despite the possibility of septic infection. But while operating on a patient she crashed and her lesbian partner Callie ordered Dr. Alex to cut off the leg to keep the infection from killing her. Alex performed an above-the-knee amputation (aka trans-femoral amputation).
After her surgery, Arizona underwent extensive physical therapy and was fitted with a prosthesis. To alleviate the phantom pain she feels in her leg, she tries massage, mirror therapy, and biofeedback.
After months of struggling with the aftermath of her amputation, Arizona finally let Callie (who gave the order for her amputation) help her with her aching leg.
Note: To give the appearance of a real leg, a prosthesis was built from a cast of Capshaw’s thigh and then technicians covered the prosthesis with a silicone skin cover matching the skin tones of the actress. While portraying the disabled Arizona, Capshaw attached the prosthetic leg to her knee while her lower leg stuck out behind her which was digitally removed for effect.
See also: Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy/ABC/2005+ (Autism)
Dr. Virginia Dixon (Mary McDonnell), a blunt, socially awkward Cardio-thoracic Surgeon who briefly worked as an attending physician at Seattle General Hospital in the State of Washington.
Dixon was being courted by Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), the Chief of Surgery to be the next head of Cardio-thoracic Surgery after the departure of Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith). Dixon ultimately declined the position but requested privileges at the hospital.
Called “a little off” by fellow doctors, Dr. Dixon suffered from Asperger syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a child, she stuttered.
Dr. Dixon repetitively offers up all sorts of trivia and data on the subject of the heart. She is an expert in her field and will corrects physicians who use medical terminology inappropriately, like using the colloquial term piggy-back transplant instead of Heterotopic transplant.
She also avoids eye contact, does not comprehend sarcasm and has a thing about being touched. If a patient tries to hug her, she has a panic attack and flees the scene.To alleviate her panic, she needed firm pressure applied across her body to help calm her down. So two of the doctors on duty volunteered to wrap their arms around her body and squeeze. As Dr. Dixon told her helpers, this calming technique was used on cows before they get slaughtered.
Despite her quirks, Dixon performs her surgeries extremely fast. When she operates, she covers her entire head with only her eyes exposed.
Note: The Dr. Dixon character appeared on three episodes of the fifth season of this popular medical drama, including “These Ties That Bind” (2008), “All By Myself” (2008), and “Beat Your Heart Out” (2009).
Actress Mary McDonnell, who played the role of Dr. Virginia Dixon, is perhaps best remembered for her film roles as a white woman named “Stands with a Fist” captured by Native Americans in the western adventure “Dances with Wolves” (1990), snd May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish (1992), as well as her TV roles as President Laura Roslin on the science fiction series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/SYFY/2004-2009 and Captain Sharon Raydor on the police drama MAJOR CRIMES/TNT/2012-2016+.
JOHN DOE/FOX/2002-2003 (Amnesia / Colorblindness)
John Doe (Dominic Purcell), a mysterious stranger with amnesia who surfaces in Seattle. John has an encyclopedic knowledge on seemingly every known fact, but is colorblind.
His visual condition is apparently psychological because when he sees certain objects or persons, he perceives them in color. Are these objects clues to whom he really is and from whence he came?
The Phoenix Organization, a mysterious international cabal whose silent members use sign language to communicate, believe that John Doe is some sort of a Messiah.
Note: To simulate John’s colorblind condition, objects and persons are seen in grainy black and white when seen through his eyes. Otherwise, the show is filmed in color.