Profiler is an American crime drama that initially aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series follows the exploits of a criminal profiler working with the fictional Violent Crimes Task Force based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ally Walker starred as Dr. Samantha Waters during the first three seasons (1996-1999), and was later replaced by Jamie Luner during the show's final season. Robert Davi, Roma Maffia, Peter Frechette, Erica Gimpel and Julian McMahon co-stared throughout the show's run. In 1998, Evan Rachel Wood joined the cast as Samantha's daughter, replacing actress Caitlin Wachs.
Other characters included Michael Whaley playing Nathan Brubaker who appeared throughout season one; a detective who was a former defense attorney. Shiek Mahmoud-Bey played Marcus Payton in season two who was an FBI agent skeptic to Sam's methods. A Martinez appeared occasionally in the first and second seasons playing Nick Cooper, an ATF bomb disposal expert who was Sam Waters love interest, who was later murdered by Jack. Heather McComb appeared frequently in the first and second seasons as Frances Malone, the wayward and rebellious teenage daughter of Bailey Malone. Traci Lords appeared throughout the second season playing a violent, ex-convict named Sharon Lesher, who became the serial killer Jill of All Trades after she was recruited by Jack.
In season three, the VCTF finally closed in on Jack, whose name was revealed to be Donald Lucas (played by Mark Rolston). With Jack finally in custody (so it seemed), Sam and her daughter Chloe (now played by Evan Rachel Wood), moved out of the fortress-like firehouse where they lived for the past two years and into a fancy house in the Atlanta suburbs. Sam had a brief romance with Paul Sterling (John Mese), a district attorney prosecuting Donald Lucas, while Sam also dealt with her estranged father Walter Anderson (Lawrence Pressman) who had some kind of connection to the imprisoned Donald Lucas. But as it turned out, the arrest of Donald Lucas was a ploy by the real Jack of All Trades (whose real name was revealed in one episode in season two to be Albert Newquay) who had in fact escaped yet again and was revealed to be in hiding in a small California town playing a sheriff, named Ed Post.
In season four, after finally stopping Jack, Sam retired from the VCTF, being replaced by a new forensic psychologist, Rachel Burke (Jamie Luner). Rachel was a former FBI instructor at Quantico who also had Sam Waters' skill of profiling. But unlike Sam, Rachel had a very brusque take-charge manner that alienated some of the team members. Rachel had her own life problems of being single and dealing with her self-destructive younger brother, Danny, who died from drug overdose near the end of the season. Late in the season, the show established a new over-arching villain, a shadowy urban legend named Damian Kennasas. Gregory Itzin also had a recurring role as Joel Marks, an unstable FBI agent who stalked Rachel. As the series came to an end, it appeared that the elite VCTF team might by shut down by the U.S. Congress for the high funds it took to operate.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Profiler - The First Season||22||July 29 2003|
|Profiler - The Second Season||20||November 25 2003|
|Profiler - The Third Season||21||April 27 2004|
|Profiler - The Fourth Season||20||October 26 2004|