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Name: Profiler
Creator: Cynthia Saunders
Date(s): September 21, 1996 – July 1, 2000
Medium: TV
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: at IMDb
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Profiler is an American crime drama show that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000, takes place in the same universe as "The Pretender."

It follows an FBI profiler who is part of a team of investigators - known as the Violent Crimes Task Force - in Atlanta, GA., Dr. Samantha Waters, and later, Rachel Burke.


Dr. Sam Waters, a detective with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a federal agency which often works with the FBI, ATF, and other crime-solving agencies. The VCTF investigates and solves such crimes, and continually chases the elusive man known anonymously as Jack, who has haunted Dr. Waters for years.


Throughout the series the producers used stylized visual sequences to illustrate Sam's intuitive leaps. Because the show debuted at the same time as the similarly themed "Millennium (TV)" which stared a profiler with actual psychic abilities illustrated with similar stylized segments, many assumed that Sam was supposed to be psychic. In reality the flashes were never supposed to be psychic. Instead they were supposed to illustrate Sam's thought process as she made intuitive leaps.



Profiler shared the universe with The Pretender, with both Ally Walker and Michael T. Weiss guest starring on each other shows. This resulted in crossover fanworks (fics especially).


Os emparelhamentos het includes Sam/Bailey, Sam/John, Sam/Jack, Sam/Nick and the femslash includes Angel/Sam.


In June 1999, NBC announced that they would be replacing Ally Walker in season 4. "Walker will be phased out by the fourth episode of the 1999-2000 season, the show's fourth. She'll be replaced by an actress yet to be cast, playing a new character. Reports have said that she's leaving for a film career, but network executives say Walker is walking at NBC's urging. The actress has a strained relationship with the management team that's taken over at NBC since the show's start in 1996. Execs say her character isn't convincing as a brilliant forensic psychologist who hunts serial killers."[1].

Fans did not take the change well, and there were attempts to persuade NBC to keep Ally Walker on[1], but ultimately Jamie Luner was cast as Dr. Rachel Burke. Her character was not as well liked as Sam Waters.

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  1. ^ a b Keep Ally Walker on Profiler!!!, Archived version, accessed December 12, 2016