Unforgettable is a TV series featuring Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, a policewoman who can remember everything she's experienced in her life, except the details of her sister's death. Initially only got one season (2011-2012), but CBS Un-Canceled the show for a summer run starting August 2013 to stop it from moving to TNT or Lifetime.
Actor Allusion: Marilu Henner guest stars as Carrie's aunt, and at one point says she wishes she had Carrie's powers of recall. In real life, Marilu Henner is one of the very few people who DOES have a memory like the fictional Carrie does.
Anchored Ship: There are still strong residual feelings between Carrie and Al, but they're both so committed to their jobs and solving the murder of Carrie's sister that nothing will happen. They also remember how their previous relationship went sour, and that they regret things that happened. Even Al's girlfriend is fairly trusting of them.
Averted as of the season finale, plus Al's comments about having "been kicked out".
The Bechdel Test: Passes, being a crime procedural. All Carrie and Nina - the two females in the main cast - really talk about are cases.
Blackand Nerdy: Arnold, the hacker in the bank robbery gang in the episode "Incognito". In the end, it's all an act; he's actually the secret mastermind behind the bank robberies.
Blessed with Suck: Carrie's Photographic Memory makes her an excellent investigator but also means that she will never be able to forget any details of the grisly crimes she comes across. She also has issues with personal relationships since she cannot really "forgive and forget" when a relationship goes sour on her.
We also learn that there were five other people like Carrie, and that a memory researcher deduced a common factor between all of them was a tendency to risk-taking. He concluded that the release of adrenaline interferes with memory formation and that's why they seek these thrills. Not all of them have great lives either.
One person committed suicide since the study.
Another has become a thrill-seeking flimflammer who peddles all kinds of products of dubious usefulness.
The oldest of them has become an alcoholic.
Yet another moved away to become a Buddhist monk.
The last (except for Carrie herself) is an accountant who seems to have it all together, but who has a Troubled Past and has turned to murder as the ultimate memory-erasing thrill.
Broken Bird: Carrie. She's cursed to remember every day in its entirety, yet her mother has Alzheimer's and doesn't even recognize her most of the time. The one day she can't remember is the day her sister was murdered and she was there.
By-the-Book Cop: Al, though that kind of goes out the window in "With Honor" when his ex-partner is accused of being dirty.
Mock Millionaire: One Victim of the Week was an abused West Virginia housewife who fled to New York and successfully passed herself off as the heiress to a fictional Texas oil tycoon. She was murdered by her publicist when she tired of living a lie and wanted to come clean.
Manipulative Bastard: "Fred"/Walter Morgan/John Fox, who prefers manipulating unstable people into committing murders to doing them himself.
Myth Arc: For the first season at least, Carrie's quest to identify and arrest her sister's killer.
Carrie: "My name is Carrie Wells. Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them."
Photographic Memory: The core premise of the show is that Carrie never forgets anything she experiences. A lot of emphasis is placed on the fact that she can go over a memory in her mind multiple times and reexamine it for details she missed originally. The ability is portrayed both as a great gift and a curse since she will always perfectly remember the best moments of her life but will also never forget the grisly details of the crimes she investigates.
Reality Subtext: Carrie doesn't just have photographic memory, but rather, Hyperthymesia, which is a Word Of God fact. The difference between the hyperthymesia and photographic memory is that hyperthymesia tends to go "one step further": in addition to perfect recalling of images, senses including scents, sounds, taste, and the like, as well as events and conversations, are recalled with ease, whereas photographic memory is more often than not entirely visual. This is demonstrated in several episodes when Carrie can recall odors and muffled gun shots that allowed her to determine where they were shot from at the crime scene. As of now, a mere twenty cases of hyperthymesia are confirmed to exist.
Put on a Bus: As of season 2, the Queens detective contingent Nina, Mike and Roe. It looks like they've basically been replaced by ex-FBI Agent Cherie Murray and in-house Major Crimes liaison and computer tech Jay.
Retool: Due to being canceled, then Un-Canceled a season and a half later, season 2 has completely different sets and replaced most of the supporting cast, and the season premiere completely ignored the Myth Arc.
Ripped from the Headlines: The storyline about the hotel maid that killed the businessman who allegedly raped her is similar to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape allegations.
Seamless Spontaneous Lie: A murder suspect, while being interrogated by the cops, realizes that they have discovered that the murder scene was staged, so he has to come up with a new story to distract the detectives. He uses the "take names from the bulletin board" technique to tell a believable story and the detectives spend a fair chunk of time chasing this red herring.
Shout Out: To 2 Broke Girls when the Victim of the Week was a very poor girl posing as a very rich girl who was cut off from her family. Unlike the girls on 2BG, the victim's main problem was that she had no friends: her rich boyfriend panicked and fled when she revealed the truth; her real friend had to pose as her enemy and couldn't comfort her; her ex-husband was abusive and blackmailing her; and her manager wouldn't let her leave the "act".