“Kyle XY” was another series, this one on ABC Family, which played out the “gifted teen” concept.
The hero is played by Matt Dallas. As the series begins, he wakes up in a part naked (but not imagined), covered with goo and with no bellybutton in a park outside Seattle.
He is taken to a juvenile detention center but then taken in to foster care by a psychologist, Nicole Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre) and her husband Stephen and gregarious teen son Josh (Jean Luc Bolideau). He might be viewed as autistic, but he quickly learns language and social function, and toward the end of season 1 (which started in 2006) he is viewed as academically gifted and also an artist, and can help Josh and other teens with homework. He also has superior senses and athletic abilities.
Soon, it is apparent that he has to be protected from the people or company that seems to have created him. Is he an example of “artificial life”? Was he made outside the womb? What are the implications of his existence? Nevertheless, he is strong, likeable and sometimes protective of others, in a way that reminds one of Clark Kent in Smallville.
The series was canceled after the third season in March 2009. I will try to get the DVD that explains what the future plans for the series were and not them here. The video that follows is a beginning of this effort.