The Fugitive

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Series Description

The Fugitive TV show was a 60 minute drama series on ABC about a Doctor by the name of Richard Kimble who came home one day to find his wife had been murdered. He saw a one-armed man who was obviously the murderer fleeing from his home but the police wouldn't listen to his story. Kimble was arrested, tried for murder, and given the death penalty! Fortunately for Kimble, while being transferred from sentencing to prison, the train wrecked and he was able to escape! He hoped that somehow he would find the one-armed man and prove himself innocent. Unfortunately, as far as the law was concerned, Kimble was a dangerous, escaped convict. Every law enforcement agency was looking for him and one police Lieutenant was even spending his full time tracking the Fugitive down like a wild animal and bringing him back to the death chamber!

The Fugitive Cast

David Janssen .... Doctor Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
Barry Morse .... Lieutenant Philip Gerard
William Conrad .... Narrator

The Fugitive Opening Narrative

(First episode only:)

"Name: Richard Kimble. Profession: Doctor of Medicine. Destination: Death Row, State Prison. Richard Kimble has been tried and convicted for the murder of his wife. But laws are made by men, carried out by men. And men are imperfect. Richard Kimble is innocent. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove was that moments before discovering his wife's body, he encountered a man running from the vicinity of his home. A man with one arm. A man he had never seen before. A man who has not yet been found. Richard Kimble ponders his fate as he looks at the world for the last time. And sees only darkness. But in that darkness, fate moves its huge hand."

(All other episodes:)

"The Fugitive ... a QM Production ... starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of blind justice, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife, reprieved by fate when a train wreck freed him on route to the death house, freed him to hide in lonely desperation, to change his identity, to toil at many jobs, freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime, freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture ... Tonight's Episode ..."

(Then that evenings episode would be described.)

The Fugitive Trivia

David Janssen was not just a TV star. He also appeared in many movies. He also starred on the series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" for 4 seasons and 77 episodes beginning in 1957. The Fugitive TV show was his biggest success on TV with five seasons and 120 episodes from 1963 to 1967. Seven years after The Fugitive ended, David starred on another series titled, "Harry O" which ran for 2 seasons and 46 episodes. In 1978, he also appeared in the magnificent 26-hour "Centennial Miniseries" that followed the development of the western U.S. from shortly after the civil war until the current day (1970s).

William Conrad narrated the Fugitive TV show with his deep serious voice that kept fans on the edges of their seats! William also narrated "Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Friends (1961)"; "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)"; "The Highwayman (1988)"; and the 1977 miniseries: "How the West Was Won". Much earlier, from 1952 to 1961, Conrad starred on the "Gunsmoke Radio Show" as Marshal Matt Dillon! He didn't take the role on the "Gunsmoke TV Show" because he felt that he was to fat for audiences to accept him as a tough guy. That didn't hurt him years later when he starred on several TV series, two of which were "Cannon (1971)" and "Jake and the Fatman". He played tough guys on both of those series!

The final two episodes of the Fugitive TV show were possibly the most satisfying wrap up of any TV series in history! If you watched the series for the first 118 episodes, you grew to feel like Richard Kimble was your friend. You agonized each week over his terrible situation. From successful Doctor to desperately staying one step ahead of the death chamber! After a while, fans wanted Kimble to find the one-armed man and prove his innocence so bad that it almost hurt! That's exactly what happened during the final two episodes in one of the most exciting and dramatic finales ever seen on television!

The very last episode of the Fugitive TV show set a record with 72 percent of U.S. homes tuned in to cheer David Kimble on in his quest! That record held for 13 years until the "Dallas TV Show" episode where the person who shot J.R. Ewing was disclosed!

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

1... Fear in a Desert City (9/17/1963)
2... The Witch (9/24/1963)
3... The Other Side of the Mountain (10/1/1963)
4... Never Wave Goodbye - Part 1 (10/8/1963)
5... Never Wave Goodbye - Part 2 (10/15/1963)
6... Decision in the Ring (10/22/1963)
7... Smoke Screen (10/29/1963)
8... See Hollywood and Die (11/5/1963)
9... Ticket to Alaska (11/12/1963)
10. Fatso (11/19/1963)
11. Nightmare At Northoak (11/26/1963)
12. Glass Tightrope (12/3/1963)
13. Terror at High Point (12/10/1963)
14. The Girl From Little Egypt (12/17/1963)
15. Home Is The Hunted (12/24/1963)
16. Garden House (12/31/1963)
17. Come Watch Me Die (1/7/1964)
18. Where the Action Is (1/14/1964)
19. Search In a Windy City (1/21/1964)
20. Bloodline (1/28/1964)
21. Rat In a Corner (2/04/1964)
22. Angels Travel on Lonely Roads - Part 1 (2/18/1964)
23. Angels Travel on Lonely Roads - Part 2 (2/25/1964)
24. Flight From the Final Demon (3/10/1964)
25. Taps For a Dead War (3/17/1964)
26. Somebody to Remember (3/24/1964)
27. Never Stop Running (3/31/1964)
28. The Homecoming (4/7/1964)
29. Storm Center (4/14/1964)
30. The End Game (4/21/1964)

Season 2

31. Man In A Chariot (9/15/1964)
32. World's End (9/22/1964)
33. Man On A String (9/29/1964)
34. When The Bough Breaks (10/6/1964)
35. Nemesis (10/13/1964)
36. Tiger Left, Tiger Right (10/20/1964)
37. Tug of War (10/27/1964)
38. Dark Corner (11/10/1964)
39. Escape Into Black (11/17/1964)
40. The Cage (11/24/1964)
41. Cry Uncle (12/1/1964)
42. Detour On A Road Going Nowhere (12/8/1964)
43. The Iron Maiden (12/15/1964)
44. Devil's Carnival (12/22/1964)
45. Ballad For A Ghost (12/29/1964)
46. Brass Ring (1/5/1965)
47. The End Is But The Beginning (1/12/1965)
48. Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want To Meet (1/19/1965)
49. Fun and Games and Party Favors (1/26/1965)
50. Scapegoat (2/2/1965)
51. Corner of Hell (2/9/1965)
52. Moon Child (2/16/1965)
53. The Survivors (2/23/1965)
54. Everybody Gets Hit In The Mouth Sometime (3/9/1965)
55. May God Have Mercy (3/16/1965)
56. Masquerade (3/23/1965)
57. Runner in the Dark (3/30/1965)
58. A.P.B. (4/6/1965)
59. The Old Man Picked A Lemon (4/13/1965)
60. Last Second Of A Big Dream (4/20/1965)

Season 3

61. Wings of An Angel (9/14/1965)
62. Middle of A Heat Wave (9/21/1965)
63. Crack In A Crystal Ball (9/28/1965)
64. Trial By Fire (10/5/1965)
65. Conspiracy of Silence (10/12/1965)
66. Three Cheers For Little Boy Blue (10/19/1965)
67. All The Scared Rabbits (10/26/1965)
68. An Apple A Day (11/2/1965)
69. Landscape With Running Figures - Part 1 (11/9/1965)
70. Landscape With Running Figures - Part 2 (11/16/1965)
71. Set Fire To A Straw Man (11/30/1965)
72. The Stranger in the Mirror (12/7/1965)
73. The Good Guys and The Bad Guys (12/14/1965)
74. The End of The Line (12/21/1965)
75. When the Wind Blows (12/28/1965)
76. Not With A Wimper (1/4/1966)
77. Wife Killer (1/11/1966)
78. This'll Kill You (1/18/1966)
79. Echo of A Nightmare (1/25/1966)
80. Stroke of Genius (2/1/1966)
81. Shadow of The Swan (2/8/1966)
82. Running Scared (2/15/1966)
83. The Chinese Sunset (2/22/1966)
84. Ill Wind (3/1/1966)
85. With Strings Attached (3/8/1966)
86. The White Knight (3/15/1966)
87. The 2103 (3/22/1966)
88. A Taste of Tomorrow (3/29/1966)
89. In A Plain Paper Wrapper (4/5/1966)
90. Coralee (4/26/1966)

Season 4

91. The Last Oasis (9/13/1966)
92. Death Is The Door Prize (9/20/1966)
93. A Clean and Quiet Town (9/27/1966)
94. The Sharp Edge of Chivalry (10/4/1966)
95. Ten Thousand Pieces of Silver (10/11/1966)
96. Joshua's Kingdom (10/18/1966)
97. Second Sight (10/25/1966)
98. Wine Is A Traitor (11/1/1966)
99. Approach With Care (11/8/1966)
100. Nobody Loses All The Time (11/15/1966)
101. Right in The Middle of The Season (11/22/1966)
102. The Devil's Disciples (11/29/1966)
103. The Blessings of Liberty (12/6/1966)
104. The Evil Men Do (12/13/1966)
105. Run The Man Down (12/20/1966)
106. The Other Side of The Coin (12/27/1966)
107. The One That Got Away (1/3/1967)
108. Concrete Evidence (1/10/1967)
109. The Breaking of The Habit (1/17/1967)
110. There Goes The Ballgame (1/24/1967)
111. The Ivy Maze (1/31/1967)
112. Goodbye My Love (2/7/1967)
113. Passage to Helena (2/14/1967)
114. The Savage Street (2/21/1967)
115. Death Of A Very Small Killer (2/28/1967)
116. Dossier on A Diplomat (3/7/1967)
117. Walls of Night (3/14/1967)
118. The Shattered Silence (3/21/1967)
119. The Judgement - Part 1 (8/22/1967)
120. The Judgement - Part 2 (8/29/1967)

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