A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

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 Dr. Richard Kimble / ... (120 episodes, 1963-1967)
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 Lt. Philip Gerard (119 episodes, 1963-1967)
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Dr. Richard Kimble is accused as the murderer of his wife, tried and convicted. On his way to be executed, he escapes. The only chance to prove his innocence is to find the man who killed his wife. Kimble, pursued by Lt. Gerard, risks his life several times when he shows his identity to help other people out of trouble. Written by Florian Baumann <baumann@msmhpd.hoechst.hoechst-ag.dbp.de>

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According to the book The Fugitive Recaptured, ABC announced in April 1966 that the series would film episodes in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. This never came to pass but may have occurred had the series gone to an originally-planned fifth season, a plan vetoed by David Janssen because he was physically worn out from the demanding shooting schedule. At this April 1966 announcement ABC also disclosed that they would add a young son for Kimble for the show's fourth season, in an attempt to draw more younger viewers. This plan was aborted in a May 1966 press conference when ABC realized the idea would not work given the specter of Lieutenant Gerard. See more »

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Narrator: 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 en 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.
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What A Real Drama is Supposed to Be!!
19 December 2001 | by (Southfield, MI) – See all my reviews

I was not alive yet when the show was in its original run. When I became a teenager, I happened to be flipping through the channels one late night and I stumbled across a rerun of "The Fugitive". I was hooked immediately.

I idea behind watching any TV program or movie is to provoke raw emotion from the viewer. Whenever I watch "The Fugitive", my heart actually beats faster. I always felt nervous, merry due to Kimble triumphing, scared, etc. No other program I have ever watched has given me such great feelings.

The show had an excellent premise (we all know it). The character development is the best of the best. Kimble, we saw his weaknesses, did not deserve the injustice that was brought to him. His strengths always kept him one step ahead of Gerard. Gerard, he was the epitome of a man possessed. Great characters and a great story.

Granted, the show has some continuity problems. But those things were overshadowed by an excellent product.

Most other drama on TV today is sappy and weak compared to this.

"The Fugitive" is what a real dram is supposed to be!!


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