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Dr. Richard Kimble, a pediatrician in Stafford, Indiana, has an argument with his wife Helen and storms off. While returning his car almost hits a one armed man who darts into the street from the vicinity of his home. He runs into his home past the open front door and sees Helen dead on the floor. Although innocent, he is tried and convicted for murder, and sentenced to death.

Police Lieutenant Phillip Gerard is taking Kimble by train to prison to be executed, when the train derails and Kimble escapes. Kimble travels from place to place, frequently changing his name, taking jobs where he can get them, usually menial, and ever on the alert lest he be recognized and captured. Lt. Gerard and other police are hot on his trail, and even well-meaning civilians can cause his ruin.

While running, Kimble constantly seeks the one armed man so he can prove his innocence. Viewers can certainly believe in his innocence, since in each episode he displays outstandingly good character, frequently putting himself at risk to help another person in need. The fact he must frequently travel puts Kimble in a variety of interesting situations involving people of all different characters from all stations of life. Although he no longer has a medical license, his skills as a doctor are often needed and play a role in the drama.

The main character, Richard Kimble, is played by actor David Janssen. He is intelligent, modest, generous, honest, hard-working, strong and trustworthy. Attractive to the ladies, he has many romances throughout his travels, and is always honest with them about the fact he never sticks around one town too long. Yet, the nature of being a fugitive occasionally requires some dishonest and even violent conduct on his part, though never too violent.

His adversary, Lieutenant Phillip Gerard, played by actor Barry Morse, feels responsible for Kimble's escape, and Kimble is never far from his mind. Gerard is intelligent, honest, and completely devoted to duty. He does not bother himself with the question of whether Kimble is innocent, because the courts declared him guilty, and it is Gerard's job to obey their orders. His shrewd detective skills often place Kimble in severe jeopardy. He appears in fewer than half the episodes. In the remaining episodes, other police officers usually figure prominently.

Kimble gets away at the end of every episode, sometime through his own efforts, sometimes through luck, and sometimes with the aid of a citizen, or even a policeman, who believes in Kimble's innocence or otherwise is impressed with his good deeds.

The one armed man, played by actor Bill Raisch, does not appear in many episodes, but is an evil presence throughout the series. When he does appear, he is ruthless, violent, and simple-minded, with good instincts for self-preservation. Like Kimble, he is a fugitive, having to run from the relentless pursuit of Kimble. Toward the end of the series he appears more often, and Kimble learns his name, Fred Johnson.

Each of the 120 episodes has a unique plot, often complex and showing great creativity, though some themes are repeated. Another attraction to the show is the guest stars, many of whom are among the most renowned names in show business

In the final episode, The Judgment, Parts I and II, Kimble is finally cleared, to the great relief of his sister Donna Taft, played by actress Jacqueline Scott, who appears in episodes periodically throughout the series.

The Fugitive, which ran for four years from 1963 to 1967, is arguably the finest dramatic show ever to appear on television.

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Yes. In the final episode, The Judgment, Part II, the guilt of Fred Johnson, the one armed man, is established conclusively. Neighbor Lloyd Chandler, played by actor J.D. Cannon, came to the Kimble home after Kimble stormed off, to comfort Helen, who was distraught. Through his eyes we see a flashback of the actual killing, by Fred Johnson. Helen and Chandler hear Johnson burglarizing the house, and Helen, who is drunk, attacks Johnson. Johnson hits Helen in the head with a lamp. Chandler, a former war hero, could not come forward to clear Kimble before, because of embarrassment over not saving Helen out of fear of Johnson, and also because of embarrassment over not having told the police right away what happened.

In addition, in the final episode, Kimble and Johnson have a one on one confrontation at the top of a carnival tower. At that time, Johnson confesses he killed Helen, however, no one but Kimble (and the audience) hears the confession.

There has been some confusion over this issue because in The Judgment, Part I, Johnson tells bail bondsman Art Howe (actor Michael Constantine) that he merely witnessed the killing by a third party (not Dr. Kimble) while doing a breakin at the Kimble's house, and did not come forward to save the doctor because he was not supposed to be in that house. If that were true, then Johnson would be innocent of the killing, but the statement of Lloyd Chandler (and video of the killing while Chandler tells his story) and Johnson's confession shows that Johnson's statement to the bail bondsman was false.

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Richard Kimble comes from Stafford, Indiana, which is 75 miles from Indianapolis. (The Judgment, Part 1). Kimble's father is Dr. John Kimble, played by actor Robert Keith. His sister is Donna Taft, played by actress Jacqueline Scott. His brother is Ray Kimble, played by actor Andrew Prine (Home is the Hunted). His mother, apparently deceased, is named Elizabeth (Escape into Black). John Kimble dies while Richard is still on escape (Running Scared).

After medical school, Kimble served his residency at a hospital in Fairgreen, Indiana. There he met, and later married, nurse Helen Waverly, played by actress Diane Brewster. Her father is Ed Waverly, actor Lloyd Gough, mother is Edith, actress Ruth White, and sister is Terry, actress Louise Sorrel (The Survivors).

Donna is married to Leonard Taft. He is played by three different actors: James Sikking (Home is the Hunted), Lin McCarthy (Running Scared), and Richard Anderson (The Judgment).

Donna's children are Billy, actor Clint Howard, and David, actor Billy Mumy (Home is the Hunted). However, in the final episode her son is Bobby, played by actor Johnny Jensen, who has a brother whose name is not mentioned. (The Judgment, Part 2).

The conclusion that Kimble's mother is deceased is based on the fact that when Kimble goes home (Home is the Hunted) and when Kimble's father dies (Running Scared) his mother is nowhere around, and there is no mention of his mother at all. Only when Kimble has amnesia and is trying to recover his memory under hypnotic drugs does he ever give the name of his mother, Elizabeth (Escape into Black). Yet, in the final episode, Leonard Taft, Donna's husband, says to Donna, "Why don't you, uh, call your mother about the boys?" (The Judgment, Part 2), suggesting that not only is the mother around, but that she lives close enough to take care of the boys. Kimble's mother is not mentioned in any other episode. While a scenario can be imagined where this is not a mistake (parents divorce, mother moves away, they lose all contact, then mother moves back to Stafford), I conclude that the writers simply lost track of the mother situation, leading to the reference in the final episode.

According to earlier episodes, Helen was killed September 17 (World's End), 1960 (Never Wave Goodbye, Part 1). However, in the final episode Lt. Gerard says that she was killed September 19, 1961 (The Judgment, Part 1). The argument that drove Kimble from the house that fateful day arose from the fact that Helen had a stillborn child and the experience left her unable to have children, and Kimble, a pediatrician, loved children. He wanted to adopt, but Helen felt that would be living a lie. They also argued about her drinking (The Girl from Little Egypt).

Kimble is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 173 pounds (Landscape with Running Figures, Part 1). His full name is Richard David Kimble (The Girl from Little Egypt).

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

This is a matter of opinion. Here is our list of the twelve best:

1. The 2130.

2. Landscape with Running Figures (parts 1 and 2).

3. The End Game.

4. Ill Wind.

5. Detour on a Road Going Nowhere.

6. A.P.B.

7. Masquerade.

8. Nightmare at Northoak.

9. The Other Side of the Mountain.

10. Escape into Black.

11. Echo of a Nightmare.

12. Dossier on a Diplomat.

All those were rated 10 by us. Other episodes we rated 10 are:

See Hollywood and Die, Wings of an Angel, Running Scared, Tug of War, The Judgment (part 1), Corner of Hell, Ballad for a Ghost, Fear in a Desert City, Ticket to Alaska.

See plot summaries of these and other many other episodes on this site at http://www.imdb.com/user/ur12752657/comments

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Yes. Here are a few.

1. In many early episodes, Helen was said to have died by strangulation. In later episodes, it is said she died from a blow to the head. The later version is proved right in the final episode, "The Judgment, Part 2" where the audience sees the actual killing.

2. In the first episode, "Fear in a Desert City," Kimble tells Monica Welles he almost hit the one armed man a block from the house. In many other episodes, the near-collision is in the street directly in front of the house.

3. In "Never Wave Goodbye," Lt. Gerard is married to Ann Gerard, played by blonde actress Rachel Ames. In "Landscape with Running Figures," he is married to Marie Gerard, played by dark-haired actress Barbara Rush.

4. In "Nemesis," Gerard's son is Phil Gerard Jr., played by actor Kurt Russell. In "Never Wave Goodbye," Gerard's son is named Flip, played by an uncredited actor who is not Kurt Russell.

5. Donna Taft, Kimble's sister, is married to Leonard Taft. He is played by three different actors: James Sikking in "Home is the Hunted," Lin McCarthy in "Running Scared," and Richard Anderson in "The Judgment."

6. In "The Girl from Little Egypt," Kimble's prosecutor was Mr. Rand, played by actor Bernard Kates. In "Running Scared," Kimble's prosecutor was Mike Ballinger, played by actor James Daly.

7. In "Nightmare at Northoak" Kimble uses a gun to force Ernie the deputy into a jail cell, but fails to take the gun in Ernie's holster, which Ernie inexplicably fails to use to summon help or escape or stop Kimble as he gets away.

8. In "Home is the Hunted," Donna's children are Billy, actor Clint Howard, and David, actor Billy Mumy. However, in "The Judgment, Part 2" her son is Bobby, actor Johnny Jensen, and he has a brother whose name is not mentioned.

9. The great weight of evidence from the series would lead one to conclude that Kimble's mother is deceased. When Kimble goes home (Home is the Hunted) and when Kimble's father dies (Running Scared) his mother is nowhere around, and there is no mention of his mother at all. Only when Kimble has amnesia and is trying to recover his memory under hypnotic drugs does he ever give the name of his mother, Elizabeth (Escape into Black). She is not mentioned again until the final episode, where Leonard Taft, Donna's husband, says to Donna, "Why don't you, uh, call your mother about the boys?" (The Judgment, Part 2), suggesting that not only is the mother around, but that she lives close enough to take care of the boys. While a scenario can be imagined where this is not a mistake (parents divorce, mother moves away, they lose all contact, then mother moves back to Stafford), I conclude that the writers simply lost track of the mother situation, leading to the apparently contradictory reference in the final episode.

10. According to earlier episodes, Helen was killed September 17 (World's End), 1960 (Never Wave Goodbye, Part 1). However, in the final episode, while interrogating Fred Johnson, Lt. Gerard says that she was killed September 19, 1961 (The Judgment, Part 1).

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Yes. He does so repeatedly. In "Never Wave Goodbye," Kimble get can away free with his girlfriend, and be thought dead, but ruins it all by coming back to save Gerard's life after his rowboat founders in rough seas. In "Stroke of Genius," Kimble protects Gerard from a father seeking to protect his son from arrest by killing Gerard. In "Corner of Hell," the hillbilly moonshiners think Gerard is guilty of beating a young woman, and Kimble must protect him from a lynching. In "The Evil Men Do," a criminal sympathetic to Kimble tries to murder Gerard for him, and Kimble must risk his own life to save Gerard. In "Ill Wind," Kimble actually saves Gerard's life twice, once from a vicious pitchfork attack, and later by giving him a needed blood transfusion after he is injured in the hurricane.

Ironically, Kimble acts as protector of the rest of Gerard's family as well. He takes care of Mrs. Marie Gerard when she is blinded in "Landscape with Running Figures." He takes care of Phil Gerard Jr. when he is stranded in the woods in "Nemesis."

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Yes. Because of Kimble's outstanding behavior, some police officers gain great respect for Kimble.

In "All the Scared Rabbits" and "When the Bough Breaks," Kimble risks his freedom to save the lives of a small girl and a baby, and is rewarded by grateful policemen with advice about the bus and a ride to the bus station, even though they know he is on the run.

In "Run the Man Down" a woman persuades an officer not to pursue Kimble after he saved their lives from other criminals.

In "Tug of War," a deputy and a retired sheriff are fighting over Kimble in the wilderness. The older one, who is dying, arranges for Kimble's escape from the other, after convincing himself of Kimble's innocence.

In "Echo of a Nightmare," policewoman Jane Washburn has come to respect Kimble, and hesitates when she could shoot him in the back as he makes a quick move out the door. A military officer hesitates to shoot Kimble in the back as he escapes in "Conspiracy of Silence." A deputy whose life Kimble saved from a vicious killer cannot bring himself to shoot Kimble as he gets away in "Passage to Helena."

In "Man on a String," the deputy allows Kimble to go free as the deputy takes responsibility for a killing he unintentionally committed, clearing the innocent woman suspect in the case.

In "A Clean and Quiet Town," the police work for organized crime, and are ordered to let Kimble go.

In "Death is a Small Killer," a Mexican policeman lets Kimble go to honor the last words of his dying friend.

In "There Goes the Ballgame" police know who Kimble is, but allow him to deliver the ransom at the demand of the kidnappers, which gives him the opportunity to escape.

Security guards who were formerly police knowingly let Kimble go in "Glass Tightrope" and "Death is the Doorprize."

In "The Witch" the policeman does not know Kimble's identity, but does tell Kimble if he ever needs a reference, call on him.

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Leaving aside the crimes of escape, identity theft, practicing medicine without a license, etc., Kimble does find it necessary to commit crimes to save his life. He commonly commits assaults to escape from jail. In "Fatso," he slugs a deputy in the back of the head in his jail cell. In "Nightmare at Northoak," he slugs Gerard in the back of the head, steals his gun, and threatens a deputy with the gun. In "Devil's Carnival" and in "Passage to Helena" he conspires with a known criminal to assault a deputy and steal his gun.

Outside of jail Kimble also occasionally resorts to violence. He often hits a bully, as in "Fear in a Desert City," "Fatso," and "Angels Travel on Lonely Roads." He beats a sheriff into unconsciousness in "Tug of War." In the same episode he forces an innocent civilian into a storage room and locks him in. He beats a deputy in "The Other Side of the Mountain," and in "Passage to Helena." He attacks a deputy in "Nemesis." In "Masquerade," an accomplice pulls a gun on a deputy while Kimble ties and gags him.

In "Echo of a Nightmare" he kidnaps a policewoman (although, to be fair to Kimble, she did handcuff herself to him).

In "Angels Travel on Lonely Roads," Kimble rolls a drunk for his identification, though he leaves behind the money. In "End of the Line," he steals a wallet to get money, though he later pays the money back.

In his original escape he breaks into a garage to steal a file. ("The Girl from Little Egypt"). He breaks into houses in many episodes, including "The End Game" and "Echo of a Nightmare." He steals cars in many episodes, including "Never Stop Running," "Nemesis," "Tug of War," and "The 2130." He steals his boss's boat in "Storm Center."

In "Not Without a Whimper," Kimble becomes a terrorist, threatening to explode a bomb if police do not let him go.

In "Never Wave Goodbye," Part II, Gerard commits the federal crime of stealing a Coast Guard life raft after having been ordered not to leave the ship to go after Kimble.

Apparently, neither Gerard nor Kimble are ever prosecuted for these crimes.

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

In "The End Game," Kimble tells someone he is guilty of killing his wife.

In "May God Have Mercy," someone else, also innocent, confesses to killing Mrs. Kimble.

In "Corner of Hell," Gerard is accused of an attack on a woman, and, like Kimble, cannot prove he saw a man running from the scene of the crime.

In "Scapegoat," Kimble is recognized, not as Kimble, but as one of his former false identities.

In "Man in a Chariot," the Stafford police are called, but instead of Lt. Gerard coming, for some unexplained reason Sgt. Pulaski shows up. He does not appear in any other episode.

In "Dossier on a Diplomat" Kimble gets sanctuary at an embassy in Washington from an ambassador with diplomatic immunity. Gerard threatens to use extradition to take him into custody.

In "Wings of an Angel" we get to see Kimble in prison. Kimble is taken to a prison hospital for medical treatment, and is blackmailed by inmates who recognized him from an Indiana prison.

Although Kimble normally is eager to help someone in need, and often risks his life or freedom to do it, in "There Goes the Ballgame" he repeatedly tries to squirm out of helping the kidnap victim.

Although Gerard is normally a complete professional, in "The End Game" he pointlessly acts like a jerk, alienating witnesses who are trying to be helpful.

Kimble often ends up spending time alone with Gerard. He is alone with Gerard's wife in "Landscape with Running Figures" and with his son in "Nemesis." He is alone with the prosecutor and the prosecutor's wife in "Running Scared." He is alone with his dead wife's family in "The Survivors." He is alone with Fred Johnson's girlfriend in "Nobody Loses All the Time."

Kimble goes blind in "Second Sight" and gets amnesia in "Escape into Black."

In "The Girl from Little Egypt" Kimble is at a party and is asked his views on capital punishment.

In "The 2130" we get a computer analysis of the likelihood of Kimble's committing murder under any circumstances: 98% negative. Gerard's response: "The remaining 2% is enough for me."

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net

Out of 120 episodes total, my count is 37 episodes in which Lt. Gerard appears. My figure matches one that is found elsewhere on the internet.

First season: 12

1.1 Fear in a Desert City 1.3 The Other Side of the Mountain 1.4 Never Wave Goodbye, part 1 1.5 Never Wave Goodbye, part 2 1.7 Smoke Screen 1.10 Fatso 1.11 Nightmare at Northoak 1.14 The Girl from Little Egypt (flashback only) 1.15 Home is the Hunted 1.19 Search in a Windy City 1.26 Somebody to Remember 1.30 The End Game

Second season: 8

2.2 World's End 2.5 Nemesis 2.9 Escape into Black 2.13 The Iron Maiden 2.17 The End Is But the Beginning 2.21 Corner of Hell 2.25 May God Have Mercy 2.30 Last Second of a Big Dream

Third season: 9

3.4 Trial by Fire 3.9 Landscape with Running Figures, part 1 3.10 Landscape with Running Figures, part 2 3.13 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 3.17 Wife Killer 3.20 Stroke of Genius 3.22 Running Scared 3.24 Ill Wind 3.27 The 2130

Fourth season: 8

4.4 The Sharp Edge of Chivalry 4.5 Ten Thousand Pieces of Silver 4.10 Nobody Loses All the Time 4.14 The Evil Men Do 4.21 The Ivy Maze 4.26 Dossier on a Diplomat 4.29 The Judgment, part 1 4.30 The Judgment, part 2

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Fred Johnson (actor Bill Raisch), the one armed man who kills Kimble's wife, appears in 10 episodes:

First season: 2

1.14 The Girl from Little Egypt (flashback only) 1.19 Search in a Windy City

Second season: 1

2.9 Escape into Black

Third season: 1

3.17 Wife Killer

Fourth season: 6

4.3 A Clean And Quiet Town 4.7 Second Sight 4.10 Nobody Loses All the Time 4.21 The Ivy Maze 4.29 The Judgment, part 1 4.30 The Judgment, part 2

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

Kimble's sister Donna Taft (actress Jacqueline Scott) appears in 5 episodes:

1.15 Home Is The Hunted 3.4 Trial By Fire 3.22 Running Scared 4.29 The Judgment Part 1 4.30 The Judgment Part 2.

Kimble's father Dr. John Kimble (actor Robert Keith) and brother Ray Kimble (actor Andrew Prine) appear in one episode, 1.15 Home Is The Hunted.

Kimble's nephews (Donna's children) Billy (actor Clint Howard), and David (actor Billy Mumy) appear in one episode, 1.15 Home is the Hunted. However, Donna's son Bobby (actor Johnny Jensen) appears in one episode, 4.30 The Judgment Part 2.

Kimble's brother in law (Donna's husband) Leonard Taft is in four episodes, but is played by three different actors: James Sikking 1.15 Home Is The Hunted, Lin McCarthy 3.22 Running Scared, Richard Anderson, 4.29 The Judgment Part 1, 4.30 The Judgment Part 2.

Kimble's in-laws on his wife's side appear in one episode, 2.23 The Survivors. Her father is Ed Waverly, actor Lloyd Gough, mother is Edith, actress Ruth White, and sister is Terry, actress Louise Sorrel.

By James Lawrence ynot@earthlink.net

Of course, the most memorable and important villain is the one armed man himself, Fred Johnson, played by actor Bill Raisch. He is the architect of all Kimble's troubles, and causes renewed trouble whenever he shows up. However, other evildoers play important roles throughout the series.

As we see it, the most memorable villains are (1) very evil, (2) self-confident, (3) frightening, (4) entertaining, and (5) strongly and believably portrayed. Based on this, we list our opinion of the five most memorable villains:

1. Neil Pinkerton in "A.P.B." (actor Paul Richards).

2. Chester in "There Goes the Ballgame" (actor Gabriel Dell).

3. Ed Welles in "Fear in a Desert City" (actor Brian Keith).

4. Hanes McClure in "Devil's Carnival" (actor Warren Oates).

5. Hutch in "The Devil's Disciples" (actor Bruce Dern).

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

This is of course a matter of opinion, but here is ours.

The most realistic love affair is with Barbara Wells (actress Janice Rule) in Walls of Night.

The hottest love affair is with Marcie King (actress Bethel Leslie) in Storm Center.

The strongest bond, though it ends very quickly, is with Hallie Martin (actress Janis Paige) in Ballad for a Ghost.

The love affair with the most apparent potential, though it is of course cut short, is with Susan Cartwright (actress Lois Nettleton) in In a Plain Paper Wrapper.

The woman willing to sacrifice the most for Kimble is Karen Christian (actress Susan Oliver) in Never Say Goodbye. She is also probably the most beautiful of Kimble's love interests.

The strongest case of unrequited love for Kimble is by Terry Waverly (actress Louise Sorrel, playing the younger sister of Helen Kimble) in The Survivors.

The strongest case of unrequited love by Kimble is for Norma Sessions (actress Angie Dickinson) in Brass Ring.

The strongest platonic relationship is with Monica Welles (actress Vera Miles) in Fear in a Desert City.

Due to the legal and social environment of the 1960s, it is never made clear that Kimble has sex with any of the women he has romantic relationships with. However, there is a strong suggestion that Kimble spends the night with Barbara Wells in Walls of Night and Marcie King in Storm Center.

Kimble is apparently 100% heterosexual, and there is not the slightest hint ever of a gay relationship or attraction.

Reports (that we cannot verify) say that during the run of The Fugitive, David Janssen had a real life affair with one of his costars, Suzanne Pleshette (Eliie Burnett in World's End, Peggy Franklin in All the Scared Rabbits).

By James Lawrence, ynot @earthlink.net

Here is a list of 100 of the most famous actors and actresses who appeared on The Fugitive. Some played multiple roles in different episodes.

Claude Akins

Richard Anderson

R.G. Armstrong

Ed Asner

Diane Baker

Martin Balsam

Barbara Barrie

Ed Begley

Herschel Bernardi

Beau Bridges

Charles Bronson

Joseph Campanella

J.D. Cannon

Richard Carlson

Dabney Coleman

William Conrad (narrator)

Michael Constantine

Ellen Corby

James Daly

Howard DaSilva

Ruby Dee

Sandy Dennis

Bruce Dern

Angie Dickinson

Ivan Dixon

James Doohan

Melvyn Douglas

Robert Doyle

Andrew Duggan

Robert Duvall

Norman Fell

John Fiedler

Betty Garrett

James Gregory

Harold Gould

Dabbs Greer

Lloyd Hanes

Eileen Heckart

Arthur Hill

Steven Hill

Pat Hingle

Earl Holliman

Celeste Holm

Ron Howard

Diana Hyland

Dean Jagger

Arch Johnson

Brian Keith

DeForest Kelley

Jack Klugman

Shirley Knight

Ted Knight

John Larch

John Larkin

Bethel Leslie

Jack Lord

Nan Martin

Frank Maxwell

John McGiver

John McIntire

Lee Meriwether

Vera Miles

Greg Morris

Laurence Naismith

Leslie Neilsen

Ed Nelson

Lois Nettleton

Jeanette Nolan

Warren Oates

Arthur O'Connell

Carroll O'Connor

Tim O'Connor

J. Pat O'Malley

Susan Oliver

Slim Pickens

Phillip Pine

Noam Pitlik

Donald Pleasence

Suzanne Pleshette

Andrew Prine

Paul Richards

Mark Richman

Madlyn Rhue

Gilbert Roland

Mickey Rooney

Carol Rossen

Janice Rule

Barbara Rush

Kurt Russell

Telly Savalas

Milton Selzer

William Shatner

Madeleine Sherwood

James Sikking

Tom Skerritt

Harry Dean Stanton

Frank Sutton

Jud Taylor

Roy Thinnes

Harry Townes

Brenda Vaccaro

Jack Warden

Tuesday Weld

Jack Weston

William Windom

By James Lawrence, ynot@earthlink.net.

It depends on whom you ask. The central story, of a doctor wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife, does sound remarkably like the real-life case of Sam Shepard. Roy Huggins, however, pleads ignorance of that case. He insists instead that the series is a loose adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Dr. Kimble would be the Jean Valjean character, constantly changing identities and locations to evade his pursuer, Lt. Gerard, whose name and role both parallel Inspector Javert from the novel.

It should also be noted that the case of Dr. Shepard was largely about an issue ignored by the series: whether excessive media coverage denied Shepard his right to a fair trial.


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