The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Fear in a Desert City 

After being on the run for 6 months, Richard Kimble falls in love with a beautiful woman who has a young son. She also has a physically abusive, estranged husband, that wants Kimble out of town, or dead.

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Dr. Richard Kimble / James Lincoln
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Monica Welles
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Edward Welles
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After being on the run for 6 months, Richard Kimble falls in love with a beautiful woman who has a young son. She also has a physically abusive, estranged husband, that wants Kimble out of town, or dead.

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17 September 1963 (USA)  »

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In the first season, the "Wanted" poster has Kimble's birth place as Beloit, Wisconsin. Later in the series it is changed to Stafford, Indiana. See more »

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Dr. Kimble: Monica, I've got to leave town... but if you and Mark come with me, you'd be in worse trouble.
Monica Welles: I don't understand.
Dr. Kimble: My picture's in every police station in the country. Right now they might be realizing who James Lincoln is... a convicted murderer.
Monica Welles: I don't believe it!
Dr. Kimble: I said convicted. I'm innocent. I'm... I'm a doctor, a pediatrician. I *was* a doctor.
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I didn't even know this show existed...nor did I realize it was on YouTube.
27 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was very surprised tonight when I was looking around on YouTube. This is because I found the unaired pilot episode of "The Fugitive" and while the quality of the print sure ain't great, it was well worth seeing.

When the show begins, there is an extended version of the usual opening scene from the series. This time, William Conrad went into more depth about Richard Kimble and his back story. However, you never see anything about the murder, the murderer or the trial. It starts on the train...and soon it derails and Kimble escapes the Death House.

The first plot of the show involves a woman who has a jealous, angry and violent husband. Monica (Vera Miles) plays piano at the bar where 'Jim Lincoln' (Kimble) works. While he's tending bar, a nasty man seems to be trying to provoke him. It turns out it's Edward Welles (Brian Keith)....Monica's husband. Later, when 'Jim' leaves work, he sees Edward in the parking lot beating the snot out of his wife. Naturally he intervenes and Edward speeds off in his car...nearly hitting them both. What's going to become of this poor lady...and how can Kimble help them, as he's ALWAYS out helping others throughout the series? He's sort of a wanted man and social worker all rolled into one. What makes situation tough, however, is that Edward is involved in politics and he's an important man...and he can make it really tough for 'Jim'.

This is a very good installment of the series...too good not be be seen. Perhaps the network chose not to air it because the ending is VERY dark as well as violent. Well written, well acted and a treat for fans of the series.


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