The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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The 12 year old nephew of Dr. Kimble's girlfriend arrives to live with her and recognizes him. He hatches a plan with his neighborhood friends to catch him by purchasing a mail-order rifle.


Richard Donner


John Kneubuhl (teleplay), Jackson Gillis (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Paul Stoddard
Lois Nettleton ... Susan Cartwright
Michael Strong ... Shaw - Social Worker
Kurt Russell ... Eddie
Pat Cardi ... Gary Reed
Michael Shea Michael Shea ... Rick
Mark Dymally Mark Dymally ... Joe
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Arthur Malet ... Swanzie
Wolfe Barzell ... Hoffman - Restaurant Manager
Bing Russell ... First Officer
Kay Riehl Kay Riehl ... Landlady


The 12 year old nephew of Dr. Kimble's girlfriend arrives to live with her and recognizes him. He hatches a plan with his neighborhood friends to catch him by purchasing a mail-order rifle.

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Release Date:

19 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kurt Russell returns it for a second time in the series. In the second season episode titled Nemesis he played Lieutenant Girard's son. See more »


As Kimble boards the bus at the end of the episode, you can see the crew members reflected through the bus window. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration. Viewers see three young boys pooling their resources to purchase a mail order .303 carbine from the Teton Firearms Company] A target may be paper, an animal, or a man. To a gun, it makes no difference, nor does it care who pulls the trigger or why.
[Viewers see Richard Kimble walking down the street, on his way to work as a bartender at the Little Vienna Restaurant]
Narrator: To Richard Kimble, a Fugitive, guns are a familiar enemy, for he is always the target. A target for which the ...
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The Allure of Convention
16 June 2010 | by mduggan-706-994042See all my reviews

This episode is sandwiched between two in which Richard Kimble is first outlaw, and later hiding out in a fishing community with laws of its own. The scene here is by contrast highly conventional, with Kimble working as daytime bartender Bob Stoddard, and Lois Nettleton playing the waitress Susan—both in rather silly outfits for the restaurant's Viennese atmosphere. They have a friendly dating relationship. Susan suddenly finds herself guardian for her orphaned 12 year old nephew, Gary. As we viewers know, Kimble would like a child, and at first he is far more enthused than she about the boy's arrival in her life. Lois has the life of a modern mother much more than most women in this series. She works all day, and sends her nephew to find friends on the streets. He falls in with a local tough (played convincingly by Kurt Russell) who persuades him to lie, cheat and steal. The social worker tells Lois she needs a man in her life, and indeed a working woman who is raising kids on her own really does need a partner, and one who can commit. Kimble on the run can't be that man. The very family that is so alluring to him dooms the relationship between Susan and Kimble. The magnet of the conventional world is strong for Kimble, and may not be so strong for many viewers, who have mortgage payments, kids, and reliable spouses. Other Fugitive episodes are appealing because viewers can fantasize about having no responsibilities. But it is also interesting to see Kimble's take on an ordinary life—something he longs for, but cannot have. The show reminds us once again that family is precious. The chemistry between Lois Nettleton and David Janssen is strong, as it was also in "Man on a String." The child actor who plays Lois' nephew is also quite good.

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