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The Fugitive
The Futgitive title screen.png
Format Drama
Created by Roy Huggins
Starring David Janssen
Barry Morse
Theme music composer Pete Rugolo
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Running time 1 hour
Production company(s) Quinn Martin Productions
United Artists Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black and white 1963-1966,
Color 1966-1967
Original run September 17, 1963 – August 29, 1967

The Fugitive is an American television series produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen starred as Richard Kimble, a doctor from the fictional town of Stafford, Indiana, who is falsely convicted of his wife's murder and given the death penalty. En route to death row, Kimble's train derails and crashes, allowing him to escape and begin a cross-country search for the real killer, a "one-armed man" (played by Bill Raisch). At the same time, Dr. Kimble is hounded by the authorities, most notably by Stafford Police Lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse).


The ambiance

The series premise was set up in the opening narration, but the full details about the crime were not offered in the pilot episode, which started with Kimble having been on the run for six months. In the series' first season, the premise (heard over footage of Kimble handcuffed to Gerard on a train with Gerard lighting a cigarette for him) was summarized in the opening title sequence of the pilot episode as follows:

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.

This title sequence would be shortened for the remainder of the first season as follows:

The name: Dr. Richard Kimble. The destination: Death Row, State Prison. The Irony: Richard Kimble is innocent. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove was that moments before discovering his murdered wife's body, he saw a one-armed man running from the vicinity of his home. 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.

The main title narration, as read by William Conrad, was changed for the first episode of the second season on through the last episode of the series:

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.

It was not until episode 14, "The Girl from Little Egypt," that viewers were offered the full details of Richard Kimble's plight. A series of flashbacks reveals the fateful night of Helen Kimble's death, and for the first time offers a glimpse of "the one-armed man."

The Fugitive aired for four seasons, and a total of 120 51 min segments, encompassing 116 individual episodes (four of them two-parters), were produced. The first three seasons were filmed in black and white, while the final season was in color.

Inspirations and influence

The series was conceived by Roy Huggins and produced by Quinn Martin. It is popularly believed that the series was based in part on the real-life story of Sam Sheppard, an Ohio doctor accused of murdering his wife. Although convicted and imprisoned, Sheppard claimed that his wife had been murdered by a "bushy-haired man." Huggins denied basing the series on Sheppard.

The plot device of an innocent man on the run from the police for a murder he did not commit while simultaneously pursuing the real killer was a popular one with audiences. It had its antecedents in the Alfred Hitchcock movies The 39 Steps, Saboteur and North by Northwest. The theme of a doctor in hiding for committing a major crime had also been depicted by James Stewart as the mysterious Buttons the Clown in The Greatest Show on Earth.

The concept proved to be perfect for television programming. While shows like Route 66 had employed the same anthology-like premise of wanderers finding adventure in each new place they came to, The Fugitive answered two questions that had bedeviled many similar series: "Why doesn't the protagonist settle down somewhere?" and "Why is the protagonist trying to solve these problems himself instead of calling in the police?" Casting a doctor as the protagonist also provided the series a wider "range of entry" into local stories, as Kimble's medical knowledge would allow him alone to recognize essential elements of the episode (e.g. subtle medical symptoms or an abused medicine) and the commonplace doctor's ethic (e.g. to provide aid in emergencies) would naturally lead him into dangerous situations. Several television series have imitated the formula, with the twists being mostly in the nature of the fugitives: a German Shepherd dog (Run, Joe, Run 1974); a scientist with a monstrous alter ego (The Incredible Hulk, 1978); a group of ex-US Army Special Forces accused of a war crime they committed under orders (The A-Team, 1983); a husband and wife (Hot Pursuit, 1984); a young man afflicted with lycanthropy (Werewolf, 1987) and a reinstated detective (Life, 2007).

In its debut season, The Fugitive was the 28th highest rated show in the US (with a 21.7 Rating), and it jumped to 5th in its second season (27.9). It fell out of the top 30 during the last two seasons.[1] However, the show's finale in 1967 held the record at that time for the highest share of American homes with television sets to watch the finale of a series, at 72%, and learn the fate of Dr. Richard Kimble.

The show also came away with other honors. In 1965, Alan Armer, the producer and head writer of the series, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his work. And in a 1993 ranking, TV Guide named The Fugitive the best dramatic series of the 1960s.



Dr. Richard Kimble

The series lead, and the only character seen in all 120 episodes, was Dr. Richard David Kimble (Janssen).

A respected small-town Indiana pediatrician, it was generally known around Stafford that Richard and his wife Helen had been having arguments prior to her death. Helen's pregnancy had ended in a miscarriage, and this event had also apparently rendered her infertile. The couple were devastated, but Helen refused to consider adopting children as Richard wanted. The night of Helen's murder, the Kimbles were heard arguing heatedly over this topic by their neighbors. Richard later went out for a drive to cool off; as he was returning home, he nearly struck with his car a one-armed man who was fleeing from the house. Richard then entered the house to find that Helen had been killed. No one had seen or heard Richard go out for his drive, or seen him while he was out, and he was convicted of Helen's murder. This story was enlarged upon in the first-season episode The Girl From Little Egypt.

After his escape from custody, Kimble moved from town to town, always trying to remain unobtrusive and unnoticed as he searched for the one-armed man while also trying to evade police capture. He usually adopted a nondescript alias and toiled at low-paying menial jobs (i.e. jobs that required no ID or security checks) in order to survive. Though Kimble tried to keep a low profile, circumstances often conspired to place him in positions where he would be recognized or forced to risk capture in order to help a deserving person he had met in his travels.

He is incredibly smart, usually able to perform well at any trade he encounters. He also displays considerable prowess in hand to hand combat.

The One-Armed Man

Like Kimble, the one-armed man (Raisch) used a variety of aliases while on the run - in the episode "A Clean And Quiet Town" he is credited as "Steve Cramer". In this episode, Kimble catches the one-armed man and takes him to the police, confessing his own identity, but the police are under control of the Mob. In "The Ivy Maze" he poses as "Carl Stoker." He went by the name Fred Johnson in several episodes, notably "Escape Into Black," "Wife Killer" (where it is found he had donated blood for some money and wrote down his real name on a Red Cross card) and the two-part series finale "The Judgment." He is also referred to as Johnson in "The Ivy Maze." Thus Fred Johnson is generally regarded as his "real" identity by fans of the show, although a case could be made for his actual name being Gus Evans—as revealed in "The Judgment", Gus Evans was the name the one-armed man used before he killed Helen Kimble, when he would presumably have had no need to adopt an alias.

Whatever his name, the one-armed man was rarely seen on The Fugitive, appearing in person in only ten episodes and also in a photograph in the episode "The Breaking Of The Habit" with Eileen Heckart. A shadowy figure, the one-armed man was a drifter who was both crafty and almost superhumanly strong. A number of times, he tips the police off as to Kimble's whereabouts.

Lt. Philip Gerard

While Johnson was being pursued by Kimble, Kimble was being pursued by the relentless police detective Lt. Philip Gerard (Morse). A formidably intelligent family man and a dedicated public servant, Gerard made for an interesting anti-hero: while his utter devotion to tracking down someone he believed to be a cold-blooded murderer made him thoroughly admirable, his unrelenting pursuit of an innocent man made him equally detestable.

Morse did portray Gerard as a man duty-bound to capture Kimble, but who did appear to have some doubts as to his guilt, something the shrewder screenwriters seemed to pick up. In one episode, when a woman witness remarks that Kimble killed his wife, Gerard simply replies "The law says he did", with a tone of doubt in his voice; in the episode "Nemesis" the local sheriff states, "You said he's a killer," to which Gerard sharply replies, "The jury said that!" betraying doubt in his own mind as to Kimble's guilt. However, in "Wife Killer" he states with certainty that the one-armed man did not exist and that Kimble was guilty, though this is presumably more to intimidate newspaper editor Herb Malone (Kevin McCarthy) than out of complete and utter conviction.

The angle of Gerard being gnawed by doubt about Kimble's guilt was augmented as Kimble rescues Gerard in episodes such as "Never Wave Goodbye," "Corner Of Hell," "Ill Wind," "The Evil Men Do," and "Stroke of Genius." "Evil" in particular played on the respect that had developed between the two men when Gerard is pursued by former Mob hitman Arthur Brame (James Daly) who was rescued from a runaway horse by Kimble; Kimble rescues Gerard from Brame, and in their dialogue Gerard makes clear he knows Kimble didn't hire a hitman; it is also interesting that Kimble escapes from Gerard but the lieutenant does not pursue Kimble, instead going after and killing Brame. In the epilogue Gerard explains his decision to Brame's wife Sharon (Elizabeth Allen) by noting Arthur's career as a killer while "Kimble, he's done the one murder he'll probably ever do," in reference to Helen Kimble's murder, but stated with little conviction on Gerard's part that Kimble in fact has ever killed anyone; indeed, Gerard all but acknowledges Kimble's innocence when he states, "Until I find him, and I will, he's no menace to anyone, but himself."

In "Nemesis", Kimble unintentionally kidnaps Gerard's young son Philip Junior (played by 12-year-old star-to-be Kurt Russell). Though as concerned as any father should be, Gerard is confident that Kimble will not do his boy any real harm. After his experience with Kimble, Philip Junior questions whether or not he is guilty and his father openly admits that he could be wrong, though it changes nothing in that Kimble has to be brought in. The epilogue also hints at the respect Kimble has for Gerard the man. Earlier he'd confiscated some football cards which Phil Jr. was using in order to leave a trail; in the epilogue Kimble puts the remaining cards plus others he's purchased for Phil Jr. (when he first confiscates the cards Kimble pointedly notes to Phil Jr. "No Johnny Unitas. To not have a Johnny Unitas" and with the stack he mails to Phil Jr. a Unitas card is prominently seen) in an envelope and mails them back to the Gerards.

The doubt that gnaws at Gerard about Kimble's guilt plus the exhaustion felt over the prolonged pursuit begin to get the best of him in "The Judgment, Part One" (early on he tells L.A. Police Lt. Ralph Lee (Joseph Campanella), "I've lost a lot of things these last four years, starting with a prisoner the State told me to guard") when he interrogates Johnson and finds discrepancies in his story, to where he grabs Johnson and demands to know if he killed Helen Kimble. (There is a script error here: In the earlier episode "Never Wave Goodbye," it is stated in dialogue that Helen was killed on "SEPTEMBER 17th, 1960." In the final episode, Gerard asks Johnson about "SEPTEMBER 19th, 1961, the night Helen Kimble was murdered.") Later he captures Kimble, but in arresting him he actually apologizes to him for performing his duty ("I'm sorry. You just ran out of time"). Building on the twin themes of Kimble's respect for Gerard and also his exhaustion with running, Kimble makes no effort to escape here.

There are parallels to be seen between Gerard's pursuit of Kimble and the pursuit of Jean Valjean by Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, though Javert never let go of his obsession to follow the letter of the law and hunt down his fugitive, even killing himself when he could not reconcile the justice Valjean dishes out. Gerard, on the other hand, was portrayed externally as a man like Javert, willing to even risk his own loyal followers to catch his man, but internally was more of a thinking man who could balance justice and duty.

According to some of those who worked on the show, these parallels were not coincidental. Stanford Whitmore, who wrote the pilot episode "Fear in a Desert City," says that he deliberately gave Kimble's nemesis a similar-sounding name to see if anyone would recognize the similarity between 'Gerard' and 'Javert'.[2] One who recognized the similarity was Morse; he pointed out the connection to Quinn Martin, who admitted that The Fugitive was a "sort of modern rendition of the outline of Les Misérables."[2] Morse accordingly went back to the Victor Hugo novel and studied the portrayal of Javert, to find ways to make the character more complex than the "conventional 'Hollywood dick'" Gerard had originally been conceived as. "I've always thought that we in the arts ... are all 'shoplifters'," Morse said. "Everybody, from Shakespeare onwards and downwards ... But once you've acknowledged that ... when you set out on a shoplifting expedition, you go always to Cartier's, and never to Woolworth's!"[2]


William Conrad provided voice-over narration for each episode but never appeared in the credits[3]. Kimble's murdered wife Helen was portrayed in flashbacks in several episodes by Diane Brewster. In the first such episode, "The Girl From Little Egypt", flashbacks illustrate the actual murder and circumstances surrounding it. Also seen very occasionally were Kimble's married sister, Donna Taft (Jacqueline Scott); his brother-in-law, Leonard Taft (played by several actors in different episodes, including Richard Anderson, James B. Sikking and Lin McCarthy[4]); and Gerard's superior at the Stafford police department, Captain Carpenter (Paul Birch). Only the character of Richard Kimble is present onscreen in every episode; off-screen narrator Conrad is also heard at the beginning and end of each episode, while a separate voice, the announcer, speaks the title of the episode and the names of the episode's guest stars in the opening teaser. This announcer (an uncredited Dick Wesson) also says, "The Fugitive" aloud at the end of the closing credits leading in to stuido sponsorships of the series ("'The Fugitive' has been brought to you by.....") Quinn Martin's previous show, The Untouchables, also contained both a narrator (Walter Winchell) and an announcer.

Gerard directly appears in only forty-four episodes, and Fred Johnson is seen in only ten episodes though he appears in the opening credits beginning with the show's second season. He appeared only twice in the show's first season and one time apiece in the second and third seasons, but appeared in six fourth-season episodes, a reflection of new producer Wilton Schiller's desire to steer the show toward a more action-oriented direction.

The 120 episodes of The Fugitive offered a who's who of Hollywood character actors and upcoming talent. Many guest stars reappeared in multiple episodes. For the devoted viewer, this offered the entertaining fun of guessing whether a particular reappearance by an actor would represent a character who would aid Kimble or seek to turn him in. Mel Proctor's book, The Official Fan's Guide to The Fugitive, lists all the actors and their episode numbers as Appendix 5. It is a daunting list of accomplished, well-known talent.

Musical score

Series creator Huggins insisted[citation needed] that Janssen star, Quinn Martin produce and Pete Rugolo compose the music for The Fugitive. All the original music used for the series was composed by Rugolo and recorded in London before the series was filmed. In fact, many episodes had Rugolo as the sole credited composer for the episode's scores. However, only a fraction of all the music heard throughout the series was original Rugolo music. As was the practice for the times, library music (either from other classic TV shows or from stock music libraries, as was the case with The Adventures of Superman) provided a majority of the episodes' scores. For example, a keen listener could find himself listening to a cue from the Outer Limits series during the climactic final episode of The Fugitive. Numerous cues from The Twilight Zone episode "The Invaders" are used to strong effect throughout the series, notably in the climax of the episode "The Witch." The old pop songs "I'll Never Smile Again" and "I'll Remember April" each appear several times in the series, often associated with Kimble's deceased wife, Helen.

What little original melody was actually written and recorded was built around a fast-paced tempo representing running music. Different variations, from sad to action-oriented, would be used, with many arrangements developed for the music supervisor to select as best suited for particular scenes. There was also an original "Dragnet"-type theme for Lt. Gerard.

A soundtrack issue containing the key music Rugolo wrote and recorded for the series is now available on CD from Silva Screen Records. About 40 minutes in length, this CD contains mono yet hi-fidelity cuts and cues that were recorded in London.

For the release of Season 2, Volume 1, entirely new musical scores (created on synthesizer and composed by Mark Heyes, with additional contributions by Sam Winans and Ron Komie) were done to replace the tracked music that had been used for original and rerun broadcasts, syndication and earlier home video releases. CBS/Paramount has yet to offer any detailed explanation for the music replacement, though a recent article on the Film Music Society's web site suggests that the use of several cues from the Capitol Music Library that may have been difficult or impossible to clear could have been the cause. Many fans of the original score wrote letters of protest and boycotted this release with the hope that CBS/Paramount would fix this debacle by reissuing the collection with all of the original music intact.

On 17 Feb 2009, CBS/Paramount announced a program[citation needed] to issue replacement discs for Season 2 Volume 1, with much of the original music restored. This was a significant effort by CBS to mollify outraged fans. While this was a step in the right direction, many fans concluded that the replacement discs were too little, too late. Several episodes still had major portions of their original scores replaced by the new compositions, and at least one key scene in the episode "Ballad For A Ghost" was deleted entirely. Inexplicably, many of the missing cues were clearly owned outright by CBS. These cues (correctly) appeared in some scenes, yet were replaced in others, reflecting an overcautious CBS Legal Department and needless music replacement.

Final episode

The final episode of the series aired on Tuesday, August 22, and Tuesday, August 29, both in 1967, with a two-part episode entitled "The Judgment."

In the story, the one-armed man, Fred Johnson, is arrested after tearing up a Los Angeles strip bar. The event, read by Kimble in a newspaper while he's on a job in Arizona, leads him to Los Angeles. He runs into an old friend, a woman named Jean Carlisle (played by Diane Baker), who is working as a typist with the LAPD who has seen Gerard searching for Kimble. After Kimble sees that Johnson was arrested and hears so on the local news, he elects to turn himself in, but after Johnson is bailed out of jail by a corrupt bail bondsman he elects to head back to Indiana. The bail bondsman is killed by Johnson, who wants to know who bailed him out and has found out it was someone in Stafford, which hastens Kimble's departure. However, just as he is to leave he is caught by Gerard who remarks to him that he "just ran out of time".

Apprehended and headed back to death row in Stafford on the train, Kimble informs Gerard that he found something that might lead him to the truth, and that he believes Johnson is headed back to Stafford to find the information he killed the bail bondsman for. Gerard, out of respect to his quarry but unable to fully mollify him, is willing to give Kimble twenty-four hours to prove his innocence but will not allow him any more time after that. Kimble agrees, believing that if he can't prove it in that time he would never be able to.

The key piece of evidence Kimble has is the bail bond slip signed by a man using the name "Leonard Taft", which is the name of Richard's brother-in-law married to his sister Donna. The man is Donna and Leonard Taft's neighbor, Stafford city planner Lloyd Chandler, and his reasons are not immediately clear. He meets Johnson at an abandoned riding academy and blackmails him, threatening his life for $50,000.

Fearing for his life, Chandler goes to great lengths to try and get the $50,000 while hiding it from his wife Betsy. Eventually, he cracks and tells her what he had done and why he had done it- on the night Helen Kimble was killed, the Chandlers had spent the evening with the Kimbles and Lloyd was called to calm a hysterical Helen down after Richard had walked out in a huff. During said visit, Johnson broke into the house and attacked Helen while a stunned Chandler watched on in horror. He never came forward because of his standing in the community- he was a World War II hero who received the Silver Star in combat- and that if it came out that he was a coward, even for a minute, he believed it would ruin him forever.

The next morning Kimble and Gerard are set to leave when Donna comes across a bullet hidden in one of her son's dresser drawers. She shows it to the lieutenant, who has a matching bullet found at the riding academy when he and Kimble examined the area the previous night. Donna tells him that he must have gotten it from Chandler, who had taken the boys shooting the day before, and Gerard and Kimble immediately head next door to look for him. The two learn that Chandler has gone to an abandoned amusement park to make up for his misdeed and kill Johnson, and immediately chase him there.

At the amusement park Johnson and Chandler get into a shootout that Kimble and Gerard catch as soon as they enter. While trying to get Chandler to stop shooting, Gerard is shot in the leg by Johnson and Kimble chases him to the top of a carnival tower with Johnson. In a dramatic struggle Johnson gains the upper hand on Kimble, but Kimble recovers and begins beating on Johnson to get him to confess his crime. Johnson does, and then declares that he is going to kill Kimble to rid himself of his pursuer. Just as he is about to do so, Gerard shoots him from the ground below the tower with Chandler's rifle, which causes Johnson to stumble and fall to his death from the top of the tower.

Kimble climbs back down and informs Gerard that Johnson had confessed just before his death. However, he also admits that now that Johnson is dead there is no way to corroborate his statement. Chandler, who was still battling his guilt and who Gerard had been chiding to tell the truth while he was hobbling to the scene, finally decides to testify on Kimble's behalf to exonerate him of all charges.

In the final scene of the episode and the series, an exonerated Kimble shakes hands with Gerard while leaving a courthouse and walks off toward his new life, accompanied by Jean Carlisle. That Kimble's four-year instinct to run at the sight of a police car has finally been put to rest is demonstrated as he walks right past two uniformed officers, without any fears of being placed in jail, as narrator Conrad intones, "Tuesday, August 29: The day the running stopped."

The final episode on August 29 was interrupted or not shown in some parts of the country due to local baseball telecasts. "The Judgment, Part 2", was shown in those markets the following week. The William Conrad voice over was changed to, "Tuesday, September 5: The day the running stopped." (The September 5 ending was used for the VHS release of the episode, while the August 29 version has proved the more popular with classic television stations that have shown it over the years).

Part two of the finale was the most-watched television series episode at that time. It was viewed by 25.70 million households (45.9 percent of American households with a television set and a 72 percent share). That record was held until the November 21, 1980 episode of Dallas, ("Who Done It"), viewed by 41.47 million households (53.3 percent of households and a 76 percent share), but was later surpassed by the series finale of M*A*S*H, ("Goodbye, Farewell and Amen"), on February 28, 1983, viewed by 50.15 million households (60.2 percent of households and a 77 percent share).


The theme of one or more people on the run, criss-crossing America and getting involved in the personal lives of the people they meet, has become the basis of many similar TV shows.

These have included:

In addition, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 1992 album Fear of the Dark features a song based on the show entitled The Fugitive.

1993 film

The Fugitive, a feature film based on the series, was released in 1993, starring Harrison Ford as Kimble, Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard (now named "Samuel" instead of "Philip," and a U.S. Marshal rather than a police lieutenant) and Andreas Katsulas as the one-armed man (now called Fred Sykes instead of Fred Johnson). The movie's success came as Hollywood was embarking on a trend of remaking old television series into features. The film remained true to its source material, in particular, the notion that Kimble's kindness led him to help others even when it posed a danger to his liberty or to his physical safety.

Gerard and his team of Marshals returned in the film U.S. Marshals, played by the same actors. Even though it was not a sequel, it had a similar plotline of an innocent man evading police to prove his innocence.

To coincide with the theatrical release, NBC aired the show's first and last episodes in the summer of 1993, and later hosted the film's broadcast premiere in 1996. Tommy Lee Jones also received the 1993 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

2000 TV remake

A short-lived TV series remake (CBS, 2000–2001) of the same name also aired, filmed in Everett, Washington starring Tim Daly as Kimble, Mykelti Williamson as Gerard, and Stephen Lang as the one-armed man. CBS canceled the series after one season with a total of 22 episodes. The show was the very first lead in to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Friday nights, which became a hit when it debuted the same year. This incarnation was produced by Warner Bros. Television, the TV division of Warner Bros. Entertainment which produced the 1993 film.

Home video

Prior to home video, The Fugitive was part of the original lineup on the "Arts & Entertainment Network", commonly known as A&E, beginning in February 1984. It ran until the summer of 1994. The show also appeared on the nationwide WWOR EMI Service, on the former KTZZ-TV (now KMYQ) in the Seattle area and briefly on the TV Land network in 2000 before disappearing from television altogether.

A total of 42 episodes have been released on VHS by NuVentures Video, with selected shows from the 42 later issued by Republic Pictures. 12 episodes were also released on laserdisc.

Currently, Republic Pictures and CBS Paramount Television own the copyrights to the series (while CBS itself now owns distribution rights); CBS DVD (with distribution by Paramount) released Season 1, Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 in late 2007. Reviews of the first DVD set have been very positive as the show appears uncut and uncompressed, re-mastered from the original negatives and magnetic soundtrack, although a disclaimer by CBS mentions some episodes are "edited from their original broadcast versions" and some music changed for home video. (Incidental music was altered in at least two episodes, "Where the Action Is" and "The Garden House".) There are no subtitles or alternate languages, and the "liner notes" consist merely of TV-Guide-style episode synopses inside the four-disc holder. Season 1, Volume 2 was released on February 26, 2008. [1] Season 2, Volume 1 was released on June 10, 2008. [2] Many reviews of this third DVD set were highly negative due to the replacement of the original used music tracks with the aforementioned synthesizer music (see Musical Score above for details.) Season 3, volume 1 was released on October 27, 2009, [3] and Season 3, volume 2 was released on December 8, 2009, [4], with most, but not all, of the original music intact.

CBS's rights only cover the original series; the later productions were handled by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1, Volume 1 15 August 14, 2007
Season 1, Volume 2 15 February 26, 2008
Season 2, Volume 1 15 June 10, 2008
Season 2, Volume 2 15 March 31, 2009
Season 3, Volume 1 15 October 27, 2009
Season 3, Volume 2 15 December 8, 2009
Season 4, Volume 1 15 TBA
Season 4, Volume 2 15 TBA


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Eighth Edition. NY: Ballantine Books, 2003. Pp. 1459-60.
  2. ^ a b c Robertson, Ed (1993). The Fugitive Recaptured. Universal City, California: Pomegranate Press. ISBN 0-938817-34-5. 
  3. ^ Episode list
  4. ^ Lin McCarthy

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The Fugitive was an American network television dramatic series (ABC, 120 episodes from 17 September 1963 - 29 August 1967) starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent man from the fictional town of Stafford, Indiana, who is falsely convicted for his wife's murder and sentenced to death. While headed to death row, he escapes custody following a train wreck and begins a cross-country search for a one-armed man (later revealed as Fred Johnson; played by Bill Raisch) he correctly believes to be the real killer. Like Kimble, Johnson uses other aliases while on the run.

Each week Kimble (with his grey hair died black) would turn up in a new identity and new job ("to toil at many jobs" as the narrator put it). He usually ended up helping people, even those who wanted to turn him in, often using his skills as a doctor (of medicine) to do so. Lieutenant Philip Gerard (played by Barry Morse) was the relentless force of law never more than one or two steps behind Kimble, often arriving in the front door as Kimble stepped out of the back. Jacqueline Scott played Donna Kimble Taft, Kimble's sister in a few episodes, and William Conrad was the narrator for the show. Seasons 1-3 were black and white, season 4 in colour.

Opening Narration

  • "Then... Fate moved its huge hand."
    • Spoken by William Conrad, the unseen narrator, just before the train taking Kimble to be executed is sent off the track

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