The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Kimble escapes from a sheriff by stealing his station wagon, unaware that Lt. Gerard's son is hiding in the back seat.


Jerry Hopper


Harry Kronman, Roy Huggins (created by)

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Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble
Kurt Russell ... Philip Gerard Jr.
John Doucette ... Sheriff Deebold
Slim Pickens ... Corbin
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard
Bing Russell ... Davis
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Mrs. Deebold
Paul Birch ... Captain Carpenter
Garry Walberg ... Jasper


Lt. Gerard interrupts the vacation he is having with his young son when he gets a report from the sheriff of a rural community that Dr. Kimble is working there. When they arrive, Kimble escapes by stealing the sheriff's car unaware that Gerard's son is hiding in the back seat. Written by Gene Jenkins

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13 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Several Topps football cards were featured here, including a 1963 Jim Brown and a 1960 Forrest Gregg. See more »


In order to avoid detection by campfire and smoke, Kimble elects to heat up soup cans over the car's engine. However he fails to ventilate the cans, setting up the possibility of them exploding. See more »


Philip Gerard Jr.: My dad... he says the jury was sure.
Dr. Kimble: People have always been sure, Phil. Sure the world was flat. Sure they could make gold out of lead. They were sure that if a mad dog bit them they'd die. Being sure doesn't make you right.
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Battle of wits
21 March 2016 | by MissClassicTVSee all my reviews

Richard Kimble is working at the Evergreen Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin. He has a run-in with the local sheriff, who becomes suspicious and finds out who Kimble is. While on a road trip with his son, Lt. Gerard is notified. When he and the sheriff go to apprehend Kimble, Phil Jr. hides in the back seat of the car so he can watch the takedown. However, Kimble outsmarts them and takes the sheriff's car, with Phil still hiding in the back of the station wagon. Kimble and Phil Jr. end up camping in the mountains all day and night. Phil Jr. keeps leaving clues for his dad to pick up his trail.

It's really a fine episode. A 13-year old Kurt Russell is great as Phil Jr. He believes Kimble is guilty because that's what his dad has told him. And he spends a lot of effort trying to help his dad catch Kimble. But in spite of it all, he grows to like Kimble. It's a common theme. Kimble's innate goodness draws people to him. Phil Jr. and Richard Kimble are on opposite sides, but Kimble stops to heat up canned soup for Phil, he stays with him when Phil says he's scared of the dark, he helps Phil when Phil steps on a trap, and every time Kimble catches him trying something new, Kimble doesn't get angry at him. Phil is his dad's son, and he does spend all his time thinking up ways to capture Kimble, but he also recognizes that Kimble is a good person.

This episode features really, really good interactions between David Janssen and Kurt Russell. They're great together.

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