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[[caption-width-right:308:Left to right: Fred Johnson (aka the One-Armed Man), Richard Kimble and Lt. Gerard.]]

->''"The name: Dr. Richard Kimble. The destination: Death Row, State Prison. The irony: Richard Kimble is innocent."''

''The Fugitive'' was a ground-breaking TV drama series that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1963-67.

Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) is [[FrameUp wrongly convicted for a murder]] he did not commit. However, while being transported to Death Row by train, there is an accident that enables him to escape.

Now Kimble must continually travel throughout the country, looking to find the true murderer (a man with one arm who Kimble saw running from his house before finding his wife's body) and [[ClearMyName clear his name]].

In addition to his quest, Kimble is pursued by Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse), a police detective who is determined to capture him, thus precluding the fugitive from simply settling down in an remote area with an assumed identity. In the meantime, Kimble takes small jobs and inevitably gets involved in the personal lives and problems of the strangers he encounters.

''The Fugitive'' was adapted as a [[Film/TheFugitive feature film]] in 1993, and a short-lived {{remake}} series in 2000 which starred Creator/TimDaly as Kimble.

This premise has since become a subgenre of action and drama shows.
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!!Tropes:

* AccidentalKidnapping: Kimble to Philip Gerard Junior in "Nemesis"
* AcquittedTooLate:
** In "Nightmare in Northhoak", Kimble suggests that this is what Gerard has nightmares about (i.e. finding the one-armed man after Kimble has been executed). Gerard's reaction indicates that he might be right
** In "Scapegoat", Kimble returns to a town he has been in before to prove the innocence of a former employer who has been convicted for murdering him. When he arrives, the man has been killed trying to escape.
* AdventureTowns
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: "The Devil's Disciples"
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: In "Escape into black", a doctor finds out about Kimble's identity after a gas explosion has left Kimble amnesiac. He persuades Kimble to turn himself in on the basis of this trope. [[spoiler: A friendly social worker manages to warn Kimble in time, though.]]
* AmusementPark: Setting of the final-episode showdown.
* AndThisIsFor: [[spoiler: In the final episode, during the show-down, Kimble hits Johnson in the face, shouting: "You killed her! You killed my wife! Didn't you! Didn't you!]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The supposedly Hungarian Karac-family from the episode "The blessings of liberty". Not only is "Karac" not a Hungarian family name ("Karacs" exists, though), but to add to it, the children are named Jan, Magda and Karla, all non-Hungarian names (János, Magdolna and Klara would have been the right choice).
* AxCrazy: Fred Johnson
* BilingualBonus: There's quite a bit of Spanish spoken in some of the episodes set in the Southwest of the US or even Mexico.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: As Kimble leaves the courthouse, finally cleared, a black-and-white police car drives up and Kimble stops dead before being remembering that he doesn't have to fear them anymore. It's just a little hint to show how long it will probably take for him to recover from the last five years.]]
* {{Blackmail}}:
** Every other character who finds out about Kimble's real identity uses it to force him to do something for them
** [[spoiler: What the one-armed man tries to do to Lloyd Chandler, the witness to Helen Kimble's murder.]]
* {{Bookends}}: Part 1 of the final episode, "The Judgment", opens with Kimble in Tucson, Arizona...the same town he'd visited in the ''first'' episode, "Fear in a Desert City".
* TheBoxingEpisode: "Decision in the Ring" has Kimble as cut man for a boxer who may be suffering brain damage.
* CaliforniaDoubling
* CassandraTruth: If Kimble had gotten anybody to believe his story of the one-armed man, there wouldn't have been a TV series. Gerard even believes that Kimble's clinging to the story is a psychological defense mechanism.
* CharacterDevelopment: Gerard. While he stays a ByTheBookCop, he goes from firmly believing Kimble to be guilty to chasing Kimble because it's his job to openly doubting that Kible is a dangerous man. [[spoiler: In the final episode, his conviction that Kimble is innocent is strong enough to make him put a gun in Kimble's hand to send him after Johnson.]]
** Kimble to a lesser extend
* ChekhovsGun: Or rather, the bullet to go with it: [[spoiler: Donna finds a bullet in the drawer of her son Billy which puts Gerard on the trail of the witness to the murder.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After appearing on a recurring basis in the first two seasons, Gerard's boss at the Stafford PD, Captain Carpenter, was written out of the series without explanation.
** Richard's younger brother Ray Kimble plays an important role in the episode "Home is the hunted", but is never seen or mentioned again afterwards.
* ClearMyName
* ClimbingClimax: The final showdown.
* ContinuitySnarl: The relatively minor detail of how Helen Kimble was murdered. There are several episodes in the second season where it's mentioned that she was strangled. In one of these episodes (where a neighbor of the Kimbles gives a false, but accurately detailed confession to the murder) it was even specified that she was strangled with her own belt. But by the fourth season (possibly because the writers realized this method of murder would be an awfully hard thing for a one-armed man to accomplish), it was changed. In one fourth season episode the One-Armed Man confesses, and in the GrandFinale is shown in flashback, to have killed her by hitting her over the head with a lamp in the house.
* ContrivedCoincidence: About one per episode
* CrusadingWidower
* CuffsOffRubWrists
* DamselInDistress: Regularly
* DestroyTheEvidence: Johnson in "The ivy maze".
* TheDeterminator: Kimble in his efforts to catch the one-armed man and Gerard in his efforts to catch Kimble.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: Lloyd Chandler, who witnessed Helen Kimble's murder keeps quiet for ''five'' years to avoid being known as one.]]
* DisposableWoman: Kimble's murdered wife.
* TheDrifter: Both Kimble and The One-Armed Man.
* DyeOrDie: After his escape, Kimble dyed his gray hair (although it's hard to tell the hair color in the black and white of the first three seasons, Kimble's younger brother states in the episode "Home is the hunted" that Richard's hair is gray) to the black it remains throughout the show.
* EasyAmnesia: Happens to Kimble in "Escape Into Black".
* EmbarrassingRescue: Kimble is put in the odd position of having to save Gerard's life in several episodes. Other episodes had Kimble saving Gerard's son and wife.
** This ends up paying off in the finale, when Gerard captures Kimble, but in return for all the times Kimble saved him he agrees to give him 24 hours to try and find the One-Armed Man and exonerate himself before being brought in.
*** It's not just that. By this point Gerard is also convinced that Kimble is innocent, to the point where they go together to the final confrontation even past the deadline. [[spoiler:He is also influential in convincing the witness to Helen's murder to testify, which is ironic because the one person chasing after Kimble for over four years ultimately is the one who helps set him free.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Although the One-Armed Man had a real name (Fred Johnson) and several aliases, most everyone just remembers him as, well, the One-Armed Man.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Some of the bad guys Kimble meets can't fathom his frequent attempts to help others, even when the smart move is to run for his life before the cops show. Conversely:
** [[GoodIsOldFashioned Good Cannot Comprehend Evil]]: Sometimes Kimble gets caught off-guard by seemingly-helpful people who happen to be pulling a BatmanGambit that now needs a patsy - say a WronglyAccused doctor - for their plans to work.
** Subverted with, of all people, Gerard. As he [[TheDeterminator pursues Dr. Kimble across the country]], Gerard comes to learn how Kimble thinks and acts, and comes to realize that Kimble can be trusted to behave in certain ways. Gerard especially knows that Kimble would never hurt a child... which is why Gerard isn't upset when Gerard's own son is stuck with Kimble during a dire crisis. It's just that [[WronglyAccused pesky murder of Mrs. Kimble]], you see.
*** It's actually not a subversion: Gerald's a GoodCop and so not evil to begin with. He's pursuing Kimble because it's his job.
* ExactWords: In "Breaking of the habit", Sister Veronica never actually lies to the traffic cop. She just stated that Father Taylor has tooth ache and that his dentist is in the town in question. She never claimed that Father Taylor was the man sitting next to her...
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: at least until the GrandFinale.
** Lampshaded in the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody, "The Phew-gitive". Both Kimble and Gerard realize that if they ever actually catch the One-Armed Man and Kimble, repsectively, the series will be over, so when each narrowly misses his quarry the response is actually one of relief ("Phew!") rather than disappointment.
* FakeNationality
** "A clean and quiet town" has Eduardo Cianelli as Viktor Lucheck
** In "The last oasis", Puerto-rican Jaime Sánchez plays a Native American
** Not a single member of the Hungarian Karac-family in "The blessings of liberty" is actually played by a Hungarian actor (instead it's one Austrian and three Americans)
* FrameUp: The set-up for the show.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Kenny from the episode "When the wind blows"
* FugitiveArc: TheSeries
* GambitPileup: Both parts of "The Judgment".
* GenreSavvy: To many examples to count for Kimble, a few for Gerard
** Gerard learns quickly to use one-armed men as Kimble-bait (in all but the first instance even the correct one)
** Kimble plans an elaborate scheme to see his sister after their father's death. If it hadn't been for an inconvenient coincidence, it would probably have worked.
** Kimble also develops a very good sense for when someone will actually make good on their threat to shoot him.
** In "The shattered silence", Kimble uses pepper to get some dogs off his trail. It's never quite explained why it didn't work.
* [[GoodCopBadCop Good Cop]]:
** Gerard. He may be obsessed with capturing Kimble, but he's incorruptible, honest, and will aid the local law enforcement in arresting the other criminals who happen to be guest-starring that episode. Also ByTheBookCop: Gerard may be obsessed with capturing Kimble, but he'll bend the law only so far. [[spoiler:The only time Gerard comes close to breaking the law is in the final episode, when he gives Kimble 24 hours to find out who helped the One-Armed Man jump bail.]]
** Kimble does get caught by other incorruptible cops during his ordeals, but is able to escape thanks to some moral dilemma that forces the cop to look the other way, or in some cases through sheer good fortune.
* GoodVersusGood: Gerard vs. Kimble
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Averted and possibly lampshaded in the first part of the GrandFinale: Gerard finds a matchbook from an art supply store at the place where he and Kimble assume someone met with the one-armed man. It gives them no clues and never shows up again.
* GrandFinale: One of the first shows to have a final episode to wrap up the whole series. It was at the time one of the most-watched episodes ever.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Happens to Kimble regularly, a few times to Gerard and to the one-armed man courtesy of [[spoiler: Lloyd Chandler, the witness to the murder.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: In "Come watch me die", Kimble gets deputized to help transport a suspected killer.
* HollywoodLaw: Kimble's motive for killing Helen is supposed to be... that they disagreed over adopting a child?!? Apart from that, the only evidence is his lack of an alibi. It's discussed several times during the show, most notably in "Man in a chariot" and "Dossier on a diplomat" that Kimble, whether or not he's guilty, should never have been sentenced on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
* IAmSpartacus: "Nightmare at Northoak" ends with a variation of this: Gerard accuses a small-town sheriff of having helped Kimble (who'd rescued several of the town's children from a burning school bus) to escape from the local jail while awaiting extradition, and threatens to bring him before a grand jury for aiding and abetting a fugitive. The sheriff's wife then steps forward to confess to it, and Gerard tells her she'll have to be arrested...leading to a whole roomful of townspeople standing up one by one and "confessing" to him.
* IdiotBall: Ties in with GoodCannotComprehendEvil - sometimes Kimble's lack of mistrust in people is amazingly stupid, considering his situation.
* IHaveManyNames: Kimble, and to a lesser extent the One-Armed Man.
* IOweYouMyLife: In "The Evil Men Do", Kimble is working as a stable hand when he rescues the stable's owner from an out-of-control horse. When the owner, a former Mob hitman, discovers Kimble's identity and plight, he attempts to repay his debt by killing Gerard.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: in "See Hollywood and Die," Kimble is forced to pretend he's a hardened criminal to keep two hoodlums from killing him and a female hostage. When the hoodlums find out he's really the famous doctor "who killed his wife," it makes it easier to deal with the hoodlums but harder to deal with the woman who's [[OhCrap now terrified for her life]].
* InconvenientHippocraticOath: In that it forces Kimble to risk his own safety when helping others. On the other hand, it convinces those he helps that he's really a good guy and [[RousseauWasRight they repay his kindness]] by helping Kimble escape. Even discussed in the opening narration to "Nobody loses all the time".
* InspectorJavert: Lt. Gerard is actually inspired by and named for him.
* InstitutionalApparel: In "Nicest fella you'd ever want to meet"
* InstrumentalThemeTune: Composed, along with much of the show's incidental music, by Pete Rugolo.
* IronicEcho:
** [[spoiler:When Kimble finally corners the One-Armed Man he angrily asks him why he killed Kimble's wife. Johnson answers back "'Cause she wouldn't let me go!" This stuns Kimble, because he had been arguing with his wife about a divorce because she refused to adopt.]]
** In "Corner of Hell", Kimble is befriended by a group of moonshiners, who subsequently capture Gerard and plan to lynch him after the daughter of one moonshiner is beaten unconscious and Gerard is found next to her. As it happens, Gerard saw another man running from the scene of the crime just as he arrived...but he can't prove it.
** In "Come watch me die", Kimble gets deputized to help transport a suspected killer. The young man claims to be innocent, so Kimble treats him well [[spoiler: only to learn that he did actually do the murder he was accused of and Kimble's sympathetic treatment nearly allowed him to escape.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gerard towards the end.
* JurisdictionFriction: Surprisingly absent, considering that Gerard gets called in whenever Kimble is spotted somewhere and nobody ever objects to him basically taking over entirely.
* JustifiedCriminal: While Kimble tries to stay legal as much as he can, it doesn't stop him from breaking the law when it's what he has to do to escape - as long as nobody gets hurt.
* KarmaHoudini: Lloyd Chandler, as far as we can tell.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Although Fred Johnson doesn't get legally executed, it's still a representative of the law who kills him.]]
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler: Fred Johnson, murderer of Helen Kimble, is in the showdown killed by Gerard, just as he was about to shoot Kimble.]]
* LargeHam: Typically from the guest stars of the week, such as Harry Townes or William Shattner
* LawOfInverseFertility: Helen Kimble had a miscarriage before the plot proper begins. It left her incapable of bearing future kids, and the issue becomes a strain on her and Richard's marriage. Their arguments over the merits of adopting becomes the "motive" in the prosecutor's argument that Richard killed her.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: "A stroke of genius", "There goes the ball game"
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Gerard's son Philip Junior in the episode "Nemesis". [[spoiler: Despite being frightened of Kimble, he keeps doing his best to slow him down and leave clues for his father. Let's all hope Gerard is damn proud of him.]]
* MadDoctor: Howell from "Death of a very small killer". He doesn't care how many people die if it enables him to find a cure for a particularly resistant strain of meningitis. Kimble disagrees.
* MarqueeAlterEgo: That dye-job was just a little too perfect...
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Barry Morse (Gerard) was generally regarded as this.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Kimble's conviction.
* MotiveEqualsConclusiveEvidence: Apart from Kimble's lack of an alibi, his so-called "motive" is the only evidence he was convicted on.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Probably [[spoiler: Johnson's]] motto.
** Also [[spoiler: former hitman Arthur Brame]] from "The evil men do"
* {{Narrator}}: Voiced by William Conrad, who's [[VoiceOfDramatic ideal for this]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the end of "The ivy maze", a pile-up of stupid actions from Gerard, Kimble and his friend Fritz allow Johnson to escape and destroy his confession.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Whenever Kimble wants to help somebody, he usually has to risk exposure and recapture to do so.
* NotMeThisTime: Kimble in "Stroke of Genius" and "The evil men do". Gerard believes him immediately and had never really suspected him in the first place.
* [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Not So Imaginary Foe]]: Gerard doubts the existence of the One-Armed Man, believing him to be a figment of Kimble's guilty imagination. [[spoiler: However, by the final season, Gerald has caught glimpses of the One-Armed Man, and by the finale he even interrogates him and openly doubts his alibis.]]
* {{Novelisation}}: The pilot episode was novelised, much to series creator Roy Huggins' disgust - he held the rights to all merchandising and the book had been written without his knowledge or consent. There were, unsurprisingly, no further novelisations (and not much merchandising).
* OhCrap: Once per episode
* OneLastSmoke: Kimble asking Gerard for a cigarette in the season one opening has elements of that.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Philip Gerard and his son of the same name. Played straight with Richard Kimble (although he does use the first name Richard in false names a few times).
* OpeningNarration: Two different ones were used over the course of the show.
* TheOtherDarrin: Kimble's brother-in-law, Leonard Taft, was played by several different actors.
** Also Gerard's wife. She appeared briefly in 2 episodes, each time played by a different bit actress (one of them was even uncredited). The one time she had a major role to play was in a rare two-parter where she was played by Special Guest Star Barbara Rush.
* PaperThinDisguise: Kimble usually takes jobs as a laborer, handyman or factotum of some kind (probably because that's the kind of jobs where nobody will look too closely into your past life), but most people immediately know something is up with him because of his obvious education and middle-class background.
* PhoneTraceRace: Several throughout the series.
* PlotArmor: Kimble, Gerard and the one-armed man [[spoiler: until the last episode]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Apart from Gerard and a few exceptions throughout the series, most of the cops come across as rather incompetent, especially if they're attached to the police of some small backwater town.
* PoliceBrutality: Kimble becomes the victim in "A clean and quiet town". [[spoiler: Turns out the one-armed man is behind the attack and the city's entire police force is corrupt.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Helen Kimble.
* PrisonEpisode: "Wing of an angel", although Kimble just ends up in a prison hospital without having actually been arrested.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Unlike many series of its time in the '60s (and subsequently), the series relied on a specially composed library of music by Pete Rugolo and licensed music written for CBS shows rather than have any episodes (even the SeriesFinale) receive an original score.
** Which led to problems for the show's DVD release; specifically, the season 2 set was initially released with an entirely new score of synthesized music (in order to get around licensing issues), leading to an uproar from fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks angered by the change]].
** Much of the music in season 4 is taken from Dominic Frontiere's scores for ''Series/TheOuterLimits''.
** [[http://davidjanssen.net/FugitiveMusic.htm For more about the show's music, go here]].
* RecurringCharacter: The One-Armed Man, Captain Carpenter, Donna Taft, Leonard Taft, Mrs. Gerard, Phil Junior.
** And technically ''Mr.'' Gerard, since he appears (outside of the opening) in only 37 of the show's 120 episodes.
** Helen Kimble, also. She first appears in flashback mid-Season 1, her body is seen in the opening credits of Seasons 2-4, has a voiceover in another episode, and one final flashback in the GrandFinale, revealing the one clue that finally clears Kimble: [[spoiler:There was a third person in the Kimble house the night of the murder, who witnessed the One-Armed Man murder her, and kept silent solely because he didn't want to be exposed as a DirtyCoward.]]
** Finally, there's Sister Veronica, a nun Kimble encounters in a rare two-part episode in Season 1. She turns up again in Season 4, becoming the only recurring character who's neither a Kimble family member, nor directly connected to Helen's murder.
* RedHerring: Mentioned in "Running Scared" when Gerard says that Mrs. Ballinger (Kimble's ally of the week) specialises in red herrings.
* RootingForTheEmpire: You get enough in-universe examples no matter which side you actually consider to be "the empire"...
* RousseauWasRight: Most characters that Kimble meet along the way are willing to help him escape the police when they get close to catching him. Often because Kimble's already done them favors and they realize he's not really a killer.
** In the few instances people don't help, it's because they're either bad guys or because they're helping the One-Armed Man. One episode had Gerard ''surprised'' by a woman who was actively trying to get Kimble captured [[spoiler: because she was secretly the One-Armed Man's girlfriend.]]
** In a Real-Life example, actor Barry Morse (Gerard) would tell stories about running into fans of the show who, [[IAmNotSpock identifying him a little too closely with his character]], would angrily tell him to "stop chasing that nice doctor!"
* SeriesFinale: One of the very first examples.
* SeriesGoal: Find the One-Armed Man and clear Kimble's name.
* ShootTheHostageTaker: "See Hollywood and die", "There goes the ball game"
* StairwellChase: In "Running scared"
* SternChase
* StockFootage: Several
** The opening narration
** Kimble trying to hitch a ride in the darkness. Originally from "The girl from Little Egypt"
** Kimble hopping a freight pursued by two policemen. Originally from "Nobody loses all the time"
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Gerard, at least towards the end of the series.
* TemporaryBlindness:
** In the episode "Landscape with Running Figures", this happens to Gerard's wife... while she happens to be with Kimble.
** Kimble himself experiences this in "Second Sight".
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Urban folklore states that the show was inspired by Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was falsely convicted of murdering his wife in an extremely high-profile 1954 court case, and served nearly 11 years of a life sentence before the Supreme Court declared the original trial a mis-trial. He was subsequently re-tried, acquitted, and released from jail. The creators have denied the inspiration, but the similarities in Kimble's and Sheppard's cases do lead one to wonder...
** A more likely proximate inspiration was the 1946 David Goodis novel ''Dark Passage'' (better known for its [[Film/DarkPassage 1947 film adaptation]] starring HumphreyBogart), which also involves a man taking it on the lam after being falsely convicted of his wife's murder and then escaping. In fact, [[http://www.davidgoodis.com/page15/page15.html Goodis sued United Artists Television]] (which distributed ''The Fugitive'') for copyright infringement; the case was eventually settled out of court following his death.
** Some inspiration also came from Victor Hugo's novel [[novel/LesMiserables Les misérables]]. According to his biography, Barry Morse spotted the similarities and, after creator Roy Huggins confirmed this, re-read the novel to play his character closer to Inspector Javert. In addition to Gerard's character, obsession and name, the similarities include the protagonist saving his pursuer's life, the chase being ultimately unjust (although for different reasons) and Javert/Gerard finally agreeing to give Valjean/Kimble time to do one last thing before their respective arrests after having refused to do so before.
* ThatOneCase: What Kimble is to Gerard until the final two episodes.
* TokenRomance: As the series progresses, these happen more and more often (while there are still a few women in love with Kimble in the earlier series, he tended to reject them faster and more decidedly).
* TranslationConvention: In "Death of a very small killer", if it's plot-important, even the Mexican locals speak English to each other.
* TrunkShot: Kimble hides in a few of them (f. ex. "The other side of the coin" or "The breaking of the habit").
* TurnInYourBadge: Two cops who let Kimble go try to do this in "Echo of a Nightmare" and "Passage to Helena". Both get refused. The sheriff's resignation in "Other side of the coin" gets accepted, but he broke a lot more laws than just harboring Kimble.
* UndercoverCopReveal: In "The one that got away". He wasn't even trying to get Kimble...
* ViewersAreGoldfish: One of three opening narrations explaining the backstory happens every single episode. You'll know at least the last version by heart at the end.
* WalkingTheEarth: what Kimble does during his chase for the One-Armed Man. The plot that he was wrongly accused helped solve a problem with earlier TV shows that had [[TheDrifter wandering characters]] getting involved with other people's problems: "Why won't the heroes take the problem to the local authorities?" In Kimble's case, ''he couldn't.''
* WantedPoster: Appears in every episode. Gerard is once seen carrying ''an entire envelope full'' of copies when questioning the local populace one whether they've seen Kimble.
* WhereItAllBegan
* WholeEpisodeFlashback
* TheWindyCity: Most notably in "Search in a Windy City"
* WorthyOpponent: Kimble and Gerard have a great deal of respect for each other. Kimble calls Gerard a "brilliant" detective on several occasions (and Gerard often demonstrates this). While Gerard thinks Kimble is guilty, he's aware of the number of people Kimble's helped and believes Kimble will never kill again.
** All of which makes their [[ItHasBeenAnHonor handshake at the end of the final episode]] that much more satisfying.
* WronglyAccused: Kimble, of course.
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Kimble does actually steal a fair amount of cars and often agrees to people claiming that he forced them to help him when they did so out of their own free will. It could probably have been enough for quite a case, but if the last scene is any indication, nobody ever bothered to look into it.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Kimble plays in approx. half the episodes.
* YankTheDogsChain: Frequently.
* {{YouHave48Hours You have 24 hours}}: Gerard gives Kimble 24 hours to prove his innocence and even helps him along. When new evidence comes up just before hte deadline is up, he doesn't insist on keeping it.

!!The 2000-2001 remake provides examples of:

* AbuseMistake: The already suspicious Gerard becomes convinced that Kimble is his wife's killer when people who saw them jogging in the park the day of the murder claim to have seen him grab her and throw her to the ground, never realizing that the two were merely goofing off and playing.
* ChekhovsGunman: Kimble's medical training forces him to come to the rescue on numerous occasions, even if doing so might reveal his identity.
* FreudianExcuse: Gerard's first wife was killed in a car accident. It's obvious that his lingering grief and guilt is the reason he's so determined to capture Kimble.
* HappilyMarried: The Kimbles. A notable change from the original series. The remake is based more on the film rather than on the original series.
* HowWeGotHere: The pilot episode starts out with Kimble escaping from the wrecked prison transport van. As he runs through the woods, pursued by Gerard, numerous flashbacks take us through his marriage, the day of his wife's murder, the investigation, arrest, trial, right up until the van crashes, all within the first 15 minutes, before we even get the credits sequence.
* LeftHanging: When it was abruptly canceled after one season, a lot of plot threads were LeftHanging.
* NewscasterCameo: John Walsh appears in an episode, hosting an AmericasMostWanted segment on the hunt for Kimble.
* ProlongedPrologue: The premiere takes 15 minutes before the introduction. Most other episodes' were quite long as well, needing to carry some action sequence that set the stage for the plot.
* RaceLift: Gerard is now African-American.
* TheRemake
* SettingUpdate: Much was made of the technological advances--computers, the internet, television--that would now hinder Kimble's ability to stay on the run, or even help him--one episode, titled "drrichardkimble.com" had him being aided by the founder of a website dedicated to proving his innocence.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Whereas the 1993 movie didn't use the theme from the original TV show, the new series used the theme from... the 1993 movie.
* TooHappyToLive: The prologue of the premier episode established that Dr. Kimble had an ideal life--a beautiful wife who he adored, plans to have children and buy a new house, and a stellar career as a surgeon--before it was blown apart by his wife's murder.
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