YMMV / The Fugitive

TV Series
  • Designated Villain: Lt. Gerard can kind of be seen as this.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Every Wandering Hero television show that followed — such as The Incredible Hulk and The Pretender — copies from The Fugitive by relying on the Wrongly Accused and Stern Chase tropes this series added to that concept.
  • Special Effect Failure: The train derailment, shown in the Season 1 opening, is very obviously done with a miniature model.
  • The Untwist: The series finale is a two-part story. In Part 1, the One-Armed Man is caught and held in jail for an unrelated crime, but is inexplicably bailed out by someone else. He tells the bail bondsman that he didn't kill Helen Kimble but saw who did and it wasn't her husband. When Kimble breaks into the bondsman's office later, he finds the bondsman dead, murdered, and sees in the bondsman's file that the name of the person who paid for the One-Armed Man's bail is... Leonard Taft, Kimble's own brother-in-law! In the week that passed in between the initial airing of both parts, specualtion that Len would turn out to be the killer was so rampant that Las Vegas oddsmakers picked Len to be the odds on favortite for being Helen's killer. In Part 2, it turns out that, nope, the One-Armed Man was just lying to the bondsman whom he then murdered. He really did kill Helen. It even turns out that Len wasn't even the guy who paid the One-Armed Man's bail. Instead it was a next-door neighbor who had witnessed the One-Armed Man murdering Helen and told no one about it, who paid the bail using Len's name.
    • As one of the producers said later, "If it hadn't been the One-Armed Man who did it, it would have been a joke. (Kimble) would have looked like a jerk. What was he doing for four years, chasing the wrong guy?"
  • Values Dissonance: On the night of Helen Kimble's death, she and Richard had a shouting match over whether or not Helen could love an adopted child, reminding us that adoption was once less widely accepted than it is now.
  • The Woobie: Kimble, of course. It's an essential part of his Plot Armor. Everybody Kimble meets will either 1) instantly believe he's innocent, 2) will realize he's innocent by the end of the episode, or 3) be a guilty criminal. And Gerard.