• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 14, 2013
    91
    But before your eyes glaze over, the good news is, it still works. And this slick, big-budgeted, action-packed pilot gives it the high-profile send-off to bring even skeptics around. [6 Oct 2000, p.1]
  2. 88
    The newest version of The Fugitive from CBS is as much fun as ever, a first-class, fast-paced, smoothly executed production packed with suspense, thrills and style. [6 Oct 2000, p.E-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 14, 2013
    88
    I really, really, like the newest incarnation on the little screen. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 13, 2013
    88
    This update is well-written, well-acted, well-shot and, well, just darned entertaining. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  5. Jun 27, 2013
    83
    This new Fugitive has a very good Kimble in Tim Daly.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 14, 2013
    80
    despite some clunky moments, Daly's The Fugitive sprints well past the vast majority of this fall's freshman series. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 14, 2013
    80
    This extremely promising series combines the human drama of the David Janssen TV show with the stuntwork of the 1992 Harrison Ford movie. And while neither lead has the Hollywood aura of Ford or Tommy Lee Jones, Williamson and Daly are well-matched as the cat and mouse. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    The stunts and set pieces are impressive (though the show can't keep having Kimble jump off things every time he's about to be caught), but The Fugitive will ultimately rise or fall on Daly and Williamson. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    In a subtle tip to the original series and its narrator, William Conrad, look for a cameo from "America's Most Wanted" John Walsh, who repeats Conrad's memorable opening to the series. Heavy hand of fate, indeed. [6 Oct 2000, p.S32]
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    Tim Daly of "Wings" is surprisingly strong in the role of Kimble, offering a nuanced portrayal of an honorable man trapped by extraordinary, anguish-fueled circumstance. [6 Oct 2000, p.1D]
  11. Reviewed by: Steven Oxman
    Jun 14, 2013
    70
    The key, as with all action series, is turning repetitive, predictable outcomes into suspenseful beats, and at this, the series seems to have a genuine flair. [5 Oct 2000]
  12. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 14, 2013
    70
    So far, so good. [6 Oct 2000, p.D7]
  13. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 14, 2013
    70
    I have no major complaint with this Fugitive as an act of filmmaking imitation. I just wish they had tried to emulate the spirit of the original and re-imagine this "Fugitive" in a way that made it connect as vitally with America today as the original connected with America in 1963. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  14. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 14, 2013
    70
    In serialized form, The Fugitive is nothing more than "Touched by an Angel on the Lam." Kimble moves from town to town, staying a step ahead of Lt. Gerard, a step behind the one-armed man, and inevitably involved in the life of someone he meets on his peripatetic way. [5 Oct 2000, p.E2]
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 14, 2013
    67
    Perhaps The Fugitive will slow its frenetic pace in future episodes. The original show had its share of narrow escapes but didn't rely on heavy-duty action every week. They instead focused on Kimble's close encounters with strangers, some kind, others sinister. [6 Oct 2000, p.1C]
  16. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 13, 2013
    63
    It's a very enjoyable hour and it's easy to get caught up in the action and the scenery and forget what we all know from the movie and the first series. But it's a tossup whether the manhunt will bring us back week after week. This time around, Kimble's chase could be much shorter. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  17. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 14, 2013
    60
    Moderate achievement. [6 Oct 2000, p.F1]
  18. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 14, 2013
    60
    Tim Daly is miscast as Richard Kimble in this new CBS remake of the classic '60s series. It's worth seeing once, though, just to see the effort. [6 Oct 2000, p.150]
  19. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 13, 2013
    60
    Still, familiarity undermines the updated Fugitive. If you've seen the David Janssen series or the Harrison Ford movie version, you know how the story starts and how it ends. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  20. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 13, 2013
    60
    It is formulaic but built to last. Think of this expensive remake as 'Touched by a Kimble.'... The workmanlike hour continues to mine old themes of alienation, injustice and the search for truth. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
  21. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 14, 2013
    50
    It was all cool years ago, but today it seems just a bit too contrived, even if it does mean lots of work for Hollywood stuntmen. TV has never had a successful remake of an old show, and there's no reason to believe The Fugitive, which debuts Friday at 8 p.m., will escape that bleak statistic. [6 Oct 2000]
  22. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    TV fave Daly is more personally accessible than Janssen and Harrison Ford. And his show is beautifully produced. But we've seen it all before. CBS must figure this old-style genre-single- lead hero, chase drama, closed-end action-is primed for a comeback, though it's hard to imagine younger viewers sitting still for this Diagnosis Pursuit. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
  23. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    While the pacing and acting of the new show is admirable, it's an overtold story and its familiarity lessens the intrigue. Baby, maybe he wasn't born to run, and run, and run. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
  24. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 14, 2013
    40
    While The Fugitive is the most high-profile of the CBS crime series, it is also the most lackluster, mostly because Tim Daly is a lightweight Kimble. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
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  1. Mar 28, 2014
    10
    Best Fugitive Retelling!

    I am a big fan of ALL THREE tellings of "The Fugitive" story. Each "Fugitive" (David Janssen, Harrison Ford and
    Best Fugitive Retelling!

    I am a big fan of ALL THREE tellings of "The Fugitive" story. Each "Fugitive" (David Janssen, Harrison Ford and Tim Daly) had his own fabulous way of being Dr. Richard Kimble.

    When I compare the ways the story was told, I think "Fugitive 2000" told it best. It struck a perfect balance between Fugitive 1963 (the first tv series) and Fugitive 1993 (the movie). It focused on Kimble's personal strength of character while increasing the desperation of his dilemma as both the one pursuing and the one being pursued. The course the story took was more modern and engaging for tv viewers. Although this edition ended with the point-blank shooting of the "one-armed man," Matthew Ross's change of heart following his younger daughter Becca's chastising had already set in motion a series of events which surely would have led to Kimble's retrial and exoneration.

    It is a tragedy that this tv series for whatever reason has not yet been released on DVD. I keep hoping one day it will.
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  2. Dec 15, 2011
    10
    If you'd like a treat from the early 1960's, tune in to The Fugitive TV series. The plots are surprisingly current with issues such asIf you'd like a treat from the early 1960's, tune in to The Fugitive TV series. The plots are surprisingly current with issues such as athletic brain injuries, illegal aliens etc.. You'll see up and coming future stars as well as stars and wonderful supporting actors/actresses from the 1930's, 40's and 50's era movies. Most impotantly you have David Janssen, a very understated actor who played his part to perfection as the man who is on the run trying to not attract attention. Sadly, he always did but the audience is all the better for it. He comes into peoples' lives for a short period and forever changes them in some small or large way. This is a worthy program and certainly holds it's own against many of the dramas of today. Full Review »