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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Timothy Daly, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Lang
  • Summary: "Updating the classic 1960's action series The Fugitive (1963) with the thrills and high-tech style of the 1993 Oscar-winning hit movie, "The Fugitive" returns to television with the riveting tale of Dr. Richard Kimble (Tim Daly), an innocent man accused of murdering his beloved wife. Adrift in a sea of strangers in strange locations, Kimble, on the hunt for the one-armed man who actually committed the crime, desperately tries to avoid being captured by Lt. Philip Gerard (Mykelti Williamson, "The New WKRP in Cincinnati"), who always seems to be only two steps behind. From week to week, Kimble searches city after city for the elusive killer whose capture would finally allow him to prove his innocence and return to his former life. In constant flight in his quest for justice, Kimble touches many lives, but the encounters are ended as suddenly as they have begun when the fugitive is forced to escape to yet another city." - CBS press release.

    CBS premiered the much-hyped new action series on its Friday night lineup, which included fellow action series "Nash Bridges" and newcomer "CSI." Many predicted the new version of "The Fugitive" would become one of CBS's greatest hits, but the show only earned decent ratings for its first episode (curiously, everybody thought "CSI" was too morbid and wouldn't live to see a pickup, and it turned out to be the big hit "The Fugitive" was supposed to be). From then on ratings fell to an underexpected average, and eventually CBS decided to revitalize its Thursday nights with ratings magnet "CSI," bumping Dick Van Dyke's "Diagnosis Murder" to Fridays, where it took "The Fugitive"'s old time slot. Even with a good lead-in the ratings didn't rise (the show aired opposite "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," which at the time drew huge numbers, giving the show a push to death). At the end of the season, CBS decided to cancel the entire lineup. At least they had the decency to show the series finale - but not to tell the producers not to write in a cliffhanger.

    CBS Broadcast History (22 episodes)
    October 2000 - January 2001 --- Fridays 8:00 PM
    February 2001 - May 2001 --- Fridays 9:00 PM
    (Simulcast in HDTV)
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
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. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. 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
    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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