The BEST Episodes of The Fugitive

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen), wrongly accused of murdering his wife, escapes custody while on the road to prison and must elude the police to continue his quest to find the real killer, which will take ages until the finale.

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Crack in a Crystal Ball

#1 - Crack in a Crystal Ball

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1965

A scam artist posing as a psychic goes on TV to prove that he knows where Kimble will appear next-with a little help from an accomplice who is traveling with Kimble.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Richard Levinson, William Link
An Apple a Day

#2 - An Apple a Day

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 1965

Running from the police, Kimble hides out at a farm owned by a local country doctor, named Josephus Adams, whom treats his patients with little more than a dose of honey and a reassuring word. After one elderly woman under Adams care dies from a protracted bronchial infection, an angry Kimble intervenes and tries to help the patients. But in the meantime, Adams' wife, Marianne, stumbles upon Kimble's identity and tries to use that to her own advantage. When Dr. Adams teenage niece, Sharon, falls into a coma after having an alergic reaction to bee stings, Kimble risks his freedom to take her away from Adams to a hospital for treatment.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Ralph Senensky
Writers: Daniel B. Ullman
End of the Line

#3 - End of the Line

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 21, 1965

After losing his wallet, Kimble steals another wallet to pay for his train fare. The wallet belongs to R.T. Unger, who owns a local dairy. Kimble finds work as dishwasher at a local diner in order to repay the debit. But when Unger finds his wallet missing, he calls the police. Kimble goes to Unger's house and gives back the wallet and money to Unger's daughter, Betty Jo, whom is pregnant by Neil, a disreputable youth whom works at Unger's dairy. Unger offers Neil $1,000 to leave town. But when Neil refuses, their argument turns into a fistfight where Kimble walks in and sees Neil kill Unger. Kimble flees and tries to find a way to get out of town before Neil decides to pass the blame for the killing on the fugitive.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: James Menzies
When the Wind Blows

#4 - When the Wind Blows

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 28, 1965

In rural Wyoming, Kimble seeks refuge from the local constable at a small hotel run by Lois Carter, a young widow whom hires him as a handyman. Kimble soon befriends Lois' son Kenny, a particularly sensitive young boy whom protects Kimble from the police when they arrive looking for him.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Ralph Senensky
Writers: Betty Langdon
Approach with Care

#5 - Approach with Care

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1966

Kimble meets Willie Turner, a mentaly retarded young man who is accused of hurting a child. Kimble reluctantly hides Willie at a carnival where Kimble now works. Kimble tries to persuade Willie to return to the hospital where his sister had him committed. But naturally, Willie is slow to understand what Kimble means and, on top of that, does not remember hitting the young boy he is accused of hurting. Willie's sister, Mary, as well as an attendant from the psycho ward at the local hospital, arrive searching for Willie and find him. But the attendant recognizes Kimble and calls the police. In trying to protect his new friend, Willie strikes the attendant, badly injuring him, and warns Kimble in which both men, now fugitives, take off in a stolen truck. Kimble hides out with Willie at a nearby auto wrecking lot, where he tries to persuade Willie to return to the hospital, while the sheriff and his men already on their trail.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: William Hale
Writers: Lee Loeb
Run the Man Down

#6 - Run the Man Down

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 3, 1967

While hopping a freight train, Kimble meets a wounded criminal who demands to take him to a rendezvous point in the hills of Southern California. Kimble reluctantly does which is an isolated cabin in the deep woods where they are joined by three more men whom happen to be robbers of an armored car who demand from the criminal their loot. Not believing their accomplice's true story that he lost the money when it fell off the train due to his gunshot injury, the three robbers hold Kimble, a widow named Laura Craig, as well as a park ranger who happens by, while torturing the man for the location of the money.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Barry Oringer, Fred Freiberger
There Goes the Ball Game

#7 - There Goes the Ball Game

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 7, 1967

While attending a minor league baseball game, Kimble unwittingly witnesses a man walk away with a woman whom is later revealed to be the daughter of newspaper publisher Andy Newark. After discovering that Kimble witnessed the proceedings, Newmark summons Kimble to his office where he tells him that the woman is his daughter and she has been kidnapped. Her abductors want a $200,000 ransom. When word leaks out, reporters surround the Newmark household and Kimble is unable to slip away. Meanwhile, the kidnappers, a former baseball player and a friend, realize that Kimble witnessed them. So, they plot to have Kimble deliver the ransom money so they can kill him.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Gerald Mayer
Writers: Oliver Crawford
The Savage Street

#8 - The Savage Street

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 14, 1967

Kimble is working at a cigar-making store owned by Jose Anza, and becomes close friends with his son Jimmy. Jimmy is caught between the expectations of his demanding father who wants him to play the violin and the harassment Jimmy receives from three street punks. When Kimble is shot in the leg after the police discover him, Jimmy hides the fugitive from both his father, and his uncle Miguel, a police officer determined to capture the fugitive.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Gerald Mayer
Writers: Jeri Emmett, Mario Alcalde
Death Of a Very Small Killer

#9 - Death Of a Very Small Killer

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 21, 1967

Fleeing to Mexico, Kimble somehow contracts pnenmonia and seeks refuge at a local hospital where he is recognized by Dr. Howell, an ambitious American doctor whom is conducting reseach on menigitis. After Kimble recovers, Dr. Howell blackmails him into assisting with his research in exchange for protection from the local state police. While working with Howell's assistant, the attractive Reina Morales, Kimble soon discovers that several of the patients are being unwittingly infected and sacrificed for Howell's research purposes. Meanwhile, a persistent police sergeant, named Rodriguez, begins investigating Kimble's true idenity.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Barry Oringer
The Walls of Night

#10 - The Walls of Night

Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 4, 1967

Kimble, working as a truck driver out of Portland, Oregon, becomes romantically involved with the radio dispatcher Barbara Wells, unaware that she is a convicted embezzler on loan through the state prison's work-release program. Distraught after her parole is denied for another six months, Barbara flees to Seattle where Kimble is staying and asks to take her to Canada with him. But when Kimble learns the truth, he decides to take her back to Seattle. Meanwhile, Barbara's parole officer, Art Meredith, soon stumbles upon Kimble's true idenity and decides to set a trap for him to bring both Kimble and Barbara back to Portland.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Lawrence L. Goldman
Landscape with Running Figures (2)

#11 - Landscape with Running Figures (2)

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 23, 1965

In the conclusion to Part 1 (from last week), Kimble accompanies a temporarily-blinded Mrs. Gerard to a place where she can phone her husband for help. Mrs. Gerard, who is as inquisitive as her husband, continues to pepper Kimble with questions about himself and his life. As she starts to put the pieces together, she realizes that this man may be Richard Kimble. She begins to form a plan to trap him.

star 9.90
31 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Anthony Wilson
Wife Killer

#12 - Wife Killer

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 11, 1966

Reporter Barbara Webb spots Fred Johnson, the one-armed man, in a police roundup of suspicious character during a murder investigation. Calling to mind the Kimble case with her publisher boss Herb Malone, Barbara takes a photo of Johnson and publishes it in the local newspaper. The image of the one-armed man draws both Kimble and Gerard to the town. While Gerard waits for Kimble to show up at the police station, the fugitive is outside and sees Johnson in the jail courtyard. But the one-armed man spots Kimble and escapes from the jail and steals a getaway car. Barbara spots Kimble and tells him to get in her car as they chase after the one-armed man. During the chase down a winding mountain road, the one-armed man's car crashes, and Kimble has to tend to Johnson's injuries knowing that he's the only one to clear Kimble of his wife's murder. Unable to speak because of a head injury, Johnson nodds when Kimble asks if he murdered Helen. While Kimble rests, Barbara types a confession paper

star 9.84
31 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Daniel B. Ullman
Landscape with Running Figures (1)

#13 - Landscape with Running Figures (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 16, 1965

In Part 1 of a 2-part story, Lt. Gerard and his wife are on a much-needed vacation. When Gerard rushes off to answer the call to duty, an angry Mrs. Gerard decides that enough is enough, and leaves town on the bus. Unbeknownst to her, Kimble is on the same bus. When the bus crashes, Kimble helps her get away from the wreck. Due to a head injury, she is suffering from temporary blindness and doesn't recognize Kimble. Kimble, unaware of who SHE really is, decides to accompany her to a phone where she can contact her husband. Along the way Mrs. Gerard starts asking questions, and is starting to form an image of Kimble, and is intrigued with what she learns. Will she discover his true identity before they reach their destination?

star 9.81
31 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Anthony Wilson
Ill Wind

#14 - Ill Wind

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 8, 1966

Gerard tracks Kimble to a migrant community in South Texas where he finally captures the fugitive who attempts to flee by train. But a violent hurricane strikes the area and forces them to seek shelter in a fragile barn where most of the farm workers are gathered. But when Gerard is badly injured when the roof collapses on him, Kimble, to the astonishment of the workers, actually helps try to save the lieutenant by helping transport him to another building where the fugitive pleads for a blood doner to save Gerard's life whom has weakened by the loss of blood.

star 9.66
35 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Al C. Ward
Trial by Fire

#15 - Trial by Fire

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1965

Kimble's sister Donna summons him home with a possible break in the case: a letter from James Eckhardt, a former U.S. Army captain whom also saw the one-armed man fleeing from the Kimble's house on the night of Helen's murder. Kimble meets with Eckhardt who agrees to help the fugitive out. Eckhardt's story seems strong enough to clear Kimble. But unknown to either men, another witness comes forward: a convict in prison for drug dealing, who reveals that he used to sell heroin to Eckhart for a Korean War battle wound and that Eckhardt was on his way to see him that night to buy some drugs, which is more than enough for Gerard to discredit Eckhardt's testimony.

star 9.65
34 votes
Writers: Philip Saltzman
Escape Into Black

#16 - Escape Into Black

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 1964

On the verge of closing in on the shadowy one-armed man, Kimble is renderd amnesiac after a freak gas explosion at a roadside diner. While the Fugitive fights to regain his memory, a struggle ensues at the local hospital between Margaret Ruskin, a sympathic social worker whom regonizes Kimble and belives him to be innocent, while a local physician, named Dr. Towne, belives Kimble to be guilty. Meanwhile, the one-armed man slips away, but not before he makes an anonymous phone call to the police and Gerard about Kimble's whereabouts.

star 9.59
34 votes
Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Larry Cohen

#17 - Nemesis

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 1964

Kimble escapes from his workplace at a hatchery just as Gerard and the local sheriff come to arrest him. As Kimble drives off in the sheriff's car, he discovers that Gerard's son is hiding in the backseat.

star 9.55
33 votes
Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Harry Kronman
The Judgment (2)

#18 - The Judgment (2)

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Aug 29, 1967

In the continuation of this story Kimble and Gerard are on a train for his hometown in Indiana. And Kimble then reveals that the person who sent the bail money is his brother-in-law Leonard Taft. Kimble doesn't think it was him but someone from his hometown did send the money and used his brother-in-law's name. The one armed-man calls the Tafts demanding that they meet with him, someone does go to the meeting but it's not Leonard Taft but the one-armed man assumes that he is, and says that he remebers him. Obviously this was the man who sent the money and the one-armed man is demanding more money which he doesn't have. Kimble and Gerard arrive at the Taft residence and talk to Len, who tells them that someone called claiming the same thing and arranged a meeting, Kimble ans Gerard arrive at the place and find some bullets. But for Gerard there is nothing more that can be done; they then go back to the Taft house so that Kimble can say good-bye to his sister, and it's at that moment tha

star 9.54
40 votes
Directors: Don Medford
Writers: George Eckstein, Michael Zagor
The End Is But the Beginning

#19 - The End Is But the Beginning

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1965

Kimble takes advantage of a deadly car accident as a way to try and convince Gerard that he is now dead.

star 9.53
34 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Arthur Weiss, George Fass
May God Have Mercy

#20 - May God Have Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 16, 1965

While working as a hospital orderly, Kimble is recognized by Victor Leonetti and his wife Anne whom hold Kimble responsible for the death of their daughter. Kimble tries to flee, but gets shot and is forced to undergo surgery for the gunshot wounds. But when Victor learns that Kimble was trying to contact a specialist at the time of the girl's death, he tries to make amends by confessing to Gerard, whom arrives at the hospital, that he was the one who murdered Helen Kimble.

star 9.53
34 votes
Directors: Don Medford
Writers: Don Brinkley
The End Game

#21 - The End Game

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 21, 1964

A discarded photograph, with Kimble in the background, leads Gerard to Chicago where he assembles a team of detectives where they trap Kimble within an eight-block radius of the city. With Kimble wondering from place to place, and being recognized by whomever he comes into contact with, he flees from both policemen and local citizens, finding refuge in a small house which is the home of two middle-aged men, named Jake Devlin and Sam Reed, whom have long argued over his innocence.

star 9.50
32 votes
Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Stanford Whitmore
Wine Is a Traitor

#22 - Wine Is a Traitor

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 1966

Carl Crandall is the wealthy and spoiled son of winery owner Pete Crandall. Carl stops a labor strike at the winery by killing the union leader and framing Morales, another worker, for it. Kimble happens by and witness Carl run from the scene of the crime, but he is unable to tell anyone because of his secret. Kimble tries to write an annoymous letter to the California District Attorney, but Carl's goons confiscate the letter. While Kimble tries to persuade Morales's wife, Elena, to help him report Carl to clear her husband, Pete suspects Carl of the murder and sends his two right hand men to keep an eye on Carl. But the two men are in league with Carl who orders them to murder Kimble.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Howard Dimsdale
The Devil's Disciples

#23 - The Devil's Disciples

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 1966

While fleeing from a sheriff's dragnet, Kimble is rescued by a dangerous motorcycle gang called 'the Devil's Disciples, led by the brutal Hutch. As payback, Hutch and his gang want Kimble to help them avenge the death of a former gang member who robbed a gas filling station, where his father turned him in and as part of his sentence; he was drafted and sent to Vietnam where he was killed in action. When Kimble notices that the gang is not completly unified, he seeks help from Don, one of the members, and his girlfriend, Patty, to help him escape so he can warn the police to prevent the killing of the deseased gang member's father.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Jud Taylor
Writers: Jeri Emmett, Robert Dillon, Steven W. Carabatsos
World's End

#24 - World's End

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1964

Kimble answers a classified ad from a certain Ellie Burnett, the daughter of his former defense attorney. They arrange to meet in Kansas City to discuss the information she received about a one-armed man from a private detective hired by her father. But Gerard sees the ad and knows who wrote it because he and Ellie's father were close friends and that Ellie may be in love with Kimble. While Gerard has Ellie investigated, she and Kimble find out that the one-armed man was killed in a fire only a week before. Kimble is devastated, but vows to confirm it. A little later, Ellie's private detective informs her that the one-armed man whom died in a fire was actually in prison at the time of Helen Kimble's murder. But Ellie withholds this news from Kimble and convinces him that they should leave the country, realizing that this may be her only chance at a life with him.

star 9.45
33 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Stuart Jerome
See Hollywood and Die

#25 - See Hollywood and Die

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1963

While working as a gas station attendant in New Mexico, Kimble is taken hostage, along with customer Joanne, by two holdup men, named Miles and Vinnie. Once on the road, Kimble pretends that he is a criminal and is heading towards Los Angels for a ""big job."" At the same time, he lets Joanne know that he's on her side, but she's suspicious to his true motives. Once arriving in L.A., Kimble decides to set up Miles and Vinnie to be arrested. But Miles, not trusting Kimble enough, wants him to kill Joanne to prove himself.

star 9.41
41 votes
Writers: George Eckstein