The series was conceived by Roy Huggins and produced by Quinn Martin.
The show presents a popular plot device of an innocent man on the run from the police for a murder he did not commit while simultaneously pursuing the real killer.It had its antecedents in the Alfred Hitchcock movies The 39 Steps, Saboteur, and North by Northwest.Several television series have imitated the formula of characters on the run being chased by the authorities who wanted to capture him and compelled to help others along the way, with the twists being mostly in the nature of the fugitives: a German Shepherd dog (Run, Joe, Run, 1974); a scientist with a monstrous alter ego (The Incredible Hulk, 1978); a group of ex-US Army Special Forces accused of a war crime they committed under orders (The A-Team, 1983); a husband and wife (Hot Pursuit, 1984); a boy afflicted with lycanthropy (Werewolf, 1987); a former police officer (Renegade, 1992); and a reinstated detective (Life, 2007).The 2002 film adaptation of Minority Report turns the same concept on its head, a police officer is accused of a future murder(foreseen by "precogs") and must figure out why his future shows this happening, becoming a fugitive in the process.The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins.
It was produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television. David Janssen stars as Richard Kimble, a physician who is falsely convicted of his wife's murder and sentenced to receive the death penalty. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove, was that moments before discovering his murdered wife's body, he saw a one-armed man running from the vicinity of his home.Elderly, a car mechanic, was charged with murdering his wife.When Elderly's attorney was incapacitated by a heart attack, Bailey took over the defense, and Elderly was acquitted.In the series' first season, the premise (heard over footage of Kimble handcuffed to Gerard on a train) was summarized in the opening title sequence of the pilot episode as follows: Name: Richard Kimble. But laws are made by men, carried out by men, and men are imperfect. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove, was that moments before discovering his wife's body, he encountered a man running from the vicinity of his home. freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime ...freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture.Goodis' litigation over the issue continued for some time after his 1967 death.