98. THE FUGITIVE - TIE 

Episode 1, "Where the Action Is," Written by Harry Kronman  

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Aired: ABC, 1963-1967

The series finale set a ratings record with a 72 percent share, and went down as history-making for the way it gave audiences a climax to all the tension it had built up over four seasons. Structurally, the show captured the imagination both as an ongoing saga (wrongfully accused man escapes custody, goes on quixotic quest to clear name by searching for the illusive One-Armed Man) and an episodic one, given the various characters and situations Dr. Richard Kimble encountered along the way. The executive producer was Quinn Martin of The Streets of San Francisco fame. The Fugitive and its good-guy outlaw themes are still oft-imitated, not just literally (a feature film and recent big-budget Fox remake of the series), but metaphorically as well.

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