Honestly, I can't even describe the depth of my love for this perfect show (check The Fugitive tag for more complete posts). It has brilliant writing and acting. The moody and dark cinematography makes it the perfect film noir television show. The characters are fascinating, layered, and unique. The struggle between Gerard and Kimble and Kimble and the One-Armed Man is basically operatic.
AND THE TWITCHY LITTLE SMIRK IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING TO EVER BE GIFTED TO MERE MORTALS.
In short (I have a huge test tomorrow and can't write a proper post), everyone needs to watch this show. If not for the reasons listed above, than for Dr. Richard Kimble.
David Janssen makes Dr. Richard Kimble dynamic, quietly powerful, assured, conflicted, anguished, hopeful, empathetic. It's not the normal "noble doctor" shtick. He is noble, but he has to choose to be that way; constantly. And, the audience knows he's gonna do the right thing (of course he is), but we're also never quite sure. It's a character you immediately identify with, but never fully understand.
I'm fangirling nonsensically, but there is just so much greatness.
Many of the episodes are available on YouTube. Start at the beginning. Not because the show is serialized (it's not), but because the characters grow and change subtly. Richard Kimble, ever the weary man on the run becomes more weary as time goes on. He has to make a constant decision to keep living and running-- to keep his humanity.
And, honestly, that's the tagline for the show: "Oh, the humanity!"
Well, I'll stop now. I must study. But, please, watch The Fugitive. YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT.