The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Nightmare at Northoak 

After saving a busload of kids in an accident, Kimble is knocked unconscious and later identified as a fugitive. Gerard comes to this Massachusetts town to extradite him back to Indiana, much to the dismay of the town's grateful residents.


Christian Nyby (as Chris Nyby)


Stuart Jerome, Roy Huggins (created by)




Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / George Porter
Nancy Wickwire ... Wilma Springer
Frank Overton ... Sheriff Al Springer
Paul Carr ... Deputy Ernie
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard
Scott Lane Scott Lane ... Larry Springer
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Anna
Harry Hickox ... Charley
Barbara Pepper ... Matty
Sue Randall ... Jen
Bobs Watson ... Milt Plummer
Charles Herbert ... Cal
Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Babcock
Paul Birch ... Captain Carpenter


Richard Kimble has a recurring nightmare - that he is on a city street, is spotted by Lt. Gerard, and runs, only to find himself cornered in an alley where Gerard shoots him. He awakens from the latest encounter with this nightmare when a school bus crashes and erupts in flame outside of a small New England town of Northoak. Kimble rescues children and the injured driver before an explosion knocks him unconscious. Springer, the local sheriff, and his wife Wilma help the stranger recover, but when their son innocently photographs the injured Kimble for the local paper, the picture makes national news, and brings on Gerard. Sheriff Springer must thus arrest Kimble, but Gerard cannot take him back to Stafford until extradition papers are prepared, and in the process townspeople line up to say goodbye to Kimble - a spectacle that gives Kimble one chance to escape. Written by Michael Daly

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Release Date:

26 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While eating at the table, Lt. Gerard (Barry Morse) uses his utensils in the European tradition of keeping the knife in his left hand without putting it down as Americans are taught to do. Barry Morse is from London and for him this would be normal. See more »


[in a nightmare sequence, Richard Kimble is cornered in an alley by Lt. Gerard]
Lt. Philip Gerard: [betraying sadistic pleasure as he draws his gun] Finally, Kimble. Finally.
Narrator: [as Kimble looks at Gerard in terror] This is Richard Kimble's recurring nightmare, and each time he awakens he wonders if he will awaken in the greater nightmare of reality.
[Gerard shoots Kimble, which startles him awake, back in reality]
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Spoofs Spartacus (1960) See more »

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11/26/63: Nightmare at Northoak
6 April 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

We were slowly starting to get over our national nightmare and back to other problems, of which Richard Kimble has many.

Kimble is in New England now and comes upon a bus crash. He manages to rescue the children inside the bus before it explodes. The explosion puts him in a very vulnerable place. He community hero and with it he becomes the focus of some very unwanted publicity. It brings Lt. Gerard, who insists he be arrested. This gives Kimble and Gerard a long scene together to talk about his case and what it must be like for each other. Kimble tells Gerard that he must be scared that there might actually be a one-armed man, which provokes an interesting reaction in Gerard. Kimble also has an encounter with the Sheriff's wife, who starts out with a similar cut-and-dried attitude toward the law but doesn't stay that way. The show ends with an homage to Spartacus, with the townspeople all claiming responsibility for Kimble's escape so no one person can be blamed for it.

A must-see episode for any fan of the series.

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