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The Fugitive Recaptured: The 30th Anniversary Companion to a Television Classic Paperback – July 16, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Press, Ltd.; Tradepaper ed edition (July 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938817345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938817345
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Robertson writes and speaks extensively about pop culture, entertainment, and media. He has written or co-written five books, including two on the career of legendary actor James Garner: MAVERICK: LEGEND OF THE WEST, a history of Garner's classic Western from the 1950s, and THIRTY YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES, a behind-the-scenes look at Garner's other landmark series, The Rockford Files. In addition, Robertson has consulted and appeared as an onscreen commentator on several television documentaries, including 'Hollywood Maverick,' an hour-long look at the career of James Garner that airs regularly on the Biography Channel; 'Time's Up,' a segment on ageism in Hollywood produced by E! Entertainment Television for The High Price of Fame; and 'Who Shot J.R.: The Dallas Phenomenon,' a 30-minute feature also with Larry Hagman, produced by Warner Bros. exclusively for Dallas: The Complete Third Season DVD Collection.

Ed Robertson is also a contributing editor to, the No. 1 publication among media planners and media buyers in the U.S. In addition, his articles his articles on film and television appear in such publications as Bell TV Magazine, TV, Television Chronicles, Reel Talk, San Francisco Giants Magazine, and the British magazine Calafia, as well as media venues like Columbia House, the world's largest direct marketer of music, DVDs and videos. He has also collaborated on a number of books, including VOICE OF REASON by award-winning, National Radio Hall of Fame nominee Ronn Owens, and THE ETHICS OF STAR TREK, an offbeat look at the Star Trek phenomenon that Robertson co-authored with Indiana State University professor Judith Barad.

A recognized expert in television, Ed Robertson is frequently interviewed by journalists across the country for news stories related to pop culture, entertainment, and media. He has been quoted in such publications as TV Guide, Television Week,,, USA Today, The London Observer, The Toronto Star, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Hartford Courant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times.

Ed Robertson is also a regular guest on such major-market talk shows as The Ronn Owens Program, the No. 1 show on KGO-AM/San Francisco (Northern California's most listened-to station); Hot Talk with Tony Gill, Pioneer Valley's No. 1 drive time talk show; and Talking Television with Dave White (Share-a-Vision Radio, San Francisco Bay Area), where he appears as an occasional fill-in host. In addition, he has appeared on over 200 radio and TV programs, including Showbiz Today, CNN Headline News, First Light (Westwood One), Up All Night (BBC Radio), Talk to America (Voice of America Radio), The Todd Mundt Show (National Public Radio), The Tony Trupiano Show (TalkAmerica Radio Network), E! News Daily, A&E's Biography and Entertainment Tonight.

Ed Robertson is a member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in Northern California.

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"The Fugitive" (1963-1967) is one of the best TV dramas ever put on the boob-tube.
David Von Pein
And there's also a lot of background material, so the book is entertaining as well as being a source of information you might have missed, while watching.
Fred Di Francesco
Each episode is fully documented with full credits for the director and all principal actors in the series.
R.J. Groner

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Von Pein on November 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
"The Fugitive Recaptured" was published in 1993, thirty years after the TV series, "The Fugitive", premiered on network television in 1963.

This volume, by Ed Robertson, is just about all a "Fuge" fan could want in order to find out everything you'd need (or want) to know about this excellent TV drama, which was on the air for 4 complete seasons (120 episodes from 1963 to 1967).

The book features an "Introduction" by horror author Stephen King, plus a "Foreword" by Fugitive co-star Barry Morse, who portrayed police Lieutenant "Philip Gerard", star David Janssen's chief rival and nemesis during the course of the series. A chapter detailing the origins and conception of the series is also, of course, included here. Interesting stuff too.

Within these 208 pages, each and every episode of "The Fugitive" is dissected and examined in detail -- including cast lists, writing and directing credits, episode numbers, original air dates, episode descriptions, and verbatim "Prologue" and "Epilogue" text (the exact words spoken by series' narrator William Conrad at the beginning and end of each episode).

Many fun "Fuge Facts" are also revealed for many of the 120 episodes. These "Facts" are bits of little-known trivia that make this volume an even more enjoyable read.

In addition -- This book includes extended chapters on the series' Pilot episode ("Fear In A Desert City") and the two-part final episode ("The Judgment"), which remains to this day one of the highest-rated TV programs in the history of the medium.

There is also an "Appendix" area of the publication, with "Appendix 2" consisting of some very interesting trivial facts and data concerning every Fugitive episode -- including every single "alias" that was used by "Dr.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By on December 24, 1998
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Mr. Robertson has written a book that was done with an obvious love of the subject matter. Though he admits he discovered David Janssen via his post-Fugitive "Harry-O" series, his thorough research makes this a "must read" for Fugophiles. I was truly impressed by the celebrity interviews. Barry Morse and Stephen King were excellent frontline introductions that certainly legitimized this meticulous account of this classic Television series. Insights from the guest cast ranging from Richard Anderson to Carol Rosser as well as show creator Mr. Huggins were truly informative. However, it is Mr. Robertson who has set the tone of this labor of love by concentrating on what fans of "The Fugitive" want and should remember. This is not a tell all scandal written anthology, rather it is a reminder that this was and is a classic that will endure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Groner on April 12, 2000
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I can certainly add my kudos to Ed Robertson for his labor of love in this book commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the famous television program. This work brings to life the entire four years that the series ran on network television, and gives the reader the feeling that he was actually "on location" with the cast and crew as they produced this first-rate series. Each episode is fully documented with full credits for the director and all principal actors in the series. The episode synopsis give the reader a feeling of being on the run with the Fugitive. The opening and closing narration for each episode certainly sets the tone for each nights program.
If you are a fan of this great television series, then this book is certainly for you. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on November 20, 2005
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Certain television shows were so enormously popular during their original runs that they have been reincarnated more than once. THE FUGITIVE is one such drama. When Dr. Kimble began to run in 1963 in a three partnered minuet with Lt. Gerard and Fred Johnson, the American viewing public was so enamored of the chase that they refused to accept the judgment of THE JUDGMENT (the series finale) that the running had indeed stopped. Ed Robertson in his THE FUGITIVE RECAPTURED analyzes just what it was that made millions of Americans tune in every Tuesday night to watch Kimble run from one man only to pursue another. Robertson captures the essense of the spirit not just of the show but also of the social subtext of the show. In his Fuge Facts and plot synopses, Robertson well delineates the motivation of a doctor who, in his forced travels, became a collective Keroukian ON THE ROAD, with every watching viewer able to tap into the flip side of the American Dream, that out there in every dusty small town and bustling big city lay adventures that we could not aspire to but Kimble could. Roberston reviews every episode, judges its intrinsic worth, provides the needed Kimble trivia of both character and actor, and adds a handy list of names that Kimble used over a four year run. This list resembles a phone directory of a small town that Kimble must have passed through more than once. Reading THE FUGITIVE RECAPTURED made me think of the follow up success of the filmed version with Harrison Ford and the less succeessful small screen run of Tim Daly. It is not likely that the latter two will ever be considered worthy contenders for a pantheon of running heroes, but Robertson's literary paean to David Janssen serves as a perpetual reminder that for a spirit of a character or of an age to be recaptured, then that spirit must have been worthwhile in the first place. Robertson's book will not let Kimble ever run far enough or fast enough to escape our notice.
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