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Ever wondered what The Fugitivewould
be like if it starred an animal—say, a dog? Well, wonder no more!
Corey training Joe.
Created by Richard H. Landau, the show
centered on a German Shepherd named Joe (Heinrich, the pet of producer William D’Angelo) who was being
trained by army Sargent William Corey (Arch Whiting). However, one day Joe was
framed for attacking Corey; the punishment for which was for him to be
euthanized. Joe escaped, and the army put a $200 bounty on his head. Joe traveled
the country, trying to keep ahead of the army and the various bounty hunters
looking to collect the reward, while also helping those in need he encountered
along the way. Corey also gave his own pursuit, believing Joe to be innocent
and wanting to find him before the army did.
The show was renewed for a second season. Whiting
left the show; his character being written out as having to return to active
duty after being unable to find Joe. In his place was hiker Josh McCoy (Chad States)
who became Joe’s traveling companion. While Joe would continue to help those he
encountered, Josh would end up often becoming involved in the plots by taking
jobs in the places where something would go down; be it driving a car targeted
by thieves or slinging hash in a joint invaded by bank robbers. While the show
was not renewed for a third season, it remained on the network’s schedule until
the fall of 1976.Stills from the episode “Little Big Bear
Hunter” were turned into a ViewMaster set
“Bounty Hunter” (9/7/74) – A ruthless bounty hunter and his attack dog
“Yardbirds” (9/14/74) – Joe helps a railroad station guard put an end
to freight car thefts.
“Bon Voyage” (9/21/74) – A fisherman relies on Joe to get his nephew
to stop skipping school.
“Missionary” (9/28/74) – Joe takes refuge on a bus to escape two
motorcycle-riding bounty hunters.
“False Alarm” (10/5/74) – Joe’s tenure as a fire dog comes with
stopping two boys from setting false alarms.
“The Big Race” (10/12/74) – Joe encounters criminals at a race track.
“Homecoming” (10/19/74) – A girl finds and takes in Joe but runs away with
him when her stepfather wants to get rid of him.
“Six Seals, Two Whales and a Dog” (10/26/74) – Joe ends up at a wild
animal park where he becomes part of the dolphin show.
“Little Big Bear Hunter” (11/2/74) – To prove his manhood, a
city-raised Indian boy confronts a wild bear.
“Sunken Treasure” (11/9/74) – Joe finds valuable jewels on a boy he
just saved from drowning.
“The Mute” (11/16/74) – A mute boy helps Joe after he’s hurt in a
“Blind Girl” (11/23/74) – Joe leads a blind girl lost in the woods to
“Little Old Lady Antique Dealer” (11/30/74) – Thieves take an interest
in the doll purchased by an elderly antique dealer.
“Joe’s New Friend” (9/6/75) – Two hunters mistaking Joe for another
dog leads him to meet his new traveling companion, Josh.
“The Secret – Part 1” (9/13/75) – Josh gets accused of robbing the
house where he has been working as a handyman.
“The Secret – Part 2” (9/20/75) – Joe and Josh end up in the middle of
a truck hijacking.
“Rip Off” (9/27/75) – Motorcyclists come for the stolen diamonds they
hid in Josh’s backpack.
“The Prisoner” (10/4/75) – Joe looks for a prisoner who escaped from a
crashed prison plane.
“The Town Hero” (10/11/75) – Joe ends up in a pound and is adopted by
a man who plans to use dogs for robberies.
“Trackdown” (10/18/75) – A thief seeks to lure Joe into the swamp as
he gives chase.
“The Hitchhiker” (10/25/75) – Josh gets hit by a camper and falls into
a ditch with a broken leg.
“The Wild Stallion” (11/1/75) – Joe and Josh take jobs at a farm where
the owner is obsessed with catching a wild stallion.
“The Runaway” (11/8/75) – Josh meets a female hitchhiker who ran away
from her life.
“The Long Wait” (11/15/75) – Josh tries to stop a feud while stumbling
upon a real estate scam.
“The Scrap Heap” (11/22/75) – Josh gets a job driving a vintage car
that ends up stolen.
“The Hunters” (11/29/75) – Josh gets a job in a café that ends up
being taken over by bank robbers.