Runaway

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2006 on The CW
8.7
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66 votes
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As the series begins, a man, Paul Rader, appears driving his car and makes a stop by a lake. He gets out and lets the car run off to the bottom of the lake. Later, he drives up to a motel where his 3 kids, Henry, Hannah, and Tommy appear. His wife, Lily, is also introduced. He wakes them all up and they drive away in a hurry. Just as they drive away, the FBI comes to the motel looking for them. Apparently, Paul has been wrongly accused of murdering his secretary and he is on the run from justice, only until he finds enough proof to prove his innocence. The family moves to a house in a new state where they all have false names and try to start fresh while keeping their secret. Although reluctant to bear with their new lives at first, the kids soon learn to adjust and Paul gets a job as a waiter. Towards the end, Paul learns that the murder was not an accident. Someone sends him a text message threatening the lives of his kids if he doesn't stay away. Thus, this is proof enough for Paul to believe that someone killed his secretary to harm him.moreless

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  • An interesting start to what seems like an underappreciated series.

    7.5
    I have had Runaway saved on my DVR for months now and only last night did I delve into its murky world. I know I shouldn't have but I went into it with low expectations: I mean, come on, the show was cancelled after only 3 episodes and it was on The CW! What hope could there be?



    Well, I was pleasantly surprised. The show had an intriguing storyline and left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Donnie Wahlberg is believable as Paul Rader and the child actor(s) act in a mature fashion.



    When watching this show, however, you can see that it is not of 100% top quality: there are moments when you want the show to speed up and you can tell that it has been aimed at 12-25 year olds. Having said that, the story is riveting.



    I've always been a fan of serial dramas and while this one certainly isn't up there with "Heroes", "Jericho" and "Lost" it still provides and intersting hour of viewing. Think a tamed down, more family-friendly version of "The Riches".



    Unfortunatly this series only has 9 episodes so I know that there will be no revelation at the end of the series, but, as one TV.Com blogger said, "just because the song is over why not enjoy the music".moreless
  • Well it\'s somewhat interesting. I don\'t know, I think I liked the actors more than the storyline.

    7.4
    It\'s only the first episode so not really sure how I feel about it. My first impression was being annoyed that Everwood was canceled and this is one of it\'s replacements because it had a few similarities. \"Jason\" being the new kid at a new school and getting picked on reminded me of Everwood and Ephrams first days of school. 2 teenage siblings bickering, Yeah, that\'s new. Despite the funny lines \"Why so you can play with yourself?\" and \"Oh like you don\'t?\", it wasn\'t original.



    I didn\'t like the guessing games of what the father did or didn\'t do either.moreless
  • I was pleasantly surprised.

    8.5
    I was pleasantly surprised on how much i like this show. Always difficult to review a pilot episode of a new show. I was curieus about why this whole family was on the run. And through flashbacks during this episode filled in. The fact that the father was innocent and that his family was treatened made it so that they all had to run. Exciting to see the information the dad gets on his Palm. And the pursuers who were led around the bush so to speak. Don't know excactly what kind of job he had and why this woman had to die. Sound a bit like The Fugitive with Richard Kimble trying to prove his innocence, only now involving a familie.moreless
  • A great show so far!

    8.2
    A great show though I agree with most of what everybody is saying, underappreciated. This is, Officially, the first show out of the new CW network.

    It is the Fugitive with the family as Donnie Wahlberg as a lawyer who is running with his family after a crime that he didn't commit. Donnie proves that he is not under his superstar younger brother's shadow as he carries the show really well.

    Here's hoping for a hit for the first CS show!moreless
  • The show was interesting enough to require additional viewing. The cast fits the theme and the potential for intrigue throughout a season is certainly there!

    9.3
    This type of show...continuing from episode to episode without a conclusion seems to have become the current industry fad. The trick will be to keep viewers like me willing to continue to tune in. The writers have their work cut out for them with this one, but it is certainly a new and fresh plot line. I look forward to the next few episodes to see where this will go. Will the runaways slip up in a week or will the people slowly forming a circle around the runaways find out the truth. On a side note, it is good to see Donnie Wahlberg back in a starring role. He is a good actor and seems ideal for the lead role in this series.moreless

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