Created byChad Hodge
StarringDonnie Wahlberg
Dustin Milligan
Karen LeBlanc
Leslie Hope
Nathan Gamble
Sandrine Holt
Sarah Ramos
Susan Floyd
ComposerDavid Schwartz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (6 unaired) (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesGolly
Darren Star Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Original release
NetworkThe CW
ReleaseSeptember 25 (2006-09-25) –
October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)

Runaway is an American drama television series that aired on The CW from September 25, 2006, to October 15, 2006. The series was created by Chad Hodge and was produced by Golly and Darren Star Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Along with The Game, it was one of only two series on the new network not to be inherited as previously aired from either of its predecessor networks, The WB and UPN. The show was officially cancelled on October 18, 2006.[1]


Runaway chronicles the life of the Hollands, an average middle-class American family who just moved to Bridgewater, Iowa, ostensibly from New Orleans, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Despite appearing to be just a normal family looking for a change of scenery, the Hollands are actually the Raders, a family from Potomac, Maryland who are evading the law after Paul Rader, the family patriarch, was convicted of a murder that he did not commit and subsequently jumped bail.

Furthermore, the Raders are hunted by the person who did commit the murder. The killer targets the family, particularly the three children. In a plot line similar to The Fugitive, Paul seeks evidence that will clear his name and end his family's masquerade and danger.





The CW cancelled Runaway on October 18, 2006, four weeks after its debut. Runaway holds the distinction of being the first show to be canceled on the new network. The show never found an audience and had the lowest ratings of the programming on all 5 major broadcast networks.[2]


Thirteen episode scripts were ordered, and nine episodes were filmed, but only three were broadcast by the CW. The unfilmed scripts were named "They Say It's Your Birthday", "Dashing Through the Snow", "Trial and Error", and "Knock, Knock".[citation needed]

List of Runaway episodes
No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [3]
US viewers
1"Pilot"September 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)1002.2[4]
Paul Rader and his family, on the run from the law after Paul was wrongly convicted of murder and jumped bail, arrive in Bridgewater posing as the Hollands, a family that has supposedly been moving around from place to place after losing their home to Hurricane Katrina. Using their cover story, Paul's wife Lily enrolls her two oldest children, Henry and Hannah, at the local high school as twins Jason and Kate Holland. Paul lands a job as a cook at a diner, where he meets the town realtor, Gina Bennett. Hannah meets Brady, her neighbor who also attends the same school, while Henry briefly runs away from home after arguing with his father only to return after realizing he cannot abandon his family. Angela Huntley, the marshal assigned to locate Paul, finds an address in a car Paul abandoned, but it actually a false trail he left intentionally. Paul accesses the email account of the woman he supposedly murdered and receives a threatening message to "stay lost" or his family will be killed.
2"Identity Crisis"October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02)1011.9[4]
3"Mr. Rader Goes to Washington"October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)1021.8[4]
5"Father Figure"Unaired104TBD
6"Liar, Liar"Unaired105TBD
7"Turn, Turn, Turn"Unaired106TBD
8"There's No Place Like Home"Unaired107TBD
9"End Game"Unaired108TBD


The series aired on both Global and CH in Canada. In March 2009, 3e started showing Runaway for the first time in Ireland. In June 2007, British Television channel E4 started showing Runaway. In the UK, the fifth episode was due to be shown on July 18, but was replaced by How to Look Good Naked; the episode was eventually shown early the next morning at 1:35am and since then had a very late timeslot of around 1 am, Thursday morning. The show's slot was moved from late evening to early morning due to poor ratings. All nine episodes were aired in the UK.


For the season it was broadcast, Runaway scored last with a ranking of 142, and an average of 2 million viewers.[5] In May 2007, the other new, scripted CW drama, Hidden Palms, would go to achieve a new CW record with even lower viewer turnout than Runaway—even in the less competitive summer season.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kimball, Trevor (October 19, 2006). "'Runaway' CW Cancels Donnie Wahlberg Drama Series". Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  2. ^ ""Runaway" Lost in Shuffle as CW Axes First Drama". Hollywood Reporte. October 18, 2006. Archived from the original on May 22, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  3. ^ "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Runaway : 10"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Episode List: Runaway". Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007.