Hunter

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  • TV-PG
  • 1984
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.8  (4,136)

"Hunter" is a groundbreaking tv show. It is named for its main character homicide detective Rick Hunter (played by Fred Dryer). Rick Hunter is a physically imposing figure with a very strong character -- part of the backstory is that he has relatives with mob connections yet he chose to become a police officer in spite of the difficult position this creates for him. He has a rather intimidating presence and a history of rubbing people the wrong way, which leads to friction with his boss and difficulty keeping a partner. He also lives alone and is all about the job and justice. In an effort to address the situation with this overall good cop who just can't seem to play well with his peers, he is partnered with homicide detective Dee Dee McCall (played by Stepfanie Kramer). Like Hunter, she has something of a difficult reputation on the force and has been nicknamed "The Brass Cupcake". She turns out to be a good match for Hunter, able go toe to toe with him. The partnership lasts several years, during which time Hunter becomes slightly less of an intractable maverick while remaining a man of strong character. Subsequent bosses further reduce some of the friction at work, making the show a gradually more positive portrayal of the consequences of standing your ground, come what may. The setting for this police drama is Los Angeles California. The show initially is set more amongst "the mean streets" of L.A. but later takes on more prestige as the crimes increasingly move into more upscale areas. Some of the themes of the show are fairly shocking but not in a gratuitious way. It is a well done, thought provoking series. It gets bonus points for the fact that Detective McCall was a refreshingly gritty take on a policewoman up for the challenge. She stands out from the crowd of overglamorized tv policewomen who often fail to show how genuinely difficult it is to break into a historically male field.

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Little Man With a Big Reputation
22. Little Man With a Big Reputation
April 26, 1991
Devane becomes entangled in the life of an ex-convict who disappears shortly before his wedding
Ex Marks the Spot
21. Ex Marks the Spot
April 5, 1991
A series of cleaning store robberies exposes the chain's owner as the decoy for a moneylaundering conspiracy and causes suspicion from his very dangerous partners.
Cries of Silence
20. Cries of Silence
March 15, 1991
As Hunter investigation the murder of a foreign dignitary's assistant, Novak searches for a runaway teenager who's linked to the killings.
All That Glitters
19. All That Glitters
March 8, 1991
Hunter searches for the killer of several coin dealers while Novak is concerned about the arrest of a teenaged mugger who victimized her neighbor.
The Grab
18. The Grab
March 2, 1991
Chris' daughter is kidnapped to prevent her father from providing Hunter and Chris with vital information on a killer and a counterfeit ring
Shadows of the Past
17. Shadows of the Past
February 20, 1991
When Chris Novak's estranged father returns to her life, it's not to rekindle their relationship but to find and kill the only man who can expose his involvement in a drug ring.
Room Service
16. Room Service
February 13, 1991
Old passions and jealousies flare when Hunter is forced to work with Chris Novak's ex-husband to solve a series of airport robberies while Chris tries to find an escaped prisoner she once arrested.
The Reporter
15. The Reporter
January 30, 1991
Novak is pleased when old friend and newspaper reporter Amy comes to LA to do a story on police work, until Amy impedes an armed robbery investigation. Novak is puzzled by her friend's attitude until she learns of Amy's recent cocaine habit.
Under Suspicion
14. Under Suspicion
January 16, 1991
Hunter unwittingly helps a businessman find and kill a fleeing executive set to take the blame for the company's graft.
Fatal Obsession Pt. 2
13. Fatal Obsession Pt. 2
January 9, 1991
Hunter tracks down a cop killer.
Fatal Obsession Pt 2
13. Fatal Obsession Pt 2
January 9, 1991
Hunter tracks down a cop killer.
Fatal Obsession Part 1
12. Fatal Obsession Part 1
January 9, 1991
When a series of murders on a college campus are linked to a single killer, Sergeant Chris Novak returns from a leave of absence to contribute herexpertise in psycho-pathology to the investigation. Working together poses an awkward situation for Hunter and Novak: they shared a brief, unresolved relationship a few years earlier, after her divorce from a fellow police officer. They make a vain attempt to put their feelings aside to focus on the case. Meanwhile, a disturbed young woman, who collects the badges of the cops she has murdered, targets Molenski as her next victim.
Fatal Obsession, Pt. 1
12. Fatal Obsession, Pt. 1
January 9, 1991
A former girlfriend complicates Hunter's investigation of a string of campus murders while Molenski becomes the target of a cop-killer
Acapulco Holiday
11. Acapulco Holiday
December 12, 1990
During the investigation of a series of robberies, Hunter clashes with an opportunistic lawyer when he arrests the wrong suspect.
La Familia
10. La Familia
December 5, 1990
When a friend of Hunter's is released from prison, he struggles to keep his son from continuing gang activity.
This Is My Gun
9. This Is My Gun
November 28, 1990
While investigating a series of art thefts, Molenski's gun is stolen and used in a fatal robbery.
The Usual Suspects
8. The Usual Suspects
November 14, 1990
Hunter leads a massive police operation to find dozens of prisoners set free by a computer operator who wants one of them to kill her husband.
Oh, the Shark Bites!
7. Oh, the Shark Bites!
November 7, 1990
When a mobster's son is killed, Devane must defend himself from charges of corruption
A Snitch'll Break Your Heart
6. A Snitch'll Break Your Heart
October 31, 1990
Molenski battles with the department to protect the identity of an informant as Hunter investigates the death of an adopted boy 17 years earlier.
The Incident
5. The Incident
October 24, 1990
Hunter and Molenski battle a neighborhood watch group whose members are taking the law into their own hands
Kill Zone
4. Kill Zone
October 10, 1990
Hunter and Molenski investigate a series of rape/murders that revive disturbing memories for Molenski
Where Echoes End
3. Where Echoes End
October 3, 1990
Hunter attempts to clear the name of a fellow detective accused of a lucrative scheme
Deadly Encounters - Pt. 2
2. Deadly Encounters - Pt. 2
September 26, 1990
Hunter teams with two Metro officers, one of whom is a former adversary, to locate the missing profits of a murdered black-marketeer as Devane considers a post in Metro
Deadly Encounters, Pt. 1
1. Deadly Encounters, Pt. 1
September 19, 1990
Hunter teams with two Metro officers, one of whom is a former adversary, to locate the missing profits of a murdered black-marketeer as Devane considers a post in Metro
Description

"Hunter" is a groundbreaking tv show. It is named for its main character homicide detective Rick Hunter (played by Fred Dryer). Rick Hunter is a physically imposing figure with a very strong character -- part of the backstory is that he has relatives with mob connections yet he chose to become a police officer in spite of the difficult position this creates for him. He has a rather intimidating presence and a history of rubbing people the wrong way, which leads to friction with his boss and difficulty keeping a partner. He also lives alone and is all about the job and justice.

In an effort to address the situation with this overall good cop who just can't seem to play well with his peers, he is partnered with homicide detective Dee Dee McCall (played by Stepfanie Kramer). Like Hunter, she has something of a difficult reputation on the force and has been nicknamed "The Brass Cupcake". She turns out to be a good match for Hunter, able go toe to toe with him. The partnership lasts several years, during which time Hunter becomes slightly less of an intractable maverick while remaining a man of strong character. Subsequent bosses further reduce some of the friction at work, making the show a gradually more positive portrayal of the consequences of standing your ground, come what may.

The setting for this police drama is Los Angeles California. The show initially is set more amongst "the mean streets" of L.A. but later takes on more prestige as the crimes increasingly move into more upscale areas. Some of the themes of the show are fairly shocking but not in a gratuitious way. It is a well done, thought provoking series. It gets bonus points for the fact that Detective McCall was a refreshingly gritty take on a policewoman up for the challenge. She stands out from the crowd of overglamorized tv policewomen who often fail to show how genuinely difficult it is to break into a historically male field.

Hunter is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (155 episodes). The series first aired on September 18, 1984.

Where to Watch Hunter

Hunter is available for streaming on the Cannell Productions website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hunter on demand at Amazon, The Roku Channel Free, Hoopla, Tubi TV, Pluto TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    September 18, 1984
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (4,136)