Hunter: Season 1, Episode 1

Hunter (18 Sep. 1984)

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This was the pilot to the long running series, about a cop, Rick Hunter, who has two things going against him. The first is that his family is involved with organized crime. So, most of the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Bolin
Captain Cain
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Dr. Kettering
King Hayes
Whispering Willie
Richard Young ...
Lee Patterson ...
Uncle John
Luke Andreas ...
Big Cowboy
Marilyn Tokuda ...
Cathy O'Neil
Security Guard Tony
Michael Mancini ...
Det. Levine


This was the pilot to the long running series, about a cop, Rick Hunter, who has two things going against him. The first is that his family is involved with organized crime. So, most of the cops don't trust him. And most of his partners get seriously injured. Now his commanding officer, Captain Cain, has it in for him. Currently, he is forcing him to see a psychiatrist, and that if he wants to work in the field, he has to have a partner and the only one who is willing to work with him, Bernie Terwilleger, a less than competent cop. Hunter then decides to team with the only other cop, who has a hard time with partners, too, Dee Dee McCall. Currently, they are working on a case involving a possible serial killer, but since Terwilliger was the first cop at the scene, it's his case. But Hunter sensing that Terwilliger will not give it his all, decides to investigate on his own. Written by <>

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18 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Hunter is an officer for the Police Department of the City of Los Angeles. However, in the briefing room, seen while the Captain is haranguing his detectives, the wall map behind the lectern is clearly of Orange County, which is an entirely different jurisdiction. See more »


Followed by Hunter: Back in Force (2003) See more »

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Watchable mostly because of Stepfanie Kramer
14 January 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I certainly didn't watch Hunter for the stories: they were fairly predictable. In particular, Fred Dryer's "Hunter" was somewhat comedic in the way he would nail the bad guy in a macho way with one or two perfectly placed shots. I also felt his acting was somewhat wooden and prone to macho posturing. You could really see this get worse as he took more control of the series. Anyone who knows anything about the police would suspect that if ex-Vietnam vet Hunter really offed as many guys as that, he'd had a lot of explaining to do. On the positive side, the character itself was somewhat sympathetic because he wasn't stupid.

I found Stepfanie Kramer's acting to be much more natural and have a greater range (eg. serious to humorous), and wow, she was great to look at (I was in my mid-twenties when this show was on the air). She was cast as the sidekick, but to me was really the star of the show and the only reason to watch it. She's got a singing career now, but it would be nice to see her get a really good movie role. It's probably somewhat unlikely now, given that Hollywood doesn't favor women over 40.

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