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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the world is introduced to the small screen Dirty Harry equivalent
2 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We're first introduced to Detective Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) driving a piece of crap car and without a partner. He figures out that a robbery of the bank he's in is about to go down. He subdues one, but two get away in a car. Hunter of course captures him after a lengthy car chase. Back at the station house he's chastised by his new superior who tries to team him up with an ass, but Hunter picks Detective McCall (Stepfanie Kramer), the only other cop who's even a bit like Hunter himself. Together they try to solve the crime of a nut carving up middle aged blond haired blue eyed girls., not knowing the culprit might be a bit more close to him then either suspect. This pilot episode of the TV series got me hooked when I was a kid. Only four shows were beyond cool in my eyes while in the '80's Hunter, the a-team, magnum PI, and Miami vice. And while they all had pretty bad seasons as time were on, Hunter (when it started) was among the best of them. This pilot movie rocked.

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