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Hunter 7 Seasons

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (121) IMDb 6.8/10

Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter and his partner, Sergeant Dee Dee McCall, are homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department. Often they must go undercover to catch a variety of L.A.-style villains. "Sporty" James, a helpful police-informant, occasionally provides a bit of humor in this action-drama T.V. series.

Starring:
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Hunter answers a murder call while McCall works on the King Hayes case and Hunter suspects a serial killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes Release date: September 18, 1984
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2. Hard Contract

McCall's ex-partner and ex-policeofficer Gus Trancas has gone bad. In an attempt to save him from putting himself behind bars by excepting a "contract", McCall and Hunter go after him and try to stop him.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: September 28, 1984
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3. The Hot Grounder

Commissioner Larry Crenshaw's wife Connie, is blown-up while moving the Commissioner's car one morning.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 5, 1984
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4. A Long Way From L.A.

While escorting a meek "pick-pocket" prisoner, Wally Waterstein, from Texas to Los Angeles for arraignment, Hunter and McCall encounter car trouble.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: October 26, 1984
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5. Legacy

The girlfriend of a known mobster witnesses a murder, and Hunter must track her down.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: November 2, 1984
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6. Flight on a Dead Pigeon

Hunter and McCall bust a drug ring that uses pigeons to fly in their heroin from Mexico.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 9, 1984
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7. Pen Pals

Hunter and McCall are brought into a case involving a drug dealer passing bad drugs to school kids.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 16, 1984
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8. Dead or Alive

Jonnie Joe Walker is a bounty hunter that has come to town looking for Chief David Blackfoot and Panhandle Pete.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 30, 1984
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9. High Bleacher Man

Hunter and McCall are assigned to protect a sleazy criminal, Gavin, who has been given immunity from prosecution, for fingering a top criminal Nate Demerast.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: December 7, 1984
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10. The Shooter

At the scene of a crime Hunter finds the cigarette, determines it has been "crushed" out by a foot, therefore eliminating the possibility of it being thrown out of a car window, and now believes the killer was riding a motorcycle.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 4, 1985
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11. The Garbage Man

Hunter and McCall go after a killer who is shooting parolees.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 11, 1985
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12. The Avenging Angel

Arnold Morton, a mentally disturbed surveillance expert, has been following Hunter for weeks. He emulates Hunter and wants to be his equal infighting crime and "cleaning up the city". Arnold's surveillance on another job leads him to a murder committed by a Dr . Pierpont. He phones Hunter and gives him the "anonymous tip" which Hunter goes after.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 18, 1985
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13. Snow Queen Part 1

McCall’s prime informant in the case against a drug merchant is a young cocaine supplier who's being extradited as a murder witness by a New York policeman who seems mysteriously intent on killing her.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 23, 1985
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14. Snow Queen Part 2

Dee Dee's in danger as she moves closer to exposing a ruthless drug dealer, while Hunter fights to keep a rogue policeman from killing a material witness.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 30, 1985
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15. Beach Boys

The Beach Boy arrives in Los Angeles from Hawaii, picks up his luggage and heads for his car. The next day, he arrives at Eddy Marks' house and promply machine guns him down in his kitchen. Eddy's girlfriend, relaxing in the jacuzzi, hides but sees the killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: April 6, 1985
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16. Guilty

Hunter and McCall go after a convicted murder who is back out on the street and has vowed to kill the jurors who convicted him.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 13, 1985
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17. The Last Kill

Hunter and McCall go after a contract killer who is making hits throughout the city in order to ingratiate himself with a criminal kingpin in order to kill him.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: April 20, 1985
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18. Fireman

Hunter and McCall are brought in to help solve an arsonist/murder case. Someone has been setting fires all over the city to empty warehouses.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 4, 1985
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19. Sniper

Hunter and McCall go after a sniper who is killing blondes that remind him of his wife who jilted him 18 years ago.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 11, 1985
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By Britt Gillette on July 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Nominated for three Emmys, Hunter stands out as one of the premiere action police dramas of the 1980s. Just as Tom Selleck's on-camera charisma carried Magnum, P.I. through nine highly-rated seasons, Fred Dryer's knack for drawing an audience to his unique persona carried an otherwise lackluster series through much of the decade. The brainchild of Frank Lupo, creator of The A-Team (1982) and writer for such hit series as Battlestar Galactica (1978), Magnum, P.I. (1980), and Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Hunter is built on the clichéd concept of a rogue cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Dryer does well in his role as the Clint Eastwood of the small screen, yet the show's writers give him little to work with in terms of a highly developed character and, as the seasons pass, the plot becomes quite formulaic. Nevertheless, Hunter is pure mind-numbing police chase entertainment with the added element of nostalgia for those who long for the 1980s when Hunter ruled along with The A-Team, Magnum, Miami Vice, and Knight Rider, and I for one loved those shows...!

Hunter follows the life of Los Angeles Police Department detective Sgt. Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer), a renegade cop whose family has ties to organized crime. This family tree, coupled with a penchant for getting his partners injured and a propensity to bend the rules, make Hunter an unpopular guy within the department. Only two officers will even agree to partner with him - Bernie Terwilliger (James Whitmore Jr.), who's a total incompetent, and Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer), a stunning brunette with a rebellious streak of her own (and also disliked by her colleagues).
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The original music for each season of Hunter has been removed and replaced with generic music. Many consumers buy old TV shows such as Hunter because of the nostalgia value. When totally generic music and bland vocals erupt where there was once the popular music of the era, the scene is completey ruined. The new soundtrack is quite horrible and ruins the mood and much of the nostalgia value of quite a few episodes.

These DVD sets are cheap, and it's fun to see the episodes with a high quality picture, but whoever was in charge of changing the soundtrack should be fired!

Note:

It isn't a matter of COST for the studio to get the rights to the original music, it's a question of GREED concerning profit margins. VEI (an excellent company) released all THREE seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick (Another great Stephen J. Cannell TV series), quickly, and with all the original music. In comparison, Anchor Bay has RUINED every single Stephen J. Cannell release by horribly editing episodes and replacing the original music. You can't tell me that Hunter, 21 Jump Street, or the Greatest American Hero wouldn't sell well enough to cover the cost of obtaining the rights to the original music. If VEI could do it, that tells me that Anchor Bay just didn't care enough about the fans!

- JM
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Hunter was probably my favourite cop show growing up in the 80s. It had a much grittier edge than a lot of it's contemporaries, and the interplay between Hunter and McCall was superb. I think it's great that companies are releasing seasons of these old shows, (Knight rider, quantumn leap, Miami Vice etc) and I can't thank Anchor Bay enough for picking this one up. Occasionally looking back on old 80s shows you tend to remember them as being a lot better than they actually are, and can get a bit disappointed when nostalgia induces you to buy an entire season of an old series - but Hunter (along with Tour of Duty, and Miami Vice) is one of those that wil totally live up to how you recall it. I remember havin the wildest crush of Stephanie Kramer too, and sitting through these hugely enjoyable shows again, I totally remembered why.. She's hotter than hot, the action is great, the scripts are fast paced and massively ientertaining. As for the music substitutions (I didn't even know this till I read other reviews), what's to complain about? If companies have to replace some tunes to keep royalties down, then who cares. The main thing is, we get the show - all episodes from the first season - sit back, remenisce, and enjoy!
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First of all I'd like to say that is nice that 80's sitcoms and Tv series are all releasing in Dvd format.

Well,Hunter one of my fav 80's cops Tv shows arrives finally on Dvd by courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

It presents the adventures of 2 Sgts. detectives from the Homicide division in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Police.

One is Rick Hunter(Dryer) a tough cop son of a mob lord who has its own rules and has SIMON(a S&W '45 gun).It's partner is Dee Dee McCall(Kramer) a female right and balanced whose father a cop was killed in the line of duty.

Together they solve the most various cases in LA.

The action and stunts used are the same used in The A Team and other Stephen J Cannell prods even the stunt coordinator is the same.Gunfight,fights and car chases are standard and very evident due to poor editing(you can see the driver and fight scenes stunts in every take).

The result is very pleaseant and nice to see.

The only flaw as all Anchor Bay releases is the lack of English subtitles.Yes it's CC(Closed Captioned) but only for NTSC Tv sets.I'm an International customer from Spain and my Tv can't enable that captions.The studio must think in the International customers and all the deaf and hard to hearing people.It's weird that other Anchor Bay releases(features) have subtitles while Tv series sets don't.And the prize is also a bit expensive compared with other studios.

That's why I give 4 stars instead of 5.
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