Hunter

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  • Former NFL football player Fred Dryer starred as Detective Sgt. Rick Hunter. Stepfanie Kramer starred as his partner, Detective Sgt. Dee Dee McCall. The series aired on NBC from 1984 to 1991. Hunter and McCall investigated homicides for the Los Angeles Police Department, sometimes resolving cases with the use of deadly force. The show included a mix of action, mystery, drama and humor. Stepfanie Kramer left the show after Season 6. Fred Dryer stayed on through the end of the series. Hunter returned to NBC in 1995 for the TV movie The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A., although Stepfanie Kramer did not join this first reunion. A second TV movie, Hunter: Return to Justice, aired in November 2002. This time, both Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer returned. The characters were now based in San Diego. The success of the TV movie led NBC to renew the entire series, starting with a third TV movie, Hunter: Back in Force, which aired in April 2003. Three individual episodes also aired. But NBC canceled the revival series without airing two other filmed episodes. The show remains popular. As of December 2015, the series can be seen in the U.S. on the Heroes & Icons channel.moreless

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  • S 7 : Ep 1995

    The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.

    Aired 4/30/95

  • S 7 : Ep 22

    Little Man With a Big Reputation

    Aired 4/26/91

  • S 7 : Ep 21

    Ex Marks the Spot

    Aired 4/5/91

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    Cries of Silence

    Aired 3/15/91

  • S 7 : Ep 19

    All That Glitters

    Aired 3/8/91

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred Dryer

    Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter

  • Stepfanie Kramer

    Detective Sergeant Dee Dee McCall [1984-1990]

  • Charles Hallahan

    Captain Charles Devane [1986-1991]

  • Darlanne Fluegel

    Officer Joanne Molenski [1990-1991]

  • Lauren Lane

    Police Sergeant Chris Novak [1991]

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  • Quotes (65)

    • Captain Cain: McCall, I wanted to stop by and see how you were doing.
      Hunter: Well, it's good of you to show up on the day she's leaving, Captain.
      McCall: I'm fine, shoulder's just a little stiff but it'll get worked out.
      Captain Cain: You can take your time getting back. When you do, you can remain desk bound as long as you like before we get you a new partner.
      Hunter: Well, she already has a partner, Captain, remember?
      Captain Cain (To McCall): Surely you're joking.

      McCall: No, I'm not joking. And my name isn't Shirley.

    • McCall: You know, this wasn't a fair deal, Hunter. The least you could have done was get shot or something.
      Hunter: Well, maybe your next partner will be more considerate.
      McCall: This union is officially terminated then?
      Hunter: Unless I do most of the driving.

    • Hunter (To McCall, who's in the bathtub and pointing her gun at him): A water pistol? Where do you keep it? McCall: Just hand me something to put on. (Hunter hands her a hand towel) McCall: Thank you.

    • Dr. Bolin: You need to pass in order to stay on active duty. Hunter: Somehow I get the feeling that I'm not going to pass. Somehow I get the feeling that I failed before I even came in here. And you and I both know that Captain Cain put you up to this. Dr. Bolin: That sounds like paranoia tendencies to me, Sargent. Hunter: Just perceptive ones.

    • McCall: On Wednesday, that's strange. Most of these nets are out skunk-hunting on Fridays or Saturdays. Hunter: Skunk-hunting? McCall: Yeah, you know, chasing skirts? Trying to pick up women? Hunter: (Clueless) Right.

    • Hunter: Why do you keep on thinking I'm trying to hit on you? McCall: Because that is what I've been used to. And every partner I've been stuck with has hit on me. Except you. Definitely you have your own style, Hunter. Hunter: When we're through with this case, then we can talk. McCall: Just talk?

    • Captain Cain: You two split up, right after roll call, didn't you? Here's the scoop Hunter and you can run it down for your partner: The two of you will be together from roll call to the end of watch, every minute, every second, I mean in the car or in the can, I don't care. I will be running random radio checks throughout the course of the day and if at any time for any reason both of you don't roger the call or are not joined at the hip, you both will be talking to IA.

    • Walking Man: Hey buddy your car stinks! McCall (To Hunter): Why don't you shoot this thing and put it out of its misery?

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    Notes (130)

    • Christine De Lisle is credited as Chris de Lisle.

    • Michael Delano is credited as Michael De Lano. Joan Sweeny is credited as Joan Sweeney. Arnold F. Turner is credited as Arnold Turner.

    • Sam J. Jones is credited as Sam Jones.

    • Bill Quinn is credited as Billy Quinn.

    • Kip Gilman is credited as Kenneth Gilman.

    • Gary Cervantes is credited as Carlos Cervantes.

    • Cindy Eilbacher is credited as Cynthia Eilbacher. Forbesy Russell is credited as Forbsey Russell.

    • Stepfanie Kramer and guest stars D.D. Howard and Michael Baseleon all appeared in the episode "Four-Eyes" from the series Riptide. The episode was a possible series pilot for Kramer and Howard. Kramer was considered for the part of McCall on Hunter because of her appearance in that episode.

       

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    Trivia (60)

    • In this episode, Hunter first drives a blue 1978 Dodge Monaco. The car's windshield is blown out during a car chase, and shortly afterwards, the car is smashed up when Hunter and McCall are making an arrest. Hunter is then assigned a new vehicle, a 1970 Ford LTD. The gray softtop is in poor condition.

    • Goof: Hunter and McCall are sitting in a local restaurant after doing an investigation at the commissioner's house (For point of reference, this occurred at 16m 45s - 17m into the episode). Hunter has the commissioner's dearly departed wife's purse with him. A thief walks into the restaurant and eyes Hunter. When Hunter slings the purse over his shoulder, the thief runs in, grabs the purse from Hunter and flees. That starts an action scene where the duo runs out of the restaurant to apprehend the thief. Right before they flee the restaurant, McCall jumps up on a table. She is wearing black sneakers when she jumps up on the table, but she takes her shoes off before she runs out the door of the restaurant. When Hunter meets her after she has caught the thief, he hands her a pair of high heels.

    • In an early scene, Hunter, McCall, and the Captain discuss the type of bullet used to kill the motorcycle cop. All lines involving silicone bullets are dubbed. When Hunter says the line while facing the screen (all other shots cut away before the words are said), his mouth movements do not match the words heard on the sound track. This is because the scene was originally shot with the three discussing teflon bullets.

    • This is the first episode in which Stepfanie Kramer demonstrates her singing talent.

    • Final appearance of John Amos as Captain Dolan in the series.

    • The song entitled Eve of Destruction is played at the beginning of this episode.

    • First appearances of Bruce Davison as Captain Wyler, and Richard Beauchamp as Carlos, the sousaphone-playing assistant medical examiner.

    • McCall tells Hunter that she writes songs in her spare time. She also bakes cakes.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The title of the episode is likely a reference to the famous 1971 movie The French Connection. The box-office hit won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

    • The title and plot reference the Academy Award-winning movie High Noon (1952) in which a town marshal must face off against a gang of criminals out for revenge.

    • The episode title is inspired by the title of the 1957 James Bond novel From Russia, with Love (with a comma) and the 1963 movie based on that novel, From Russia With Love (no comma).

    • The title may refer to the 1937 Broadway musical of the same name, although the stories are different. The musical saw multiple revivals, including the 1983 Off-Broadway revival.

      The Southern California rock band Van Halen released a song titled "And the Cradle Will Rock..." in 1980 on their album "Women and Children First."

    • The episode title Murder He Wrote alludes to the Angela Lansbury series, Murder She Wrote.

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Too much already.

    By JimC39, Aug 14, 2015

  • The Dirty Harry of the small screen.

    By bgabbard, Jul 31, 2007

  • This was another great cop show of the 80's

    By kevinb4444, Feb 20, 2007

  • This was the all time best cop show made.

    By D-LinkUK, Dec 10, 2006

  • “Works for me!” The day-to-day adventures of two hard-bitten L.A. cops.

    By Lokar, Jun 01, 2006