The BEST episodes of Hunter

Every episode of Hunter ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Hunter!

Hunter is an American police television drama created by Frank Lupo, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. It starred Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall. The titular character, Sgt. Rick Hunter, was a wily, physically imposing, often rule-breaking homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show's main characters, Hunter and McCall, resolved many of their cases by lethal force, but no more so than many other related television dramas.

Last Updated: 2/18/2024Network: NBCStatus: Ended
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8.00
2 votes

#1 - City of Passion (3)

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/21/1987

McCall's fight to appeal her entrapment accusation uncovers corruption at the hands of the LAPD commander, who resigns amid the controversy. The teenage girl Hunter had been keeping tabs on is murdered by a member of Judge Unger's cult. The judge is arrested by Hunter. Kathy Navarro drops her lawsuit against the LAPD and she and Brad reconcile. Lloyd Fredericks, known as "Bigfoot," is arrested after he beats and nearly rapes Sgt. McCall; Mrs. Fredericks takes her own course of action against him.

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8.00
7 votes

#2 - The Beach Boy

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/6/1985

Drug dealers are feeling the wrath of a supplier they refused and the penalty is death.

Directors: Richard A. Colla
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7.91
11 votes

#3 - The Shooter

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/4/1985

A motorcycle cop is shot with a special armor penetrating bullet similar to the one that killed McCall's husband.

Directors: Michael Lange
Writer: Mark Jones
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7.90
10 votes

#4 - The Avenging Angel

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/18/1985

A surveillance expert decides to punish a murder suspect and the witness who was bought off.

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7.89
9 votes

#5 - Guilty

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/13/1985

Hunter and McCall disobey orders and investigate a possible connection between two homicides instead of chasing muggers.

Directors: Michael Lange
Writer: Mark Jones
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7.87
15 votes

#6 - Dead or Alive

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/30/1984

Hunter and McCall track a bounty hunter who is not fussy about the condition of his prey.

Directors: Guy Magar
Writer: Frank Lupo
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7.83
6 votes

#7 - Waiting for Mr. Wrong

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/7/1985

A flashy yet deadly jewelry store robbery leaves Hunter and McCall with a dead body and a cold trail. When Angelita, a beautiful young model who is their only connection to one of the killers, boards a train to San Diego, Hunter is right behind her. But her surveillance accidentally becomes contact and contact turns to passion. Is she an innocent victim of a ruthless killer, or is she just as deadly? Rick must make a decision and the wrong decision could be a killer.

Directors: Ron Satlof
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7.83
6 votes

#8 - Think Blue

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/14/1985

A friend of Hunter's is accused of killing his wife, but Hunter connects the crime to a man he arrested a long time ago instead.

Writer: Sidney Ellis
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7.78
9 votes

#9 - Sniper

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/11/1985

Hunter,and McCall investigate the mysterious Sniper shootings of blond women.Meanwhile,the Police Department personnel is being audited by a most efficient IRS Agent.

Writer: Sidney Ellis
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7.75
8 votes

#10 - Million Dollar Misunderstanding

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/1985

A ruthless robbery of an armoured car goes awry when Dunbar, the leader of the gang, kills his partner only to have his car stolen with the $1,000,000 in the trunk. When the owner of the car is later killed, Hunter and McCall find themselves on a case that gets deadlier at every turn and puts Rick against as tough and mean a man as he'll ever meet

Directors: Michael Preece
Writer: Frank Lupo
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7.71
7 votes

#11 - Rape and Revenge (2)

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/1985

Hunter ends up in San Pablo wanting to shoot Raul Mariano, the man who raped McCall and shot Hunter. McCall comes and tries to stop Hunter from killing Mariano. She fails, and Hunter shoots Mariano four times. After, Hunter and McCall must escape from an army that is trying to kill them

Writer: Tom Lazarus
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7.71
17 votes

#12 - Flight on a Dead Pigeon

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/1984

A little girl has faith in the carrier pigeons, so she reports them stolen. No one listens until she is the target of a kidnapper.

Directors: Michael Preece
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7.67
9 votes

#13 - Fire Man

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/4/1985

A television news crew get in the way of Hunter and McCall while they are trying to investigate the arsonist the news crew helped identify.

Directors: Tony Mordente
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7.63
8 votes

#14 - Rape and Revenge (1)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/2/1985

McCall is raped and beaten by a diplomat who has a strange opinion of the way to treat women. Hunter is angry, but can do nothing when the culprit claims diplomatic immunity. McCall is appalled to find that the man's father shares his attitude toward women.

Directors: Gary Winter
Writer: Tom Lazarus
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7.63
8 votes

#15 - Blow-Up

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/4/1986

Someone bombs the angel on a grave and Hunter thinks it was done by a man he arrested a long time ago.

Directors: Douglas Heyes
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7.57
7 votes

#16 - War Zone

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/11/1986

A hooker's murder and a pharmaceutical theft are connected.

Directors: Bob Bralver
Writer: Allison Hock
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7.56
9 votes

#17 - The Last Kill

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/20/1985

Hunter and McCall trail a hit man who leaves a napkin with a purple circle on it at the scene of each crime. Hunter believes that the killer is the husband of his former girlfriend, a former magazine model. McCall believes Hunter is focusing on the husband of his ex out of jelousy. And Hunter's ex believes her husband is cheating on her, never suspecting the true nature of her spouse's activities.

Directors: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Jeff Wilhelm
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7.54
13 votes

#18 - The Garbage Man

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/11/1985

Hunter and a friend of the victim, a parole officer, are both on the trail of the killer, only to cause a lot of problems for Hunter along the way.

Directors: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Sidney Ellis
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7.50
10 votes

#19 - Rich Girl

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/19/1985

Hunter,and McCall investigate the attempted shooting of a wealthy businessman.The man's young wife was the prime suspect when arrested,put on trial,and aquitted for the crime(lack of proof).The young woman then dies,the victim of an apparent suicide.Hunter,and McCall then shifts their investigation to another suspect somebody that they had not previously suspected.

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7.50
6 votes

#20 - Change Partners and Dance

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/4/1986

A cop is murdered after making arrangements to meet with Hunter.

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7.50
2 votes

#21 - The Fourth Man

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/26/1988

Years ago Hunter was part of a group who busted a drug ring. Now the sole survivor of the gang claims that some money, four million dollars was missing from what they turned in. Now internal affairs, more or less deduced that three members of the group were involved but, they believed that because four million was missing that there was a fourth member, who took part in it. Initially Hunter was under suspicion but no sufficient evidence was found. Now that the man who claimed that there was four million dollars missing is out on parole, and the three cops who were under suspicion are turning up dead. It's now being assumed that the gang member is taking them out and taking the money that they got, or the fourth man is. And again Hunter is the prime suspect.

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7.45
20 votes

#22 - A Long Way from L.A.

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/26/1984

A gang war is in the making if Hunter can't find a witness that can provide testimony that will stop it.

Directors: Arnold Laven
Writer: Frank Lupo
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7.43
7 votes

#23 - The Big Fall

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/23/1985

Hunter and McCall are one of the teams assigned to protect a government witness. But when he is thrown out the window of the hotel room, Hunter and Dee Dee are in the middle of a Bullit-style conspiracy of deadly double crosses. Someone in the department killed the witness and Rick and McCall must find out who and why before Hunter is pinned to the wall for murder one.

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7.43
7 votes

#24 - The Snow Queen (2)

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/30/1985

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.

Directors: Richard A. Colla
Writer: Frank Lupo
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7.42
24 votes

#25 - The Hot Grounder

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/1984

The Police Commissioner is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.

Directors: Bill Duke
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