The BEST episodes of Hunter season 1

Every episode of Hunter season 1, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Hunter season 1!

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: 5/14/2024Network: NBCStatus: Ended
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8.00
7 votes

#1 - 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

#2 - 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

#3 - 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

#4 - 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

#5 - 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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7.78
9 votes

#6 - 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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7.71
17 votes

#7 - 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

#8 - 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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7.56
9 votes

#9 - 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

#10 - 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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7.45
20 votes

#11 - 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

#12 - 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

#13 - 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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7.40
10 votes

#14 - The Snow Queen (1)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/23/1985

A cocaine dealer from New York escapes from the escort, who wants her dead. Hunter and Molinas team up for a major drug bust. Dee Dee's cover may be blown.

Directors: Tony Mordente
Writer: Frank Lupo
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7.38
13 votes

#15 - High Bleacher Man

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/7/1984

Hunter and McCall arrest a man named Gavin, who is a street thug. They are then shocked to learn that the D.A. has made a deal with him. It seems that Gavin can link crime boss Nate Demarest to four murders. And Hunter is not pleased with it, cause if they let Gavin go, he will kill someone eventually. After an attempt is made on Gavin, Hunter suggests that they limit the knowledge of Gavin's whereabouts to just two people, and Gavin says that he wants Hunter and McCall to be those two. Cause he knows that they only way Hunter can prove that he didn't sell Gavin out, is to take a bullet for him. And it is while they are protecting Gavin that McCall recalls an old case wherein she and her partner were investigating Demarest for murdering an undercover Fed. McCall begins by talking to the man's wife and tells about a girl named Crissy who worked for Demarest, whom her husband took an interest in. Hunter then goes to talk to a man who once worked for Demarest, Whitey McPhee. And when he g

Directors: Arnold Laven
Writer: Sidney Ellis
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7.25
28 votes

#16 - Hard Contract

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/1984

Dee Dee McCall's former partner, Gus Trancus, becomes a hit man for the mob. His victim is a police informant.

Directors: Bruce Kessler
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7.23
13 votes

#17 - Pen Pals

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/16/1984

When a kid dies from smoking a joint laced with PCP, Hunter tracks down the slime-ball responsible. Hunter is then for murder. Dee Dee has to deal with a new partner and try to prove Hunter's innocence. Meanwhile, Hunter has to survive the attempts by the Hammer and his three lackeys to kill him.

Directors: Larry Stewart
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7.10
21 votes

#18 - Legacy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/2/1984

A gangster was killed. Now Terwilliger believes that it was a burglar who did but Hunter finds a few loose ends. Now the eldest son, Nick, who is a carouser fears what will happen if the girl whom he came home with the night his father was killed is found. Hunter and McCall eventually learn about her and find her she tells them that when they arrived at the house his father was upset with him and a fight broke out and then she heard the shot then the alarm. Which leads them to think that maybe Nick was the one who killed his father. However, the captain doesn't think that she's a credible witness, because she was drunk and was going to go bed with him. When she calls Nick demanding some hush money they agree to meet when Nick arrives someone shoots him and Hunter finds that he was going to pay her. Hunter then realizes that it was the other son, Billy who did it. He finds the girl with at the hospital and holds her hostage when Hunter arrives and manages to shoot him.

Directors: Ron Satlof
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6.72
71 votes

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/18/1984

Former NFL player Fred Dryer is Det.Sgt. Rick Hunter, a mobster's son turned cop, cut in the ""Dirty Harry"" mold. Hassled by his by-the-book captain (played by Michael Cavanaugh in the opener), Hunter enlists another maverick, brassy Det. Sgt. Dee Dee McCall to set a trap for a brutal murderer.

Directors: Ron Satlof
Writer: Frank Lupo
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