Hunter (1984–1991)
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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.


Michael Lange


Frank Lupo (created by), Mark Jones




Episode complete credited cast:
Fred Dryer ... Rick Hunter
Stepfanie Kramer ... Dee Dee McCall
Robert Dryer ... Deke Broder
Marc Alaimo ... Officer Doug Kirkwood
Shawn Weatherly ... Sherry
Steve Sandor ... Stoner Jackson
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Sgt. Bernie Terwilliger
John Amos ... Captain Dolan
Beau Billingslea ... Motorcycle Cop
Freeman King Freeman King ... Rufus
Jenny Gago ... Police Dispatcher
Bernadette Williams Bernadette Williams ... Waitress
Alma Beltran ... Voice In The Crowd


When cop is killed, Hunter and McCall investigate. A cigarette found at the scene leads them to think the shooter was on a motorcycle. They learn the cop got into it with a guy at a bar. They bring him in and he denies killing the cop. When they see what cigarettes he smokes, which doesn't match what was found at the scene, they know it's not him. Later another cop is killed. McCall then recalls something at the bar that gives them a lead on who the killer is and why he's going after them. Hunter decides to make himself a target. Written by

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Release Date:

4 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Hunter has the motorcycle cop crush out a cigarette and then puts both cigarettes into his pocket. This would contaminate the evidence. See more »


Rufus: [to Hunter] I'm more man than you'll ever be and more woman than you'll ever get!
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Easy Ride
Performed and Written by Herb Pedersen
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The Very Best Episode of the Entire Series
7 September 2012 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Biker dude on a Nighthawk motorcycle speeds along highways outside Los Angeles looking to get flagged by the highway patrol for speeding. After he is pulled over he challenges the cops to impromptu wild west-style quickdraw showdowns and kills them using silicone coated bullets.

Loose cannon Los Angeles cop Sgt. Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) and partner Sgt. Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer) investigate and trace the motive back to a country western bar and a wild west-style quick-draw video game which a few patrons take a little too seriously.

When using Dee Dee as bait to flush out the suspect fails Hunter decides to use himself as bait and a showdown is on.

The plot-line is one that could have fit with pretty much any cop show and served as an intriguing episode but this is the series that shot it and made it fit so well with its own formula. The Hunter character was like a modern day wild west lawman and this episode reflects that.

The fantastic cartoonish performance given by character actor Steve Sandor makes this episode worth watching all the more. Sandor was the type of actor who might be seen in Bronson/Eastwood vigilante action movies and was thus an impeccable casting choice.

This is the very best episode of the entire series even though the original music which featured impeccable use of "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones was replaced by a different track which does not fit even close to as well.


Hunter famously had a habit of physically abusing suspects of African-American, Asian and Latino persuasion. He also had a habit of physically abusing anyone who was a little different. In this episode that includes a 240 pound Black transvestite purse snatcher named Rufus. McCall for her part criticizes Rufus for stealing purses that don't match his pink sequined evening gown.

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