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Note: This page contains YMMV from the TV show Hunter, and not from the completely unrelated novel Hunter.

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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: One of the most popular foreign shows in China in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thanks to a nationally aired Chinese dub and being the first of the American cop shows imported into the country. At the height of the show's popularity, several bootleg comics and cassette tapes were produced. Dryer and Kramer are recognized stars there, and there was even an unsuccessful attempt to shoot a special in China in the late 1990s.
  • Growing the Beard: During the show's second season, when Roy Huggins took over as executive producer.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Sergeant Brad Navarro rekindling his failing marriage at the end of the three-part episode "City of Passion".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • A season 4 episode showed three Hispanic boys being accidentally shot dead by policemen, which led to citywide riots. This can be harder to take after the subsequent 1992 Los Angeles riots, and similar unrest in the 21th century.
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    • One season 6 episode has a young Black man named Michael Brown being shot to death by gangbangers. In 2014, Michael Brown, a young Black man, was shot to death by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri under controversial circumstances.
    • Another season 6 episode featured then LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates alongside a "tough on crime", Obstructive Bureaucrat deputy chief who is later busted for abuse of power. Gates himself was known for similarly aggressive attitudes towards drugs and crime, but resigned in 1992 due to accusations of police brutality and racial profiling, alongside controversies in handling the Rodney King riots.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Dennis Franz played a visiting NYPD detective in "The Snow Queen", year before NYPD Blue. Only this time he's a Dirty Cop.
    • Franz also appeared in the same episode as John Amos, years before Die Hard 2. This time, the opposite character is revealed to be corrupt.
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    • One 1986 episode featured a Mad Bomber who threatened to blow up a high school named after Chester A. Arthur, which later turned out to be a deliberate hoax. One has to wonder if the writers of Die Hard with a Vengeance took inspiration from this episode.
  • Narm:
    • Some of Hunter and McCall's undercover disguises can be this, such as when Hunter dressed up as a punk, complete with pink wig.
    • It is almost impossible to see Ed O'Neill's villainous parole officer character without thinking of Al Bundy.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In particular, Dee Dee's sexual assault at the hands of a psychotic foreign diplomat. The episode is widely remembered and controversial back in the day for its realistic depiction of a violent rape on television.
    • The beginning of the episode "Unacceptable Loss", where a young boy died of cyanide gas poisoning due to illegally dumped toxic material in a suburban street.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dennis Franz as Dirty Cop Jackie Molinas in the season 1 two-part episode "The Snow Queen". Molinas chews every part of the scenery he gets.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Joanne Molenski and Chris Novak were not as well received as Dee Dee McCall and were not in the TV movies or the 2003 revival.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seasonal Rot: Some fans felt that season 5 is weaker than the previous seasons due to the departure of Roy Huggins as executive producer. From season 5 onward, Hunter and McCall typically worked on separate cases and come together at the end, which limits their chemistry.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: By today's standards, Rick Hunter's Cowboy Cop tendencies and the amount of fanservice in the show are pretty tame. Also, while the fight scenes and car chases hold up pretty well, there's rarely any real bloodshed.
  • Tear Jerker: The little girl in "Crime of Passion" confessing to being sexually abused by her abusive stepfather. Even tough cop Hunter sheds tears.

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