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Hunter (NBC 1984-1991, Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer)

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Taking his not-quite-by-the-book cues from the big screen’s Dirty Harry, Hunter was a good cop…but gentle on the perps he was not. His imposing Magnum revolver, which he nicknamed Simon, saw the light of day quite a bit, and his long-suffering captains were always put out by how many rules he broke. But it was all in a day’s work for L.A.’s gruff (but nicely-tanned) finest.

Stephen Cannell, one of the godfathers of crime fightin’ TV (The Rockford Files, The A-Team and many more), produced Hunter, and though the show suffered from poor ratings its first year (when it played against Dallas), it hit its stride after a move to Saturday nights.

Detective Hunter, as played by former pro football player Fred Dryer, was the son of a mobster trying to make good on his family’s tainted legacy. His partner was Dee Dee McCall, nicknamed the “Brass Cupcake” and very tough herself, perhaps because she was sick of always being hit with the undercover hooker duties. Together, Hunter and McCall worked the streets of rough, downtown Los Angeles. Sure there was sexual tension (as it turned out, the two had been an item a few years prior to partnering up, police-wise), but more importantly, there was heartfelt friendship.

For the show’s second season, the duo’s beat was a bit more uptown, and the bad guys a bit better groomed. They got tips from Carlos, an assistant at the morgue, and from Sporty James, a nightclub owner played by Garrett Morris of Saturday Night Live fame. For five years, the duo protected Los Angelenos from the dregs of society, a nice little run that ended when actress Stepfanie Kraemer (McCall) left the show. Her character quit the force to get married, a decision that tugged at the macho Hunter’s heartstrings because he had always loved his trusty partner.

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After McCall’s departure, Hunter’s new right hand woman was street cop Joanne Malinski, but Officer Malinski only lasted a few months, and then Hunter had at the streets alone—though he had a love interest in the form of comely sergeant Chris Novak. He was also transferred to the L.A.P.D.’s cream of the crop Metro Division, where his cases were more high profile than ever.

Hardworking, hard fighting, and hard talking, Hunter was good cop with a sense of humor and a great distaste for proper procedure. But when a copper collared as many nasties as Hunter did, rulebooks had a way of sitting in the back seat—nice, quiet, and typically unopened.

In 1995 there was a surprise TV movie revival called The Return of Hunter where Rick Hunter is now engaged to Vickie Sherry and working with the Parker Division of the LAPD.

Then again in 2002 there was another TV Movie called Hunter: Return To Justice which saw a team up once more with Dee Dee McCall. This was successful enough that the following year a six part series, still called Hunter. The team is once again Hunter and Dee Dee and the pair are now working for the San Diego Police Department.

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“Works for me.” – Every tough cop needs a catchphrase to regale the bad guys with, and this was Rick Hunter’s.

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USA / NBC / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 September 1984 – 30 August 1991 and 2002

Creator and Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell / Theme Music: Mike Post, Pete Carpenter

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Fred Dryer as Rick Hunter
Stepfanie Kramer as Dee Dee McCall
Darlanne Fluegel as Joann Molinski
Lauren Lane as Christine Novak
Franc Luz as Steve McCall
Robert Conner Newman as Dr. Alex Turner
Michael Cavanaugh as Lester Cain
Arthur Rosenberg as Lester Cain
John Amos as Captain Dolan
Bruce Davison as Captain Wyler
Charles Hallahan as Chief Charles Devane
Garrett Morris as Sporty James

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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