Hunters (TV series)

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Created by
Based onAlien Hunter by Whitley Strieber
Composer(s)Andy Gray
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Melbourne, Australia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)Valhalla Entertainment[1]
Universal Cable Productions
Original networkSyfy
Original releaseApril 11 (2016-04-11) –
July 11, 2016 (2016-07-11)
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Hunters is an American television drama series that aired on Syfy, created by Natalie Chaidez and executive produced by Chaidez, Emile Levisetti and Gale Anne Hurd. Based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, the series premiered on April 11, 2016. All episodes were originally going to air at 10/9c on Monday nights before the final six episodes were abruptly pushed back two hours in the schedule to Tuesdays at midnight due to the series' poor performance in the previous slot.[2]

Syfy announced Hunters' cancellation on July 8, 2016.[3]


Hunters centers around the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop’s wife when he discovers an organization that hunts down alien terrorists.[4]


Developed in 2013, Hunters was ordered by Syfy in September 2014 with a straight 13-episode pick up at the time there were no casting announcements. Production began in Melbourne, Australia.[1][5] Each episode takes its title from a different song by the British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"The Beginning & The End"Ernest R. Dickerson & Emile LevisettiNatalie ChaidezApril 11, 2016 (2016-04-11)0.54[9]
Alien hunters kidnap the wife of FBI agent Flynn Carroll, who is recruited by the Exo-Terrorism Unit (ETU) to deal with the emerging threat to humanity.
2"Messages"Glendyn IvinRon Milbauer & Terri Hughes BurtonApril 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)0.43[10]
Flynn and his partner, Allison Regan, who also happens to be an alien, track down Lionel McCarthy, the exo-terrorist responsible for his wife's kidnapping.
3"Maid of Orleans"Rowan WoodsNatalie ChaidezApril 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)0.40[11]
An ETU team plays cat and mouse with a new form of hunter in the jungles of Mexico; Allison's background is shown in flashbacks.
4"Love and Violence"Daina ReidRichard E. RobbinsMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)0.32[12]
Flynn and Allison capture McCarthy along with a woman who gives birth to his baby through her back; Flynn appears to find his wife's dead body.
5"Her Body in My Soul"Glendyn IvinSean TrettaMay 9, 2016 (2016-05-09)0.37[13]
Flynn's wife turns out to be an alien hunter all along, impersonating a dead human from the time she met him; he loses her yet again.
6"Bunker Soldier"Daina ReedBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerMay 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)0.29[14]
Allison, Flynn, and Dylan go after Brother Number Four, the hunter who became Truss' CIA asset after crash landing in 1980 and now holed up in a Turkish prison.
7"Kissing the Machine"Rowan WoodsNatalie Chaidez & Devin HughesMay 23, 2016 (2016-05-23)0.26[15]
The Hunters, including Flynn's wife and Brother Four, reprogram Regan who is then returned after a ceremony where the ETU mole is killed.
8"The More I See You"Mat KingTony ElliotMay 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)0.17[16]
Allison's father is tortured in a secret facility by Finnerman, which also holds Lionel who escapes due to Truss' goodness.
9"Promise"Daniel NettheimRon Milbauer & Terri Hughes BurtonJune 6, 2016 (2016-06-06)0.25[17]
Allison's reunion with her mother goes badly as she learns more about herself; Flynn's descent into darkness continues.
10"Our System"Mat KingSean TrettaJune 13, 2016 (2016-06-13)0.29[18]
Flynn's past as the target of a hunt is revealed when he visits a former squadmate from Afghanistan secretly replaced by the alien that hunted them.
11"Telegraph"Kriv StendersBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerJune 20, 2016 (2016-06-20)0.27[19]
The ETU decodes the Hunter language laying a trap that turns into an attempted genocide by Finnerman that goes horribly wrong.
12"Pretending to See the Future"Kriv StendersTony ElliottJune 27, 2016 (2016-06-27)0.21[20]
Flynn and Allison track down the location of the Purge missile launch and run into Lionel who has his own agenda; Truss relucantly demonstrates that he is still capable of making the hard decisions.
13"New Holy Ground"Emile LevisettiNatalie Chaidez & Devin HughesJuly 11, 2016 (2016-07-11)0.31[21]
The Exalted end up on top after Liana and Lionel manipulate events so that Moussa is eliminated and the Purge is sabotaged killing all those who wanted to leave.


The series has been panned by many critics. Brian Lowry from Variety called the pilot "utterly generic, conceptually cynical and instantly forgettable."[22] Boston Herald's Michael Perigard criticized the overacting from the cast and felt that the series seems like torture porn.[23]

Hunters sits with a 0% by critics and a 55% by audiences on Rotten Tomatoes[24] in addition to a score of 34 from 12 critics over on Metacritic.[25]


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