“Not again. No more.” Such is the pledge of Meyer Offerman, a Holocaust survivor, and leader of a gang of vigilante Nazi hunters, as he outlines their mission to his new recruit. And it is a strong sentiment. It is this vibe—keeping the worst of the worst from rising again—that makes Prime Video’s original series Hunters feel weighty. Delivered by Al Pacino and wrapped in uber-stylish production values channeling full 1970s vibes is what makes it fun. And, despite mixed reviews and a nearly three-year hiatus, Hunters is back for season 2, premiering Friday, January 13, on Prime Video. Read on for more on how to watch.
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Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) stars as Jonah Heidelbaum, a brilliant, nerdy, but broke young man struggling to make ends meet for himself and his grandmother, also a survivor, in 1977 Brooklyn. When she is murdered in their home under mysterious circumstances, his quest for answers uncovers the Hunters and their gruesome task. Through their search for vengeance, the team discovers that there are more than just scattered individuals hiding out in suburban America. The Hunters uncover a vast network of high-ranking Nazi officials embedded throughout the country. With fingers reaching up to top government ranks and a plot to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The rag-tag gang sets off on a bloody mission to stop this fearsome enemy from rising again.
In the face of today’s genuine racism, anti-Semitism, and hate crimes—not to mention a terrifying rise of neo-Nazism—who doesn’t want to punch some Nazis? There is a cathartic quality to Hunters. The hunted are the worst of the worst: commanders, doctors, and torturers who committed horrible and unspeakable crimes against millions. This also means Hunters is not for the faint of the heart. The series doesn’t shy away from violence, showing not only the vicious vengeance of the hunters but, more affecting, horrific flashbacks of the cruelty the Nazis enacted upon their innocent victims in the ghettos and camps. While perhaps not as graphically gruesome as, say, Amazon’s recent The Boys, it is not to be entered into without warning.
However, the show is also stylistically great, with carefully constructed period details. Hunters embraces a playful aesthetic that counterbalances the authentic, very dark themes. Steeped in the 1970s, the show pulls from films of that era with fun montages and music that pay tribute in a manner reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino films. Hunters was created by David Weil, who serves as co-showrunner alongside executive producer Nikki Toscano (State of Affairs, Bates Motel). The series is co-produced by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele, as well as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Tom Lesinski, Jenna Santoianni, and Win Rosenfeld.
In addition to Lerman and Pacino, Hunters stars Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13), Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Tiffany Boone (The Following), Louis Ozawa (The Man in the High Castle), and Kate Mulvany (Fighting Season) as the Hunters. Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy) plays an FBI agent who is on the trail of both the Nazis and the vigilantes hunting them, and playing the movers in the upper ranks of the Reich are Lena Olin (Riviera, Alias), Greg Austin (Mr Selfridge), and Dylan Baker (The Americans).