Back again kids and this time with a cop drama. Yes plainclothes cops busting down on the street crime, taking flack from the captain and deals with their snitches. So grab a cup of coffee, sweat out the prisoner in interrogation and get the goods. This is Starsky and Hutch.
|Little old lady 120 pts!|
The spoilers are cutting us off at every turn!
Defending the good citizens of Bay City California, Detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul of Here Comes The Bride, Magnum Force, Salem’s Lot, World War III, Through Naked Eyes, The Yellow Rose and Tides of War) and Detective Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser of Fiddler on the Roof, The Streets of San Francisco, The Waltons and Third Watch) work together, fight side by side and have the general friendship among men that are friends and partners. Getting their orders from their commanding officer, Captain Dobey (Bernie Hamilton of Tarzan, The Swimmer, Walk the Walk, The Name of the Game, Hammer and Scream Blacula Scream) Keeping their fingers on the pulse of the city Starsky and Hutch regularly squeeze their contact Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas of Busting, Conrack, Foxy Brown, Carwash, The Ambush Murders, Crimewave and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka). Armed with their wits, A Colt .45 and .357 Colt Python as well as usually Starsky’s 1974’s Ford Gran Torino the men of call sign Zebra Three, these no nonsense policemen, get their hands dirty and get the job done. Occasionally they take Hutch’s battered Ford Galaxie and man it looks like a tank.
For most of the word on the street the fellas hit The Pits, Huggy Bear’s bar and while Huggy is supposed to be a bit of a rebel he always helps them out and in my opinion a fairly positive role model. This is the first prime time series to show supporting black characters in a positive light for a change. Writer and creator William Blinn (Bonanza, Shane, Here Come the Brides, The Interns, Hunter and Eight Is Enough)
While most cop shows are a gamble based on ratings, likability and coherent writing. While I don’t think this series was that violent I am sure there was someone losing their marbles over it. During season 4 the retuning the series made Glaser want to take off. They attempted to bring in a younger brother of Starsky as some need to keep the title of the show but season 5 was eventually scraped and they passed on it all together. There were even talks of a spin-off starring Huggy Bear as the main character but it did not make it past a 90 page screen treatment.
|Nah, not a big Stephen King fan.|
With growing up with the era of CHiPs and Hill Street Blues, this gave buddy cop a decent definition and a sense of comradely to likes which seems to be duplicated again and again. This was a diverting show, simple enough writing but with solid characters.
While Bay City may be fictional, Los Angeles San Pedro was not and by God a great location teeming for car chases and good gunfights. Interestingly enough San Pedro’s Metro Division was used is the San Pedro City Hall these days.