Starsky and Hutch was a highly popular crime drama series following the exploits of detectives Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson. The pair were practically joined at the hip and had a kind of symbiotic relationship, thier investigations usually took them into the seamier side of town and they often went undercover, neither were married although both had plenty of love interest on their show.
Starsky was the cool one (he drove a bright red 1974 Ford Torino with a white stripe flashed along its side and wore chunky cardigans) whilst Hutch was the educated one who knew about books and music and good food. The pair were usually at loggerheads with their boss Captain Dobey and also usually involved was their streetwise informant Huggy Bear.
The show for most of its run was huge and David Soul even embarked on a career as a hit pop singer with songs like Silver Lady and Don’t Give Up On Us Baby. When their was a crackdown on TV Violence the show lost its ‘raison d’etre’ somewhat and a more humorous element crept into the plots, the ratings then fell causing the network to end the show. Truly a quintessential show of the seventies.
2004 saw the arrival of a mostly played for laughs big screen version of the series with Ben Stiller as Starsky and David Soul as Hutch. Whilst it was entertaining enough it played too much for comedy and didn’t capture the essence of the original series.
USA / ABC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast Wednesday 3 September 1975 – Tuesday 21 August 1979
Theme Music: Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott and Mark Snow.
PAUL MICHAEL GLASER as Detective Dave Starsky
DAVID SOUL as Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson
BERNIE HAMILTON as Captain Harold Dobey
ANTONIO FARGAS as Huggy Bear