Those are all good shows, and the duo often bicker within them, to great comic effect, like an old married couple. But it's the relentlessly tougher episodes that prove each character's mettle and demonstrate the depth of Starsky and Hutch's mutual trust. Among these is the powerful "Gillian", in which Starsky discovers Hutch's classy new girlfriend is a prostitute and breaks the news to his shattered friend. Somewhat lighter but just as revealing is "Little Girl Lost", starring a young Kristy McNichol as an orphaned street urchin whom Hutch, lately in a misanthropic, anti-Christmas mood, takes into his home. Glaser's directorial debut, the harrowing "Bloodbath", gives Soul a lot of room for an intensely physical and psychological performance as Hutch scurries to find his kidnapped partner. Soul returns the favour with "Survival", in which Starsky desperately seeks his missing pal, trapped and slowly dying beneath a car wreck. All in all, a very good series, with (of course) Antonio Fargas still sharp as sidekick Huggy Bear. --Tom Keogh
Starsky and Hutch are two detectives in a grimy inner city populated with seedy characters. It is heavy on the action - our heroes are more than happy to run around waving guns, jump in/out/over cars (why walk around the famous red and white Gran Torino when you can roll over the bonnet, right?), crash through empty cardboard boxes in alleyways and get heavy handed with the low-life. They are tough and they (almost) always get the bad guys with their own, no nonsense, approach to law enforcement.
But this series (and this season in particular) has much more to offer than just action.
The makers and actors have said that this is a show about a deep platonic friendship between two men who are cops and, for me, it is this relationship that makes this show better than anything in the genre that came before or after. Glaser and Soul have incredible chemistry and are utterly convincing as best friends - they are easy together, they bicker, they joke, they are bluntly honest and they are affectionate and very tactile. Much of the humour comes from this relationship but it also helps to sell the drama.
The stories themselves are good (although many of them have been recycled in other shows since) and the casting often throws up familiar faces before they were famous. It is fun to see our heroes working undercover (there are several such episodes in this season) but they are at their very best fighting crime on their own beat, backing each other up, talking to the incomparable Huggy Bear and driving Captain Dolby mad.Read more ›
The second series is definately my favorite. PMG and DS are so at ease with each other, and every movement, every line seems effortless, you forget that this is a scripted TV show, it just seems like real life....only a lot more exciting..
And sure its the late 70's and the clothes and hair are dated now, but its real action, no computers or forensics, just two guys taking on the world..its everyone's dream i think!!
And of course, probably the main reason i love Starsky and Hutch so much is their fantastic on screen (and off) relationship..its buddy TV at its best and i love it!!
My favorite episodes have to be Bust Amboy, Little Girl Lost and of course as a DS fan, the Psychic. We see the boys in a variety of different roles in Season two, theres a lot more angst, and a lot more interaction...its just wonderful...