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This review is from: Starsky And Hutch: The Complete Second Season [DVD]  (DVD)
I loved Starsky and Hutch when I was growing up so I re-visited it with some trepidation incase I found my childhood favourite to be horribly naff - I needn't have worried though, it is still as amusing and thrilling as I remember.
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. There are several of the very best episodes of the entire series in this collection.
Of course, it is looking a little dated: the 70s clothes (although they look quite good, for the most part - except for the cravats...); the lack of IT/Mobile telephones and; the fact that our heroes think nothing of indulging in a little sexual harrassment in the workplace or openly leering at women in general. To be fair the last two are very much a product of the time and are done with such good humour and lack of malice that it is difficult to be offended. The passage of time has not diminished the stories or the acting and you soon stop noticing the 70s quirks.
There are no extras but who cares? This is the season that got the balance between gritty storylines and humour spot on and is an absolute must for anyone who remembers the series fondly and is a good place to start if you've never really watched Starsky and Hutch before.
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