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Starsky And Hutch: The Complete Second Season [DVD] 
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The entire second season of the coolest cop show on television during the Seventies (which one did you like, Starsky or Hutch?). Streetwise undercover cops Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser in that cardigan) and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul, the blond one) cruise the streets in a red and white Gran Turino, calling in favours from their street snitch Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas, the coolest of the cool), and directed by their boss Captain Dobey (Bernie Hamilton). The episodes are: 'The Las Vegas Strangler 1', 'The Las Vegas Strangler 2', 'Murder at Sea 1', 'Murder at Sea 2', 'Gillian', 'Bust Amboy', 'The Vampire', 'The Specialist', 'Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back Into Your Heart', 'Vendetta', 'Nightmare', 'Iron Mike', 'Little Girl Lost', 'Bloodbath', 'The Psychic', 'The Set-Up 1', 'The Set-Up 2', 'Survival', 'Starsky's Lady', 'Huggy Bear and the Turkey', 'The Committee', 'The Velvet Jungle', 'Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road', 'Murder on Stage 17' and 'Starsky and Hutch are Guilty'.
Starsky & Hutch: The Complete Second Season proves the 1970s series, in its sophomore year, both codified its earliest strengths while continuing to evolve into a sharper, wittier and often darker show. Contributing to those improvements were the stars themselves: David Soul (who plays maverick police detective, intellectual and health nut Ken Hutchinson) and Paul Michael Glaser (as Hutch's more impulsive, junk-food-junkie partner Dave Starsky), each of whom directed exemplary episodes in the second series. The series' creators also struck a more entertaining balance between the comic and dramatic possibilities inherent in Starsky and Hutch's bluntly honest, fraternal relationship. A number of stories placed the guys in intentionally funny undercover situations: as garish gamblers in the two-part opener "The Las Vegas Strangler"; entertainment directors (named Hack and Zack) on a luxury cruise ship in "Murder at Sea"; gigolo-like dance aficionados in the playfully-titled "Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back into Your Hearts"; and, most amusingly, stunt men in "Murder on Stage 17".
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
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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 ›
It was about 6 months when I found it at the back of my DVD cupboard and me and my twin sister thought we might as well watch it, as we knew it was really popular back in the day. And our Mum and Dad remembered and loved it!
We both became instantly addicted to it, working our way through the first series, and are currently halfway through the second series, and are very much looking forward to getting the third and fourth!
The on-screen chemistry between Soul and Glaser is superb, and the characters such as Huggy Bear and Dobey are...just...well fantastic.
The second series seems to emphasise more on the friendship aspect of the partnership, as is shown in the end scene of the opening credits, but the storylines are just as good and the writing and attention to detail is excellent.
The car is so spiggin' cool.
The whole show is so refreshing to watch, as a lot of the stuff they do would not be allowed today, such as mild sexual harrassment in the workplace and using physical violence, but not going over the top unlike many shows today. They don't do programmes like this anymore!
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...
Captain Dobey is sooo grumpy, but he,s great, and Huggy too.
Ilove it and I don,t think I,ll ever grow out of em, don,t want to either. Forget the new movie with the fake ones, watch the real thing with Paul and David.Brilliant.***********
A funny and exciting series about (really close) male friendship and crime fighting. Sometimes it is a bit silly and dated, but the actors in the lead roles are geniuses.
About this DVD box set: The great thing about this collection is that it has subtitles (English and Dutch). The negative things are that there are no chapters (every episode is a chapter) and no extra features. The image quality is pretty bad/average but one has to consider that it was filmed in the 70's.
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great to be collecting this iconic seventies detective series by seasons
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I have the whole collection on DVD now good value for money and good condition.Published 20 months ago by Cynthia Pullan