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Starsky & Hutch-The Series: What's Your Favourite Episode?

Updated on June 16, 2016
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Coolest Cop Show of 1970s

There’s no doubt that Starsky and Hutch was THE coolest series of the 1970’s.

As a 14 year old TV addict the highlight of my week was without a doubt, Starsky & Hutch. Along with most of my school friends, I was in love with Starsky (played by the gorgeous Paul Michael Glaser), though Hutch (David Soul) came a close second and there was certainly no shame in admitting you might be a little in love with him too.

From the pilot movie in 1975 right through to the 1979 final episode, (Sweet Revenge, in which we are led to believe that Starsky will die), I never missed one week.

By 1979 I was a young adult, but I always made sure to be in front of a TV when Starsky & Hutch was on.

Pilot

The pilot movie in 1975 was our first glimpse of the cool duo. Their friendship and interaction with one another was immediately appealing, although perhaps the plot, which involved our two heroes being the subject of a “hit” order, was not quite so friendly.

In fact, the first two seasons were more graphic and violent than the later ones. In one memorable episode, The Psychic, Starsky blows up a car, with two people inside, using a rocket launcher.

It wasn't surprising that complaints were made, and the producers were made to tone down the violence.

So they played up the banter and humor in the next two seasons.

Friendship of Starsky & Hutch

The characters in Starsky & Hutch were unusual in their display of friendship and affection for one another.

This may have come across particularly strongly because of the close friendship between Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul.

In fact, David Soul is quoted as saying that the series was not about the various crime fighting adventures of two police officers, but was the story of two friends who happened to be police officers.

And there are plenty of fans on the various forums and fan sites dedicated to the series who say that that was the appeal of the show for them.

The character of Starsky is a bit innocent, slightly goofy, but can be tough when the going gets tough.

Hutch, on the other hand, is more reserved and quiet.

Their informant is the ever-so-cool Huggy Bear ( wonderfully played by Antonio Fargas) and their boss (or Capt’n Dobey) was played by Bernie Hamilton.

The affection and friendship between all four characters is obvious throughout the series.

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Starsky's Car

A fifth important “character” in the Starsky & Hutch series has to be the “Striped Tomato”-a nickname given to Starsky’s car.

It was a Ford Gran Torino, red with a white stripe, and features prominently throughout the 4 seasons of the series.

Because the show was so popular, Ford actually produced just over 1000 replicas of the car in 1976, and rumour has it they could cost up to $7,000. That was a lot of money in 1976!

Favourite Episodes

Every fan has their favourite episode of Starsky & Hutch, but there are a couple of universal favourites.

In order of appearance, the first of these is probably Coffin for Starsky from Season 1 in which the antagonist injects Starsky with a deadly poison and tells him they have 24 hours to find the antidote.

Second is episode 20 of Season 2: Starsky’s Lady in which Starsky’s girlfriend is shot during a supermarket robbery. But it turns out that this was arranged by the father of a boy who died in police custody, and who blames Starsky.

A Body Worth Guarding is the favorite from Season 3, although Hutchinson for Murder One is also worth a mention. All three episodes of Targets Without a Badge from Season 4, and of course the final episode, Sweet Revenge are all favorites.


The final episode of Starsky & Hutch

The series finished in 1979.

It was to end with the death of Starsky but the producers changed their minds at the last minute.

This sometimes shows in the script, for instance, the line by Hutch which says “Starsky is gonna die, but I’m still here” was clearly changed from “Starsky is dead…”

The producers decided to leave the door open for another series. However, Paul Michael Glaser was anxious to move on and in fact had been reluctant at first to even make the fourth season.

But 33 years later, I can still watch my own favourite episodes, over and over if I want to, on DVD. And I do.

So, which is your favourite episode?

Season One

Season 1: Episode No
Episode Name
00
Pilot
1
Savage Sunday
2
Death Ride
3
Texas Longhorn
4
The Fix
5
Snow Storm
6
Death Notice
7
Pariah
8
Kill Huggy Bear
9
The Bait
10
Lady Blue
11
Captain Dobey...you're dead
12
Terror on the Docks
13
The Deadly Imposter
14
Shoot-out
15
The Hostages
16
Losing Streak
17
Silence
18
The Omaha Tiger
19
Jo-Jo
20
Running
21
A Coffin for Starsky
22
The Bounty Hunter
Season 1
Season 2: Episode No.
Episode Name
1
The Las Vagas Strangler part 1
2
The Las Vagas Strangler part 2
3
Little Girl Lost
4
Bust Amboy
5
Murder at Sea Part 1
6
Murder at Sea Part 2
7
Vendetta
8
Gillian
9
Vampire
10
The Specialist
11
The Psychic
12
Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back Into Your Heart
13
Iron Mike
14
Nightmare
15
Bloodbath
16
Huggy Bear and the Turkey
17
The Set-up part 1
18
The Set-up part 2
19
Survival
20
Starsky's Lady
21
The Committe
22
The Velvet Jungle
23
Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road
24
Murder on Stage 17
25
Starsky and Hutch are Guilty
Season 3: Episode No.
Episode Name
1
Murder on Voodoo Island part 1
2
Murder on Voodoo Island part 2
3
Fatal Charm
4
I Love You, Rosey Malone
5
Murder Ward
6
Death in a Different Place
7
The Crying Child
8
The Heroes
9
The Plague part 1
10
The Plague part 2
11
The Collector
12
Manchild of the Streets
13
The Action
14
The Heavy Weight
15
A Body Worth Guarding
16
The Trap
17
Satan's Witches
18
Class in Crime
19
Hutchinson: Murder one
20
Foxy Lady
21
Partners
22
Quadromania
Season 4: Episode No.
Episode Name
1
Discomania
2
The Game
3
Blindfold
4
Photo Finish
5
Moonshine
6
Strange Justice
7
The Avenger
8
Dandruff
9
Black and Blue
10
The Groupie
11
Cover Girl
12
Starsky's Brother
13
The Golden Angel
14
Ballad for a Blue Lady
15
Birds of a Feather
16
Nintey Pounds of Trouble
17
Huggy can't go home
18
Targets Without a Badge part 1
19
Targets Without a Badge part 2
20
Targets Without a Badge part 3
21
Starsky VS. Hutch
22
Sweet Revenge
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      Hutchfan 9 months ago

      Loved the episodes picked, but i would have to include The Fix in my list. Hete in Australia they didnt show the fourth season, but I had read in a fan magazine. Tigerbeat that Starsky was going to die and I wrote to Aaron Spelling begging him not to let Starsky die

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      annerivendell 8 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Hutchfan, Sorry I only saw your comment today! Looks like Aaron Spelling listened to you! Thank you, I'm really happy that you saved Starsky's life ;-) x

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