|Starsky and Hutch|
Title screen from Starsky and Hutch.
|Run dates||30 April 1975 to 15 May 1979|
|Genres||action, cop show|
|Country of origin||USA|
Starsky and Hutch is a 1970s American television series about two policemen in Southern California. The show was created by William Blinn, and produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions. It was broadcast on the ABC network for four seasons, between 30 April 1975 and 15 May 1979.
The protagonists, Starsky and Hutch, contrast both physically and psychologically. David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) is a dark-haired native of Brooklyn, Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul) a blond from Duluth, Minnesota. Starsky is a streetwise detective with intense, sometimes childlike moods; Hutch is a more reserved and intellectual character. Under the radio call sign "Zebra Three", the partners tear around the streets of "Bay City" in Starsky's two-door Ford Gran Torino, distinctively painted red with a large white vector stripe. In contrast to previous police characters on television, the pair are open with physical gestures of affection, often declaring that they trust only each other against the world.
The duo's boss, Captain Harold Dobey (Bernie Hamilton ), is gruff and stands for no nonsense, but he is fair. Their main underworld contact is the street-wise, jive-talking, extravagantly dressed Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas), who runs his own bar, initially named Huggy Bear's, later The Pits. Starsky and Hutch was one of the first prime-time dramatic shows to cast black characters in a positive light; with both Captain Dobey, and—despite his walking on the edge of the law—the honest and trustworthy Huggy as positive black role models.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Starsky and Hutch.