Starsky and Hutch: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (30 Apr. 1975)

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The two detectives investigating a double homicide, discover that the man and women who died were mistakenly murdered - it was the detectives themselves who were the intended targets.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Sterne ...
D.A. Mark Henderson (as Albert Morgenstern)
Richard Ward ...
Gilbert Green ...
Frank Tallman
Mrs. Gretchen Knebel
Don Billett ...
Karen Lamm ...
James Brodhead ...
Tourist (as James E. Brodhead)
Lijah (as Doug Fowley)


The two detectives investigating a double homicide, discover that the man and women who died were mistakenly murdered - it was the detectives themselves who were the intended targets.

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30 April 1975 (USA)  »

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Feature script originally set at night, and titled Night Side. See more »


When Starsky jumps into the swimming pool after the hitman, he is wearing his trademark white cardigan. As he climbs out, however, he is wearing a blue shirt. A moment later, he is wearing the cardigan. See more »


Cannell: I hope we get back to the place by one o'clock.
Zane: Why one o'clock?
Cannell: There's a picture on the tube I didn't see the end of. "Red River." John Wayne.
Zane: You never saw the end of it?
Cannell: No. Uh-uh - don't tell me.
Zane: Oh, what's to tell? He wins. He always wins.
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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Surprisingly tough for a TV pilot
27 December 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

As previously mentioned, this is a surprisingly gritty, dark and violent pilot for what would become one of the most popular TV shows of the '70s. While the series itself eventually evolved into (or degenerated into, depending on your point of view) a somewhat corny buddy-buddy show, you sure couldn't tell by this pilot. A couple is shot down on the streets of L.A. in a seemingly random killing, but the two detectives investigating the shooting discover that the couple was murdered by mistake--the actual targets were the detectives themselves. The pair then have to use all their wiles, skills and contacts in the city's seedy criminal underground to find out who is trying to kill them, and why. Soul and Glaser work extremely well together and play off each other as though they'd been doing it all their lives, the supporting cast is first-rate, the writing is sharp and clever, and it's very tightly directed by Barry Shear. It has exciting car chases, taut action scenes, some welcome humor, and the great chemistry between Soul and Glazer. A worthy effort from producer Aaron Spelling.

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