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 (as Carole Ita White)
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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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 April 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the pilot Starsky carries a M1911A1 Colt .45 ACP pistol while Hutch carries a S&W Model 10 snubnose .38 revolver. In the regular series Starsky switched to a S&W model 59 9mm while Hutch normally employed a Colt .357 Python. Essentially they swapped brands. See more »


When Starsky comes out of the pool, his famous Mexican sweater has a very wide strip in the middle with a pattern of hearts. However when he first went in the pool and when he gets his sweater dried in the next scene, it's his original sweater he was wearing throughout the pilot which has a much narrower strip with a pattern of right side up and upside down triangles. See more »


Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: There's something you oughtta know about Starsky and me. We're not like most partners. Y'know, usually there's the one guy who's kinda folksy. Kind that wants the best for everybody. The Pat O'Brien kind of guy. And then there's the other guy, the rough 'em up, hardnosed kind of guy. Well, that doesn't work for Starsky and me. See, we're both hardnosed, Rollie. And we don't like it when people don't give us everything we want.
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References Red River (1948) 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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