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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Paul Michael Glaser didn't believe a TV series would follow the pilot. See more »


In the pilot, the two hit men (Zane and Cannell) are allegedly watching the famous John Wayne western "Red River" on TV. However, the footage they are watching of a cattle drive is in color, whilst "Red River" was a black and white film. 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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The original Professionals
5 May 2003 | by (blackburn, england) – See all my reviews

This pilot for the successful TV series is a dark, gritty thriller which begins with a young couple being blown away in their car by two assassins. LA's toughest cops Dave Starsky and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson are called onto the scene, believing that they were the intended victims, so they roam the seedy streets, looking for answers. They then realise that there are bad guys on both sides of the law. Compared to the series, this TV movie is considerably more serious. Although Starsky has several witty lines and the chemistry between him and Hutch is apparent, people are gunned down in cold blood and the two heroes trust no one but themselves. Soul and Glaser are good and the action sequences are raw and exciting, featuring a downtown car chase, a punch-up inside a gangster's mansion and the climactic chase/gunfight. S & H are the guys who clearly paved the way for the likes of Bodie & Doyle and Crockett & Tubbs, with their humorous banter and crimefighting antics. The first 2 seasons of S & H were pretty tough and violent, until they were told to tone it down and it became more corny.

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