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


The license plate number on the Torino that Starsky drives to the gym is the same as the Torino with the bullet holes in the window that is seen in the police garage, but it is supposed to be a different car. (848 ASB) See more »


Det. Dave Starsky: You still seeing whatshername?
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: Sure. Still seeing whatshername. Took her to the whatchamacallit. Gave her my thingamajig.
Det. Dave Starsky: I didn't know it was that serious.
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Cult TV is born!
16 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a car just like Starsky's is the target of a hit, the police suspect that the target was really Starsky and Hutch. The two cops decide to stay on the street and try to find out who wants them dead and why. However their informants tell them a much deeper tale.

The pilot for the original show doesn't have the cool music but it does have everything else that gave birth to the cult TV show. The plot isn't exactly going to set the world on fire but it is passable. However it does allow plenty of chance for Starsky to crack wise, Hutch to look good for the ladies, Huggy Bear to be cool and Dobey to shout and be gruff.

The action is very basic but is still fun – however it's hard to ascertain how good it would be if it wasn't already a cult classic. Soul is good and was always my mum's favourite – however I always preferred Glaser as the witty Starsky (and it was his car!). it's hard to imagine the world without Huggy Bear – and Fargas is still making a living off that one role all these years later!

Overall it's not as good as the TV show itself but this pilot has much in common with it and is well worth a watch – if only for the car, the jokes and those terrible cardigans.

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