Starsky: "It's in my report."
Captain Dobey: "Oh yeah, about this report, it reads like a comic book, 'The fiery red Torino fishtails to a halt. We spill onto the street ready for action'. (tosses report at Starsky) What is this?"
On DVD for the first time in a stunning 5-disc set, ABC's Starsky & Hutch (original working title "Nightside" about two cops who only worked the night shift) was and remains a highly enjoyable 70s cop show from super-producer Aaron Spelling & Leonard Goldberg. The series benefited greatly from the casting of its two leads, Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul in the iconic title roles. Their genuine chemistry and interactions with not only each other but with co-stars Bernie Hamilton (Captain Harold Dobey) and Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear) as well as the guest stars propel the smartly written and directed episodes from such notables as Michael Mann and Barry Shear respectively.
A common misconception among potential TV DVD buyers is that 70s cop shows like Starsky & Hutch don't age well and can't hold a candle to modern shows of the genre. Having watched the show back then and now, I'm glad to report that these first season episodes are every bit as entertaining (if not more) than any show of the genre today thanks to a great cast & crew and a good balance of action, drama, and humor. Not to mention the somewhat menacing opening & closing theme music by veteran composer Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible). The groundbreakingly dark and gritty first season also includes the following lineup of guest stars:
Lola Albright, Raymond Allen, Victor Argo, Barbara Babcock, Nellie Bellflower, Ramon Bieri, Fritzi Burr, Jason Bernard, Carl Betz, wrestler Butcher Brannigan, Dennis Burkley, Hamilton Camp, Mary Jo Catlett, Jon Cedar, Gino Conforti, Jack DeLeon, George Dzundza, Norman Fell, Alan Fudge, Jean Hagen, Lynn Hamilton, Art Hindle, Sherry Jackson, Gordon Jump, Steve Kanaly, James Karen, Rosanne Katon, Steven Keats, Roz Kelly, Richard Kiel, Michael Lerner, Geoffrey Lewis, Robert Loggia, James Luisi, Lynne Marta, John McLiam, Chuck McCann, Stephen McHattie, Kristy McNichol, Charles Napier, Arthur Peterson, Barbara Rhoades, John Ritter, Fran Ryan, Steve Sandor, Raymond Singer, Jacqueline Scott, Suzanne Somers, Jan Smithers, Jenny Sullivan, Richard Venture, Jess Walton, Danny Wells, Dick Anthony Williams, and more.
Digitally mastered by Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, Starsky & Hutch - The Complete First Season is a 5-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 22 episodes plus the 90-minute pilot, Full Frame (1.33:1) video, English & Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Closed Captioning. Special Features include: Featurettes "Behind The Badge" (27:12), "It's Harder Than It Looks" (6:18), "Starsky & Hutch: The Movie" (3:05), "Third Star" (5:57); Exclusive new Interviews with David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser; Original TV Promo Spots; and Trailers. Here are the episodes and how the discs will be configured, plus original airdates:
Savage Sunday (9/10/1975)
Texas Longhorn (9/17/1975)
Death Ride (9/24/1975)
The Fix (10/8/1975)
Death Notice (10/15/1975)
Kill Huggy Bear! (10/29/1975)
The Bait (11/5/1975)
Lady Blue (11/12/1975)
Captain Dobey, You're Dead! (11/19/1975)
Terror On The Docks (11/26/1975)
The Deadly Imposter (12/10/1975)
The Hostages (1/7/1976)
Losing Streak (1/14/1976)
The Omaha Tiger (1/28/1976)
A Coffin For Starsky (3/3/1976)
The Bounty Hunter (4/21/1976)