The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

ABC (ended 1977)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 25

    Back to the Streets of San Francisco

    Aired 1/27/92

  • S 5 : Ep 24

    The Canine Collar

    Aired 6/9/77

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Time Out

    Aired 6/2/77

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Let's Pretend We're Strangers

    Aired 5/19/77

  • S 5 : Ep 21


    Aired 5/12/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Douglas

    Inspector Steve Keller (seasons 1-4)

  • Karl Malden

    Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone

  • Richard Hatch

    Inspector Dan Robbins (season 5)

  • Robert F. Simon

    Capt. Rudy Olsen

  • Darleen Carr

    Jeannie Stone

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Streets of San Francisco guide at"Inspectors eight-one, responding." This 70's crime drama was one of many Quinn Martin Production shows, a roster which included Cannon, The FBI, The Fugitive and Barnaby Jones. It was filmed entirely on location in San Francisco.The show first aired on September 16, 1972 in a time slot of Saturday at 9 p.m., playing against two popular half-hour shows, Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart. Due to the success of its first season, it moved into a more prominent spot -- Thursdays at 10, and later, Thursdays at 9, showing in the same time slot as Kojak, Ironside, and Barnaby Jones.The Streets of San Francisco starred Karl Malden as veteran detective Mike Stone and Michael Douglas as Steve Keller, a rookie detective who is college- educated in a workingman's SFPD.The show ran for a total of five seasons. After the second episode of the 1976-77 season, Michael Douglas left the show; writers explained that Steve Keller was going to pursue a teaching career. The insufferably pretty Richard Hatch was chosen to play the ingenue-detective role, but the show foundered and lasted for only another season, airing for the last time on June 23, 1977.moreless

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  • Quotes (87)

    • Mrs. Saretti: Are you cops? Murray! Come here, there's cops in the hallway! Stone: (aside) Do I look like a cop? Keller: In this neighborhood, you better believe it.

    • Captain Malone: Why can't you two ever get together? Stone: Because then we wouldn't need each other.

    • Keller: Why would a guy like that stay on the beat for thirty years? Devitt: Beat's the best job on the force if you can hack it. Charnovski could hack it.

    • Stone: You know, it's like... Keller: Mike, if I let you buy me lunch, can I skip the lecture? Stone: Well, then how are you gonna learn anything? (both laugh)

    • (Stone gets off the phone with the captain) Stone: We work for a good man. Keller: Is he giving us the night off? Stone: Nah, he's giving us the green light. Keller: (gestures back to the hooker) So we can keep this red light on?

    • (Keller has the victim's book of clients) Keller: There's gotta be two hundred names there! Stone: Anybody we know? Keller: I always knew you were a voyeur. Stone: If I find out what that means, you could be driving a black-and-white again.

    • Stone: He doesn't seem too broken up about his girl's death. Keller: But that was just one of his girls. You know, he didn't have time for her. (snaps his fingers) You know how that is, man! Stone: No. Why don't you tell me sometime?

    • Stone: Don't you ever answer your phone? Keller: Not when it's in the refrigerator, no!

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    Notes (137)

    • Kim Darby was credited as Special Appearance by.

      Kim Darby (Special Appearance by)

    • Director Walter Grauman reportedly helped get Michael Douglas the role of Steve Keller on the series.

    • Additional Season 1 Credit
      Cars furnished by; Ford Marketing Corporation

    • German episode title: "Jagt Charnovskys Mörder", meaning "Hunt for Charnovsky's Murderer"

    • Filming locations: Ghiradeli Square, North Beach, San Francisco General Hospital, Broadway, Mission District, and Potrero Hill.

    • The opening credits of this series shows the viewers a mini travelogue of San Francisco Landmarks (i.e. Ferry Terminal, Fishermen's Wharf, Hyde Street Pier, Ghiradelli Square, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Northbeach.

    • The BART(San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) system stations used in Act IV of this episode are located in The Mission District of the city, 16th Street, Mission and 24th Street, Mission.

    • Act 4 is a chase scene that takes place in some BART stations, almost a year before BART opened in San Francisco. They were running down the BART tracks. You would not do that today, because of the high-voltage Third Track. It's obvious that the BART was under construction at the time of filming.

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    Trivia (32)

    • Stone and Keller's ride for the season was a 1971 Ford Galaxie 500 4-door sedan.

    • Actor Joby Baker plays "Sonny Lane", however the character is listed on the end credits as "Jamie Lane".

    • Toward the end of the episode, Stone and keller board a Coast Guard hovercraft, which began speeding outbound toward the Golden Gate only to be seen moving the opposite direction with Alcatraz in the background. Basically, it started moving north and shortly later was seen moving southbound through the bay, hence in circles.

    • Keller and Stone are homicide detectives, but in this episode they're out of their bailiwick, investigating a gambling racket that doesn't turn to murder until after they're involved.

    • A bus traveling Northbound on I-101 on its way to Oakland would have to go through San Francisco to get to the Bay Bridge. There is no reason for it to go all the way to Oakland then double back to make San Francisco the "end of the line".

    • Keller is shown to live in a bowfront apartment, painted gray, #287.

    • When Det. Stone was going under the freeway his top coat was blue, but when he visits the young hobo his coat is brown.

    • For season two. Lt Mike Stone and Steve Keller's ride is a Light Brown 1973 Ford Galaxie 500 4-door hardtop sedan.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The title of this episode is borrowed from the 1950 Robinson Jeffers poem of the same name.

    • The title "A Trout in the Milk" is from Henry David Thoreau, the full quote being "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." Thoreau is a renowned American author who lived from 1817-1862.

    • Steve Keller refers to a woman making "us an offer we couldn't refuse!", a play off similar dialogue in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film The Godfather.

    • This mixes two two famous 1970's news stories: the murder of Sharon Tate by the Manson Family, and the Symbionese Liberation Army.

    • The son of B.J. Palmer (Desi Arnaz Jr.) is named Ricky.  Little Ricky is of course the name of the son of Lucy and Ricky in Desi Jr.'s parents' sitcom, I Love Lucy, although Desi Arnaz Jr. did not play the character.

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Fast paced, entertaining cop show that showcases San Francisco as it was in the 1970's.

    By Rocknrao, Jul 09, 2009

  • A Truly great Police Drama that holds up very well over time!

    By pakulakm, Aug 15, 2008

  • Though enjoyable, it doesn't hold up nearly as well today.

    By jamoon2006, Nov 12, 2007

  • Young homicide detective partnered with savy veteran take to the Streets of San Francisco to solve the city's murders.

    By elissa04, Jul 28, 2007

  • The Streets of San Francisco is one of my favorite shows from my childhood.

    By IndianaMom, Mar 12, 2007

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