Starsky And Hutch

Season 1 Episode 0

Starsky and Hutch

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 1975 on ABC
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A execution-style shooting in which two young lovers are brutally killed indicates that the intended targets were actually Bay City Police Detectives Starsky and Hutchinson, when the victims' car turns out to match Starksy's. All leads point toward a local crime-lord awaiting trial as being behind their (intended) murders. But when he flatly denies the charge, the pair set out to hunt down the real culprits...and motive.moreless

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  • Starsky & Hutch discover that they are the latest targets of expert hitmen. But could this just be a smokescreen to disguise what is really happening on the street?

    This pilot episode is a perfect way to begin the series. It features a strong story, which although seems simple at first really makes the viewer wonder what is going on until Starsky and Hutch round up the baddies in the exciting, action - packed conclusion. Also present in this episode is the easy going dialogue between the pair of undercover cops which is always present in every episode. It really makes the viewer realise how close these two policemen are, they aren't just colleagues who work together on a professional basis, they are clearly good friends who have known each other for a long time. They will always back each other up on any decisions that have to be made. Although they have their differences (like Starsky hating Hutch's car) they get on well - both on a professional and friendship level. This episode also marks the first time in which we see Starsky's red 1974 Ford Gran Torino with a white stripe screech down alleyways and crash into cardboard boxes - this is another feature that would occur on a regular basis once the series began. However, in this pilot episode it is infact the baddies who are chasing the cops, this is an action scene not to be missed. If you like typical 70's tyre squealing car chases then you will like the one featured in this episode. Also, watch out for Huggy Bear's first scene when he meets the guys in a cinema, you could just tell this guy was going to stick with the show!

    Although some viewers might find some scenes from this pilot slightly cheesy (like the scene where the duo walk into a steam room with their towels round their waists AND their gun holsters strapped to their shoulders) this should not take away any enjoyment from an excellant pilot episode. If you want to get into Starsky and Hutch then this is the perfect episode to watch first as it as great dialogue, an excellant storyline (with a few plot twists) and some great action. 10/10moreless
  • A mistaken identity murder puts Starsky and Hutch on the trail of a heavy-hitter drug boss who'd rather not see the detective pair testify against him. But, are Bay City's top players gettin' played by the in and outs of this twisted case?moreless

    A winning, solid beginning for this dynamic cop/buddy show. It's a bit more serious in tone than the rest of the series will play out, but that's to be expected from a pilot meant to impress the show on a network. The pilot's success is due in large part to a tight, gripping, almost cinematic script written by creator William Blinn. It's reminiscent of many 70's cop movie thrillers such as "Dirty Harry" and "Serpico". Blinn had first proposed a show about two vice cops who only worked at night (something of a pre-"Miami Vice"), meaning the exteriors could only be shot in the evenings. ABC nixed that idea as a logistics nightmare, but the show still managed to convey the seamier, urban side of LA's sunny streets.

    But, even in this pilot episode, the outstanding chemistry between series leads David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser shines through. The pair had known each other before and had worked on a couple of projects together. Still, not even the show's director and production team predicted the instantaneous liking the show's audience generated for the scruffy yet loveable detective pair. A fan can immediately believe the two have been partners and friends (some have said 'more than friends') for years. Starsky and Hutch's belief that they can only really depend upon each other to survive the city's concrete jungle is probably the crux of the show's popularity and its most satisfying episodes have been built on the theme.

    All in all, one of the best episodes of one of the better cop shows of that decade. With an engaging pair of leads who--more than the gun battles, squealing car chases, and flashy 70's fashions--were the heart of its four-year run. More substance than its fluff-fest contemporary "Charlie's Angels" but not as downbeat as "Police Story". Which makes it quintissential 70's must-see tv!moreless
  • Great way to begin the show

    This is a very good way to begin the show

    As it introduces Dave Starsky(Paul Michael Glaser), the hot-headed macho cop

    And Ken Hutchenson, the cool, calm, and collected cop(David Soul)as mismatched partners

    But they work in a good kind of way and develop a unusual but nonetheless admirable friendship and partnership

    As despite sometimes not seeing eye to eye, they "kiss and make up" in the end! LOL!
Paul Michael Glaser

Paul Michael Glaser

Detective Sergeant David "Dave" Michael Starsky

David Soul

David Soul

Detective Sergeant Kenneth "Ken Hutch" Hutchinson

Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas

"Huggy Bear" Brown

Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner

Fat Rolly

Guest Star

Albert Morgenstern

Albert Morgenstern

District Attorney Mark Henderson

Guest Star

Michael Conrad (I)

Michael Conrad (I)


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In one scene Hutch reveals that his ex-wife was called Nancy when he says to Starsky, "It's like when I was married. Nancy and I'd go out and we'd leave the house." Yet in the season 3 episode "Hutchinson: Murder One", which features his ex-wife, she is called Vanessa.

    • In the scene where Starsky and Hutch are following Henderson to the two hitmen, Starsky pounds at the door to announce his present, causing Cannell to shoot twice at the door, leaving a big hole in the wood. But the damage is only seen in the shots from the outside, in the shots from the inside the door is whole and undamaged!

    • The series-long running gag of "I'm Hutch, he's Starsky" starts in this episode when the assistant D.A. can't tell the two apart. This gag will go through many variations over all four seasons.

    • In a blooper infamous amongst fans, in the scene at night outside the hotel, where Starsky and Hutch end up falling in the pool, Starsky has his cardigan on. In a shot of him in the water, there is no sign of the cardigan, it seems to have come off, yet when the two emerge, dripping wet from the pool, it is suddenly back on again.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hutch: I'm Hutch. (points to Starsky) He's Starsky.

    • Hutch: You know, there's something you ought to know about Starsky and me. We're not like most partners. There's the one guy who's kinda folksy, the guy who wants the best for everybody, the 'Pat O'Brien' kinda guy. And then there's the rough'em-up, hardnosed kinda guy. Well, that doesn't work for Starsky and me. See, we're both hardnosed, Rolly. And we don't like it when people don't give us everything we want.

    • Starsky: (bangs bar top with a platter) All right, folks, all right! Time we set up some new lines of communication here. Now, you all know me an' Hutch. That's Hutch over there. And you all know we're cops. And we know you know. And we know that you don't like us. But, gang, that's the way it is. So, all day long, everybody's been lookin' at us, like we were Lazurus. The day after. And it's starting to get to us. You follow? So, that's the question...what's so special about two cops patroling the same district they've been patroling for the past three years? Now, somebody in here's got the answer. And that's what we wanna find out. You see, if each one of you would be so good as to write down what you think might be the answer--no names are necessary, 25 words or less will do, neatness and originality will be taken into consideration.
      Bar floozy : What's for first prize?
      Starsky: A 100,000 units of penicillin, sweetheart. Share it with your friends.

    • Starsky: You still seeing what's-her-name?
      Hutch: Sure. Still seeing what's-her-name. Took her to the whatchamacallit. Gave her my thingamajig.
      Starsky: (laughs) I didn't know it was that serious.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This Pilot film was shown five months before the series began. Some sources overlook it and as a result it is sometimes forgotten in some episode listings. It was 90 minutes long.

    • Michael Lerner returns as informant Fat Rolly in the episode, "Texas Longhorn".

    • In this Pilot, Captan Dobey is played by Richard Ward. Bernie Hamilton would take over the role for the series. Richard Ward would go on to play another character in the fourth season episode 'Huggy Can't Go Home [a.k.a. Huggy Can't Go Back]'.