Starsky And Hutch

Season 3 Episode 1

Starsky & Hutch on Playboy Island (a.k.a. Murder on Voodoo Island) (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 17, 1977 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • On Voodoo Island the police chief's office is the same set used for Captain Dobey's office with a little redecoration. The desk is the exactly the same as Dobey's desk even in the same position in the room and there are the 3 doors to the room, two entrances and a closet which on Voodoo Island is disguised with coat hooks on it. They added a ceiling fan for the island look.

    • The exterior of the bar, The Jungle Room, is used often in the show but the interior and style of restaurant/bar is different. It has been a go go joint, a restaurant and a bar.

    • In the shot of the Torino pulling up opposite the bar at the very beginning of the story, Starsky and Hutch are noticeably wearing different clothes when they get out of the car to when we see them inside the bar. The reason is because it's actually a shot recycled from the first season episode 'The Bounty Hunter'. The shot is passable for Starsky, wearing a similar jacket, but Hutch's white-sleeved baseball jacket is eye-catchingly different to the jacket we see him wearing inside the bar.

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  • Notes

    • In the United Kingdom, a repeat of this story was the most watched episode of the series in 1980, clocking up 14.4 million viewers when it was broadcast on Friday 3rd December (9:25 p.m., BBC 1). (It's not clear whether this was in feature-length version or was one of the two parts.)

    • Huggy's racket: Not a racket as such, but we do see Huggy blending in with the local culture, including becoming a (very bad) taxi driver.

    • Much of this story was filmed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

    • Bernie Hamilton (Captain Dobey) is seen sporting a beard. He is seen with this beard once more, in a couple of episodes time in 'I Love You, Rosey Malone', before returning to his regular look of just a moustache (though due to the difference in order of production to broadcast, in the next episode, 'Fatal Charm', his beard is already gone!).

    • This story is sometimes found billed as 'Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island', and sometimes as 'Murder on Voodoo Island'. Both titles are generally about as common as each other. On occasion, the title is also seen abbreviated to just 'Playboy Island'.

    • With the arrival of the third season, a new theme tune is use, rather surprisingly replacing the beloved, instantly recognisable theme of the second season.

    • 'Starsky & Hutch' returns for a third season, and - to the relief of many fans - with both David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser still on board; After the second season, Paul Michael Glaser had voiced his wishes to leave the show to work on other projects, and took steps to get out of the contract that tied him to the series. Thankfully, the matter was eventually resolved, and Glaser agreed - very much at the last minute - to return for the third season. (To prepare for the possible loss of Glaser / Starsky, stories had been prepared with a new female Cop to partner Hutch, Officer Linda Baylor, seen in the story following this one, 'Fatal Charm'.)

  • Allusions