History Series / StarskyAndHutch

11th Jan '16 6:21:13 PM Prfnoff
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'''''Starsky & Hutch''''' is a 1970s television series that ran for 92 episodes (plus a pilot movie) between 1975 and 1979. It centered around two Southern California plainclothes police officers, streetwise Brooklyn native David Starsky, and the quiet, intellectual Minnesotan Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson. Under the radio callsign "Zebra Three'', they patrolled the Bay City in Starsky's iconic red Ford Gran Torino with that awesome white vector stripe. Their main contact in the criminal underworld is JiveTurkey Huggy Bear, a police snitch who often dressed extravagantly and ran his own bar.

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'''''Starsky ''Starsky & Hutch''''' Hutch'' is a 1970s television series that ran for 92 episodes (plus a pilot movie) between 1975 and 1979. It centered around two Southern California plainclothes police officers, streetwise Brooklyn native David Starsky, and the quiet, intellectual Minnesotan Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson. Under the radio callsign "Zebra Three'', they patrolled the Bay City in Starsky's iconic red Ford Gran Torino with that awesome white vector stripe. Their main contact in the criminal underworld is JiveTurkey Huggy Bear, a police snitch who often dressed extravagantly and ran his own bar.
24th Feb '15 4:52:19 PM tenryufan
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Check out the disco, for starters.
29th Jan '15 6:56:46 AM TendouMan
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* Badass: Being a 70's cop show...

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* Badass: {{Badass}}: Being a 70's cop show...
26th Jan '15 12:43:48 PM Greenygal
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-->'''Starsky''': With onions.

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-->'''Starsky''': *grinning* With onions.


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* RunningGag: People constantly mix up which one of the duo is which. Even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7Hgoi6S2Q the commercials]] got into the act:
-->'''Narrator''': *over a shot of Hutch* Starsky!
-->'''Narrator''': *over a shot of Starsky* Hutch!
-->'''Starsky''': *exasperated* I'm Starsky, he's Hutch!
12th Nov '14 2:18:30 PM RAraya
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* BadassDuo:

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* BadassDuo:Badass: Being a 70's cop show...
12th Nov '14 2:17:12 PM RAraya
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* {{Adorkable}}: Both have their moments, but it is Hutch who takes the cake in this one.


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* BadassDuo:
** BadassBookworm: Hutch


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** Starsky fits the scheme more, while Hutch tends more to be more bookish.


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* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Starsky: Sanguine/Choleric
** Hutch: Melancholic/Phlegmatic
** Dobey: Choleric/Melancholic
** Huggy: Phlegmatic/Sanguine


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** Played with and then lampshaded in the pilot, when Hutch tells Fat Rolly that he and Starsky don't do this formula, with both being "bad" cops. Cue Starsky looking at them in disbelief.
22nd Oct '14 7:14:08 PM kchishol
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* CoolCar: The Gran Torino, though Hutch compares it to a striped tomato.

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* CoolCar: The Gran Torino, though Hutch compares it to a striped tomato. Unlike most cool cars, there's nothing particularly special in its features or general performance, but the bright red paint job with that white vector stripe was special in and of itself.
23rd Mar '14 3:01:33 AM Cindylover1969
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* ActorAllusion: In one episode, Starsky says Hutch sounds like "Dirty Harry, a cop in San Francisco". David Soul costarred in ''MagnumForce'', the second ''DirtyHarry'' movie.



* DirectedByCastMember: Chances to direct were part of the deal to get Glaser to come back to the show. He directed five, Soul directed three.



* EnforcedMethodActing: In the episode "The Fix", Hutch becomes forcibly addicted to heroin after gangsters kidnap him. David Soul prepared for the episode by depriving himself of sleep, food, and even bathing and isolated himself from the cast and crew. It got to the point where they began to genuinely worry about his mental health.
** In the episode "A Coffin for Starsky", Starsky and Hutch are racing against the clock to find a criminal that injected Starsky with a deadly poison that's slowly killing him. In one scene Starsky collapses in a fit of pain. While this was scripted, Paul intentionally fell earlier than what was rehearsed, and Hutch's shocked reaction is genuine.



* ThePeteBest: In the pilot, Captain Dobey was played by Richard Ward; the role was then recast with Bernie Hamilton.
23rd Mar '14 2:55:32 AM Cindylover1969
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* ReplacedTheThemeTune: ''Three times'': [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_1st_Version.html Lalo Schifrin's]] was replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_2nd_Version.html Tom Scott's]], which got replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_3rd_Version.html Mark Snow's]], which in turn got replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_Season_4.html a rearranged version of Tom Scott's]]. Got that?

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* ReplacedTheThemeTune: ''Three times'': [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_1st_Version.html Lalo Schifrin's]] Schifrin's was replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_2nd_Version.html Tom Scott's]], Scott's, which got replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_3rd_Version.html Mark Snow's]], Snow's, which in turn got replaced by [[http://www.televisiontunes.com/Starsky_and_Hutch_-_Season_4.html a rearranged version of Tom Scott's]]. Scott's. Got that?that? ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrGBrV8fRZg You can hear each one - plus the very different theme song used in France - here.]])
23rd Mar '14 2:43:23 AM Cindylover1969
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One episode focuses on a dance studio run by "Ginger Evans", a retired movie star who is fairly obviously a stand-in for Ginger Rogers. (At one point in the episode, Hutch mentions "Frank Astaire"; it's unclear whether he's playing dumb or whether it's a continuation of the joke.)

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One episode "Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back Into Your Hearts" focuses on a dance studio run by "Ginger Evans", a retired movie star who is fairly obviously a stand-in for Ginger Rogers. (At one point in the episode, Hutch mentions "Frank Astaire"; it's unclear whether he's playing dumb or whether it's a continuation of the joke.)
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