Ho Yay: A Costco-sized bucket of it. If old-school slash fanfic writers weren't writing for Kirk and Spock, they were writing Starsky and Hutch. One of the show's distinguishing characteristics is the "close" friendship between Starsky and Hutch. Despite the fact that both characters are very much ladies men, viewers and critics were all but convinced they were gay. Dave and Paul's incredibly good working relationship probably didn't help matters. Of course, they completely Lamp Shade this during outtakes by randomly making out with each other if one of them forgets or screws up a line.
- Outtake Narrator: "For years the boys struggled hard against their popular image as two French-kissing primetime homos."
- Lampshaded in "Death in a Different Place":
Hutch: Starsk, would you consider that a man who spends seventy-five percent of his time with another man has got certain tendencies?
Starsky: ...yeah, sure, why not? You mean that was the case between John and—
Hutch: No, no. That's the case between you and me.
- It may have been bleeding over from the actors. If these outtakes are anything to go by, Paul Michael Glaser would try to lay a kiss on co-star David Soul at every opportunity.