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Two years before Hill Street Blues redefined the cop genre as a mesh of overlapping storylines and workaday frustrations, Aaron Spelling's Starsky & Hutch capped a five-year run (1975-1979) portraying LA's finest as madly heroic creatures of reckless determination and physicality. The Complete First Season reminds us how startlingly brutal this primetime series could be while maintaining a delightful, often incongruous, self-deprecating humor.
From the series pilot on, partners and best pals Starsky and Hutch work a fine line between predator and prey, relentlessly pursuing suspects while also snared by crime chieftains or short-sighted superiors. In "The Fix," Hutch's secret romance with the former girlfriend of a mafia boss (Robert Loggia) results in the lawman's kidnapping and forced addiction to heroin. Similarly, in "A Coffin for Starsky," a mad chemist injects the wisecracking cop with a slow-acting but lethal poison. "Jo-Jo," written by Michael Mann, finds our guys at loggerheads with federal officers over a dumb deal the G-Men make with a serial rapist.
The 23 episodes in this set are all fun, if sometimes shocking, viewing. Expect each character to take as much abuse as he dishes out. Still, the comic sight of Starsky and Hutch (in "Death Notice") trying to conduct business amidst busy strippers is well worth the surrounding violence. --Tom Keogh
At least in my book, only 1 episode is memorable.
I'm referring to Episode No. 20, entitled "Jo-Jo. Read more
awesome so thankful to be able to buy these dvds i cant stand shows shown today. and the tomato can car what a classic car nothing like the 60s and 70sPublished 26 days ago by hal perkins
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This is from my wife, Missy. She says no one made her heart beat faster than Paul Michael Glaser. She always wanted a chance to rub her hands through his hair and look into his beautiful eyes.She even kept up with his family through all the tragedy they faced during the 1980's. Count one vote for... Read More
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