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Malden and Douglas are a terrific team, and they are aided and abetted by literate scripts ("Room with a View" alludes to Hemingway's story "The Killers"), with clever twists. In "The Albatross," a killer is freed when it turns out he wasn't wearing his hearing aid and did not hear Keller when he read him his rights. In the Emmy-nominated "The House on Hyde Street," an elderly recluse becomes the prime neighborhood suspect in the death of a young boy. Guest stars in these episodes read like a Hollywood's Most Wanted List, with veteran character actors (Joseph Cotten, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara Rush) and future TV Land favorites (Victor French from Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, a pre-Cheers Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto, Jamie Farr, and Clint Howard). Of course, the real star is San Francisco, an intriguing backdrop with its roller coaster hills and funky neighborhoods. For series fans who left their hearts here, Streets still calls to you. --Donald Liebenson
- The final 13 episodes of season 1 on 4 discs
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Here's an episode list:
Death Watch (Fishermen as witnesses to a crime--San Francisco!)
Act of Duty (Policewoman as bait in rape case)
The Set-Up (common 70's plot--hitmen)
A Collection of Eagles (a coin collecting episode!)
A Room with a View (witnesses and hitmen)
Deadline (involves a newspaper--duh!)
Trail of the Serpent (Stone is held hostage)
The House on Hyde Street (a boy disappears after school)
Beyond Vengeance (an ex-con is after Stone)
The Albatross (grieving father as vigilante)
Shattered Image (politics, of course--love these titles!)
The Unicorn (a common 70's plot: priest shielding a criminal)
Legion of the Lost (killer of homeless men--another great title)
Some guest stars: Brenda Vaccaro, James B. Sikking, Stuart Whitman, Jack Albertson, John Saxon, Belinda Montgomery, Jamie Farr, Richard Anderson, Shirley Knight, Brad Davis, Lew Ayres, Joyce Van Patten, Joe Don Baker, Dick Sargent, Leslie Nielsen, and Dean Stockwell.
I'm looking forward to the coin episode--there's a great coin episode in the Kojak set, too--"Deliver Us Some Evil." That was one of the best eps of season one of Kojak.
It just looks fantastic and was filmed on location in san fransisco, this is something that other tv shows should do more often. Los angelos just doesn't look like san fran at all. The stories and guest stars throughout the series run were always first class and the series looks great on this dvd set There are no lines or blemishes on the prints. The splitting of the series into two boxsets is bogus but at least we finally get this one on dvd. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas really shine in this show and even season 5 which featured another actor as the Maldens partner was great. This is where the series began and it is a great show from the start , the series improved each season and made Michael Douglas a major star. The music also adds to the shows greatness unlike todays terrible machine made hip hop music this is original stuff made by real artists. Anyone who loves a good cop show should check out this series it's high quality and done very well.
The crimes and detective work that goes into their solving them is always engrossing and the numerous and varied special "guest stars" that appear always add some spice to the drama and acting. Cop shows were a dime a dozen during this era but this was my favorite. And one of the reasons is that it was filmed on location. The beautiful backdrop of San Francisco add to the beautiful and realism of the show. So many modern cop/detective shows are set in New York but shot in L.A. or even Canada.
I have vacationed in San Francisco & always appreciated it's beauty and charm. Yes, it's a wild town but that doesn't detract from the wonderful Fishermen's Wharf or downtown area (those beautiful hilly streets and cable cars).
The theme music has always stuck with me (and anyone who grew up during that era) and the intro and the announcer's dramatic tone ("a Quinn Martin Production") still gives me goosbumps.
Since I can't find the show on any satellite or local stations I bought this (and other discs) to view at my convenience. For those who love classic cop shows this is one of the best. Being set in the 70's doesn't hurt it's value one bit. In fact, it helps bring back wonderful memories of that time growing up.
Buy it and you won't be dissapointed!
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Karl Malden and Michael Douglas make a great crime fighting duo. Streets of San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cop shows. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The music man
*Only the best - great series start. A must for Karl and Michael fans.Published 15 months ago by Ron & Anna Winship
Excellent DVD quality in both picture and audio. English subtitles are also included. I do love this TV series but personally, I just didn't think that the storylines were as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ranger
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