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The Streets of San Francisco: Season 2, Vol. 2
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Here are the episodes with a few guest stars and directors noted:
The Runaways--3 kids trying to stay together (Larry Wilcox, Jeanette Nolan)
Winterkill--bombs and blackmail
Most Feared in the Jungle--woman doesn't believe baby was stillborn
Commitment--Stone's daughter visits, always a good ep (Tyne Daly)
Chapel of the Damned--kidnapping and psychics
Blockade--rape and murder (Cheryl Ladd, Ida Lupino, Charles Martin Smith)
Crossfire--a sniper (Nick Nolte)
A String of Puppets--Steve goes undercover (dir by Richard Donner)
Inferno--arson, of course!
The Hard Breed--rodeo murder (Harry Carey, Jr.)
Rampage--vigilantes, always a 70s favorite! (Ron Glass)
Death and the Favored Few--blackmail
Mike Stone (Malden) and Steve Keller (Douglas) solved crimes involving murder, kidnapping, robbery, blackmail, a bomb threat, a sniper, arson, and vigilantes in these episodes which also saw Stone face being framed and Keller go undercover. Lola Falana guest starred in one episode and famed sports announcer Keith Jackson cameoed in another.
The series was filmed on location and incorporated the great scenery of the Bay Area as well as scenes from all over San Francisco, from the urbane to the gritty and everything in between. The viewer gets to see period cars, hospitals, city government buildings, clothes, diners, telephones, radios, bars, a fire station, and clocks (yes, clocks--they featured prominently in one episode).
Malden and Douglas were likable lead characters with great intergenerational chemistry. "The Streets of San Francisco" was a totally cool cop show that was underrated--it was overshadowed by more famous police dramas of the era but really was one of the best series of its type back in the Seventies.
The Streets of San Francisco followed the pattern of most of Martin's shows. There were divided into three acts and an epilogue, and the guest stars were introduced at the beginning of each episode. The show feature veteran, Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden (who during this time starred in a series of popular commercials for American Express credit cards) and Michael Douglas, son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.
Malden played veteran SF homicide cop Mike Stone, who was newly paired with rookie detective Steven Keller, played by Douglas. Following the Naked City model of police dramas, Stone showed the green Keller the ropes of policing the city while Keller used his criminology decree and understanding of modern technology to balance the equation. Darleen Carr has an occasional role as Stone daughter and Keller's eventual love interest.
This was a solid, enjoyable series and the teaming of Malden and Douglas was an excellent one. This show is one that is still entertaining almost forty years later.
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Writing this for my hubby. He loves it and watches over and over but loves Rockford files best. Was a good proce for all.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Yeah, but the packaging on this sucks. All of the cases in the series has been fine until this joke box. The single disc case is fine. The double one is a nightmare. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Moffatt
Hooked until this day. It's so much more enjoyable when you can watch a show straight through. Michael Douglas was excellent in this series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paula J. Limpert
Great tv show, but bought it for the episode Barry Atwater is in. It arrived as expected.Published 12 months ago by Desiree'
the dvds are great but the cases are bad the dvd discs won t stay in placePublished 16 months ago by Timothy D. Varner
I have had a huge crush on Michael Douglas since I first saw this series in 1972. The rapport between Stone and Keller is believable and I LOVE the city of San Francisco where... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Barbara
One of my all time favourite shows. Magical chemistry between actors Karl Malden and Michael Douglas and the fascination of a beautiful city, San Francisco make this a very... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anthony McGill
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