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The Streets of San Francisco: Season 2, Vol. 2

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Darlene Carr. The city by the bay plays host to this series about a pair of homicide cops: one's a seasoned, old-school cop and widower; the other's an inexperienced, energetic college grad. 12 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1974/color/10 hrs., 21 min/NR/fullscreen.

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By the end of The Streets of San Francisco’s sophomore season, the relationship between veteran cop Mike Stone (Karl Malden) and hotshot rookie Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) has deepened, with none of the generational tension that underscored Season One. They are partners and genuine friends (Stone still calls Keller "buddy boy," and Keller needles Mike about only reading the sports pages), but Stone still has much to teach him. In the episode, "Rampage," Keller discovers that a former Berkley classmate might by one of a group of neighborhood vigilantes. He may have mellowed towards Keller, but he’s still the old hardnosed Mike Stone while questioning suspects. In "Death and the Favored Few," he stands up to a socially connected blue blood who knows more than she’s telling about a sleazy, scandal sheet publisher’s murder. In "A String of Puppets" (one of two episodes directed by Richard Donner), Stone suspects that the best parole officer in the whole department is the ringleader of a gang of thieves. "You’re way off on this one," a colleague protests. (He's not.) Streets is a by the book police procedural; nothing flashy. Some cases unfold like mysteries, others clue viewers in as to who the culprit is, and still others hit close to home, as witness "Commitment," in which Stone is framed for the murder of an undercover cop. A fortuitous partering of old and new Hollywood, Malden and Douglas are able to carry this series without backup, although some stellar guest stars work the Streets in these episodes, including Nick Nolte, Leslie Nielsen, Charles Martin Smith (Toad in American Graffiti), Claude Akins, and dynamite entertainer Lola Falana. --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Kay Lenz, Darleen Carr, Laurette Spang
  • Directors: Don Medford, Eric Till, George McCowan, John Wilder, Richard Donner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 621 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQONQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Streets of San Francisco: Season 2, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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During the second act of the first episode it happens...that 2-minute or more long tracking shot of the partners striding through headquarters shot from the waist up with no cuts, both men acting with their posture, their arms, their stride, their faces, their voices--the whole thing. It's my favorite thing about this old show. There are enough interesting angles and shots to make the direction interesting much of the time, and then there's a scene like this in almost every episode where the actors spout a few pages of dialog and just act for all they are worth with no close-ups or pauses or quick cuts. It's such a refreshing change from modern shows. San Francisco is a glorious backdrop, and Malden and Douglas are great together. The stories are 50 minutes long and develop slowly. What wonderful change of pace!

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
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I like this show alot and I never tire of watching it. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas were a great team on this show like Don Johnson and Cheech Marin were on Nash Bridges but I personally think The Streets Of San Francisco is way better than Nash Bridges. How often do you hear comments like Buddy boy and Hotshot on cop shows these days not too mention see the father/son like chemistry Karl Malden and Michael Douglas had? Not very often or not at all. I can't wait to get Volumne 2 of Season 2 in a couple weeks and get the remaining seasons. This show and EMERGENCY! are #1 in my book and I never tire of watching them.
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For four seasons in the 1970s, Karl Malden and Michael Douglas played a detective team in the ABC police drama "The Streets of San Francisco." The superb series found a loyal following and ended up ranked as a Top 30 show by its second season, and this DVD set contains the final twelve episodes of Season Two that were originally broadcast from December 1973 to March 1974.

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.
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The Streets of San Francisco is part of the legacy of Quinn Martin, who was one of television's alltime most successful producers, responsible for some of television's most popular action/adventure series. Martin was the producer for such popular series as The Untouchables, The FBI, Cannon, and Barnaby Jones.

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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It is hard to beat the theme song to this show. The only one that compares is Hawaii Five-0. I used to watch this show in college. Seeing it now brings back great memories. And the show is very entertaining.
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