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1979: The End of ‘Starsky and Hutch’

By Max / Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:51 PM / No Comments / 103 views

In the midseventies, Starsky and Hutch — which wrapped up its four-season run on this day in 1979 — was to television what disco was to music: it helped define the decade, thanks to its high energy and total vapidity.

Kinetic cops, airborne autos, mindless mayhem — Starsky and Hutch, starring Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, was a typical buddy-cop series in which car chases drove the show and wisecracking characters drove the car (in this case, a flashy Ford Torino). In those largely dismal pre-Hill Street Blues days, that was enough to make Starsky and Hutch a Top 20 hit, and to lodge its title into pop-culture consciousness.

—Excerpted from Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television’s 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events

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