1979: The End of ‘Starsky and Hutch’
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