The 1970s TV cop duo is cleaning the boob tube (or LCD, LED, or plasma set) of crime at 7:00 p.m. Sundays on Family Net (check your local listings for additional weekday showings), and it’s quite the “trip” down memory lane.
opening credits are hilarious, because, although the show is called
Starsky & Hutch, the guy who plays Starsky (Paul
Michael Glaser) and drives the flashy red and white-striped Ford Gran
Torino is the second actor listed. David Soul (Hutch) gets top
billing, and over a freeze frame of him yelling and flailing his arms
Fargas, who plays nightclub-owning street informant Huggy Bear, gets
special standout billing (“and Antonio Fargas as Huggy Bear”).
But then, all of a sudden, the credits list Bernie Hamilton (the
irascible but lovable Captain Dobey). That’s it – just Bernie
Hamilton. It’s like the credits are saying, “…and Antonio
Fargas as Huggy Bear – oh, by the way, Bernie Hamilton.”
more to the show than just the hilarious opening credits, and
certainly much more than the insipid, shallow, and unworthy
big-screen Starsky & Hutch parody starring Ben
Stiller and Owen Wilson. Stiller and Wilson may be funny (not
really), but they’re no David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. Soul
and Glaser are solid actors with great screen chemistry, and Glaser
is a better and more accomplished film and television director.
if you’re not into TV cop shows or don’t particularly care for
Starsky & Hutch, at least just check out the opening
credits of the current rotation of episodes on Family Net. It’s one
of the more entertaining highlights of classic 1970s television.