Sunday, June 27, 2010

"If this was a cowboy movie, I'd give you my boots."

Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Hm. I'm going to have to go with Starsky & Hutch here. Oddly (given my family's love of all things action), cop shows were not really watched at my house growing up. The one exception was T.J. Hooker, and that was only because of William Shatner. We only lasted the first season on that one, if I recall. Columbo was always watched, of course, but Columbo was definitely the exception.

My best friend introduced me to Starsky and Hutch. One of the cable channels started playing it one day, and we set the VCR to tape it. She knew I'd love it, and she was right. I don't remember why now I thought I wouldn't like it, but it turned out not to be just a good show, but a great show. I fell in love with the characters, the stories were strong and well-written and a lot more brutal and adult than I thought they'd be. There was also plenty of humor, lots of action, lots of great guest stars (all sorts of actors I know from the '60s TV shows/movies), a different theme song every season. The show is also extremely nostalgic for me, because it was filmed in LA in the late '70s, and that's the LA I grew up with. Seeing old landmarks and just that certain look and feel of the cars, clothes, smog, terrain that I still remember so well... that's my Los Angeles! Starsky and Hutch now ranks among my top five favorite television series of all time.

3 comments:

  1. And I'm going to say this very, very quietly. I've never seen Starsky & Hutch. No idea why - sure I missed it first time around, but it was repeated for years and years on British TV. Just never really appealed, I guess. Maybe I'll have to try it sometime...

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  2. Don't feel bad. I never would have seen it either if I hadn't been sat down in front of it. It wasn't something I thought I was interested in at all. Sometimes it still surprises me how much I came to love it. But as far as buddy shows go, this one has the best pair ever.

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  3. Heh, no, I won't feel bad. It is an oddity, though. I mean, I've watched virtually every other US series from around the same time, but never caught so much as an episode of this. And I like David Soul, too.

    I'll have to see if I can find it online.

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