Starsky and Hutch in 2021? Nope…!

Oooh, when I was growing up I just loved watching Starsky and Hutch every week, my sister and I never missed an episode and we never ceased discussing it in great detail with all our friends at school the next day… So when I saw the original pilot episode from 1975 was showing on TV today, I thought – yes, result! Blast from my teenage past to indulge in – woo-hoo!

Except… Nope… Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul looked as sexy as ever, Captain Dobey was shouting just as loudly as I remember, and Huggy Bear was… well… still the same old chilled-out denim-clad Huggy Bear. But seriously guys, how totally dated can a TV show be? It’s a bit like watching the old re-runs of ‘The Professionals’ starring Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw from a few years later – swoon!

Except… Nope… I can’t seem to get beyond the blatant sexism, the out-moded, out-dated smart-ass male-privilege attitudes, and it’s seriously spoiled the storylines for me. For both Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals, sadly neither translate well into the 21st Century. Why did I never notice it at the time? Why did it not stick out like a cartoon sore thumb after being hit with a giant hammer?

I guess because at the time it was all entirely normal for men – and women – to behave that way… Somewhere in the deepest darkest recesses of the farthest corners of my mind I still feel drawn to the magical memory of both shows, in spite of the main protagonists so clearly examplifying such sexist views about their female co-stars.

And somehow that sad realisation makes me feel very, very old… 😦

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: In the Corner

11 thoughts on “Starsky and Hutch in 2021? Nope…!

  1. I had a similar experience when I saw On The Buses was on ITV3 a few years ago. I managed less than 5 minutes. I think most of these shows date very badly. Funny enough, one of my favourite comedies is Dads Army, because it doesn’t seem to have dated as badly, perhaps because it was always set in the past?

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      1. I actually watched the ‘new’ Dad’s Army (2016) movie for the first time last week… I thought the casting was really good but the movie itself was slightly disappointing…

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      2. Yup, it wasn’t very good. It’s funny, too, you mentioned The Professionals. That was another one I used to race home to watch, and apparently there were sixty-odd episodes. So how come if I watch one now, they are all the same?

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  2. “Starsky and Hutch” and so many other shows like it were products of their time. That’s where the world was back then, and art imitates life. TV producers and programmers weren’t thinking “what will people think of this forty years from now?” (It HAS been forty years… oy gevalt…)

    It works the other way, too: shows that I had no interest in back in 1976 are must-watches today. Go figure.

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    1. Perhaps they’re a good reminder of how far we’ve come as a society that we now see those uncomfortably outdated attitudes for what they are πŸ™‚

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