What are the implications of the cancellation of Amazon’s Starsky & Hutch show? How did a tiny New Jersey newspaper impress us with their summary of S&H? Is there precedent for cults setting rattlesnakes on their foes? And does Rachel’s mom know that Huggy Bear is not a Care Bear? Listen to find out!
Our guest on this episode is Ilana, who has been buying Starsky & Hutch fanzines since the 80s, has met David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, and Antonio Fargas on multiple occasions, and runs a very active S&H fan group on Facebook. We discuss shifts in fandom platforms and learn about the European S&H fan experience!
Our guest this week is Dawn, who has been a Starsky & Hutch fan since the show first aired, and who has written a large, long-standing, and eclectic collection of S&H fanfiction. We ask her about her fandom experiences, ponder some puzzling prior-fandom attitudes, chat about our favorite episodes, and learn more about her fic!
Come shop with us as we describe the Starsky & Hutch toys we found in a vintage second-hand store. Then we pour over the script for the S&H episode A Body Worth Guarding, especially that incredibly charged scene between Starsky and Huggy. Finally, Rachel shares three zines she bought recently, and things get saucy when Monica reviews part one of the zine Evolution.
Did you have any preconceptions about Starsky & Hutch before you watched your first episode? We showed our friend Caroline her first three episodes, then asked her to tell us her impressions! Also, Rachel talks about finding some S&H merch in France, and Monica reads a fan’s account of meeting Bernie Hamilton.
We’re taking a break this week due to vacations and traveling. However, we’d love for you to join us in this very special episode where we try jelly sake and oat smoothies. And because Starsky and Hutch are always on our minds, we can’t help but talk about them, too!
Brainwashed assassins! Castles in the Californian desert! We share our reactions to the Starsky and Hutch two-parter “The Set-Up”, and to follow up these bizarre episodes, we read the fanfic Mojave Crossing. Published in a fanzine in 1977, it’s one of the earliest S&H fics, and after 40 years fans are still praising it. Why has this story stood the test of time? Join us as we find out!
Let’s talk about crossovers! Quantum Leap, House M.D., Person of Interest… what cool stories emerge when characters of these and other shows meet Starsky & Hutch? Also, Rachel reviews the episode of Cherif in which Antonio Fargas reprises his role as Huggy Bear, and we discuss Paul Michael Glaser’s performance in the 1971 film of Fiddler on the Roof and try not to be too shallow about how good he looks.
Fanfiction contains some very creative reasons for why Hutch shaves off his mustache. In this episode, Monica shares her favorite reasons. We also discuss an interview David Soul gave to The Advocate in 1977, the movie The Cutting Edge, the TV show Unsub, and a coffeeshop AU fanfic inspired by last week’s episode!
What would the alternate universe look like where Starsky and Hutch ran crime instead of fighting crime? What about the AU where they’re baristas? Mermen? Wizards at Hogwarts? Join us as we take the cast of S&H on a dizzying journey of universe-hopping! Also, learn about Antonio Fargas resuming his role as Huggy in the French show Cherif, and find out what S&H has to do with the video game Don’t Starve.