The Best Episodes of Starsky & Hutch
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018
Tough Starsky and educated Hutch are plainclothes cops taking on dope dealers, muggers and other thugs, aided by their red 1974 Torino and informant Huggy Bear. Both bachelors' private lives play as interweaving threads in the drama. This was TV's coolest buddy cop show, fueled by full-throttle car chases, offbeat humour, colourful characters and a hip vibe.
#1 - Little Girl Lost
Season 2 - Episode 13
It's the Christmas season, and while Starsky is happily getting into the festivities, Hutch is far more sceptical about people's sudden goodwill over the period. Responding to a call of petty shop-lifting, the pair meet Molly, a twelve-year-old tomboy, who lives with her father, a recently released convict turned alcoholic. But when soon after the girl's father is murdered by his two former partners-in-crime, who are determined to get their hands on the stolen diamond cache he went to prison for, Hutch finds himself taking Molly in for Christmas. Unfortunately, with Molly being the only one who now knows the whereabouts of the diamonds, the two crooks who killed her father are now after her...
#2 - Manchild on the Streets
Season 3 - Episode 12
When a friend of Starsky and Hutch's is wrongfully shot dead by a rookie Cop after the drunk driving of the man's pal leads to a Police pursuit, the pair must do their best to steer his confused teenage son away from a life of crime, as he grows intent on avenging his father's needless death and becomes involved with a small-time thief...
#3 - The Golden Angel
Season 4 - Episode 13
The detectives are assigned to protect a wrestler who has received a death threat, with Starsky going into the ring himself to draw out a suspect.
#4 - Starsky's Brother (a.k.a. Starsky's Little Brother)
Season 4 - Episode 12
Starsky's younger brother Nick arrives in the city to visit to his elder sibling. But the older Starsky soon has cause for concern that Nick is mixed up in criminal activities, when he is spotted entering a restaurant at the centre of a Federal stake-out that's trying to nail a counterfeiting scam...
#5 - Dandruff
Season 4 - Episode 8
The Detective pair are working undercover at a plush hotel as effeminate hair-dressers Mr. Marlene and Tyrone, to trim the plans of an international master thief known as The Baron, who is expected to strike at the private auction of a highly valuable cache of diamonds...
#6 - The Avenger
Season 4 - Episode 7
The intrepid Detectives investigate a woman's claims that a jealous brief acquaintance from San Francisco has followed her to the city and is responsible for the vicious murders of a string of the her lovers. But there is a sinister twist to the case, and Starsky unknowingly places himself in great danger...
#7 - Strange Justice
Season 4 - Episode 6
When his daughter is raped, long-standing, veteran Detective Slate is devastated, and shoots her attacker, who's been brought in for questioning. With the wounded rapist looking like he'll get off scott-free and Slate facing serious charges, the distinguished Lieutenant takes the law into his own hands to get even with his daughter's assailant - and it's up to Starsky and Hutch to stop him in time...
#8 - Moonshine
Season 4 - Episode 5
After they arrest two ploughboys who soon after die of poisoning, the Detective pals pose as country boys in order to track down some Southern moonshiners who have brewed a bad batch of bootleg whiskey. But the ruthless head of the innocent operation is determined to continue pushing the lethal brew at any cost...
#9 - Ninety Pounds of Trouble
Season 4 - Episode 16
When a contract is put out to kill a top union official, Starsky and Hutch go undercover as hit men to protect him. But while Hutch rehearses his performance as a trigger man, Starsky is plagued by a young admirer who may compromise his cover.
#10 - The Game
Season 4 - Episode 2
When they blow the capture of a wanted felon, Starsky and Hutch each blame the other, and lay down a bet to see whether or not Hutch can successfully elude Starsky for a whole weekend. But the exercise in hide-and-seek becomes more than just a game when Starsky realises that Hutch has unknowingly eaten contaminated soup, and could die from the potentially lethal botulism poisoning. It's a race against time as Starsky struggles to locate Hutch to warn him, but Hutch, unawares to the poisoning, assumes it's all part of Starsky's attempts to draw him out, and dons a number of disguises in order to stay one step ahead...
#11 - The Heavyweight
Season 3 - Episode 14
The crime-busting partners meet a one-time boxing champ, now a dockland worker, who witnessed the murder of a Policeman arranged by a dockland racketeer. But the former champ's own life is endangered after he refuses to take a fall in a boxing fight for the vicious racketeer...
#12 - Hutchinson: Murder One (a.k.a. Hutchinson for Murder One)
Season 3 - Episode 19
Out of the blue, Hutch's estranged former wife Vanessa suddenly contacts him, attempting to rekindle their relationship. Hutch doesn't want to know, until Vanessa claims that she's ill with a cancerous tumour. But the next day, Vanessa is murdered in Hutch's apartment â€“ and Hutch is the prime suspect. With two Internal Affairs agents investigating and seemingly convinced that Hutch is guilty, Starsky must help his partner trace the real culprits in order to clear his name...
#13 - The Plague (2)
Season 3 - Episode 10
Conclusion of this two-part story. Hit-man Callendar, the carrier of the deadly plague, is still at large, and the disease has now claimed Hutch as it's latest victim. With his partner hours from death, Starsky races against time to track down Callendar to obtain an anti-toxin...
#14 - The Trap
Season 3 - Episode 16
A trip to buy Starsky's expensive new watch ends in chaos as the duo try to catch a tearaway tomboy shoplifter. Soon after, they respond to a call from Huggy after some thugs smashed up his bar demanding information about Hutch and unbeknown to any of them, the pair are being guided into a carefully laid ambush at a desolate farm, in a trap set by a ruthless criminal with an old score to settle with Hutch. Worse still, Joey, the young shoplifting girl, has stowed away in Starsky's car, and ends up trapped with the Detective duo in a barn that will soon be set ablaze...
#15 - Nightmare
Season 2 - Episode 11
A gang of rapists who attacked a retarded 19-year-old girl may go free because an ambitious district attorney thinks that the victim's testimony may be worthless in court.
#16 - Starsky's Lady (a.k.a. Revenge; a.k.a. Snowball)
Season 2 - Episode 19
Crazed killer Prudholm returns to extract his revenge on Starsky, who he blames for the death of his son while in Police custody. By targeting Starsky's beloved girl-friend, making sure that she is shot in a supermarket heist, leaving her with a bullet fragment lodged in her brain and facing impending death...
#17 - Fatal Charm
Season 3 - Episode 3
While Starsky, Hutch and Officer Linda Baylor are working on an operation to trap a wanted drug dealer, Hutch receives a minor wound, and reports to hospital, where he meets nurse Diana Harmon. After they meet later at a bar, they spend a romantic evening together. But when afterwards Hutch, concerned by her possessive ways, doesn't plan to continue with the relationship, Diana starts displaying unbalanced, obsessive behaviour that not only jeopardises the Police operation, but puts Hutch in great danger...
#18 - Starsky & Hutch on Playboy Island (a.k.a. Murder on Voodoo Island) (2)
Season 3 - Episode 2
Concluding this feature-length / two-part story. Still undercover at the lush resort of Playboy Island, Starsky and Hutch must find out who is behind the voodoo murders and why, but as they look into the strange goings-on surrounding billionaire recluse William Thorne, they find themselves battling the black magic of a powerful witch doctor...
#19 - The Velvet Jungle
Season 2 - Episode 22
An illegal immigrant witnesses the murder of a co-worker who was threatening to expose the illegal activities of crooked Immigration officials, and is forced to hide out in fear as she too is now hunted by the killer. The Detective duo step in to investigate and uncover an illegal-alien smuggling operation...
#20 - Bloodbath
Season 2 - Episode 14
On the day of trial of Simon Marcus, a murderous cult leader that Starsky and Hutch arrested, Starsky is snatched away by the cult leader's followers just before judgement is passed. The vengeful followers will only release him safely if their leader is released without charge. If Simon Marcus is sentenced to prison, then Starsky is sentenced to death. Hutch must find his partner before he is subjected to a deadly ""religious"" ritual, as foreseen in the deranged leader's visions...
#21 - Murder Ward
Season 3 - Episode 5
The intrepid cops go undercover at a mental hospital, with Starsky as a patient and Hutch as an orderly, to investigate a number of mysterious patient deaths that have occurred at the asylum. With a female journalist, also undercover as a patient, they uncover that someone in the hospital is illegally using patients as human guinea-pigs for the testing of behaviour modification drugs...
#22 - I Love You, Rosey Malone
Season 3 - Episode 4
Two Senate Investigative Committee agents want Starsky to strike up romance with a beautiful young woman he met while out jogging, in order to get close to her and extract information about her syndicate figure father. But as Starsky enters the ""undercover relationship"", he falls blissfully in love with the girl for real â€“ and the two agents are manipulating them both...
#23 - The Action
Season 3 - Episode 13
Starsky and Hutch set out to bust an illegal gambling ring behind the brutal beating of a friend after he failed to pay off his debts. The duo end up playing for very high stakes as they infiltrate the illegal club, run from a mobile casino in the back of an 18-wheeled truck...
#24 - Huggy Can't Go Home (a.k.a. Huggy Can't Go Back)
Season 4 - Episode 17
An illegal poker game puts Huggy Bear in a tight spot - holding a dead man's hand and facing a choice between covering for a friend or obeying the law.
#25 - Murder on Stage 17
Season 2 - Episode 24
The dare-devil Detectives work undercover as stunt-men on the set of a new Western movie, in order to investigate a series of suspicious, fatal "accidents" that has befallen several members of a long-standing group of actors known as the 'Wolf Pack', with the head of the group and star of the film fearing that he'll be next. As Starsky and Hutch roll with the punches and blows in their guises as stunt-men, the case leads them to uncover a bizarre story of thwarted stardom and twisted revenge...