[6], On November 11, 2014, Mill Creek released Starsky and Hutch - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[7]. The first season theme was replaced for the second season by a Tom Scott written theme entitled "Gotcha". The action crime drama aired from April 1975 through May 1979 and starred Paul Michael Glaser as Starsky and David Soul as Hutch. The front fenders seemed to have taken a lot of abuse, and the Gran Torino nameplates on the front fenders are missing in several episodes, as are the chrome wheelhouse moldings. The body-side mouldings were installed on these cars and the stripe was, unlike the pilot cars, integrated with the mouldings. At one time, Torinos and Gran Torinos were flying out of Ford dealerships like hotcakes for whatever reason. There was one star on Starsky & Hutch that eclipsed all the others - the Ford Gran Torino. In 2015-2016, the series aired on cable's El Rey Network on weekday mornings. Not bad for a $350 option. These new cars also featured the complete bumper protection group option, which included horizontal black rub-strips on both bumpers that were not included on the pilot cars. [5] On March 4, 2014, they re-released the first season on DVD. It’s an interesting fact that Chevrolet was a big sponsor of the Starsky and Hutch show in the seventies, even though the show featured a Ford product. In fact, during filming of the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie, Glaser had several opportunities to sit in the newest iteration of "his" car, and even drive them, but he refused. - Greenlight "Starsky & Hutch" 1976 Ford Gran Torino 1/64 Diecast Chase Car 44780A. Although the show lost some of their viewers from the move from the Wednesday night time slot from the previous season, Starsky & Hutch held its own, finishing #34 with a 19.6 rating in the Nielsens. “Zebra Three, come in.” Anyone remember that call sign? At least 10 Gran Torinos were used through Starsky and Hutch’s TV run, according to ABC. Lots of low-quality plastic, which of course rattled after a while, but for people who love the car it was perfect for them. The movie stayed true to its roots by featuring a 1975 Gran Torino complete with stripes, as well as a host of 1970s-era cars that were popular at the time. The series also inspired a theatrical film and a video game. The part was written with Parton in mind, but Anderson wound up playing the role. Episode 4.2 uploaded (rest of Season 4 will follow, except 4.1) garco 2010-03-29 20:48. On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Starsky & Hutch. However, the duo's cover was often blown because Hutch's vehicle had a bad habit; when its driver's side door was opened, the horn would go off, instantly drawing attention. The time demands of a weekly production mandated quick body and paint repairs so the cars could get back to work as soon as possible, and many of the quick and often sloppy repairs are quite evident to eagle-eyed viewers of the show. 4. These cars command a hefty price at auction, says Hemmings. Dodge also joined as a major sponsor. It was interesting for its time because TV audiences weren’t used to seeing all of the jostling about from the inside of a car during a chase scene or watching all of the smoking-tire action which seemed to be missing from competing shows at the time. A third car, owned by 20th Century Fox and 351 Windsor powered, was used as the first backup to the Ford lease cars. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment. [10] In the summer of 2012 during the introduction to the "Las Vegas Car Stars 2012" charity event, Glaser drove up in a S&H Torino replica; after being introduced by the master of ceremonies, he got out of the Torino and was cheered by the crowd. There were, and still are Gran Torino fan clubs all over the world that are dedicated to the TV car. They also had the luxury chrome mirrors like one of the pilot cars. It belonged to one of the coolest shows of the 1970s called Starsky and Hutch.