On numerous occasions, Paul Michael Glaser has talked about how much he hated the car, as well as playing Starsky, and that he had campaigned to be released from his contract. He said, at the time, that he would have refused to continue with the series, had it not been canceled. Like many TV actors at the time, wanted to become a film director, however his attempts at directing "Starsky & Hutch" were unfruitful due to too many artsy shots that did not fit in tune with the series, the way it had originally been conceived.
The producer actually wanted to use a green and white Camaro instead of the red and white Ford Torino, but General Motors were unable to help them.
In France, this series was dubbed with a lot of ad-libbing, as well as very funny, and often absurd, colloquialisms and phrases inherent to French culture, which often had very little to do with what is said in the American version. Because of that, the French version has more of a comic element to it, making the characters even more quirky and lovable. This is mainly what is behind this show's success and popularity in France. The French actors who provided the dubbing added their impressive talent, but the French people hardly know dub artists---or that there is such a drastic difference with the original material---and simply recognize the American actors instead. The same thing happened with the dubbing for "The Persuaders!" (1971), and is what is behind the mystery of the success of Jerry Lewis' movies in the Hexagon.
Starsky appeared with his trademark cardigan sweater only three times: Starsky and Hutch: Pilot (1975), Starsky and Hutch: Terror on the Docks (1975), and Starsky and Hutch: Running (1976). However, it is featured in the opening credits and many publicity stills, and that's why he is famous for it. He said in an interview that it was bought in a Mexican shop, heart of downtown L.A. and was referred to as the "Mexican sweater". Fans refer to it as the "Starsky sweater".
The red Ford Gran Torino with the white stripe also appeared in the first episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979).
There is a missing unaired episode called "Honeytrap," it guest starred Donna Mills. She played wife Cathy who lures single men and her jealous husband shoots them dead.
Inspired by the same two undercover New York City detectives that also inspired "The Super Cops (1974)."
Ford Motor Company marketed around one thousand Special Edition Gran Torino hardtops during the 1976 model year with the Starsky and Hutch paint job, with a different white stripe. The Torino was redesigned for 1977 as the LTD II, with the station wagon the only sole survivor.
In the pilot, per the inventory list in Hutch's car, Detective Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) used a Beretta semi-automatic pistol. Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson a .38 Special revolver, it is viewed later and appears to be a snub-nosed blued Mod. 10 S&W. In the regular series, Starsky has a Smith & Wesson Model 59 9mm and Hutch a Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver.
David Soul's jump onto the car roof hurt at the time and contributed to back issues later in life.
In France, Huggy Bear is credited and referenced to as "Huggy les bons tuyaux" which translates to "Huggy good tips".
The theme music changed three times. The first one was the most dramatic one, and better suited to a cop TV series. It is, by far, the fans' favorite.
Antonio Fargas landed the role of "Huggy Bear" due to an earlier joint venture on Across 110th Street (1972) with director Barry Shear who directed the pilot of this series.
There is no "Bay City": in France, the series is set in Los Angeles, from the pilot which obviously takes place in Los Angeles, as "Los Angeles" can be read in a street sign when Starsky & Hutch are patrolling the streets of... Los Angeles.
Ken Hutchinson was a health food "nut", often seen concocting himself smoothies of almond milk, wheat germ and raw honey or eating muesli for breakfast. In contrast, Dave Starsky was a junk food "addict", favoring pizza, burgers and hot dogs galore. The actors real life food preferences were quite the opposite.
Starsky's home address is revealed to be 2000 Ridgeway Ave in B.C. (which stands for the fictitious "Bay City") in Starsky and Hutch: Running (1976).
Paul Michael Glaser complained throughout the series that he hated playing Starsky and, like the star of the era's other mega-hit for Aaron Spelling---Charlie's Angels' Farrah Fawcett---he wanted out of his contract. Glaser wanted to be a director. Unlike Farrah, he was bound by his contract, but just like her, he sank into obscurity after leaving the series that had made him a worldwide-famous celebrity.
David Soul and PMG guest-starred in an episode of Cannon, barely 4 episodes apart! PMG in Cannon: Nobody Beats the House (1972), in December of 1972, and David in Cannon: Death of a Stone Seahorse (1973), in January of 1973. David Soul sported Season 4 Hutch's long hair and mustache.
At the end of Starsky and Hutch: Gillian (1976), Hutch reveals he comes from Minnesota.
Richard Ward played Dobey in the pilot episode of Starsky & Hutch, but the producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg recalled Hamilton from an unsold pilot for a detective series called Stone. Hamilton made only a few more appearances on television after Starsky & Hutch, and in 1985 gave up acting to concentrate on running a nightclub/art gallery called Citadel d'Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. In the early 1980s, he established a record label called Chocolate Snowman, which produced mostly R&B and gospel music albums. He performed one of its releases, Captain Dobey Sings the Blues.
Hutch appears to be living in a French neighborhood. Indeed, in Starsky and Hutch: Hutchinson for Murder One (1978), a French bistro can be seen to the left of Hutch's "Venice Place" and---to its right---there is a restaurant "à la carte" by the name of "Chez Hélène", as seen on its window and striped awning, respectively. Venice Place is sandwiched smack between both French businesses. In an interesting twist of fate, David Soul would later move to France, where he was always treated with Beatlemania like "fever" by his adoring fans. it further ought to be noted that, even in 1970s France, it was well-known that Venice was a "city" located in Los Angeles. In fact, in France the series took place in Los Angeles. There was no fictitious "Bay City" in the French dubbing.
Fortuitous synchronicity! In The Six Million Dollar Man: Steve Austin, Fugitive (1975), sitting behind a desk, Bernie Hamilton picks up the phone and barks "Dobbs!". Hamilton played Lieutenant Dobbs, in that title. It aired exactly 3 days before Starsky and Hutch (1975) premiered, and "Dobbs" forevermore became "Dobey" and was "promoted" to Captain, in one fell swoop.
Neither Starsky nor Hutch talk with a California (aka: American standard) accent. As such, both can be very hard to understand for foreign fans who have learned English as a supplementary language.
In December 2019, a PMG and David Soul TV movie reunion was planned. Somehow, it never panned out.
Both David Soul and Paul-Michael Glaser were affected by the "life imitates art" phenomenon. Years after Soul would find himself living in France just like Hutch was living sandwiched between French businesses, Glaser would marry a second wife, whose name, Tracy Barone, sounded exactly like (or rhymed with) the name of Starsky's first love, Rosey Malone. Many attribute these occurrences to what is commonly known in pop culture as "The Law of Attraction".
Hutch's apartment at Venice Place was an open floor plan with no doors (bedroom or kitchen); it had no cozy wall-to-wall carpet, and his kitchen cabinets had no doors. In other words, all the modern trappings of post (circa) year 2010, that make home life so uncomfortable and uninviting. (Carpet prevents standing fatigue and provides warmth; a kitchen door keeps smells out of the rest of the place, while a bedroom door provides much needed privacy.) All this was very rare back in the '70s, prior to HGTV transforming American houses and apartments for the worst. No doors on kitchen cabinets is also extremely impractical in California---where earthquakes strike frequently---and all the plates and other glassware would invariably come crashing down each time one hit.
All sighted fans of the show are very familiar with the "Starsky Sweater", if only because he wears it in the show's intro credits. Few, however, have noticed "Hutch's Turtlenecks". Apparently, many of the same kind were purchased in different colors by the production, for the cast to wear---namely, Hutch. In the intro, the blond detective can be seen wearing a gray one while riding shotgun in Starsky's red tomato. When he jumps into the roof of a car---injuring himself in the process, as it was later revealed---he is wearing a black one under his brown leather jacket. Throughout season 1 and 2, Hutch sports a lavender one, which he liked so much, he repeatedly wore it. In Starsky and Hutch: Survival (1977), he will delight his surprised fans by rocking a bubblegum pink one, while the bad guy who beats him up donned a beige one. In the same title, Starsky will later be seen doing his stuff in a navy one.