Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Layouts: Ridgeway — October 14, 2018

Layouts: Ridgeway

Things to notice

This is the impossible house! The porch, as seen from the inside, is perfectly recreated to match the exterior, but the rest of the matching is nonexistent. Like in Starsky’s Tree House, the living room/kitchen areas of this house are joined at an angle, but I removed that angle to make it match the rectangular house. And tweaked a few other walls, too.

The bathroom has no sign of a toilet. Then again, I notice I assumed that wall to be there right next to the wash basin. It might be a huge bathroom!

This house has a lot of seating for a single guy’s apartment: two couches and lots of chairs. I notice I put in one chair twice: the lone one under the arch is a double. But then the television (the little rectangle next to the fireplace and the peacock chair) is actually on a chair, too, so there still is a full dozen chairs. 😛

The same set is used at least in Hostages, Murder at Sea and The Las Vegas Strangler, which both take place before Starsky moves to the Tree House. I have no idea if the set (mostly recognisable for its kitchen) makes an appearance even later in the show (or other shows), or if the set was completely remodeled to serve as the Tree House. The little angle there suggests that it might have been the same set, or then that angle thing was just something they commonly did to get better views of an apartment set.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Tree House — October 11, 2018

Layouts: Tree House


Things to notice: 

This place is a mind twister – it takes a while to notice that the rooms are at a funny angle in relation to each other – probably a technical thing to make the set work, as the same thing happens with the Ridgeway apartment (but there there’s no way of matching the interior to the exterior). Here, I’ve tried to create a compromise between the exterior and the interior views – that leaves some really odd mystery spaces in the house, but they only make the place more interesting!

In Foxy Lady, the bedroom has a door, and the bookshelf is paneled up, purely for plot purposes.  The door and the back panel on the shelf are never seen again.

Everything on the wall opposite the couch is on the move, so don’t wonder if sometimes even the fireplace is seen in slightly different positions compared to the bookshelf. It was the direction from which the scenes were most often filmed, so the entire wall was probably never there (at least it’s never seen), and the elements were moved around to make enough space for the crew.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated)

Things to notice:

From 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear onward, the Canal Cottage already resembles Venice Place: to turn it to Venice Place, the set designers only made major changes to the alcove and the bathroom, and moved the fireplace and some of the furniture around. A lot of the Venice Place furniture (e.g. the piano, the book shelf, the dining table) have appeared on the set in this renovation.

The interior and the exterior are not perfectly matched: the dimensions are a little off (on the canal side wall especially, as it moves*), and there are too few windows on the inside (judging from the exterior, there should be one in the bathroom, and one on each side of the piano – I missed one of those when creating that layout).

Location information and episodes in which we see this house. 

PS. You want to see that the canal side wall moves? Here, from “Lady Blue” and “Bounty Hunter”:
Canal Cottage wall Lady Blue vs Bounty Hunter

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original)

Things to notice: The early version of the Canal Cottage has a few blank spots and oddities: We don’t know what’s at the back of the kitchen. The corner to the right of the front door is never shown. The dining table in the alcove is only there for the tag of Death Notice.

The renovation happens between two consecutive episodes: 01-07 The Pariah and 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Venice Place —

Layouts: Venice Place


Things to notice:

The greenhouse furniture changes almost every time we see it, and the back door is never properly seen (Starsky comes in through the greenhouse with a pizza in “The Game” tag, so there must be a back entrance there by S4).

In my layout, the bath tub is where it is from “Starsky’s Lady” onward. Earlier, there’s a small closed space on the left and the tub and the window are more to the right (see e.g. when Molly/Pete is pretending to take a bath).

The distance between the tiffany glass wall and the pillar in the middle may vary from episode to episode. The furniture on the street side wall – and the wall itself – is often moved, as that is the direction from which the room is most often filmed. Also, lamps and artwork travel frequently from table to table or from wall to wall, but mostly things in Hutch’s apartment stay nicely in place.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Analysis and Statistics: Plaid — June 17, 2018

Analysis and Statistics: Plaid

For a long time, I told people congratulating me on my dedication to research S&H stuff that the day I start counting Hutch’s gazillion plaid shirts, I’m ready to be moved to Cabrillo State. But eventually I did just that (and that was when this blog was born). Here are some insights into the boys’ plaid-wearing:

  •  Unsurprisingly, Hutch wins the plaid count: 25 plaid shirts or jackets to Starsky’s 14. (I counted garments that are part of their personal wardrobe, not undercover stuff, and only the ones with full/nearly full plaid on the outside. For example, Starsky’s iconic brown leather jacket has a plaid lining, but I’m not counting that. Like actors, the garments in the show also have doubles, and plaid doubles can be spotted relatively easily, but I counted them separately only if a garment mysteriously reappeared after it had been destroyed in a previous episode.)
  •  Starsky wears no plaid at all in S1, and in only 2 episodes in S2 (“The Specialist” and “The Velvet Jungle”; not counting the one in “Murder on Stage 17”, as it’s most likely part of the movie company’s wardrobe – but Starsky seems to pinch it.).
  • Hutch’s plaid habit is at its strongest in S2: he wears plaid in 21 out of 25 episodes!
  • However, S3 is the most plaid-heavy season: Starsky wears plaid in 14 and Hutch in 16 episodes.
  • Hutch wears hardly any plaid in S4, only in the “Targets” arch: in addition to one new plaid dress shirt, one of his old plaids reappears.
  • Starsky wears more plaid in S4 than Hutch: in 5 episodes, and four of those garments have never been seen before in the show.
  • Starsky and Hutch don’t do any plaid swapping.

Which plaids do they wear the most? Starsky’s favorite plaids are the dark purple one (S3) and the brown one with small pattern (S3-S4), both worn in 4 episodes. The other 12 plaids appear only once or twice.

Hutch’s favorite plaid by far is the Big Green, worn in 12 episodes (S1-S2). Next comes the light blue one, in 8 episodes (S2-S3), and the third place goes to the very dark green/blue (S1) and the lovely orange (S2-S3), which are both seen 7 episodes. The other 21 appear in 5 or fewer episodes.

PS. Cabrillo State is a great place! 😀

Hutch’s Nash Metropolitan, “Belle” — March 11, 1979

Hutch’s Nash Metropolitan, “Belle”

After Hutch’s latest Galaxie 500 is blown to pieces, he promptly acquires new wheels in 04-19 Targets Without A Badge, Part 2, to get around in his new, civilian existence. This little beauty is a 1955 Nash Metropolitan, and Hutch calls it “Belle” (licence plate 681 NLI). Unlike Hutch’s Galaxies, this seems to be in beautiful condition (and Hutch even polishes it a bit with his scarf).

The car remains a one-scene joke – if I’m not mistaken, it is mentioned only once after the opening scene. The reason? Starsky probably refused to be seen in this car.


Starsky’s White/Blue/Brown Plaid Shirt — March 6, 1979
Hutch’s Light Brown/Green Plaid Dress Shirt —
Starsky’s White/Blue/Red Plaid — January 23, 1979
Starsky’s Brown Plaid Jacket —
Hutch’s Silver Chain — October 24, 1978
Hutch’s Claw Necklace —

Hutch’s Claw Necklace

One of Hutch’s S4 wardrobe additions, this necklace is often seen together with his favorite moon-and-star necklace.

Hutch wears it in:

04-06 Strange Justice
04-08 Dandruff
04-10 The Groupie
04-11 Cover Girl
04-12 Starsky’s Brother
04-15 Birds of a Feather
04-13 The Golden Angel (with the moon necklace)
04-14 Ballad for a Blue Lady (with the moon necklace)
04-16 Ninety Pounds of Trouble (with the moon necklace)
04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1 (with the moon necklace)
04-19 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2 (with the moon necklace)
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3 (with the moon necklace)
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

In some of these episodes (e.g. Strange Justice), Hutch wears it under a t-shirt, but the shape can be seen through the fabric.

Hutch’s Martin Guitar — October 17, 1978

Hutch’s Martin Guitar

Hutch’s Ovation guitars don’t show up anywhere in Season 4. In 04-05 “Moonshine”, undercover as C.W. Jackson, he plays a Martin D-41, one of Martin’s famous “Dreadnoughts”.

We don’t know if this is Hutch’s own guitar – the whole undercover guitarist ploy seems to have been an impromptu idea, made on the road. But again, it’s definitely one of David’s guitars.

Hutch’s Shark Tooth Necklace — September 12, 1978
Starsky’s Light Summer Plaid —
Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers —

Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers

Hutch’s mustache wasn’t the only major change in the guys’ Season 4 appearance: it was time to get new shoes for everyday wear! Hutch’s Tobaccos and Starsky’s SL-72s were never seen again. Both switching their Adidas to Nike at the same time sounds like The Powers That Be ordered some Nike product placement for this season. It’s funny that they ended up wearing the exact same model, the full leather version of Nike’s popular “Cortez” sneaker, released in the late 1970s as “Le Village”. Not just same model, but same color, too.

An advertisement from 1977 describes “Le Village”: “A beautiful stylish casual shoe with an athletic look. Soft, antique brown leather uppers. Cushier mid soles. As comfortable as they are long wearing.”
The price tag was $28.95.

In-universe, I love the fact that Starsky and Hutch somehow ended up with identical shoes – even if it was by accident, it didn’t bother them as they went on wearing them until the end. I wonder if they ever got their shoes mixed… Hutch probably has bigger feet, but it would still be funny if they eventually got frustrated and had to mark their shoes. Initials on the inside? Red insoles for Starsky?

I haven’t been able to track exactly the same model anywhere online (this 1979 model comes close, except for the orange text at the back), but many details can be seen well enough in the show:

Starsky’s Red/White/Green Plaid Shirt — May 10, 1978
Starsky’s Brown Plaid Shirt (S3-S4) — March 1, 1978
Hutch’s Football Poster — February 22, 1978

Hutch’s Football Poster

DISCLAIMER: I don’t like American football and know nothing about it except what I learned in researching this, so excuse the attitude and any terminology flubs.

The football poster on Hutch’s door has always baffled me. Why does he have a poster of George Andrie, #66, a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, on display, when most other things on his walls are neatly framed art posters and photographs?

Apparently Hutch likes football enough to own a ball (seen on the top shelf of his cupboard in ”The Fix” and in his car in ”JoJo”) and to make that drunken offer in ”Starsky’s Lady” to play it professionally, but still…

The poster is a late development: it only appears there in the latter half of S3 (03-19 ”Hutchinson for Murder One”), but then stays there until the end. Before that, the door was undecorated.

What can we learn about the poster itself? Any clues as to why it’s there?

Andrie’s football career ended in 1972 (due to bad back – does Hutch sympathize?). He was with Dallas Cowboys when they won the 1971 NFL season. The other players in the poster are wearing the American Conference’s Pro Bowl uniforms from 1971-1972. These could’ve been some guys Andrie played against in the Pro Bowl, if he played in that game. Though, if he played, he’d have been wearing a different uniform, not the Dallas Cowboys one – let me say, the content of this poster makes less and less sense the more I learn about it!

The above details date the poster to around 1972. Where has Hutch been hiding it for six years?

The most interesting detail, though, is that this poster seems to be as much about Adidas football shoes as it is about a specific football player or team. The shoes on the right bottom corner are not on anyone’s feet – they are two different left-foot shoes, placed there like in an advertisement. After some completely unnecessary research, I’d say the one on the right is a “University” football shoe, and the other one is a ”Turf Streak” football shoe. And even the American Conference players seem to be wearing Adidas shoes.

The #66 on the poster is prominent, but nothing on the poster says what it was primarily for, and I guess we’ll never know what is the main reason it appeals to Hutch: the game, the players, the team, or the shoe brand?

I’m warming to the poster’s presence now, though. It reminds me of another sports poster that doesn’t seem to have particular significance to its owner: Starsky’s Speedo poster that is seen at least in ”Gillian” and ”The Committee”. Starsky says he hates water, but still he has a swimming poster (two, in fact) prominently on display. The Speedo poster is also among the few things I’ve noticed he took with him when he moved from Ridgeway to Tree House.

All this got me thinking these posters might be gag gifts, like the ant farm and the tree (though I personally love that tree! the best gift ever!). The idea that the ugly football poster is a jokey but affectionate gift from Starsky (who was a defensive back in his high school football team) makes it a lot nicer.

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