Starsky and Hutch (usually written as Starsky & Hutch) is a 1970s American cop thriller television series that consisted of a 90-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 60 minutes each; created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast between April 30, 1975 and May 15, 1979 on the ABC network; distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation in Canada and some other parts of the world. Sony Pictures Television is now the worldwide distributor for the series.
The protagonists were two Southern California policemen: the dark-haired Brooklyn transplant David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) who was a streetwise detective and U.S. Army veteran with intense, sometimes childlike moods, and the blond Duluth, Minnesota native Kenneth Hutch Hutchinson (David Soul), a more reserved and intellectually inclined character. Under the radio call sign Zebra Three, they were known for usually tearing around the streets of fictional Bay City, California. The vehicle of choice was Starsky's two-door Ford Gran Torino, which was red with a large white vector stripe. It was nicknamed the 'striped TomatO' by Hutch in the episode 'snowstorm; the nickname was subsequently adopted by the fans of the series. However, the term didnt come from the writers - it came from a real-life comment that Glaser made. In a segment titled Starsky & Hutch: Behind The Badge that was featured on the first season DVD collection, Glaser stated that when he was first shown the Torino by Aaron Spelling, he sarcastically said to Soul, That thing looks like a striped tomato! Hutch's automobile was a battered tan 1973 Ford Galaxie 500, which occasionally appeared when the duo needed separate vehicles or for undercover work.