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I think Kojak has ruined me for cop shows. I've been watching season one of Starsky & Hutch, and it keeps making me cringe. They're really, really terrible cops. Prettier than Kojak, maybe, but I know who I'd turn to in a jam. They don't follow proper police procedure. Their behaviour at crime scenes is appalling. And their gun control! Everybody in Starsky & Hutch has a cannon, and they blast them constantly, in all directions, without even the slightest attempt to aim. Fortunately the bad guys are all terrible shots, which helps no end, because neither Starsky nor Hutch shows any evidence of ever having handled a gun before.

The writing on Kojak is better too. Starsky & Hutch have a worrying amount of cases brought to them by their girlfriends; and no matter how serious the episode, it always ends with a tacked on laughing scene, usually with everybody sitting around in Hutch's living room. Sometimes he even gets his guitar out, and they have a sing a long as well as a laugh. It's a fun show, and in its way it's perfectly enjoyable, but the last three to five minutes are often best skipped.

Oh dear. I like the show really. As a fan of The A-Team, and goodness knows what else in the ridiculous violence genre, I shouldn't be having a problem with any of this. It's just the contrast with Kojak, I think. I've gone from careful, considered policing, and well-written, layered plots, to tyre-screeching nonsense with ridiculous shoot outs. I like ridiculous shoot outs! Kojak has made me sensible. I can only hope that it wears off soon.

Meanwhile, the seventies are continuing in their usual vein. Oh the joys of period decor. I don't think I've seen anything worse than on The Hardy Boys yet, but they're giving it their best shot:

This lovely wallpaper is from an early episode of Starsky & Hutch:

And then an episode or two later, this one turns up:

It's not quite the same, but it's very similar. I can only assume it was a popular design. Jeepers. And then, just in case that's too tasteful for you, Jim broke into an apartment over on The Rockford Files, and found this waiting for him:

Serves you right, Jim. You should know by now that crime doesn't pay.


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Sep. 16th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, Starsky & Hutch is such a random show. Totally unrealistic and nothing like real police, but I do so love the fun of it all and the guys' relationship. Plus I grew up on it so it's easier to overlook the bad writing as a kid. The wallpaper, though...yikes. :P
Sep. 16th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
The thing is, early on they throw in "The Fix", which is a genuinely brilliant episode for the most part. They even get to do proper acting. It's a terrific study of their relationship, even if the main plot is a bit improbable, and it's a bit like teasing us with what might have been! Mind you, even that one has its shortcomings. At one point, a bad guy fires his gun at Starksy through the windshield of the Torino. He's about a foot away, but he doesn't even crack the glass!
Sep. 16th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, "The Fix" is a good one. There were a few really good scripts in the show where they get to show off their acting skills. I think the problem was the show couldn't quite decide whether to be drama, which it could do quite well, or comedy, which it seemed to do more often, which made the writing uneven. LOL, the bullets are always magical in the show..they never seem to hit anything or anybody unless it's necessary to the plot. :P
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
Yes, that's a good point about the comedy and the drama. The show is good, inasmuch as it's perfectly entertaining as it is. The two stars are genuinely good actors though - and good directors as well as it turned out. I do wonder what it might have been like had the show been that bit straighter.

But then I wouldn't have wanted "The A-Team" to be Rambo-lite. I suppose I shouldn't be so mean to S&H!
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
True, it's a lot of fun if you can overlook the flaws and not take it too seriously. I think I would have preferred if they'd stuck more to the drama, though. And, yeah, they were really talented, too! I loved when they got a chance to direct the episodes, especially Paul Michael Glaser.

Hehe, The A-Team was always just a bit too silly for me as a kid. I suppose I should give it a better try now that I'm older and see if it's grown on me.
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
"The A-Team" is an odd one. I love it, but then I was about eight or nine when I first saw it, which is an ideal age. It doesn't take itself remotely seriously - it's best to look on it as a live action cartoon. Unfortunately there are aspects of it best left in the past; some horribly homophobic moments, for instance. Face and Murdock will always make me smile, though. Their friendship is one of my favourites on TV.
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
My eyes! Crimes against interior decor!

Maybe they're literal magical bullets, or forcefields. Dumbledore on secondment from Scotland Yard during his early wild youth?
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Dumbledore was head of Hogwarts in the 70s. That was when the Marauders were students there. I wouldn't put it past them to try a little mischief, though. Maybe they're to blame for the decor.
Sep. 17th, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
I'll give you my TV insanity and you can give me your sensible TV brain. The only other known cure is Ben Steed;p

Yikes is Jim phoning the police to save him from the matching curtains and bedspread?
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if it shows in the screencap, but Jim has thoughtfully wrapped the telephone in a handkerchief, presumably out of fear that if he touches anything in the room, the matching stripes will infect him. It's not easy being a detective in the seventies. These are the sorts of things one has to consider.

You're welcome to any sensibleness my brain may be hording! It's weird. I never thought I'd watch a show and roll my eyes at ridiculous shoot outs.
Sep. 18th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
Oh no! Your silly brain cells are going;p
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Jeepers, I'm not growing up, am I?! Quickly, I must watch some Dukes Of Hazzard and arrest this dangerous trend!
Sep. 19th, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
And then mutter about how they should get their car doors fixed... BBC Parliament is the way to go;p
Sep. 19th, 2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ouch! No, even in my most grown-uptest moments I could never want to fix the Dukes' doors. I don't own a car, but if I did, it would be very tempting to fuse the doors shut, so I could be Luke.

Actually, that wouldn't get me very far, would it. Bo's the driver. Luke's job is sliding across the hood, and jumping out while the car's moving. Are you blonde? Seems I need a driver. ;)
Sep. 20th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Only if I buy a bottle;)
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Aw. Maybe you should have gone for a different genre first & that would have helped?

I think Kojak has ruined me for cop shows.

I get like this with Public Eye, except it ruined me for all TV for ages, which was very unfair of it.

That wallpaper is comparatively tasteful, actually (by which you can tell that I really should stop watching 70s telly quite soon) but the last pic is right up there with the most dreadful decor decisions ever. Congratulations to the set people.

Sep. 17th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
You're probably right! But I wanted to stay in the seventies, and I'm a bit limited for choices there. Basically cops, private eyes, or dodgy BBC sci-fi, and it's not long since I watched the latter. I'm a bit conservative in my TV viewing, I guess. I should probably try more wide-ranging drama, but my brain does so love its guns and car chases. Or it usually does. Hopefully normal service will soon be resumed!
Sep. 18th, 2014 08:02 am (UTC)
But I wanted to stay in the seventies

You might want to see someone about that. ;-p

I'm sure you'll come round to car chases again. Watch one episode of something really terrible and boring to even things up and it'll all come right again!
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
You might want to see someone about that. ;-p

I know! But I like the telephones. And the pacing, obviously, but especially the telephones.
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
The telephones are a definite draw, I agree. ;-)
Sep. 20th, 2014 06:15 am (UTC)
I miss Hill Street Blues. I used to video it and watch it twice cos I couldn't follow the story the first time!!!
Sep. 20th, 2014 08:22 am (UTC)
Yes, I used to love that. Channel 4 reran the whole lot when I was about ten. Goodness knows what I saw in it at that age!
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