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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.


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. ;-)

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