- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 32
- Genre: Crime Drama
- Starring: Michael Douglas, Richard Hatch, Karl Malden
- Studio: Paramount
- Release Date: 2017
What’s it about
The Streets of San Francisco TV series was a top notch “policer” of the early 70’s! Not only did it introduce us to young Mikael Douglas but also reunited us with a superior actor from the 1950’s – 1960’s eras in the name of one Karl Malden!
All the shows are top quality in direction, acting, and script! One can’t go wrong with a entertaining show like this, that still seems better than many COP shows on TV today!
Summing up, one of the things I always enjoyed about the series was that 90% seemed to be photographed exteriors in and all around San Francisco, which like Hawaii 5-0 incorporated in 1968 debut which adds more excitement to a TV series.
Lastly, I play these disc’s on a 65″ TV, and am very surprised at the quality, even “up-scaling” of the 480i SD content looking very close to Blu Ray images! Truly great looking DVD’s.
The Streets of San Francisco debuted on ABC on Saturday, September 16, 1972, at 9 p.m. Eastern, competing against two popular CBS sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show. After Streets gained attention on Saturday nights during the first season, the show was moved to Thursday, where it stayed for the remainder of the run, beginning with the second season, competing against other successful 1970s crime dramas, in different timeslots.
By all accounts Malden and Douglas developed a strong professional and personal relationship from their time on the series. Twenty years after last working together on an episode they were both onstage at the 1996 People’s Choice Awards. Malden referred to Douglas as “the son I never had” and mentioned that he had wanted producer Quinn Martin to cast Douglas on the series. Douglas responded to the compliment by calling Malden “my mentor,” and both also expressed that they enjoyed working together on the show.
Douglas (left) as Steve Keller, with Janice Rule as Beverly Landau in “The First Day of Forever” (Season 1, Episode 2).
The show revolved around two police officers who investigated homicides in San Francisco. The center of the series was a veteran cop and widower, Lt Michael Stone, star # 2248, (played by Karl Malden), who had more than twenty years of police experience and was now assigned to the Homicide Detail of SFPD’s Bureau of Inspectors (ex: Detective Division). He was partnered with a young plainclothes detective and energetic partner, Assistant Inspector Steve Keller (played by Michael Douglas), a college graduate, aged twenty-eight, who had no experience in the police force. Stone would become a second father to Keller as he learned the rigors and procedures of detective work. Eventually, Keller was promoted to full inspector. As the series went on, Douglas became a star in his own right. Mike’s daughter, Jeannie Stone (Darleen Carr), made occasional appearances.
After the second episode of the fifth and final season, Douglas left the show after successfully producing the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won the Academy Award for Best Film for 1975. He in turn would also establish a film career. His character’s absence was explained by having him take a teaching position at a local college, while Lt. Stone was partnered with another detective, Insp. Dan Robbins (played by Richard Hatch), who had started his career on the ABC soap All My Children and would later go on to Battlestar Galactica. The change was not popular with audiences, and the show ended in 1977, due to declining ratings and increased production costs. Additionally in 1977, writer James J. Sweeney won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for the season four episode “Requiem for Murder”.