The Streets of San Francisco Episode Reviews

The Streets of San Francisco
Episode Reviews


After doing my Kojak "anal-ysis," I swore I would not do this for another TV show, but The Streets of San Francisco is appealing. I used to watch this show regularly when it was broadcast late at night on KOMO-TV Seattle many years ago.

It has a neat title sequence (obviously inspired by Hawaii Five-O) and above-average photography, a propulsive main theme by Patrick Williams (though much of the music is stock tracks by Williams and others), cool location filming on "the streets," and great chemistry between the two leads played by Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. In many of the episodes when cars are being driven, they don't use process shots, but have cameras in or attached to the cars, something almost unheard of these days.

I am not reviewing these shows to the depth of other ones I have done, especially Kojak, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O/Zero. I am particularly interested in chronicling the "epilogs" (endings) for SOSF, many of which I always thought were one of the show's weak points. But I am finding out not all of these are sucky!

Like Kojak, I decided on a certain format for my reviews after I had already completed writing up one season, in the case of SOSF, the first. So I will have to go back and do those shows again (sigh).

In the discussion forum that I have had for about a year from June 2016 to June 2017, we discussed SOSF several times, and I have archived those conversations.

If you want to talk about SOSF, you can do this in the "Other" TV Shows Discussion Forum on my site.


SEASON ONE   SEASON TWO

SEASON THREE   SEASON FOUR

SEASON FIVE   PILOT EPISODE