Starsky and Hutch

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Starsky and Hutch originally aired in the United States from 1975 to 1979. The show was remade as a movie with a 2004 release.

The show's first fanzine appeared in 1977. By 1980, five years after the show first came on the air and one year after it left the air, the Starsky and Hutch community in England veered into the land of slash. This happened when Forever Autumn was published in March. Forever Autumn was the first piece of slash to be written in this community. According to Langley and, this caused a disruption in the community as members worried about the reaction of the actors, networks and producers to this material. They feared that those parties would attain these materials and begin a crackdown to prevent the proliferation of this material.

The Starsky and Hutch, like most media fandoms of the 1980s, was mostly middle class in identification. And like most media fandoms, it had its homophobic moments. It also lacked very visibly out and proud gays and lesbians in the community. The early community tried to deter slash or keep it underground out of fear. One example of this dates to 1981 when Code 7 was published. The zine was published anonymously as there was a real fear in the American fan fiction community that the anti-slash component of the fan fiction community would send the material to the producers of the show and create other problems for those slash writers in their real lives. According to me_n_thee, the zine contained the following disclaimer: "This is a privileged and private publication; it was sent to you because you know the value and need for discretion. You are being trusted; if you misuse this trust, you will be harming not only the contributors, but all of S/H fandom. Please keep this zine entirely to yourself! Thank you." Slash fen in the community felt very threatened by others. They feared fen outings them to their employers and being otherwise harassed. (Boyd)

The Canon

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Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

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Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in the Starsky and Hutch fandom.

1975 to 1979

  • Starsky and Hutch was in its first run on television.

1984 to 1988

  • Personal computers, aided by their word processing programs, started to have an impact on the publication of fanzines. They, along with the growth of coping services, led to a growth in the number of fanzines and created a situation where more fen could produce their own, high quality fanzines. (Langley)


  • The following is a post to net.startrek from 1985 to give people an idea of the climate at the time:
Aug 14 1985, 7:09 pm
Newsgroups: net.startrek
From: s...@uoregon.UUCP
Date: Wed, 14-Aug-85 19:09:00 EDT
Subject: Re: Requested information on K/S

Feminists who are interested in erotica written by women for women should find themselves very able to "stomach" K/S. They should check out the rave review of K/S written by SF feminist author Joanna Russ in a fanzine namec NOME, "Another Addict Raves about K/S." Natrually there is a spectrum of material-from mild to X-rated, from well-written to total trash. This material is widely circulated, but not "Published" in the ordinary, or profit-making sense, and is in fact underground material of great interest to the participants-the writers, readers and editors. Unfortunately, attention paid to K/S for its feminist
importance, may be damaging to fandom as a whole, if Paramount gets too interested in it. Starsky/Hutch and Star Wars fandoms were severely restricted by
paranoid producers. Joanna has refused to supply the names of K/S editors and writers to the editors of Penthouse FORUM--but FORUM is interested. As for the writers involved, writing fan material is wonderful fun, and may just provide the impetus for writers to break into publication, as a number of fan writers have. While it is true that REAL SF writers look ascance at Trek as formula
fiction, the first item of importance to most aspiring writers is GETTING PUBLISHED. Trek is a "hungry" market.



  • By this time, Starsky and Hutch fen were using the term beta reader on mailing lists.



According to nakeisha in a June 24, 2007 comment on fanthropology in regards to the slash, het, gen ratio in fandom:

Starsky & Hutch - predominantly slash (I think) and only one pairing [2]


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External Links

See also


  • Cicioni, Mirna. "Male Pair-Bonds and Female Desire in Fan Slash Writing," in Harris, Cheryl, ed. Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subculture and Identity. Cresskill, NY: Hampton Press. 1998.
  • Harmon, A. (1997, August 18). In TV's dull summer days, plots take wing on the Net.. New York Times, p. A1.
  • Jenkins, Henry. Textual Poachers Television Fans & Participatory Culture. New York: Routledge, 1992.
  • "History of Slash." <>
  • Langley, KS. "Comments on "History of Fan Fiction"." E-mail to 31 Dec. 2001.
  • Starsky and Hutch (, Vol. 1). (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2002, from

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