The French have had something of a love affair with Starsky & Hutch, ever since it first aired on TF1 between 1978 and 1984. Slightly prosaically, TF1 retitled the show Starsky and Hutch, but as well as allowing the dubbing company and voice-over actors to add a bit more humour and joshing about to the scripts, it also gave the show its own theme song.
The French version of the show remained on air for years, albeit on other channels other than TF1, so it’s no surprise that a generation later, it’s still having an effect on French programming.
Starsky et Hutch, et Duval et Moretti
Back in 2008, France’s third channel remade the show as Duval et Moretti, a not 100% serious, often direct pastiche of the original.
That only lasted a season, though, so perhaps the French were only really interested in the real deal…
Airing on France 2 since 2013, Cherif stars Abdelhafid Metalsi as the eponymous head of Lyon’s Brigade criminelle, a cop who gets results… but has some fun while doing it. The show was created Lionel Olenga, Laurent Scalese and Stéphane Drouet, but Olenga at least is a big fan of Starsky and Hutch, because he went all the way to Beverly Hills to beg a certain actor to take part in the show.
He agreed and he appeared on the show in last night’s episode Quand Cherif rencontre Huggy:
Huggy serait bien avisé de fournir ses "bons tuyaux" à #Cherif.
Ce soir, épisode spécial 🤩 pic.twitter.com/B1JuW6xoSV
— France 2 (@France2tv) January 26, 2018
Yep, Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas) himself appeared – occasionally even speaking French. Fargas explains more (in English) here: