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Streets of San Francisco was one of those shows that was cool more for who was in it than for what was in it. Because WHAT was in it kind of sucked. It was just a cop show set in San Francisco where bad guys did stuff and good guys caught them. None of the content was great, and the production values were so low that Streets of San Francisco couldn’t even showcase the one thing that could have set it apart from other shows. That being, the streets of San Francisco. Some of the greatest car chases in movies and TV have happened on those streets. None of them were on the show actually named after the streets.
The reason Streets of San Francisco is worth watching is for the cast. The magnificent Karl Malden, winding down his career by slumming it on this show, and the extremely young Michael Douglas as his partner, launching what would turn out to be a fantastic career by using this show as a stepping stone. And it’s a stepping stone you can now get on DVD, when Paramount Home Entertainment releases Season Three Volume One and Season Three Volume Two on July 3rd.