Coda (Starsky and Hutch zine)

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Title: Coda
Editor(s): Teri White
Date(s): September 1985
Medium: print
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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cover of Coda by Ruth Kurz

Coda is a gen Starsky and Hutch 89-page collection of tags, a short segment written for the end of each episode, by Teri White.

Several segments include crossovers with other shows. It also includes two poems by Ellen Kobrin, as well as some inserted song lyrics. The cover artwork is by Ruth Kurz.

Its original cost was $8 (USA).

Descriptions from Ads

From an ad in The Who Do We Trust Times #3: "An S&H zine... honoring the 10th anniversary of S&H. Vignettes for each episode from 'Pilot' to 'Sweet Revenge' show an overall picture of the change from idealism to realism, and the value of having a good partner."

From a fan in 1990 in Frienz #11: "A wonderful zine by Teri White is Coda. which is her version of possible ending scenes. It is basically straight (with some slash references) but the focus is on the relationship, which is what attracted all of us."

From the Author

It's been quite a decade, hasn't it, folks? And although no one but another Fan could probably understand, all of us within S&H fandom would have to admit that our lives have been shaped in part by our attachment to a couple of TV cops. Crazy, yes; fun, definitely. This seems to be a good time and place for one fan---me---to express my deep gratitude to all of the people I have come to know and care about through S&H. You have enriched my life and I owe you a great deal. This zine is an effort to help repay at least part of that debt.

None of us is the same person we were back in 1975. If I am further along my chosen path than I ever had any right to expect, a large measure of the reason rests with the people of fandom. I think that most of us could say the same thing. And if I might get on my soapbox for a moment: Television takes a lot of knocks and many of them are probably deserved.

However, I think that note should be taken of the good that can come from a simple 'cops-and-robbers' show. Friendships are made, solitary people find that they are not alone, and creative energies find a place where they can be explored and appreciated.

Enough. I hope that you enjoy reading this zine as much as I enjoyed writing it.


From the title page: "The following tags are not necessarily meant to replace the originals. Most often, they are intended to supplement what was on the screen. Of course, in those cases where the on-air tags are totally without redeeming virtue, they are better off ignored."

  • Overture by Ellen Kobrin
  • 1975-1976, Season One
  • 1976-1977, Season Two
  • 1977-1978, Season Three
  • 1978-1979, Season Four
  • Curtain Call by Ellen Kobrin

Reactions and Reviews


This zine was a pleasant surprise for all of us — that Teri White took the time away from her pro work to want to write it in honor of the 10th anniversary of S&H. So glad she did! I enjoy the string of vignettes that draw an overall picture of the decline, fall, and redemption of Hutch from the wide-eyed idealist of first season to the disillusioned, tired man of fourth. And as always, Starsky was there to pull him through it all. And whether you see them continuing as S&H or going into S/H, this zine fits right in! [1]


Coda was also a wonderful zine. I loved the new "tags" and the insight she (Teri White) used into Hutch's gradual change. And the crossovers were a refreshing change of pace, too. I was most impressed by the quality of the artwork as well. Fantastic! [2]

May I respectfully dissent from your comment on Coda: "the crossovers were a refreshing change of pace." I was not familiar with most of the crossover characters other than by name. I found these incidents told me nothing new about S&H. I just got the impression of the author standing there saying, "And here they are meeting... !" I was especially irritated with the Professionals one. I immediately found myself thinking, on Hutch's behalf, "If you're good guys, as you say, come to discuss business, why have you broken into my house and are now sitting in my living room pointing guns at us?" The only point I could see to that one was to portray the Pros as super-cool and competent, and our boys as considerably less than that." [3]

Teri White has been an actively-participating writer of fanfiction for longer than she may be prepared to admit, and has gone on to become a professional author. CODA is a collection of tags, supplemental or alternative, to the aired episodes - and there's not a bad apple in the barrel, which is more than can be said for the episodes themselves. As with the episodes, we'll all have our favourites - mine include BLOODBATH, THE BAIT, SILENCE and PHOTO-FINISH - and there are a few 'guest appearances' just for fun from The Men from UNCLE, Bodie and Doyle, Hardcastle and McCormick, Jim Rockford... Any why not? They all live in the same country behind our TV screens.

One a more serious note, Teri gives us a look behind the scenes, charting the development of a relationship, its ups and downs, from idealistic beginnings to disillusionment and realisation.

This zine is slick, stylish, and professional. I hope that the title doesn't also mean that this is a farewell to fandom - but if it is, it's a very classy swansong! The art (cover only) is by Ruth Kurz - internal poetry by Ellen Kobrin. [4] (1985)


It's a zine with a "missing scene" from the end of every--and I do mean EVERY--episode of S&H. It works surprisingly well and I find myself wanting to read the whole thing again whenever I see an episode that I hadn't seen yet so that I get a new meaning for the pieces.[5]


Finally, at long last, I'm proud to announce that one of the works of Teri White, one of SH's best known writers, is finally on the gen archive. This zine, which gives somewhat alternate endings to every SH episode, tells a relationship story that develops over four years, a story that is sad, touching, funny, and very adult. I hope you will all enjoy the first of Teri's works that will appear on the Archive. Teri's works that will appear on the Archive. [6]


Just read this compilation/story of created tags and was absolutely delighted by it. I think it is an idea that could be done a few times by different minds too. So creative. [7]


This is the MS fic to end all MS fics. Teri's Coda takes on the none-too-small task of establishing an additional 'tag' for every episode in the series (because Lord knows quite a few of them needed help). Missing scenes, extended scenes, and added scenes, written in a variety of styles, all factor into filling in the gaps within individual episodes, filling in the gaps between episodes and establishing two overriding arcs -- one that shows the development of our boys' relationship across four seasons, and one that traces the shift of Hutch's character from the bright, White Knight of early years to the tarnished, tired soul of latter days. Though the zine (originally published in 1985) is archived on the Gen site, it tracks the same wavy line the series did, sometimes shifting into slash territory, sometimes staying on safer ground. The characters aren't ever completely sure what they are to each other, what they could be, and neither are we. All any of us knows is that they love each other...and that's enough. [8]


It's very very long, and it's quite good. Sometimes it's sad. Sometimes it could be read as pre-slash. But it's labelled gen, and I think it's a really great read that pretty much any fan could enjoy. :D (Such as the tap-dancing tag, where Starsky has a moment of awkwardness after dipping Hutch. Depending on how you view that awkwardness would depend on how you read the story.) :-)

It's made up completely of tags, for all the eps, and some are really funny and some are really sad. Some are mini-crossovers.

Anyway I think most fans could find something to like here. :D [9]

The second line lost me - childlike maybe but not childish! [10]

When I saw this gem of a classic zine on this archive, I just had to re-read it. I don't often read fiction off the net, but I decided to read a few codas each night before bed. They became a delightful before bedtime snack. Some of the hurt/comfort codas were far more satisfying than the existing tags, while others went in a very unexpected (but fascinating) direction, helping to flesh out the series. For example: We learn why Starsky had a fascination with watches early on, and when the Monopoly game first became a "panacea for sleepless nights". Beautiful. This was well-crafted and a clever idea, making a series I will always adore even richer. [11]


  1. ^ from Between Friends #12 (1985)
  2. ^ from The Who Do We Trust Times #1 (1986)
  3. ^ from The Who Do We Trust Times #2 (1986)
  4. ^ from Terri Beckett in APB #38
  5. ^ Review by Michelle Christian posted to the Virgule-L mailing list (Nov 14, 1996) , reposted here with permission.
  6. ^ comments by Flamingo on Venice Place Mailing List, quoted with permission (May 30, 2000)
  7. ^ from Venice Place Mailing List, quoted anonymously (Apr 7, 2001)
  8. ^ a 2005 comment at Crack Van
  9. ^ A Rec, posted March6, 2011
  10. ^ A Rec, posted March 6, 2011
  11. ^ from Terri-TM at Starsky & Hutch Archive, posted May 16, 2011, accessed November 19, 2011