Coda (Starsky and Hutch zine)

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Title: Coda
Editor(s): Teri White
Date(s): October 1985
Medium: print
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
External Links: Coda
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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. Cover artwork is by Ruth Kurz. Its original cost was $8 (USA).

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 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]
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.[2]
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! [3]
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 ayself 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." [4]
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. [5]
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. [6]
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 [7]
The second line lost me - childlike maybe but not childish! [8]


  1. from Between Friends #12
  2. Review by Michelle Christian posted to the Virgule-L mailing list, reposted here with permission.
  3. from The Who Do We Trust Times #1
  4. from The Who Do We Trust Times #2
  5. from Terri-TM at Starsky & Hutch Archive, posted May 16, 2011, accessed November 19, 2012
  6. a 2005 comment at Crack Van
  7. A Rec, posted March6, 2011
  8. A Rec, posted March6, 2011