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Back to the Streets of San Francisco
Written byCarolyn Weston (characters from novel)
William Robert Yates
Directed byMel Damski
StarringKarl Malden
Darleen Carr
Debrah Farentino
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersAaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
ProducerDiana Kerew (supervising producer)
Production locationSan Francisco
CinematographyShelly Johnson
EditorMichael S. Murphy
Running time95 minutes
Production companiesSpelling Entertainment
Torand Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original release
  • January 27, 1992 (1992-01-27)

Back to the Streets of San Francisco is a 1992 American made-for-television crime drama film based on the 1972–1977 series The Streets of San Francisco. It stars Karl Malden as police detective Mike Stone and Darleen Carr as his daughter Jeannie, both cast members of the original show. It was directed by Mel Damski[1] and broadcast on NBC on January 27, 1992.


Mike Stone, newly promoted to Captain of Inspectors, must solve the murder of his old partner, Steve Keller (played in the original series by Michael Douglas, who chose not to appear in the film). Flashbacks of Keller appear from the original show, and he is shown in a framed picture on Stone's desk.

At the same time, Stone is trying to decide which of two competing inspectors, Sarah Burns or David O'Connor, should take his place as the lieutenant in charge of homicide.



In the weekly Nielsen rating period of January 27 - February 2, 1992, the TV movie received a 13.2 rating and 20 share. 18.9 million viewers watched, ranking #23 out of 84 network programs aired.[2]


  1. ^ Prouty (1 March 1994). Variety TV REV 1991-92 17. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780824037963. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1991-92 TV Season". Ryan Ratings. Archived from the original on February 25, 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2022.