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Kojak


Kojak Cast

Series Description

The Kojak TV show was a 60 minute crime drama series on CBS about a tough, street-wise, balding cop who tackled some of the worst criminals in New York City while maintaining a calm, cool, and collected composure.

Kojak Cast

Telly Savalas ............ Lieutenant Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ............... Captain Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ............. Detective Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ........... Detective Stavros
Vince Conti .............. Detective Rizzo (1974-1977)
Mark Russell ............. Detective Saperstein (1974-1977)

Kojak Trivia

    

While the 118 episodes of the Kojak TV show all aired for 60 minutes on CBS, the 7 TV movies aired on ABC for 120 minutes each.

Telly Savalas and his character, Kojak, did both have an affinity for lollipops. The real reason for the lollipops, however, was to give Telly something to do with his hands and mouth after he gave up smoking.

Telly Savalas and Benny Hill were both born on January 21st, Savalas in 1922 and Hill in 1924. Ironically, Benny Hill also "spoofed" Telly's Kojak character on his series, "The Benny Hill Show".

Kojak's well-know question, "Who loves ya, baby?" came in at #18 in TV Guide's "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" list in their August 21-27th issue!

In case you hadn't noticed in the cast list above, Telly was not the only Savalas cast member on Kojak. George Savalas, Telly's brother, also had a role on the series!

Telly Savalas started his career playing roles as "rotten-to-the-bone" criminals in contrast to the upstanding Kojak. He spoke fluent Greek and was Jennifer Aniston's ("Friends") godfather! Kojak was nominated for 14 Emmys and won two of them. One of them was one by Telly Savalas himself as "Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series" in 1974. He beat out "William Conrad" for "Cannon", "Karl Malden" for "The Streets of San Francisco", and "Richard Thomas" for "The Waltons" to win that Emmy! Kojak didn't get any Emmy nominations for "Best TV Show - Drama" but it did get a nomination for a Golden Globe Award in that category. Unfortunately, it got beat by the series, "Upstairs, Downstairs".

Many TV shows get their dialog dubbed into other languages so that the series can be aired around the world. The Kojak TV show has an interesting story involved with its being dubbed. The fellow that provided the Hungarian voice for Kojak also looked amazingly like Telly Savalas! (A clone maybe?) The guy even starred in a 1980 Hungarian Kojak movie titled, "Kojak Budapesten"! In that movie, Kojak had emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

TV Pilot:

The Marcus-Nelson Murders (3/8/1973)

Kojak - The First Season

  1. Siege of Terror (10/24/1973)
  2. Web of Death (10/31/1973)
  3. One for the Morgue (11/7/1973)
  4. Knockover (11/14/1973)
  5. Girl in the River (11/21/1973)
  6. Requiem for a Cop (11/28/1973)
  7. The Corrupter (12/5/1973)
  8. Dark Sunday (12/12/1973)
  9. Conspiracy of Fear (12/19/1973)
  10. Cop in a Cage (1/2/1974)
  11. Marker to a Dead Bookie (1/16/1974)
  12. Last Rites for a Dead Priest (1/23/1974)
  13. Death is Not a Passing Grade (1/30/1974)
  14. Die Before They Wake (2/6/1974)
  15. Deliver Us Some Evil (2/13/1974)
  16. Eighteen Hours of Fear (2/20/1974)
  17. Before the Devil Knows (2/27/1974)
  18. Dead on His Feet (3/6/1974)
  19. Down a Long and Lonely River (3/20/1974)
  20. Mojo (3/27/1974)
  21. Therapy in Dynamite (4/10/1974)
  22. The Only Way Out (5/8/1974)

Kojak - The Second Season

  1. The Chinatown Murders - Part 1 (9/15/1974)
  2. The Chinatown Murders - Part 2 (9/15/1974)
  3. Hush Now, or You'll Die (9/22/1974)
  4. A Very Deadly Game (9/29/1974)
  5. Wall Street Gunslinger (10/6/1974)
  6. Slay Ride (10/13/1974)
  7. Nursemaid (10/20/1974)
  8. You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler (10/27/1974)
  9. The Best Judge Money Can Buy (11/3/1974)
  10. A Souvenir from Atlantic City (11/10/1974)
  11. A Killing in the Second House (11/17/1974)
  12. The Best War in Town (11/24/1974)
  13. Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (12/1/1974)
  14. The Betrayal (12/15/1974)
  15. Loser Takes All (12/22/1974)
  16. Close Cover Before Killing (1/5/1975)
  17. Acts of Desperate Men (1/12/1975)
  18. Queen of the Gypsies (1/19/1975)
  19. Night of the Piraeus (1/26/1975)
  20. Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard (2/2/1975)
  21. The Good Luck Bomber (2/9/1975)
  22. Unwanted Partners (2/16/1975)
  23. Two-Four-Six for Two Hundred (2/23/1975)
  24. The Trade-Off (3/2/1975)
  25. I Want to Report a Dream (3/9/1975)

Kojak - The Third Season

  1. A Question of Answers - Part 1 (9/14/1975)
  2. A Question of Answers - Part 2 (9/14/1975)
  3. My Brother, My Enemy (9/21/1975)
  4. Sweeter Than Life (9/28/1975)
  5. Be Careful What You Pray For (10/5/1975)
  6. Secret Snow, Deadly Snow (10/12/1975)
  7. Life, Liberation, and the Pursuit of Death (10/26/1975)
  8. Out of the Frying Pan . . . (11/2/1975)
  9. Over the Water (11/9/1975)
  10. The Nicest Guys on the Block (11/16/1975)
  11. No Immunity for Murder (11/23/1975)
  12. A Long Way from Times Square (11/30/1975)
  13. Money Back Guarantee (12/7/1975)
  14. A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves (12/14/1975)
  15. How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars (12/21/1975)
  16. The Forgotten Room (1/4/1976)
  17. On the Edge (1/11/1976)
  18. A Wind from Corsica (1/18/1976)
  19. Bad Dude (1/25/1976)
  20. The Frame (2/1/1976)
  21. Deadly Innocence (2/8/1976)
  22. Justice Deferred (2/15/1976)
  23. Both Sides of the Law (2/22/1976)
  24. A Grave Too Soon (3/7/1976)

Kojak - The Fourth Season

  1. Birthday Party (9/26/1976)
  2. A Summer Madness (10/3/1976)
  3. Law Dance (10/10/1976)
  4. Out of the Shadows (10/17/1976)
  5. A Need to Know (10/24/1976)
  6. An Unfair Trade (10/31/1976)
  7. A Hair-Trigger Away (11/7/1976)
  8. By Silence Betrayed (11/14/1976)
  9. A Shield for Murder - Part 1 (11/21/1976)
  10. A Shield for Murder - Part 2 (11/21/1976)
  11. The Pride and the Princess (11/28/1976)
  12. Black Thorn (12/5/1976)
  13. Where Do You Go When You Have Nowhere To Go? (12/12/1976)
  14. Dead Again (12/19/1976)
  15. The Godson (1/4/1977)
  16. The Condemned (1/11/1977)
  17. When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead (1/18/1977)
  18. I Was Happy Where I Was (1/25/1977)
  19. Kojak's Days - Part 1 (2/1/1977)
  20. Kojak's Days - Part 2 (2/8/1977)
  21. Monkey on a String (2/15/1977)
  22. Kiss it All Goodbye (2/22/1977)
  23. Lady in the Squad Room (3/8/1977)
  24. Sister Maria (3/15/1977)
  25. Another Gypsy Queen (3/22/1977)

Kojak - The Fifth Season

  1. The Queen of Hearts is Wild (10/2/1977)
  2. A Strange Kind of Love (10/9/1977)
  3. Laid Off (10/16/1977)
  4. Cry for the Kids (10/23/1977)
  5. Once More from Birdland (10/30/1977)
  6. Caper on a Quiet Street (11/6/1977)
  7. Letters of Death (11/13/1977)
  8. Tears for All Who Loved Her (11/20/1977)
  9. The Summer of '69 - Part 1 (12/4/1977)
  10. The Summer of '69 - Part 2 (12/10/1977)
  11. Case Without a File (12/17/1977)
  12. I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer (12/24/1977)
  13. Justice for All (1/7/1978)
  14. Mouse (1/21/1978)
  15. Chain of Custody (1/28/1978)
  16. The Captain's Brother's Wife (2/4/1978)
  17. No License to Kill (2/11/1978)
  18. The Halls of Terror (2/18/1978)
  19. May the Horse Be With You (2/25/1978)
  20. Photos Must Credit Joe Paxton (3/4/1978)
  21. 60 Miles to Hell (3/11/1978)
  22. In Full Command (3/18/1978)

Kojak TV Movies

The Belarus File (2/16/1985)
The Price of Justice (2/21/1987)
Ariana (11/2/1989)
Fatal Flaw (11/30/1989)
Flowers For Matty (1/4/1990)
It's Always Something (1/31/1990)
None So Blind (3/16/1990)

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