From The TV IV
March 8, 1973
October 24, 1973
|| March 18, 1978
|| Tuesdays to Saturdays at 12:30 a.m. on MeTV
|| Abby Mann,|
Selwyn Raab (novel)
|| 60-minute crime drama
|| Universal Television
|| 118 + pilot + 7 TV Movies
Kojak centered around the cases of New York City detective lieutenant Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas), a Greek policeman with a lot of experience on the force and an unpleasant temper when he didn't get his way. Kojak, best known for his fondness for lollipops and the catchphrase "Who loves ya, baby?", solved crimes throughout New York City with the help of the other detectives in the 13th Precinct, who included Kojak's partner Sergeant Bobby Crocker and Detective Stavros, a pudgy detective played by Telly Savalas' brother George.
Kojak was actually introduced in a TV movie predating the television series by several months, The Marcus Nelson Murders, and due to its popularity a television series was commissioned. Kojak's popularity continued for years, with the grouchy Greek detective becoming something of a symbol for the nation's police and the show even attracting the attention of the Queen of England, who actually requested that Telly Savalas attend a function at the White House so she could meet him.
After the television series ended in 1978, it continued in the form of televised movies, the last several of which aired in 1989 and 1990 as part of a rotating Columbo/Kojak series. As well, a "reimagined" series aired in early 2005 starring Ving Rhames as Kojak.
The series was produced by Universal Television. NBC Universal Television Distribution handles syndication of the show.
| Season || Premiere || Finale || #
| Season One || October 24, 1973 || May 8, 1974 || 22 + 1
| Season Two || September 15, 1974 || March 9, 1975 || 25
| Season Three || September 14, 1975 || March 7, 1976 || 24
| Season Four || September 26, 1976 || March 22, 1977 || 25
| Season Five || October 2, 1977 || March 18, 1978 || 22