Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 24, 1973
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
Genre

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Kojak (1973)

Set in New York City's 13th Precinct. It revolves around the efforts of the incorruptible, but not adverse to bending the rules when it's needed, Lt.Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas), a tough, bald cop who was fond of using the catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" and had given up smoking and had taken to lollipops instead and these became his trademark.

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  • Telly Savalas is seen throughout the series both sucking on his lollipop and smoking. The lollipop was used to cut back on smoking. His character Kojak even admitted once that he smoked too much and sucked on lollipops every day except on Sundays.
  • Lt. Kojak's rhetorical question "Who loves ya, baby?" was ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). The line is also prominently featured on the slipcase of the season-1 DVD set.
  • The series was translated to Hungarian in the 1970s. The actor who gave his voice to Kojak, László Inke, resembled Telly Savalas so much that a movie was shot in which he actually played Kojak (Kojak Budapesten (1980)). While the original series is in color, the Hungarian film is black and white. Also, according to the film's plot, Kojak was born in Hungary, and had been a very clumsy cop before emigrating.
  • Telly Savalas' real-life brother George Savalas had a supporting role as Detective Stavros.
  • Although it is stated numerous times that Theo Kojak is of Greek heritage, the name "Kojak" is actually of Polish origin. Kojak's heritage was changed to Greek in order to match Telly Savalas's Greek heritage.
  • Originally, Abby Mann casted Marlon Brando for the lead role, but Telly Savalas took it anyway.
  • During its 5 year run, Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson and George Savalas, are the only actors to appear in every episode.
  • Kevin Dobson was offered the role of Det. Bobby Crocker, after he was looking for work.
  • The film is based on an actual case known as the "Career Girl" murders that happened on 28 August 1963. It was the date on which 'Martin Luther King Jr.' delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech, as mentioned in the film.
  • After Telly Savalas died, the movie was shown again for the first time in nearly 20 years, this time with a short clip of Telly and the words "Dedicated to the memory of Aristotle 'Telly' Savalas 1920 - 1994" at the end of the show.
  • In this pilot film, the lead character's name is spelled "Kojack" (with a "c"). The "c" was taken out when "Kojak" became a series.
  • Telly Savalas' real-life brother George Savalas appears in this film, but playing a different character to the Det. Stavros character he would play throughout the later Kojak TV series.
  • A well-known book among entomologists, "Insects of the World" by Walter Linsenmaier (Mcgraw-Hill, June 1972) makes repeated appearances during the last 30 minutes of this Kojak episode, starting at 28 minutes/30 seconds into the episode, then later the book is examined by the lieutenant when he's sitting in Kojak's office, and its then in the background of the final scene with Kojak in his office. The book is never mentioned in the episode.
  • Kojak's trademark lollypop makes its debut.
  • Kojak's signature phrase "Who loves ya, Baby?" makes its partial debut when Kojak says "Who loves ya?" to a woman he interviews.
  • This episode marks star Telly Savalas debut as a director.
  • Originally two hours, it was split into 2 one-hour episodes for syndication.
  • This episode marked the first time George Savalas was identified by his first and last name for his acting credit. Before this he was credited by only his middle name of "Demosthenes" in order to prevent any confusion with his older brother Telly.
  • This episode contains a funny moment that is apparently an outtake that wasn't taken out. Kojak (Telly Savalas) is throwing darts when Captain McNeil (Dan Frazer) sees him and scolds him for wasting time. McNeil throws a dart himself and does a double take when he sees how accurate his aim was, especially compared to Kojak's efforts. What follows seems unscripted. Telly Savalas looks into the camera, shrugs, and says, "Whaddya want? He's Irish!"
  • TV debut of David Ogden Stiers.
  • Only Christmas theme episode of the TV series.
  • Final TV role of Oscar Beregi Jr..
  • The Kojak meeting Father Dimitrius church scene in Manhattan was filmed at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles. In real life, Telly Savalas was a member of the congregation. His funeral was held January 25, 1994.
  • Originally aired as a 2-hour segment, the syndicated version is split into two, 1-hour episodes.
  • Originally aired as a 2-hour segment, the syndicated version is split into two, 1-hour episodes.
  • WWRK's Rita McCall radio phone in number is 555-9970.
  • Ma Wonderly references the Sam Spade novel The Maltese Falcon.
  • Kojak's office phone number is 555-3861.
  • In "No License to Kill", the golf course is in Griffith Park, just outside of downtown LA, not New York.
  • This episode was apparently meant as a companion piece to Telly Savalas's movie "Beyond Reason" (which he also directed) by having Priscilla Barnes appear in both shows - however, she was dropped from the feature film (she's still visible in long shot for those who have seen the movie).

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