When his namesake godson is picked up as one of a gang of youths extorting money from a storekeeper, Kojak tries to intervene and keep the boy from going further into crime. But the smooth talking leader of a major hijacking gang plans to use the boy as part of his group and take advantage of his ties to Kojak.
While catching a pair of burglars breaking into an apartment, Kojak and his detectives stumble across an apparent plan by the prostitute occupying the apartment to kill her lover. But actually, the prostitute doesn't exist and has simply been created as the patsy by a woman intent on killing her husband.
Frustrated by the inability of the police to stop protection rackets that are harassing his community, a Puerto Rican undercover cop decides to join with some of the local street groups that want to mete out their own justice with the mobsters.
Kojak and his detectives try to identify the dead man found in the trunk of a Rolls Royce, while also searching for: 1) a woman who admits to killing her husband and plans to kill herself, 2) an armed youth who is on the streets looking for the pushers who've gotten his mother hooked, and 3) a prostitute who a religious fanatic accuses of accosting him.
Kojak and his detectives continue to search for the distraught woman who killed her husband before she also kills herself. Meanwhile, the killers of the man found in the trunk are ordered to find his body to prove to their boss that he is dead, and more killings result. The detectives also continue their search for an armed youth and a prostitute, while a man begs Kojak to keep his son out of getting deeper into trouble.
Kojak is unhappy when McNeil insists an attractive woman Detective joins the team. But the hostility between them begins to wane when they begin a murder investigation. In this tale of Murder and drug dealing, Detective Jo Long eventually wins over the respect of her male colleagues.
When her sister is killed before she was able to testify against a drug dealer, a nun takes it upon herself to bring the man to justice, by simply following him everywhere in the hope that he'll be driven to do something.
A woman in a Gypsy clan disguises herself and comes to Kojak with false information regarding a serial killer. She is doing this to stop members of another clan from killing a man who they think betrayed them to the Communists several years before, resulting in the deaths of several family members.
Kojak is ordered not to interfere with a Federal investigation when he locates a witness to the killing of a police officer in pursuit of the man who murdered a store owner. The killer is caught but will soon be released without her identification. Kojak learns that she is the girlfriend of a mobster who is known for his extreme violence. Kojak's problem? Get her cooperation, jail the mobster and secure her testimony without jeopardizing the Federal case.
A taxicab driver listens to a female late-night talk-radio host during his beat. The host frequently inveighs against evildoers in the city, and the psychotic driver decides to take her up on it - stalking the people who she names and gunning them down.
A New York City budget crisis results in "last hired, first fired" for a friend of Kojak's who had recently joined the police force. As the rookie's bills mount, he winds up in debt to a numbers-running gang as well and joins it, secretly feeding information to Kojak from inside the gang.
A year ago, a gang of thieves knocked over a bank, killed three people and got away with $6 million. They then split up, leaving one member to hide the loot. Now that the heat has died down, the gang plans to reunite and divide the cash. The bag man, however, is recognized by a cop and suffers a fatal heart attack while running away. The thieves decide to scour the neighborhood where the bag man died, and eventually focus on an apartment building which they invade with assault rifles. Kojak, trying to slip into the building, is cornered by a woman who used to be the ...
A femme fatale in the truest sense of the term persuades her gangster husband's bodyguard to help her murder him. Kojak, formerly involved with her, turns the investigation over to Crocker (but continues to act behind the scenes). The mob boss suspects the widow and orders a hit; she continues to wield her wiles on all concerned. The murder weapon, with her fingerprints, is still around though, and both Kojak and Crocker are in on the arrest.
A young woman is found stabbed to death in the trunk of a car, the MO that of the serial murderer who terrorized Manhattan some eight years earlier (the summer of '69). The main suspect as the "Clothesline Killer" was shot and killed by Kojak while trying to escape. Theo (and his bosses) then question whether or not he killed the right man, especially after more bodies start turning up.
Kojak goes on vacation to continue to work the case after being told he's transferred to administration and during the course of his investigation he reunites with several people who were in his life during the original case, including a young woman with whom he had a brief affair.
Everett Coughlin is a divorce attorney, a Satan in a business suit, who mercilessly harasses a cop (whose wife he represents). Even his client doesn't know some of the lawyer's tricks, such as hiring a thug to bomb the cop's pleasure boat. The bomber is killed when the bomb explodes prematurely; Kojak, the cop and the cop's wife team to try to put the attorney out of business and hopefully in jail.