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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

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Series cast summary:
 Carl Kolchak (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Tony Vincenzo (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Ron Updyke (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Emily Cowles / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1975)


Carl Kolchak was a reporter for Chicago's Independent News Service, and a trouble magnet for situations involving the supernatural. Kolchak turned his investigative skills to vampires, werewolves, zombies and all manner of legendary creatures, but in the end he always failed to convince his skeptical editor, Tony Vincenzo, that the stories weren't products of Kolchak's own overworked imagination. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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One man's quest to uncover the truth,


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13 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Ruth McDevitt's character is referred to variously throughout the series on-screen by various characters and in the cast lists as Emily Fenwick, Emily Cowels, and Edith Cowels. They eventually settled on the name "Emily Cowles." Her character's occupation also alternates between advice columnist, riddle feature writer, and crossword puzzle editor. See more »


Many of the stories take place in the winter months, but there is never any snow, and even if there was no snow, it is highly unlikely one would be driving a convertible with the top down during the winter months in Chicago. See more »


Carl Kolchak: [about Updyke] He got a raise?
Emily Cowles: Not that I'm aware of.
Carl Kolchak: He was promoted?
[Emily shakes head]
Carl Kolchak: Then why's he so happy?
Emily Cowles: You're in trouble.
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Yeah, old Carl was the real McCoy!
1 June 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Absolutely at the top of the TV horror tree. Up there with THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE OUTER LIMITS. Whats happenening these days? "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch", "Buffy?" "Charmed?"...Jeez, give me a break!

Darren McGavin absolutely made this his own - one of the most under-rated actors in history. His verbals with boss Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) were legendary. You KNEW Vincenzo loved him like a brother! Each week a new monster/creature of the night and each week, crucifix, silver bullet or just plain insult, Kolchak had the "beast of the week" under wraps before you could say "Bela Lugosi". You just KNEW it was safe to go outside again.

OK, so it tended towards the "campy" sometimes? sheesh, this was 1974 for God's sakes! This show ruled and if you are unfortunate enough to be less than 40, then bad luck!

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