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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Producer Dan Curtis and screenwriter Richard Matheson were both approached by Universal to work on the series. Although they had worked on the original made-for-TV movies, they both turned down the offer. 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 »


[Asked why he's going to visit a ritzy interior decorator]
Carl Kolchak: We're thinking of brightening up the office.
[Pointing at Updyke, then at Vincenzo]
Carl Kolchak: You are going to be replaced by Boston fern and you a snapdragon!
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Referenced in Anomalisa (2015) See more »

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Definitely deserves a place in TV's "Hall of Fame"
24 August 2003 | by (Melbourne , Australia) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite shows back in the '70s. As I recall it went to air on Friday (or possibly Saturday)night on the Nine Network (?) here in Australia. Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland were great together.

Each episode usually reached a climax with Kolchack having to engage in hand to hand combat with some sort of supernatural opponent. To their credit, the writers made a concerted effort to get away from the usual round of vampires and ghosts as much as possible.

I remember one episode in which the adversary was the spirit of an ancient Indian Chief which/who 'came back' as a massive electrical current which started to kill people in a city hospital. The final showdown saw Kolchack trying to short circuit the 'power beast' amidst an explosion of sparks and billowing flames. Oh well .... you had to be there at the time but it was an interesting idea.

McGavin always packed a lot of energy and enthusiasm into his roles and this was one of his best.

Definitely deserves a place in TV's "Hall of Fame". To quote Tony Vincenzo .... 'Kolchack you are ON IT '... Or, in the case of the Hall of Fame,'IN it' !

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