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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One man's quest to uncover the truth,
Plot:
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. Full summary »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Yeah, old Carl was the real McCoy! See more (67 total) »

Cast

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Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak (20 episodes, 1974-1975)

Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke (18 episodes, 1974-1975)

Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1975)
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Series Directed by
Don Weis (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Allen Baron (4 episodes, 1974)
Alexander Grasshoff (3 episodes, 1974)
Don McDougall (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Writing credits
Jeffrey Grant Rice (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Chase (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Rudolph Borchert (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Huff (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
L. Ford Neale (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bill S. Ballinger (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Arthur Rowe (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dirk Wayne Summers (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Michael Kozoll (2 episodes, 1975)

Series Produced by
Cy Chermak .... producer (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
Darren McGavin .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1974)
Paul Playdon .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (13 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gil Melle (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds (10 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Elias (9 episodes, 1974-1975)
Anthony Redman (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Larry Strong (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Howard Terrill (3 episodes, 1974)
Edward W. Williams (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Direction by
Raymond Beal (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert George Freer (16 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Production Management
Ralph Sariego .... unit manager (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hawks .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1974-1975)
William Holbrook .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Art Department
Ron Greenwood .... assistant property master (5 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gary Baxley .... stunts (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Rivetti .... second assistant camera (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costumes (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gil Melle .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Other crew
David Chase .... story consultant (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jack Cole .... title designer: main titles (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 

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Runtime:
51 min (20 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actress Ruth McDevitt not only plays columnist Miss Emily in the latter episodes (the character is on vacation early on), but she appears as an elderly Peeping Tom in the first episode... who writes a letter to the Miss Emily column.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Carl Kolchak:If you want a job done right, you just have to foul it up yourself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Red Right Hand (2001)See more »

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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Yeah, old Carl was the real McCoy!, 1 June 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

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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