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Director:
Writers:
David Chase (8 episodes)
Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by)
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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fantastic show, and still one of my childhood favorites! See more (68 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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Trivia:
Actor Richard Kiel, before he became best known as the killer "Jaws" in the James Bond movies, was cast in two episodes as the monster. He first appeared as the "Diablero" in "Bad Medicine" and later as the swamp monster in "The Spanish Moss Murders."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:[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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic show, and still one of my childhood favorites!, 17 May 2005
Author: longj65 from United States

I grew up being mesmerized by Kolchak and his witty, interesting, sometimes bumbling reporting style that dug up the goods on the city's night time other-world bad guys (and gals). I haven't seen but one or two episodes since I watched the originals in the 70s and would love to see them again. I might have to break down and actually buy the videos of the shows. Also, I hear ABC is going to remake the series and show it in the fall (2005). Not sure how it's going to go over and if they're going to capture that 70s atmosphere. If they don't have Darren McGavin in there or someone as superb and funny as he was/is, I'm not sure if the show will go over like it did when I was a youngster. That, and they'll be competing with all the latest gizmo-loaded, hi-tech, sci-fi shows and movies that have sprung up over the past few years. I won't go into detail about any of the episodes since other commenters have done so very eloquently. Just suffice it to say that you'll either love this series or not, but I'm betting that you'll love it.

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