A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

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Complete series cast summary:
Telly Savalas ...  Lt. Theo Kojak 117 episodes, 1973-1978
Dan Frazer ...  Capt. Frank McNeil / ... 117 episodes, 1973-1978
Kevin Dobson ...  Det. Bobby Crocker 117 episodes, 1973-1978
George Savalas ...  Det. Stavros / ... 114 episodes, 1973-1978
Mark Russell Mark Russell ...  Det. Saperstein / ... 104 episodes, 1973-1978
Vince Conti Vince Conti ...  Det. Rizzo / ... 92 episodes, 1974-1978
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Storyline

Lt. Theo Kojak is the main character in this popular television police drama. Kojak is a tough cop, but his trademark is a fondness for lollipops. Despite his difficult work, he tirelessly brings criminals to justice while staying upbeat and good-natured. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Who loves ya, baby?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einsatz in Manhattan See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

(118 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although it is stated numerous times that Theo Kojak is of Greek heritage, the name "Kojak" is actually of Polish origin. Kojak's heritage was changed to Greek in order to match Telly Savalas' Greek heritage. See more »

Goofs

In numerous occurrences of emergency vehicles responding, the distinctive tone of the Federal Signal 'Q' siren can be heard, even when it is not mounted. See more »

Quotes

Kojak: You can't corrupt it. And you know why? Because to corrupt it, you've got to show how corrupt you really are.
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Referenced in Forever Knight: Dark Knight (1992) See more »

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Kojak changed everything
21 August 2005 | by mollyshearergabelSee all my reviews

Sure, Dragnet was in a category all its own and Naked City did pave the way for Kojak, but the grit was too shiny and fake. I grew up in NYC and later, after I moved away, when I watched Kojak in syndication I would get so homesick. What got to me the worst wasn't seeing landmarks like The Angry Squire or Washington Square, but by shooting on city streets, the NYC detritus was blowing down the sidewalk. Yes, that made me lonesome for home. Kojak was a show by, for, and about New Yorkers. Kojak's attitude was a New York cop's attitude, he was tough and glib and underneath that layer was the soft chewy center.

Law & Order owes a huge debt to Kojak. I knew I would have to watch L&O because of what I can only describe as Kojakisms, and it is a disservice to Kojak (& to Telly) that he is only remembered for "Who Loves Ya, Baby?". Kojakisms were as rich and varied as literature.

Here are some of my favorites:

"That's the way the baklava crumbles, baby"

"Whatever you do, don't you so much as double park anywhere near Manhattan South, 'cause you'll get a Hear Ye and a Hear Ye and a greeting you'll never forget."

"Light a candle, baby; a Get Well card won't do."

"...kiss off Goldilocks, your porridge is getting cold."

"You could package that with a wrap-around deodorant and still come out with a stink."

"...the Internal Affairs shoo-flies, they're gonna be all over us like a groom on a honeymoon. And lemme tell ya something, we all better be virgins or have a pretty good story."

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may; there's a chill in the air.'

"The wine, it smells beautiful baby, but the company, strictly down the tubes."

"Ya know what a vendetta is? It's when a whole bunch of people kill a whole bunch of people for years and years and years and like that!"

" Yer no good! And that's the end of the story!"

Absolutely one of the best shows ever.


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