Kojak (1973–1978)
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The deaths of a junkie and a television commentator put Kojak onto the trail of a drug/prostitution ring.


Leo Penn


Abby Mann (created by), Robert W. Lenski | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Harris Yulin ... Bert Podis
Jess Walton ... Cheryl Pope
Colby Chester ... Spencer Galen
Tina Louise ... Audrey Norris
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Daniel Pope
Isabel Sanford ... Grace
Albert Popwell ... Danny Boy
Ann Jillian ... Joanna
Steve Gravers Steve Gravers ... Pullian
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... Bartender
Jayne Kennedy ... Tour Guide
George Savalas ... Sgt. Stavros (as Demosthenes)


The deaths of a junkie and a television commentator put Kojak onto the trail of a drug/prostitution ring.

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Release Date:

6 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Cheryl Pope: It's all over, isn't it, Lieutenant?
Lt. Theo Kojak: It's never over. Oh, maybe we slow down the merry-go-round a little bit. But then some creep comes along and starts it all up again.
Cheryl Pope: Then why bother?
Lt. Theo Kojak: [spits on the ground and coffs] I don't know. Maybe some good kid gets a chance to jump off that slow merry-go-round?
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References Westworld (1973) See more »

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Kojak cares.
29 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The story begins with a heroin addict being murdered. Soon after, a crusading reporter is also murdered. Oddly, the two killings end up being related. But even odder is that the reporter's widow, Cheryl (Jess Walton) decides to go undercover as a prostitute and addict to try to find out who the killer is....and she's not even a cop. But Kojak is determined to follow her at a distance to make sure she's safe. In fact, throughout the show, Kojak seems to have a soft spot for ladies...even strung out prostitutes (Tina Louise) and wants to find the murderers because whoever did the killings is also using heroin to control the prostitutes.

This is an okay episode...not bad but it's rather hard to believe that a private citizen would infiltrate the mob and turn tricks like this. Odd...but still enjoyable and worth seeing...but also a relatively weak show.

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