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Kojak: The Complete First Season

Telly Savalas , Steven Keats , Alex March , Allen Reisner    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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On the timeline of successful TV cop dramas, Kojak offered bold authenticity and paved the way for NYPD Blue. As immortalized by Telly Savalas, veteran detective Theo Kojak was introduced in the 1973 TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders (not included in this 3-disc set), a ratings hit that encouraged CBS and writer-producer Abby Mann to create a trend-setting series (based on a book by Selwyn Raab) that premiered on October 24 of that year. The Greek, bald-headed, snappily attired Kojak brought no-nonsense bravado to homicide cases in South Manhattan--a setting that lent a gritty, urban edge to intelligent plots that won the respect of real cops with an emphasis on diligent police work instead of overblown action and phony glamour. While working cases with his captain Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer) and closest colleagues Crocker (Kevin Dobson) and Stavros (played by Savalas's brother George, credited as "Demosthenes" for the first two seasons), Kojak had a knack for bending the rules (but never breaking them) if he knew it would solve a crime.

Kojak came at a perfect time for Savalas and cop dramas in general. The actor's career was slumping in the early '70s (he'd just appeared in the Italian horror film Lisa and the Devil), and he quickly put his personal stamp on the role with street-wise sarcasm and trademark lollipops (a perfect prop that Savalas adopted to quit smoking). Consistently well-written, the series was realistically rooted in a broad spectrum of New York City crime. These qualities attracted plenty of fresh and established talent, and these 22 well-preserved episodes include guest appearances by Harvey Keitel, James Woods, Richard Jordan, Hector Elizondo, John Ritter (in one of his first TV roles), Paul Michael Glaser, Dabney Coleman, Tina Louise, and a host of familiar TV veterans. For this debut season, Savalas won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Kojak ran for five well-rated seasons, followed by several TV-movie revivals in 1985, 1989, and 1990. The enduring popularity of Kojak was further proven when the show was revived yet again in March of 2005, with Ving Rhames in the title role. --Jeff Shannon

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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Telly Savalas is back as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, television’s greatest detective, in the unforgettable homicide series Kojak. He’s got style, street smarts and a penchant for lollipops, and he’s hitting the gritty streets of New York City in pursuit of some of television’s toughest criminals. Relive all his smart, edgy adventures in the mystery series that People Magazine raves is "a TV classic: slick, well-plotted and entertaining." And now, it’s an open-and-shut case with all 22 Season One episodes available on DVD for the first time ever!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO LOVES YA BABY ! May 28 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It's unfortunate that the original pilot movie which first introduced the "Kojak" character in the 1973 TV movie (The Marcus-Nelson Murders) is not included in this set. It's also too bad the studio didn't include any sort of commentary or interviews from any of the surviving actors of this great show. Overall "Kojak" season one is pure entertainment and a definite must have for "Kojak" fans. Telly Savalas in the role of Theo Kojak remains one of television's greatest detectives to ever hit the screen and season one of "Kojak" is a treat to finally have on DVD. Telly Savalas starring as the no nonsense and street smart New York City Police Lieutenant Theo Kojak brings down the toughest criminals any way he can. Five stars all the way for this classic cop show from the 1970's. The video transfer is excellent and the audio is crisp. Recent rumors from Universal Studios are that future seasons of "Kojak" are not in the works; suddenly my lollypop has gone sour!

DVD Episodes Include:
Episode 1: Siege of Terror
Episode 2: Web of Death
Episode 3: One for the Morgue
Episode 4: Knockover
Episode 5: Girl in the River
Episode 6: Requiem for a Cop
Episode 7: The Corrupter
Episode 8: Dark Sunday
Episode 9: Conspiracy of Fear
Episode 10: Cop in a Cage
Episode 11: Marker to a Dead Bookie
Episode 12: Last Rites for a Dead Priest
Episode 13: Death Is Not a Passing Grade
Episode 14: Die Before They Wake
Episode 15: Deliver Us Some Evil
Episode 16: Eighteen Hours of Fear
Episode 17: Before the Devil Knows
Episode 18: Dead on His Feet
Episode 19: Down a Long and Lonely River
Episode 20: Mojo
Episode 21: Therapy in Dynamite
Episode 22: The Only Way Out
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5.0 out of 5 stars kojak is to cool Nov. 17 2013
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Kojak is the best , so cool and love the New York scenes of the 70's , I need to get another season now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set. Feb. 14 2006
This is a must have for any fan of 70s TV. I hope that they hurry up with the other seasons and don't just leave it with the first one as they did with Barretta
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Give me more.!!!! Jan. 22 2006
I just want to say where is the rest of the seasons, I'm out of lollypops. Kojak is worth getting lots of action in all episodes. Telly Savalas R.I.P.
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