List of ''Kojak'' episodes

This is a list of episodes for the television series Kojak.

The first five seasons (Pilot + 118 ep.) were aired on CBS from 1973 until 1978. CBS also commissioned a pair of TV movies in 1985 and 1987. ABC revived Kojak in 1989 for five additional TV movies, the last of which aired in 1990.

Series overview

Season Network Episodes Premiered: Ended:
Pilot CBS 1 March 8, 1973
1 CBS 22 October 31, 1973 May 8, 1974
2 CBS 25 September 15, 1974 March 9, 1975
3 CBS 24 September 14, 1975 March 7, 1976
4 CBS 25 September 26, 1976 March 22, 1977
5 CBS 22 October 2, 1977 March 18, 1978
TV Movies CBS 2 February 16, 1985 February 21, 1987
TV Movies ABC 5 November 2, 1989 April 7, 1990

DVD/Blu-ray releases

Product Episodes DVD release date Blu-ray
release date
United States (R1) United Kingdom (R2) Australia (R4)
Season 122March 22, 200518 July 200513 July 2005
Season 225September 27, 201126 April 2010
Season 324March 20, 201226 April 2010
Season 425May 1, 201229 August 2011
Season 522September 11, 2012[1]29 August 2011
The Complete Movie Collection8January 24, 2012
The Complete Series12517th November 2014


Pilot movie

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Marcus-Nelson Murders"Joseph SargentAbby MannMarch 8, 1973 (1973-03-08)
Lt. Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) believes that a black youth who confessed to the murder of two white girls was coerced by his police interrogators and is innocent of the crime. This is the 90-minute pilot episode with Ned Beatty, Marjoe Gortner and Roger Robinson. It differs from later shows (different colleagues, precinct building, and a car never used later).

Season 1: 1973–74

No. Ep. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Siege of Terror"William HaleRobert HeverlyOctober 24, 1973 (1973-10-24)
Kojak has two hours to free the hostages from three robbers in an Army surplus store. Harvey Keitel and James Sloyan guest star.
22"Web of Death"William HaleJack LairdOctober 31, 1973 (1973-10-31)
A fellow detective, Nick Ferro, kills his wife's lover and tries to cover it up. Héctor Elizondo, Barbara Rhoades, John Karlen, and Bruce Kirby guest star.
33"One for the Morgue"Richard DonnerJerrold FreedmanNovember 7, 1973 (1973-11-07)
Kojak is suspicious of anonymous tips suggesting that an underworld boss is attempting assassination of his rival which would lead to a mafia war. Art Metrano guest stars.
44"Knockover"Charles S. DubinMorton FineNovember 14, 1973 (1973-11-14)
A murder victim's diamond ring compounds a homicide case with that of a big robbery. Lynette Mettey and Alex Rocco guest star.
55"Girl in the River"William HaleHalsted WellesNovember 21, 1973 (1973-11-21)
Kojak suspects that the strangler of seven women has returned, when another girl dies in similar circumstances. Alan Fudge and James Keach guest star.
66"Requiem for a Cop"Gary NelsonRichard Adams,
Jack Laird
November 28, 1973 (1973-11-28)
Kojak races a 48-hour deadline to prevent the burial without honors of his old friend, an officer accused of corruption. Louise Latham, Michael Margotta and John Sylvester White guest star.
77"The Corrupter"Paul StanleyJames M. MillerDecember 5, 1973 (1973-12-05)
Kojak suspects that new store staff may be involved in murder of a jewelry store owner. Lola Albright, Scatman Crothers, Alfred Ryder, and Robert Webber guest star.
88"Dark Sunday"Charles R. RondeauRobert Malcolm YoungDecember 12, 1973 (1973-12-12)
The murder of a car thief reveals vital clues to a $500,000 heist. Richard Jordan, Yvonne Craig, and Marc Alaimo guest star.
99"Conspiracy of Fear"Jeannot SzwarcJack Laird,
Mark Rodgers
December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19)
Kojak tries to hold up an urban re-development project until he solves a murder case. Nicholas Colasanto, William Prince, Gretchen Corbett and Larry Kert guest star.
1010"Cop in a Cage"Charles S. DubinGene R. Kearney,
Alvin Sapinsley
January 2, 1974 (1974-01-02)
Freshly freed from prison, a criminal jailed by Kojak wants revenge and is targeting Kojak's niece on her wedding day. John P. Ryan and Sally Kirkland guest star.
1111"Marker to a Dead Bookie"Alex MarchMorton Fine,
Gene R. Kearney
January 16, 1974 (1974-01-16)
Kojak pretends to be corrupted (buying even more expensive suits than usual and a brand new Cadillac)—not without opposition from Capt. McNeil, who tries save as much police money he can—to catch a narcotics dealer in the act. Lorraine Gary guest stars.
1212"Last Rites for a Dead Priest"Joel OlianskyJack LairdJanuary 23, 1974 (1974-01-23)
During a jeweler's convention, a jewel thief (Jackie Cooper) disguises as a priest in order to steal valuable gems.
1313"Death Is Not a Passing Grade"Allen ReisnerGene R. KearneyJanuary 30, 1974 (1974-01-30)
While teaching a criminal justice class at a local college, Kojak embarrasses a student with a criminal background (James Woods), forcing him to leave a stolen item to have the upper hand in future classroom discussions. Pamela Hensley guest stars.
1414"Die Before They Wake"Leo PennRobert W. LenskiFebruary 6, 1974 (1974-02-06)
A junkie prostitute (Tina Louise) holds the key which would help solving the murder cases of her roommate and a local TV reporter. With Harris Yulin.
1515"Deliver Us Some Evil"Charles S. DubinRobert Malcolm YoungFebruary 13, 1974 (1974-02-13)
A small time crook (John Ritter) prepares to pull a big robbery to flee a pending murder charge.
1616"Eighteen Hours of Fear"Charles R. RondeauRobert C. Dennis,
Jack Laird
February 20, 1974 (1974-02-20)
A woman (Lynne Marta) is coming back from winter holidays from Canada, smuggling two twenty Canadian dollar plates in her fake cast. Once she arrives in US she needs to run from the ex-partner in crime, who murdered her boyfriend and wants get the plates back. With Chuck McCann.
1717"Before the Devil Knows"Charles S. DubinGene R. KearneyFebruary 27, 1974 (1974-02-27)
A man has embezzled a million dollars in US Government bonds, and David and Kevin burgle the bonds from the safe in his high rise apartment. He wakes up, rushes out to his balcony, cuts the rope, and David falls to his death. Kojak taps the embezzler's phone and hears him hire a notorious hit man to kill Kevin so that he won't say who he stole the bonds from in retaliation for the murder of his partner David. Kojak has been after this hit man for many years, and he goes to Kevin with a proposition: Be a stool pigeon, sign a deposition, and return the bonds. In return Kojak looks the other way and Kevin "gets away in the confusion." Kojak catches the hit man, and the deposition will convict the embezzler. With Henry Darrow, Don Knight, and David White.
1818"Dead on His Feet"Jeannot SzwarcJack LairdMarch 6, 1974 (1974-03-06)
A detective (Harry Guardino) is hiding his terminal illness, while pursuing his partner's murderer. As he knows that he won't make it he's even more motivated to find a murder even if he'll have to pay the highest price. With Joanne Linville and Malachi Throne.
1919"Down a Long and Lonely River"Leo PennRobert FosterMarch 20, 1974 (1974-03-20)
A young psychologist asks Kojak for help after her fiancee (Paul Michael Glaser) attempts to settle an old score with the people who left him to take the whole responsibility for the crime which sent him to prison.
2020"Mojo"Jeannot SzwarcMorton Fine,
Mark Weingart
March 27, 1974 (1974-03-27)
Kojak goes undercover as a chemist in order to expose the thieves who stole morphine from an insurance company, to sell it at an inflated price. With Ed Lauter.
2121"Therapy in Dynamite"Leo PennGene R. KearneyApril 10, 1974 (1974-04-10)
A psychopathic bomber targets people who hurt his friend. Kojak must find link between victims in order to find suspect. With Dabney Coleman.
2222"The Only Way Out"Joel OlianskyAlvin SapinsleyMay 8, 1974 (1974-05-08)
A 12-year-old boy wants Kojak's help in locating his missing father. Case takes an interesting twist in which Kojak is not led to the kid's missing father, but to a thief who fled to Brazil with stolen $25 million. With John Hillerman.

Season 2: 1974–75

No. Ep. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
231"The Chinatown Murders: Part 1"Jeannot SzwarcJack LairdSeptember 15, 1974 (1974-09-15)
A series of gang-member murders in Chinatown starts a war. Kojak finds out that those murders were blamed on rival gangs in order to take over the territory from old families by a new gang. Michael Constantine and Robert Ito guest star.
242"The Chinatown Murders: Part 2"Jeannot SzwarcJack LairdSeptember 15, 1974 (1974-09-15)
Kojak is in pursuit of the individuals who started a gang war.
253"Hush Now, Don't You Die"Charles S. DubinRobert W. LenskiSeptember 22, 1974 (1974-09-22)
A college girl has been kidnapped, taken to a warehouse and raped by two assassins. One is shot by another and the girl escapes. Her testimony would surely help find the other criminal but because of fear from publicly saying that she was raped, she's not going to police. Her father starts his own vendetta as he wants to kill other assassin by himself. Kojak must fight to find the truth about what actually happened that night.
264"A Very Deadly Game"Seymour RobbieSean BaineSeptember 29, 1974 (1974-09-29)
A fellow policeman from Kojak's precinct is killed on duty. Theo learns the murderer is a well known criminal pursued by the Feds, which is after him in a major fraud case. Kojak goes all the way to L.A., since he wants the criminal for murder, not fraud. Burr DeBenning guest stars.
275"Wall Street Gunslinger"Richard DonnerHalsted WellesOctober 6, 1974 (1974-10-06)
Kojak takes a case about fake stocks on Wall Street, which includes also three murders. He goes undercover as a Greek millionaire to get into the office of a well-known broker and catch him when as soon as he tries to sell the stocks. When the thieves find out that the real Greek millionaire is in Venezuela, Theo is kidnapped. Alan Feinstein and Ben Masters guest star.
286"Slay Ride"Russ MayberryMorton FineOctober 13, 1974 (1974-10-13)
In a hotel at an architects' convention, a couple of suicides occur. Kojak is convinced of a connection between the deaths. The story returns to a previous convention at which all of the victims were involved in a girl's rape and her sister's death. The dead girl was a soldier's girlfriend and he wants vengeance in finding (with the guidance of her sister) and killing all the people related to his girl's death. Stephen McHattie, Julie Gregg, Gordon Jump and Paul Benedict guest star.
297"Nursemaid"Jerry LondonJoel OlianskyOctober 20, 1974 (1974-10-20)
A gun dealer is forced by a gang to sell them guns. Kojak, together with Crocker and Stavros, organize a raid on a gang-owned pub in which they find a vault with a large number of pistols. Kojak wants a dealer to testify against gang members, but the storekeeper is kidnapped and killed. A former gun-shop bookkeeper (Kay Medford) is also not so keen to testify, but Kojak warns that gang members will very likely find her soon, changing her mind. She's taken to a motel away from Manhattan but gangsters won't give up easily.
308"You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler"Seymour RobbieAlbert RubenOctober 30, 1974 (1974-10-30)
A small-time criminal is suspected of murder but Kojak thinks he was framed and tries to find the real men responsible. The suspect doesn't want to cooperate but is eventually equipped with microphone and sent to his "friend's" flat to help the investigation and be set free.
319"The Best Judge Money Can Buy"Leo PennGene R. KearneyNovember 3, 1974 (1974-11-03)
A judge died in odd circumstances and it's becoming obvious that he has been murdered, Kojak has to find out who did it, after coming to the conclusion that the judge was corrupted. The solution to the case rests in the hands of Mackie's father, likewise a judge who is upstanding before a moral dilemma when he needs to decide whether or not to set a known murderer free to cover up for his son's misdeeds. John Randolph and Abe Vigoda guest star.
3210"A Souvenir from Atlantic City"Daniel HallerEric Kaldor,
Charles Sailor
November 10, 1974 (1974-11-10)
The only witness to a terrorist bombing also happens to be a police informer. In his efforts to locate the witness, Kojak must cooperate with a rival police precinct which is keeping the man under wraps. Meanwhile, the witness escapes custody to his sister just as the terrorist group El Compadre prepares to strike against him. With Daniel J. Travanti.
3311"A Killing in the Second House"Christian NybyGene R. KearneyNovember 17, 1974 (1974-11-17)
A wealthy man hires a private detective to follow his wife as he suspects she has had an affair. The detective delivers photos in which the wife is seen with his assistant after the man kills himself. He wants to help the widow get the money from insurance company (and take his share, too), so he makes his ex-client's suicide looks like a murder. The case is given to Kojak, who knows the private detective is a former police detective from Kojak's precinct who has been laid off work after corruption accusations. With Dimitra Arliss and Martin Balsam.
3412"The Best War in Town"Richard DonnerBurton ArmusNovember 24, 1974 (1974-11-24)
This is to be the first day of work for a rookie cop, but on the way to his precinct he sees men trying to strangle an individual. He tries to do the right thing, but quickly gets in over his head.
3513"Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die"David FriedkinGene R. KearneyDecember 1, 1974 (1974-12-01)
The friend of a mental patient (Andrea Marcovicci) thinks he is protecting her by murdering her aggressive suitor.
3614"The Betrayal"Telly SavalasJoseph PolizziDecember 15, 1974 (1974-12-15)
An informant (Paul Anka) uses a detective to further his own criminal career. Directed by Telly Savalas. Paul Picerni guest stars.
3715"Loser Takes All"Allen ReisnerRobert C. Dennis,
William P. McGivern
December 22, 1974 (1974-12-22)
A woman's (Ja'net DuBois) husband is murdered during the diamond heist she plotted with her lover (Leslie Nielsen). Antonio Fargas also guest stars.
3816"Close Cover Before Killing"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Peter S. FischerJanuary 5, 1975 (1975-01-05)
Kojak is puzzled when a prosperous businessman (Alex Rocco) suddenly is accused of murder and arson. Erik Estrada and David Ackroyd guest star.
3917"Acts of Desperate Men"Jeannot SzwarcGene R. KearneyJanuary 12, 1975 (1975-01-12)
A sniper systematically eliminates a mild-mannered accountant's (Eugene Roche) boss and his associates. Elaine Joyce and Bruno Kirby guest star.
4018"Queen of the Gypsies"Jeannot SzwarcGene R. Kearney,
Arthur E. McLaird
January 19, 1975 (1975-01-19)
A Gypsy woman (Zohra Lampert), witness to a bank robbery, recruits the thieves for a heist involving six banks in one day. Lampert was awarded an Emmy award for her work in the episode. Lane Smith guest stars.
4119"Night of the Piraeus"Jerry LondonGeorge Bacos,
Don Rene Patterson
January 26, 1975 (1975-01-26)
A belt stolen from a Greek sailor causes three murders, but a witness appears unconcerned. Norman Lloyd, Ivor Francis, and Thaao Penghlis guest stars.
4220"Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard"Christian NybyJack LairdFebruary 2, 1975 (1975-02-02)
The murder of a Manhattan playgirl affects several lives, including Kojak's. With guest Priscilla Pointer.
4321"The Goodluck Bomber"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Ray BrennerFebruary 9, 1975 (1975-02-09)
A series of bombings involving devices that cannot be defused frustrates Kojak. With guest Jack Ging.
4422"Unwanted Partners"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Burton ArmusFebruary 16, 1975 (1975-02-16)
Crocker is torn when an old school chum is the prime suspect in the investigation of a protection racket.
4523"Two-Four-Six for Two Hundred"Russ MayberryJames M. MillerFebruary 23, 1975 (1975-02-23)
A thief tries unsuccessfully to steal a painter's truck, then sits in jail while his lawyer (Robert Loggia) fails to arrange bail.
4624"The Trade-Off"David FriedkinRobert E. SwansonMarch 2, 1975 (1975-03-02)
A narcotics dealer (Mark Stevens) facing prosecution kidnaps Capt. McNeil's wife and demands Kojak return the evidence.
4725"I Want to Report a Dream"Telly SavalasGene R. KearneyMarch 9, 1975 (1975-03-09)
A psychic (Ruth Gordon) reports to the police a dream in which she sees a murder committed; co-starring Tracy Reed.

Season 3: 1975–76

No. Ep. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
481"A Question of Answers: Part 1"Jerry LondonAlbert RubenSeptember 14, 1975 (1975-09-14)

A man tries to clear his name by helping Kojak trap a loan shark. Eli Wallach, Michael V. Gazzo, Jennifer Warren, Jerry Orbach, Allan Rich, and F. Murray Abraham guest star.

Note: This two-part episode was originally broadcast as a single 2-hour episode.
492"A Question of Answers: Part 2"Jerry LondonAlbert RubenSeptember 14, 1975 (1975-09-14)
A man tries to clear his name by helping Kojak trap a loan shark.
503"My Brother, My Enemy"Russ MayberryAlvin BoretzSeptember 21, 1975 (1975-09-21)
Kojak resists outside pressures to protect a fellow detective (Sylvester Stallone) who accidentally shot a boy.
514"Sweeter Than Life"Russ MayberryBurton ArmusSeptember 21, 1975 (1975-09-21)
Lt. Kojak asks an ex-addict (Neville Brand) to help his nephew, who seems to be hooked on drugs and involved in a murder.
525"Be Careful What You Pray For"Russ MayberryJames M. MillerOctober 5, 1975 (1975-10-05)
Crocker lectures female students on rape at a Catholic school, while two Puerto Rican brothers attack a priest during a truck heist.
536"Secret Snow, Deadly Snow"Jerry LondonMorton FineOctober 12, 1975 (1975-10-12)
Kojak is determined to nail a big-time drug dealer who shot a plastic surgeon, even though the man was already dead from what they at first believe to be natural causes.
547"Life, Liberation, and the Pursuit of Death"Nicholas SgarroGene R. KearneyOctober 26, 1975 (1975-10-26)
A woman who witnesses a body being dumped into the harbor is so fragile that the killer tries to use psychology against her in order to eliminate her. With William Katt.
558"Out of the Frying Pan…"Charles S. DubinJack LairdNovember 2, 1975 (1975-11-02)
A veteran cop, battling alcoholism and demoted after being held responsible for the shooting death of a friend, impedes Kojak's murder investigation as he tries to clear his name and win back his gold shield. With Eugene Roche.
569"Over the Water"Telly SavalasBurton ArmusNovember 9, 1975 (1975-11-09)
After Kojak breaks up a barroom brawl he started, a mobster's son puts out a contract on Kojak's life.
5710"The Nicest Guys on the Block"Charles S. DubinMorton FineNovember 16, 1975 (1975-11-16)
A colleague of Kojak's, Detective Weaver, discovers that a former high school buddy is now involved in fencing a million dollars worth of stolen diamonds.
5811"No Immunity for Murder"Andy SidarisJoe GoresNovember 23, 1975 (1975-11-23)
Refusing to believe that a prostitute and her partner are responsible for a bookkeeper's murder, Kojak runs afoul of the FBI when he tries to investigate. With Gregory Walcott and Robert Alda.
5912"A Long Way from Times Square"Ernest PintoffGene R. Kearney,
Brian McKay
November 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)
Kojak and Crocker head to Cory County, Nevada to pick up a witness, but encounter trouble in town. With Judy Kaye.
6013"Money Back Guarantee"Daniel HallerDallas L. BarnesDecember 7, 1975 (1975-12-07)
The murder of a patrolman plunges Kojak and staff on the trail of a stolen car ring, which owes its success to the willingness of its victims. With David Ogden Stiers.
6114"A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves"Robert DayGene R. KearneyDecember 14, 1975 (1975-12-14)
A former detective (Vincent Gardenia), now with the Las Vegas police force, collars a "retired" counterfeiter and calls his ex-boss, Kojak, to come get his prisoner, only to have someone prefer him dead. With Eileen Brennan.
6215"How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars"David FriedkinGene R. Kearney,
James Duff McAdams
December 21, 1975 (1975-12-21)
On Christmas Eve, Kojak and colleagues find their hands full after a distraught husband mistakenly tries to shoot a woman who looks like his wife. With Veronica Hamel.
6316"The Forgotten Room"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.James BonnetJanuary 4, 1976 (1976-01-04)
When a Greek immigrant is accused of murdering a prostitute, Kojak meets resistance from his employer, a widowed Greek woman.
6417"On the Edge"David FriedkinAlvin BoretzJanuary 11, 1976 (1976-01-11)
A detective's (Forrest Tucker) obsession with his work is jeopardizing his family life, his career and a case involving the head of a stolen jewelry racket.
6518"A Wind from Corsica"Daniel HallerMark Rodgers,
Paul Stein,
Barry Trivers,
Charles Watts
January 18, 1976 (1976-01-18)
Dominic Bruno unknowingly catches a highly communicable disease from his dying brother, an escaped convict, who makes Bruno promise to kill the man who framed him.
6619"Bad Dude"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Joe GoresJanuary 25, 1976 (1976-01-25)
A man (Roosevelt Grier) seems to be purposefully setting himself up as a target for a hired killer, and doesn't want the police to interfere.
6720"A Grave Too Soon"Daniel HallerJack LairdFebruary 1, 1976 (1976-02-01)
Kojak puts the pressure on a known member of an organized crime syndicate when a dead undercover cop is found murdered. With Diana Hyland and Daniel J. Travanti.
6821"The Frame"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Burton ArmusFebruary 8, 1976 (1976-02-08)
Kojak finds himself under investigation by Internal Affairs when a thief he arrested without sufficient evidence claims he paid Kojak a bribe.
6922"Deadly Innocence"Daniel HallerSean BaineFebruary 15, 1976 (1976-02-15)

A father (Tige Andrews) pushes his son to go to any lengths to continue the coverup of a frame he arranged to get revenge for an accident that paralyzed another son.

Note: Kevin Dobson does not appear in this episode.
7023"Justice Deferred"Charles S. DubinJack LairdFebruary 22, 1976 (1976-02-22)

A multi-millionaire construction tycoon (Michael Ansara) remains calm in the face of Kojak's investigation of a murder he helped cover up with concrete 18 years before. With Gail Strickland.

Note: Kevin Dobson does not appear in this episode.
7124"Both Sides of the Law"David FriedkinGene R. KearneyMarch 7, 1976 (1976-03-07)
A private detective with a world-wide reputation for getting results competes with Kojak to find priceless Rembrandt drawings which disappeared from Susan Sullivan's gallery, even though the thieves were caught at the crime site.

Season 4: 1976–77

No. Ep. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
721"Birthday Party"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Steven W. Carabatsos,
Robert Hoskins
September 26, 1976 (1976-09-26)
Kojak works against time to locate desperate criminals who have kidnapped his niece to force him to release one of their accomplices. With Richard Gere.
732"A Summer Madness"Jeannot SzwarcJack Laird,
William P. McGivern
October 3, 1976 (1976-10-03)
A mysterious bomber kills innocent victims by tossing a molotov cocktail through the window af a Manhattan restaurant.
743"Law Dance"Edward M. AbromsJames M. MillerOctober 10, 1976 (1976-10-10)
Kojak and Crocker have difficulty in the courts when a new trial for a convicted murderer threatens to set him free. With Sharon Gless and Martin Kove.
754"Out of the Shadows"Jeannot SzwarcGene R. KearneyOctober 17, 1976 (1976-10-17)
Kojak and his men arrest a psychotic killer who has been terrorizing Manhattan with a series of seemingly indiscriminate murders, but his confession takes a bizarre turn.
765"A Need to Know"Russ MayberryStewart Alexander,
Chester Krumholz,
Cire Rodlak
October 24, 1976 (1976-10-24)
A child molester is arrested, but Kojak is ordered to release him because he works for a foreign embassy and has diplomatic immunity. Featuring Héctor Elizondo and Al Freeman, Jr.
776"An Unfair Trade"Nicholas SgarroBurton ArmusOctober 31, 1976 (1976-10-31)
Two patrol cops are caught in the backlash of an angry neighborhood when one of the cops is forced to kill a Hispanic youth during a struggle. Guest star David Selby.
787"A Hair-Trigger Away"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.L.T. Bentwood,
Jack Epps, Jr.,
Andy House
November 7, 1976 (1976-11-07)
A heroin addict tries to kick her habit with the aid of her boyfriend, Lt. Giddings, whose status is jeopardized after he accidentally kills another cop. With Lynn Redgrave and Morgan Fairchild.
798"By Silence Betrayed"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Chester KrumholzNovember 14, 1976 (1976-11-14)
Kojak's investigation into the killing of several dock workers is complicated by the workers' code of silence and efforts to clean up their own house. With Sally Kirkland.
809"A Shield for Murder: Part 1"Jeannot SzwarcWilliam P. McGivern,
Robert Malcolm Young
November 21, 1976 (1976-11-21)
A wealthy, power-wielding New York State County Chairman (Geraldine Page) uses her influence to protect her grandson, with help from a corrupt cop (Kenneth McMillan).
8110"A Shield for Murder: Part 2"Jeannot SzwarcWilliam P. McGivern,
Robert Malcolm Young
November 21, 1976 (1976-11-21)
Kojak confronts a politically influential woman while trying to save a young woman (Mary Beth Hurt).
8211"The Pride and the Princess"Charles S. DubinJames M. MillerNovember 28, 1976 (1976-11-28)
A Yugoslavian princess hunts for priceless family jewels stolen at the end of World War II and now hidden somewhere in New York City. With Maria Schell.
8312"Black Thorn"Charles S. DubinLeon TokatyanDecember 5, 1976 (1976-12-05)
Salathiel Harms (Roosevelt Grier) returns as a bounty hunter who is after a desperate man who jumped bail in San Francisco.
8413"Where Do You Go When You Have No Place To Go?"Jeannot SzwarcChester Krumholz,
James Duff McAdams
December 12, 1976 (1976-12-12)
A hot-tempered Indian accidentally kills a construction boss and finds a fortune in stolen diamonds. With Blair Brown and Stephen Macht.
8514"Dead Again"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Burton ArmusDecember 19, 1976 (1976-12-19)
Kojak links the threats against a young girl's life and a bomber's extortion demands. With Simon Oakland and Brooke Adams.
8615"The Godson"Russ MayberryJoseph PolizziJanuary 2, 1977 (1977-01-02)
Kojak's 17-year-old godson, who hasn't seen Theo for more than 10 years, is in for a lot of trouble with criminals and the law. With Brian Dennehy and Rosalind Cash.
8716"The Condemned"Noel BlackMichael Grais,
Anthony Spinner,
Mark Victor
January 11, 1977 (1977-01-11)
After he discovers his unfaithful wife murdered, a prizefighter goes berserk and holds innocent victims hostage in a church. With Dorian Harewood and Ken Foree.
8817"When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead"Jeannot SzwarcGene R. KearneyJanuary 18, 1977 (1977-01-18)
A wealthy ecologist's wife plans to do away with her husband and frame a non-existent call girl for the murder. With Eric Braeden, Susan Sullivan and Joe Turkel.
8918"I Was Happy Where I Was"Nicholas SgarroSean Baine,
Jerrold Freedman
January 25, 1977 (1977-01-25)
Kojak tries to head off a barrio gang war when he investigates a street murder.
9019"Kojak's Days: Part 1"Charles S. DubinChester Krumholz,
Matthew Rapf
February 1, 1977 (1977-02-01)
An unidentified corpse in a stolen Rolls-Royce is found the same morning a wife kills her husband and abandons her child, leaving a trail that could lead to her suicide. With Maud Adams, William Hurt, Ken Kercheval, Louise Sorel, and Michael Tolan.
9120"Kojak's Days: Part 2"Charles S. DubinChester Krumholz,
Matthew Rapf
February 8, 1977 (1977-02-08)
More facts come to light regarding the body stuffed in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce.
9221"Monkey on a String"Ernest PintoffJack LairdFebruary 15, 1977 (1977-02-15)
A member of the police force falls prey to a powerful crime figure. With Albert Paulsen and Judith Light.
9322"Kiss It All Goodbye"Telly SavalasOliver Crawford,
Robert W. Lenski
February 22, 1977 (1977-02-22)
Alerted to a fur robbery in a double-cross by one of the thieves, Crocker inadvertently shoots a young woman, crippling her for life. With Carol Lynley and Christopher Walken.
9423"Lady in the Squadroom"Edward M. AbromsBurton ArmusMarch 8, 1977 (1977-03-08)
Kojak is not happy when a lady cop is assigned to his division, and neither is she, but they find they have to work together as cops whether they like it or not. With George Maharis, Joan Van Ark, and Louis Zorich.
9524"Sister Maria"Ernest PintoffEric Kaldor,
Charles Sailor,
Ross Teel
March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
A nun seeks revenge against a man responsible for her sister's death. With Season Hubley, Murray Hamilton, and Gloria Grahame.
9625"Another Gypsy Queen"Joel OlianskyGene R. KearneyMarch 22, 1977 (1977-03-22)
A gypsy queen plays both ends against the middle in attempting to locate a man she thinks is responsible for killing gypsies.

Season 5: 1977–78

No. Ep. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
971"The Queen of Hearts Is Wild"Leo PennDonald P. BellisarioOctober 2, 1977 (1977-10-02)
The girlfriend of a gangster who hates Kojak is the only witness to a cop's murder. With Paula Kelly.
982"A Strange Kind of Love"Sutton RoleyJoseph PolizziOctober 9, 1977 (1977-10-09)
A psychotic murderer thinks a radio talk show host is encouraging him to murder people she criticizes. With Lee Bryant.
993"Laid Off"Nicholas SgarroBurton ArmusOctober 16, 1977 (1977-10-16)
A laid-off officer with two jobs and a sick wife takes a bribe under pressure from a loan shark.
1004"Cry for the Kids"Leo PennDavid TaylorOctober 23, 1977 (1977-10-23)
A teenager accidentally kills a gangster's bag man while robbing him, only to have a rival gangster hire him to take out the competition. With Carmine Caridi.
1015"Once More from Birdland"Nicholas SgarroGene R. KearneyOctober 30, 1977 (1977-10-30)
A singer (Andrea Marcovicci) is out to prove her wrongfully imprisoned father innocent after he spends 14 years in prison.
1026"Caper on a Quiet Street"Edward M. AbromsMichael I. WagnerNovember 6, 1977 (1977-11-06)
A woman is Kojak's only link to finding $6 million, but her boyfriend (Armand Assante) has other plans. With Candice Azzara.
1037"Letters of Death"Nicholas SgarroL.T. Bentwood,
Marvin Kupfer,
William A. Schwartz
November 13, 1977 (1977-11-13)
Anonymous messages begin turning up informing a model that someone close to her is in danger. With Cristina Raines.
1048"Tears for All Who Love Her"Joel OlianskyChester Krumholz,
John Meredyth Lucas,
Ross Teel
November 20, 1977 (1977-11-20)
Crocker falls for a woman while investigating the death of her mobster husband. With Sam Jaffe.
1059"The Summer of '69: Part 1"Gene R. KearneyGene R. KearneyDecember 4, 1977 (1977-12-04)
A man is released from prison, and a woman who rides with him to New York is found murdered in his abandoned car (with the MO of a dead serial killer). Rosalind Chao guest stars.
10610"The Summer of '69: Part 2"Gene R. KearneyGene R. KearneyDecember 10, 1977 (1977-12-10)
After Kojak is placed on suspension, he continues to review the 8-year old case while a serial killer (Stephen McHattie) strikes again.
10711"Case Without a File"Nicholas SgarroJoe GoresDecember 17, 1977 (1977-12-17)
Kojak poses as a murdered private investigator to find out why he was murdered. With Angel Tompkins.
10812"I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer"Russ MayberryGene R. Kearney,
Harriet Margulies
December 24, 1977 (1977-12-24)
A detective believes that his wife's divorce lawyer (David Ladd) hired an arsonist to destroy his boat.
10913"Justice for All"Jim BensonMichael Kozoll,
Ross Teel
January 7, 1978 (1978-01-07)
While Kojak is contemplating leaving the police department to become a law firm's investigator, a series of recent drug-related deaths begin to overshadow his decision.
11014"Mouse"Harvey S. LaidmanArt EisensonJanuary 21, 1978 (1978-01-21)
Kojak encounters a case where a highly respected surgeon may be doing unnecessary surgeries in order to use the money to pay off gambling debts.
11115"Chain of Custody"Russ MayberryChester Krumholz,
Matthew Rapf
January 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)
Kojak is suspended after reacting to an incompetent district attorney who failed to convict a known killer.
11216"The Captain's Brother's Wife"Charles S. DubinRift Fournier,
Chester Krumholz
February 4, 1978 (1978-02-04)
Kojak tries to protect Captain McNeil's widowed sister-in-law (Shelley Winters) from gamblers.
11317"No License to Kill"Ernest PintoffBob Bralver,
Charlene Bralver,
Gene R. Kearney
February 11, 1978 (1978-02-11)
Kojak is assigned to help a resentful police officer search for a professional hit man.
11418"The Halls of Terror"Edward M. AbromsChester KrumholzFebruary 18, 1978 (1978-02-18)
Kojak and the detectives go undercover in a local hospital in order to investigate a string of murders that have been occurring while the victims were on duty. With Meeno Peluce.
11519"May the Horse Be With You"Charles S. DubinRift FournierFebruary 25, 1978 (1978-02-25)
A 40-year veteran officer is shot attempting to prevent the theft of a race horse that he illegally housed in the NYPD stables. With Jeff Conaway, Steve Franken, and Roz Kelly.
11620"Photo Must Credit Joe Paxton"Jim BensonGene R. KearneyMarch 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)
A paparazzi photographer (Tige Andrews) becomes the prime suspect in a jewel theft and phony kidnapping of a former actress (Antoinette Bower) he has pursued for years. With Arte Johnson and Andrew Robinson.
11721"60 Miles to Hell"Gene R. KearneyMike Frankovich Jr.,
Gene R. Kearney
March 11, 1978 (1978-03-11)
Crocker is taken hostage while trying to transport a prisoner from Vegas to New York. With Priscilla Barnes, Gianni Russo, Liberace.
11822"In Full Command"Telly SavalasChester KrumholzMarch 18, 1978 (1978-03-18)

After being rejected for a promotion, a disgruntled inspector (Danny Thomas) sees a current case as a way to boost his career.

Note: This is the final episode. Telly Savalas and Dan Frazer are the only actors to appear in every episode of the series.

TV movies: 1985–90

No. Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1Kojak: The Belarus FileRobert MarkowitzAlbert RubenFebruary 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
The murders of several elderly Russian men lead Kojak to a group of Nazi war criminals who are living in America with the full knowledge and approval of the U.S. Government.
2Kojak: The Price of JusticeAlan MetzgerAlbert RubenFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
When the bodies of two young boys are discovered in a Harlem river, their mother is the obvious suspect, particularly with her scandalous past. But Kojak believes that she is innocent.
3Kojak: ArianaPaul KrasnyMaurice HurleyNovember 4, 1989 (1989-11-04)
During a stroll in an amusement park, Inspector Kojak finds a small Greek girl named Ariana. As she only speaks Greek, Kojak is the only man able to communicate with her and learn her name and hometown. There are no other leads and family is nowhere to be found. Kojak, with the aid of young detective, is about to find out that the case won't be all about the girl and that the key to solving it is in Kojak's past. With guest stars Hector Elizondo and Shari Headley.
4Kojak: Fatal FlawRichard ComptonAlbert RubenNovember 30, 1989 (1989-11-30)
Popular book writer is murdered. Kojak finds out that shortly before his death he was working on a book about the mafia, so the mob is automatically his number one suspect. The case won't be that straightforward as new developments shift the investigation toward a young actor and a writer's wife who is a longtime friend of Kojak. Angie Dickinson, Richard Jenkins and Steven Weber are featured.
5Kojak: Flowers for MattyPaul KrasnyPeyton WebbJanuary 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
A fellow cop and Kojak's close friend is shot to death. Theo immediately starts an investigation, but to his dismay the case is taken away from him by the Internal Affairs Bureau, as his killed friend is suspected of bribery. Regardless of that, Kojak's continuing his own private research, as he believes in the detective's innocence. Cast includes Glynnis O'Connor and Ed Lauter.
6Kojak: It's Always SomethingRichard ComptonJack LairdFebruary 3, 1990 (1990-02-03)
Theo's former colleague and protégé, Bobby Crocker (Kevin Dobson), is now an assistant district attorney. Crocker prosecutes Kojak's current right-hand man, Winston Blake (Andre Braugher), for the murder of a call girl. Darren McGavin also stars.
7Kojak: None So BlindAlan MetzgerScott ShepherdApril 7, 1990 (1990-04-07)
Kojak investigates a tycoon (Rip Torn) and a mobster (Jerry Orbach) in connection with a plot involving money, women and murder. Marcia Gay Harden is an eyewitness to a crime, and Amanda Plummer, Terry Kinney and James Remar also have guest roles.


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