Kolchak: The Night Stalker (Online Survey -- Your Favorite Episodes)

The 1970s was a transition era for many things -- fashion styles, fads, music -- you name it.  Television was no exception to this change. Situation comedies had made a turn, TV westerns were becoming a memory, and science fiction was changing as well.  Fitting into a category of its own was a real 'sleeper' TV series -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, starring Darren McGavin.  The series was a spin-off of two successful TV movies, "The Night Stalker", and its sequel, "The Night Strangler".  Both films featured McGavin as reporter, Carl Kolchak, whose line of work led him into the unenviable position of vampire hunter/fiend stalker.  Darren McGavin landed in the role of Kolchak 'running at full speed' from the very beginning, which led to the "Kolchak" TV series.  Although the series only lasted one season, it made its mark in the genre of 'Classic TV'.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker included a very formidable, weekly cast of underrated Hollywood actors supporting McGavin.  Simon Oakland portrayed Kolchak's editor, Tony Vincenzo; Ruth McDevitt played co-worker, Emily Cowles, along with Jack Grinnage as Ron Updyke, another office-mate of Kolchak's.  You could usually count on there being at least one guest star per week that was part of that elite group of character actors that has made TV so much fun to watch throughout the years.  Darren McGavin's role as Kolchak was a masterpiece and "Carl" is undoubtedly considered as a true TV icon.  It's difficult to come up with one adjective to describe the character, but he's a person with whom so many of us can relate.  At times, Kolchak would seem a bit bungling when trying to combat the supernatural, but at the same time would appear a hero, and one you could depend on, in spite of the human flaws that he shares with the entire population.


(You may hover your mouse over one of the 'linked' episode titles below to view a brief description of the episode.  Also, you need not rate the episodes from 1 to 5--just click on the appropriate check box to include an episode as one of your Top 5 Favorites.)

The Ripper

The Zombie

They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...

The Vampire

The Werewolf


The Devils Platform

Bad Medicine

The Spanish Moss Murders

The Energy Eater

Horror in the Heights

Mr. R.I.N.G.

Primal Scream

The Trevi Collection


Demon in Lace

Legacy of Terror

The Knightly Murders

The Youth Killer

The Sentry

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The Zombie (8)
The Spanish Moss Murders (7)
Demon in Lace (7)
Horror in the Heights (6)
The Knightly Murders (6)
The Ripper (5)
The Werewolf (5)
Bad Medicine (5)
The Vampire (4)
The Sentry (3)
The Devils Platform (2)
Mr. R.I.N.G. (2)
Chopper (2)
Legacy of Terror (2)
Primal Scream (1)
They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be... (0)
Firefall (0)
The Energy Eater (0)
The Trevi Collection (0)
The Youth Killer (0)