Overview

Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin—who investigated mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved the supernatural or even science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

The series was preceded by two television movies, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler. The series only lasted a single season, it remains popular in syndication; it is often cited as the inspiration for the popular series The X-Files. Following the success of The X-Files, the franchise was resurrected in 2005 in a second television series with a new cast and characters, as well as subsequent in novels and comic books.

The entire series is available in syndication and is occasionally rerun on the Sci-Fi Channel under an expanded title, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. In 2008, it was aired on Chiller. It is also available on DVD and streaming from Netflix.

  1. Jeff Rice

    Creator

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  1. Darren McGavin

    Darren McGavin

    Carl Kolchak

  2. Simon Oakland

    Simon Oakland

    Tony Vincenzo

  3. Jack Grinnage

    Ron Updyke

  4. Ruth McDevitt

    Ruth McDevitt

    Emily Cowles

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1

1974 | 20 Episodes

Carl Kolchak was a reporter for Chicago's Independent News Service, and a trouble magnet for situations involving the supernatural. Kolchak turned his investigative skills to vampires, werewolves, zombies and all manner of legendary creatures, but in the end he always failed to convince his skeptical editor, Tony Vincenzo, that the stories weren't products of Kolchak's own overworked imagination.

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Status Ended

Network American Broadcasting Company

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

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