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Kojak 3 Seasons

Season 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 7.1/10

Telly Savalas is back as the brilliant and brazen Lieutenant Theo Kojak for the final season of one of television's grittiest and most memorable detective dramas.

Starring:
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer

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1. The Queen of Hearts Is Wild

The girlfriend of a local gangster who hates Kojak is the only witness in the murder of a police officer.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 2, 1977
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2. A Strange Kind of Love

A psychotic killer thinks that a television talk show host is subliminally brainwashing him to murder.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 9, 1977
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3. Laid Off

A laid-off police officer with two jobs and a sick wife takes a bribe under pressure from a loan shark.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 16, 1977
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4. Cry for the Kids

A teenager accidentally kills a gangster's hired hand while robbing him, only to have a rival gangster hire him to take out the competition in order to gain control over the neighborhood.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 23, 1977
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5. Once More from Birdland

A singer (Andrea Marcovicci) is determined to prove her wrongfully imprisoned father innocent after he has spent 14 years in prison.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 30, 1977
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6. Caper on a Quiet Street

A woman is Kojak's only link to finding $6 million, but her boyfriend (Armand Assante) has other plans.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 6, 1977
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7. Letters of Death

Anonymous messages begin turning up informing a model that someone close to her is in danger of being murdered.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 13, 1977
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8. Tears for All Who Loved Her

Crocker falls for a woman while investigating the death of her mobster husband.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 20, 1977
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9. The Summer of '69, Part 1

Kojak must reopen a case in which the prime suspect accused of murdering three women was gunned down in a shootout with him. Now, eight years later, the murders have started again, and it appears that Kojak may have killed the wrong man.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 4, 1977
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10. The Summer of '69, Part 2

Kojak is framed when he gets too close to discovering the truth in a serial murder investigation.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: December 10, 1977
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11. Case Without a File

Kojak poses as a murdered private investigator in order to find out why the man was killed.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 17, 1977
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12. I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer

A detective (Joey Aresco) believes that his wife's divorce lawyer (David Ladd) hired an arsonist to destroy his boat.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 24, 1977
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13. Justice for All

While Kojak is contemplating leaving the police department to become a law firm's investigator, a series of recent drug-related deaths begins to overshadow his decision.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 7, 1978
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14. Mouse

Kojak encounters a case in which a highly respected surgeon may be performing unnecessary procedures in order to use the money to pay off gambling debts.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 21, 1978
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15. Chain of Custody

Kojak is suspended after reacting to an incompetent district attorney who failed to convict a known killer.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 28, 1978
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16. The Captain's Brother's Wife

Kojak tries to protect Captain McNeil's widowed sister-in-law from big-time gamblers.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 4, 1978
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17. No License To Kill

Kojak offers to help a jealous police officer search for a professional hit man.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 11, 1978
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18. The Halls of Terror

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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 18, 1978
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19. May the Horse Be With You

A retired police officer is injured after attempting to prevent the theft of a race horse that he illegally housed in the NYPD stables.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 25, 1978
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20. Photo Must Credit Joe Paxton

A photographer (Tige Andrews) becomes the prime suspect in a jewel theft and the phony kidnapping of a former actress (Antoinette Bower) whom he photographs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 4, 1978
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21. 60 Miles To Hell

Crocker is taken hostage while trying to transport a prisoner back to New York.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 11, 1978
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22. In Full Command

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

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 18, 1978
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Telly Savalas was superb as tough, wisecracking Lt. Theo Kojak, with a great supporting cast, most of whom stayed right through to the series end - Kevin Dobson as Crocker, his real-life brother George Savalas as Stavros, and Dan Frazer as the Captain/Chief. The following is a complete list of Season 5 1977-1978 episodes and their featured (many famous) guest stars:

Disc 1

The Queen of Hearts is Wild - Paula Kelly, Charles Cioffi
A Strange Kind of Love - James Sutorius, Lee Bryant
Laid Off - Michael Durrell, Jenny O'Hara
Cry For the Kids - Carmine Carridi, Linda Carlson

Disc 2

Once More From Birdland - Andrea Marcovicci, Richard Venture
Caper on a Quiet Street - Armand Assante, Candy Azzara
Letters of Death - Cristina Raines, Bernard Behrens
Tears For All Who Love(d) Her - Jennifer Warren, Sam Jaffe

Disc 3

The Summer of '69, Parts I & II - Diane Baker, Stephen McHattie
Case Without a File - Angel Tompkins, Floyd Levine
I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer - Joey Aresco, Misty Rowe

Disc 4

Justice For All - Charles Aidman, Peter Hobbs
Mouse - Michael Whitney, Ben Piazza
Chain of Custody - Allan Rich, Jack Hogan
The Captain's Brother's Wife - Shelley Winters, Herb Edelman

Disc 5

No License to Kill - Kenneth McMillan, Alex Courtney
The Halls of Terror - Zohra Lampert, Ken Kercheval
May the Horse be With You - Jeff Conaway, Roz Kelly

Disc 6

Photo Must Credit Joe Paxton - Tige Andrews, Antoinette Bower
60 Miles to Hell - Liberace, Priscilla Barnes
In Full Command - Danny Thomas, Susan Tyrrell
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Telly Savalas is absolutely on the mark in his potrayal of Lt. Theo Kojak, the rest of the supporting cast does such a superb job that you almost forget that this is a TV series, and not the real thing. One of the best police crime dramas ever made. Video quality is excellent. Highly Recommended
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What a great show. This was a serious drama that minimized the on-screen violence and gore according to the standards of the time. However, it still provides plenty of excitement. The wide jacket lapels, the flared pants, the ties that could double as lobster bibs, and the hat with the lieutenant's only b/w checked police hat-band, the polyester, the lollipops, and all the other cool 70s atmosphere. This show dealt with serious topics, and even though it was produced in the 70s, I still wouldn't let kids below the 7th grade watch it. It has a classy leading man, with an excellent supporting cast. There's a reason this show is considered a classic. Kojak is well worth watching!
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So this is the 5th and final season of the original (and best) Kojak.
Most series after a few seasons get tired and the stories become stale.Not in this case.The last season is every bit as good as the first.
All the characters return for the finale.The stories are exciting and looking at this series again after some 30 years plus I didnt realise how gritty it was.
The "person" not returning would be composer Billy Goldenberg. His iconic theme used in the first 4 seasons is replaced by John Cacavas (who was a friend of Telly Savalas). Cacavas scored the first 4. Its a pity as it would have been nice for Goldenberg to do this one aswell.Cacavas theme is a good one though.
Shout Factory have done us proud again with the mastering which is superb.Picture is crisp and the sound good.
CBS cancelled the show after this season due to falling ratings.A pity,but then Kojak for the audience watching went out on a high.
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"Kojak" was such a fantastic and unique detective television series.

Telly Savalas was perfect in the role of Lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City Police Department.

The fifth season of "Kojak" originally aired on CBS from October 2, 1977 until March 18, 1978.

Here are the exact running times of all 22 episodes from the Shout! Factory DVD release of Kojak: Season Five.

Disc 1:
The Queen of Hearts is Wild - 49:19
A Strange Kind of Love - 49:28
Laid Off - 49:14
Cry for the Kids - 49:26

Disc 2:
Once More from Birdland - 49:23
Caper on a Quiet Street - 49:27
Letters of Death - 49:25
Tears for All Who Love Her - 49:24

Disc 3:
The Summer of '69 (Part 1) - 49:26
The Summer of '69 (Part 2) - 47:53
Case Without a File - 49:28
I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer - 49:22

Disc 4:
Justice for All - 49:27
Mouse - 49:26
Chain of Custody - 49:26
The Captain's Brother's Wife - 49:26

Disc 5:
No License to Kill - 49:24
The Halls of Terror - 49:27
May the Horse Be With You - 49:23

Disc 6:
Photo Must Credit Joe Paxton - 49:27
60 Miles to Hell - 49:27
In Full Command - 49:27

Notable guest stars from Kojak: Season Five were Andrea Marcovicci, Andrew Robinson, Armand Assante, Charles Cioffi, Conrad Janis, Danny Thomas, Earl Boen, George Wyner, Harrison Page, Herb Edelman, Jack Ging, Jack Hogan, Jeff Conaway, Jenny O'Hara, John Karlen, Ken Kercheval, Liberace, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Michael Lerner, Paul Picerni, Peggy McCay, Priscilla Barnes, Sally Kirkland, Sam Jaffe, Shelley Winters, Stephen McHattie, Susan Tyrrell, Tige Andrews, Tony Sirico and William Windom.
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