Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the charismatic, bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The Kojak TV show aired from October 24, 1973 to March 18, 1978 on the CBS television network.
The show was well-regarded for its true depiction of police work and did not rely on outrageous action of violence. The show had intelligent plots which were well-delivered by the main character. This helped attract plenty of popular guest stars and helped the series run for five great seasons.
Telly Savalas is often seen throughout the Kojak TV series sucking on a lollipop and smoking. He actually used the lollipop to help cut back on smoking. His character Kojak even admitted once that he smoked too much and sucked on lollipops every day except on Sundays.
The show was revived in 2005 with Ving Rhames in the starring role. A good effort, but falls way short of the original classic.
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