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''Kojak'' was a PoliceProcedural drama that aired on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1973-78. Set in New York City's Thirteenth Precinct, the series revolved around the efforts of the incorruptible Lt. Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas in his most famous role), a tough, bald policeman who was fond of lollipops and for using the CatchPhrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" Lt. Kojak displayed a dark, cynical wit and a tendency to bend the rules in order to bring a criminal to justice. In the early episodes of the series, Kojak smoked heavily; in order to reflect the anti-smoking sentiment gaining momentum on American TV, the writers decided that Kojak had quit smoking. He began sucking on lollipops as a substitute, which became a trademark of the character.

The series was rebooted in 2005 starring [[RaceLift Ving Rhames]] in the title role, but was axed again after a single ten episode season.

Not to be confused with [[KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak]].

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AddictionDisplacement: Kojak's lollipops. They became an icon for both the original and the revival.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: As with most fictional cops before TheNineties, the police on this show are ''way'' too trigger happy, frequently firing off warning shots and trying to shoot out people's tires in high-speed chases.
* BaldOfAwesome: An early example.
* BigApplesauce
* CaliforniaDoubling: The show's version of NYC looked an awful lot like Los Angeles.
* CatchPhrase: "Who loves ya, baby?"
* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: An attempted hit on a Mafia boss at a Columbus Day rally in "One for the Morgue." As it turns out, it was all a frameup to get the cops to break up his biggest rival's gang.
* CrimeAfterCrime: In "Web of Death," a police detective murders his wife's lover. Then he murders the junkie he had planned to use as his alibi when he thinks he might talk. When Kojak catches him, he's literally seconds away from a third murder, this time of the pimp who sold him the gun.
* DetectiveDrama
* DetectiveMole: In "Web of Death," Kojak investigates a murder that was committed by his temporary partner.
* EverybodyOwnsAFord
* TheGhost: Cleveland, the mobster suspected of ordering the assassination attempt in "One for the Morgue," spends the entire episode in hiding. Kojak only encounters his goons.
* HostageSituation: The pilot episode, "Siege of Terror."
* IdiotBall: In "One for the Morgue," the cops don't realize that a Mafia boss set up his own assassination attempt until they see him chatting with the hitman, even though they already know he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the attack (which they concede was unsual for him) and that the bullets were packed with only small amounts of gunpowder to make them less deadly.
* ''{{Magazine/MAD}}'': "Kojerk" ("Y'know, it's hard to believe these are 'New York's Finest!'").
* NewYorkCityCops
* NotHimself
* OralFixation: the switch to the ubiquitous lollipops.
* PilotMovie: ''The Marcus-Nelson Murders'' (in which the detective's name is spelled "Kojack").
* PoliceProcedural
* QuipToBlack: Kojak has an early version in most episodes.
* RealLifeRelative: George Savalas has a supporting role as Det. Stavros.
* {{Revival}}: The series was brought back for two [[TVMovie TV movies]] in the mid 80s and then brought back for a sixth season consisting of 5 movie length episodes that featured Kojak in the rank of Inspector as part of ''TheABCMysteryMovie'' in 1989 along side a revival of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' as part of that series.
* ReverseWhodunnit: "Web of Death."
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "One for the Morgue" was loosely inspired by the attempted assassination of Mafia boss (and self-proclaimed "Italian-American rights activist") Joe Colombo, which occurred two years previously.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: leans to the cynical side. The 1970s was a time of rising crime in New York City, and the show reflected the frustration.
* SpinOff: Theo Kojak began life as the lead character in ''The Marcus-Nelson Murders'', a TV movie loosely based on a real-life double murder. In this (and the pilot episode of his titular series), his name is alternatively spelled "Kojack".
* SweetTooth / TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kojak and his lollipops, as always.
** Even before he started on the lollipops, he could often be seen snacking on candy or ice cream bars.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: For a guy who constantly complains about his $240-a-week-after-taxes job, Kojak sure can afford some nice threads.
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