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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)




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Critic Reviews for Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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Darren McGavin's disheveled newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak might not be as hunky as David Duchovny's Agent Fox Mulder, but he shares an equally paranoid obsession with the paranormal.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Despite lasting only one season, Kolchak: The Night Stalker gained a following over the years.

October 29, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Night Stalker presents its hero as a put-upon man wholly out of his depth in terms of the actual threat at hand, but his unfailing ability to use his eyes and piece metaphorical puzzles together gives him a decided leg up among his peers.

August 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Like a pair of old, soft slippers the Kolchak DVD is a welcome friend on a cold October day.

February 27, 2006 | Full Review…

Kolchak: The Night Stalker still stands tall as a true piece of Horror Americana, and rightly so.

February 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[In Kolchak] the supernatural was taken out of gothic castles to prowl in the shadows of the real world.

October 5, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kolchak: The Night Stalker

It would take too long to run this series down by episode but I can say that "Kolchak" was a TV series that really didn't fit into any category. Part horror, part comedy, some social awareness thrown in, and what we have is something that I think people weren't ready for. It's a shame really. Starring Darren Mcgavin as Kolchak a reporter for the International News Service, and Simon Oakland as his always angry boss, Tony Vincenzo, the show followed the exploits of a Chicago news reporter who more often than not, became a part of the story himself, as he searched the windy city for modern day creepies that go bump in the night. The underlying charm of Macgavin really sets the show apart. A somewhat goofy guy, who always wears the same suit, you cannot help but love him. His jokes are great, and the back and forth between him and the skeptical editor, Oakland, are downright hilarious. The stories are for the most part pretty good, and the acting is very good. The 70's were not a *great* period for special effects, and the show suffers for it, but if you suspend disbelief, what you have is a fun series that was ahead of it's time. Its still in reruns and the dvd sets are out as well. Check it out.

David Ladd
David Ladd

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jay nixon
jay nixon

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Influential television series. Still holds up and makes for fun viewing.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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