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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1 (1974-1975)



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A dogged Chicago reporter investigated the paranormal (everything from vampires and werewolves to a senator who could transform himself into a vicious dog) while he clashed with his perpetually (and understandably) skeptical editor. A cult favorite for its blend of dark humor and genuine chills, the series was born from two hugely popular TV-movies, `The Night Stalker' and `The Night Strangler,' and was an inspiration for Chris Carter's equally spooky 1990s hit `The X-Files.'


Darren McGavin
as Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland
as Tony Vincenzo
Jack Grinnage
as Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt
as Emily Cowles
John Fiedler
as Gordy Spangler
Carol Ann Susi
as Monique Marmelstein

Critic Reviews for Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1

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It's a lot of fun, a great background noise Halloween TV series.

September 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

Though predictable and very dated, Kolchak featured an interesting concept. Fans of The X-Files and supernatural mysteries may enjoy it.

August 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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

August 13, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

August 13, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

August 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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