TV series from 1974 starring Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak a reporter for a news service in Chicago with a penchant for the bizarre. This series of about 20 episodes covered things such as Jack the Ripper, Aliens, the ghost of a beheaded motor cyclist, an escaped android, and an Aztec mummy.

This is credited by Chris Carter as one of his inspirations for The X-Files and in fact Darren McGavin played "Agent Arthur Dales" in a couple of recent episodes ("Travellers" and "Agua Mala"). McGavin also played Frank Black's father Henry in Millenium).

The character first appeared in a couple of TV movies "The Night Stalker" (1972) and "The Night Strangler" (1973). These were written by Richard Matheson and Jeff Rice.

The 20 episodes of the regular series were:

  • 1. The Ripper
  • 2. The Zombie
  • 3. They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...
  • 4. The Vampire
  • 6. Fire Fall
  • 7. The Devil's Platform
  • 8. Bad Medicine
  • 9. The Spanish Moss Murders
  • 10. The Energy Eater
  • 11. Horror in the Heights
  • 12. Mr. R.I.N.G.
  • 13. Primal Scream
  • 14. The Trevi Collection
  • 15. Chopper
  • 16. Demon in Lace
  • 17. Legacy of Terror
  • 18. The Knightly Murders
  • 19. The Youth Killer
  • 20. The Sentry

A couple of movies have been made by editing pairs of the TV episodes together ("Crackle of Death" and "The Demon and the Mummy").

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