Telly Savalas took the world by storm as the eponymous hero in one of the most successful cop programmes ever made for television. Bald-headed, hard-talking (but with a soft heart), for 5 years and more school playgrounds were filled with youngsters with lollipops sticking out the side of their mouths and saying:
"Who loves ya, baby"
The series aired between 1973
and there were 115 episodes produced by CBS
in that time. Many of today's clichés about TV cop shows come from Kojak: the embittered, cynical
sergeant, constant arguments with the sympathetic
police chief, officers who occasionally bend the law
to get results. These may be the stuff of irony
today but when Kojak hit the TV screens it turned around everyone's ideas of what a police show should be like.