1973 TV-PG 1 season


1973 TV-PG 1 season
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Who loves ya, baby? With his bald head, lollipop and classic catchphrase, New York detective Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) infuses his hard-nosed attack on crime with a dapper coolness in this Emmy-winning series. Aided by boss Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer), partner Bobby Crocker (Kevin Dobson), and detectives Stavros (George Savalas), Saperstein (Mark Russell) and Rizzo (Vince Conti), Kojak always cuffs the culprits.
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas, John Ritter, Isabel Sanford, Ann Jillian, James Woods, Hector Elizondo, Harvey Keitel, Mark Russell, Vince Conti, Roger Robinson, Borah Silver
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (1973) - 6 discs

Who loves ya, baby? New York's hard-nosed cop Kojak does, that's who. Telly Savalas's lollipop-addicted character became a cultural phenomenon in this slick 1970s police drama series that garnered Emmys and Golden Globes. Season 1 starts off strong, with Kojak taking down jewel thieves, murderers, kingpins and kidnappers. Guest stars include John Ritter, Isabel Sanford, Ann Jillian, James Woods, Hector Elizondo and Harvey Keitel.
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the classic police procedural Kojak is milder than more contemporary police dramas, but still contains content that isn't meant for younger viewers. There are lots of violent moments, including gunfire and people getting shot (but little blood is visible), as well as plenty of references to murder. Assault, prostitution, and other crimes are also themes. Kojak and other characters sometimes smoke and drink, especially in early episodes.

Sexual Content

Prostitution is occasionally discussed. In early episodes Kojak is romantically involved with someone, but there's nothing really sexual.


Characters push, shove, punch, and use weapons like guns and knives. Gunfire is frequently exchanged, and people are shot, and killed (but little blood visible). Murder and gangster operations are frequent themes.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The main theme of the series is that crime doesn't pay and that sometimes you have to break the rules for the sake of justice. The focus on crime and criminals creates a fairly dark tone.


Kojak's lollipop of choice is the Tootsie Pop; occasionally the logo is visible. Kojak carries a .38 Special Smith and Wesson revolver.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters, including Kojak, smoke cigarettes occasionally, especially in early episodes. Kojak tries to cut down on his habit by sucking lollipops. Occasionally people are featured drunk; alcohol is visible at bars and clubs. Drug sales are occasional themes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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