Kojak (1973–1978)
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Three liquor-store robbers, two men and a woman, kill a cop while escaping. The woman and the younger man get away, but the older killer is captured. When allowed to make his one phone call... See full summary »


Abby Mann (created by), Steven W. Carabatsos (teleplay) (as Steven Carabatsos) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros
Marco St. John ... Tony Papas
Donna Mitchell ... Lena Martin
Richard Gere ... Geno Papas
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Paulina
Michael Durrell ... Pete
Gigi Semone Gigi Semone ... Ellena
Daniel Faraldo ... Nico
Michael Vale Michael Vale ... Nightclub Manager (as Michael Vael)
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Charley
Ron Max Ron Max ... Officer Mason
Joe Zaloom ... Bartender


Three liquor-store robbers, two men and a woman, kill a cop while escaping. The woman and the younger man get away, but the older killer is captured. When allowed to make his one phone call, he talks in Greek to the younger robber, telling him about Kojak's niece and the birthday party she is having in East River Park. The killers stake out the party and kidnap the little girl, demanding the leader's release as a ransom for letting the child go. Kojak uses a painting the little girl included in a ransom note to figure out where they might be headed. Written by Peter Harris

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English | Greek

Release Date:

26 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lt. Theo Kojak: CROCKER! Make a note. I want this joint busted often, and I want it busted HARD!
[storms out of the nightclub]
Nightclub Manager: Why is he so mad?
Det. Bobby Crocker: Because you didn't tell him what he wanted to hear.
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The worst of the Kojak episodes
29 September 2016 | by peterwcohen-300-947200See all my reviews

It's not just that the story for "Birthday Party" is preposterous, maudlin and full of holes, but the technical aspects are bottom of the barrel. The sound quality is wretched. The lighting was dingy. The blocking and camera movement are amateurish, and actually made every scene painful to watch. But about the story... a 9 year old girl is in the park celebrating her birthday with about 2 dozen family members, and wanders off alone just in time to meet a kidnapper, who then has a fairly long conversation with her in line of sight of the family before leading her off to be abducted. Here's another: a suspect makes his one phone call in the middle of the squad room, and should have no expectation of privacy, but Stavros, hearing that he's speaking Greek, intentionally walks away so that he won't be improperly listening in. The inane plot contrivances are non-stop. That bit follows a detective blurting out details of Kojak's niece's birthday party, for no logical reason, just in time for the bad guy to hear it. The thugs who rob a liquor story are notable for their very nice clothes ($400 suit, shops on 5th Ave). The only reason to watch this episode is for Richard Gere playing a preposterously dim-witted hood.

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