Firstly, it has Darren McGavin in, which is a huge selling feature in my father’s books. Secondly, it was basically the X-Files before there was such a thing. So much so, that Chris Carter cited it as the inspiration for Mulder and Scully’s exploits.
And while the show hasn’t exactly aged well from a cinematography standpoint, it was actually still pretty damned entertaining. Darren McGavin is one of those 70s actors that just exudes confidence and charisma. It’s hard not to love him. Although I could have gone without seeing him shirtless in a massage parlour. That was just uncalled for.
The pilot’s plot line revolving around Kolchak (a reporter in Chicago) chasing a never aging, super-powered Jack The Ripper was corny and fun. There were even a surprising amount of scantily clad women to be found peppered throughout. Not what I expected from that era of television.
So oddly enough, 38 years later I found myself wanting to watch more of Kolchak: The Night Stalker.