Kojak (1973–1978)
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A Strange Kind of Love 

A taxicab driver listens to a female late-night talk-radio host during his beat. The host frequently inveighs against evildoers in the city, and the psychotic driver decides to take her up ... See full summary »


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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
James Sutorius ... Lawson
Lee Bryant ... Rita McCall
Carole Cook ... Marie Stella
Mari Gorman ... Molly Lawson
Raymond Singer ... Medical Examiner
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Talbert (as Joseph Perry)
Juno Dawson ... Hooker
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein
Vince Conti Vince Conti ... Det. Rizzo
Doug Hale Doug Hale ... Bradford
Michael Alldredge ... Katkoff


A taxicab driver listens to a female late-night talk-radio host during his beat. The host frequently inveighs against evildoers in the city, and the psychotic driver decides to take her up on it - stalking the people who she names and gunning them down. Written by Peter Harris

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Release Date:

9 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Sanders was Les Nessman, News reporter on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) See more »


Lieutenant Kojak's car is heard using the trademarked sound of a Federal Signal Q siren. There is no room to fit a Q siren anywhere on Lieutenant Kojak's vehicle including under the hood, for the Q siren is too large. See more »

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You gave me a reason to live and then you took it away!
7 November 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Working the night shift driving a taxi in NYC Terry Lawson, James Sutorius, got addicted listening to all night radio talk show host Rita McCall, Lee Bryant, whom he fell, from afar, madly in love with. Occasionally calling Rita for advice and giving her his most innermost thoughts on the state of world and the economy Terry soon became her, in his deranged state of mind, personal savior as well. This lead Terry to gun down her boss Bradford, Dough Hale, whom Rita was involved in a pay dispute who he felt was taking advantage of her great talent.

This obsession with Rita gets worse and worse with Terry now feeling that Rita owed him for "Saving" her job and tried to get romantically involved with her. That lead Let. Theo Kojak, Telly Savalas, to have her get round the clock protection by him posting the cute and hug-gable young 24 year old police officer Fuzari, ???,to guard her. That only got Terry more jealous and ended up murdering Officer Fuzari for daring to steal Rita away from him! In the mean time Terry is on a crusade of ridding the city of prostitution by taking out a hooker, June Dawson,for a night of fun & games and then murdering her when she asked for him, a man with deep family and religious convictions, to pay for her services.

***SPOILERS*** It took a while but Let. Kojak and the NYPD finally tracked down Terry, through voice identification through the phone, and moved in on him before he could do any more damage. That's with Terry bursting into Rita's pad and trying to murder her for truing down his advances which in her case-Talk show host and caller-would be totally unprofessional. Busting in just in time before he could do Rita in Det. Bobby Crocker, Kevin Dobson, Kojak's punching bag of an assistant put a stop to Terry's madness by first blasting him, before he could do in Rita, and then busting him on a charge of breaking and entering as well as attempted murder.

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