Kojak (1973–1978)
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The Goodluck Bomber 

A serial bomber tagged by the papers as the "Good Luck Bomber," gives warning, leaves mocking notes, and constructs devices which the bomb squad is unable to defuse. He seems to have no ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Jack Ging ... Leo Becker
Richard Bradford ... Joe Milner
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Archie Hahn ... Hacket
Bonnie Bartlett ... Joan Milner
M.P. Murphy M.P. Murphy ... Mackey
Ellen Madison Ellen Madison ... Marge Becker
Mike Robelo ... Williamson
Nick Dennis ... Constantine
Michael Goodwin ... Clements
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Saperstein
Alex Courtney ... Det. Evans (as Alexander Courtney)


A serial bomber tagged by the papers as the "Good Luck Bomber," gives warning, leaves mocking notes, and constructs devices which the bomb squad is unable to defuse. He seems to have no motive, makes no demands, espouses no causes he's fighting for.....just what is going on? The prime suspect, Joe Milner, has a prior record and is egotistical regarding his explosive expertise. At one point, he helps disable a bomb placed in a hospital; the police are mystified. When a bomb threat is received by a refinery, Milner agrees to help-for a million dollar fee. Kojak sets a trap at the refinery to find out who really set the bomb. Written by jeaneva

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9 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Kojak exits Manhattan General Hospital where a bomb has been found. Just outside on the sidewalk Detective Crocker approaches the Leutenant. As Crocker is talking to him Kojak sees a person across the street in the crowd. The camera view now changes to show Kojak outside the hospital From across the street starting to come across the street toward the person in the crowd but there is no Det. Crocker visible anywhere in the shot where he should have been. See more »

Crazy Credits

Demosthenes was the middle name of Georgios Savalas (Telly Savalas's brother) who played Detective Stavros in 'Kojak'. At the time the second series of 'Kojak' was being produced, the actor did not want it to be generally known that he was Telly's brother in case accusations of nepotism were levelled. Georgios Savalas therefore gave his middle name (and ONLY that) for use in the opening credits of the programme. In later series, he is credited as 'George Savalas', having anglicized his first given name for the purpose. See more »

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Method to the bomber's madness
4 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During the Fifties as a lad I remember the stories of The Mad Bomber and when I was 10 years old in 1957 he was finally caught. George Matesky's story was probably the partial basis for this Kojak episode. Matesky set bombs in New York for several years before he was caught.

They had trouble figuring out his motives as well. But our perpetrator here, known as the good luck bomber has a definite plan in mind with a series of five bombs he set. But he sends no notes about a cause, makes no ransom demands, nothing in the usual pattern of things that are typical in these cases. But two people are killed, one of them an NYPD cop with the bomb squad.

Working with Telly Savalas is Jack Ging of said bomb squad and Richard Bradford is an explosives consultant working with Ging.

Kojak and the squad use a very clever ruse to have the bomber incriminate himself. Some similarities here to the plot of the film Juggernaut with Richard Harris and Omar Sharif. A very good and hair raising Kojak episode.

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