The BEST Episodes of Kojak

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2022

Network: CBS

Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon series, which was moved one hour earlier it aired on CBS from October 24, 1973, to March 18, 1978. In 1999 TV Guide ranked Theo Kojak number 18 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.

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Lady in the Squad Room

#1 - Lady in the Squad Room

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 8, 1977

Kojak and a female detective must overcome their dislike for each other when she is transferred from the rape squad to help nab a drug-dealing rapist-muderer.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Edward Abroms
Writers: Burton Armus
Therapy in Dynamite

#2 - Therapy in Dynamite

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 10, 1974

A psychopathic bomber (Steven Keats) targets people who hurt his friends.

star 8.88
8 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gene Kearney
A Killing in the Second House

#3 - A Killing in the Second House

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 17, 1974

Kojak comes up against a former cop, now a private investigator, who tries to make his client's suicide look like murder so he can collect money from life insurance.

star 8.71
14 votes
Directors: Christian Nyby
Writers: Gene Kearney
Cry for the Kids

#4 - Cry for the Kids

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1977

A teenager accidentally kills a gangster's hired hand while robbing him, only to have a rival gangster hire him to take out the competition in order to control the neighborhood in which he doesn't own.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: David C. Taylor
Queen of the Gypsies

#5 - Queen of the Gypsies

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 19, 1975

A young gypsy woman who witnesses a a bank robbery decides that looting banks is preferable to telling fortunes, so she recruits the thieves for a master plan to rob six banks in one day.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Gene Kearney
The Trade-Off

#6 - The Trade-Off

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 2, 1975

Kojak arrests the ringleader (Mark Stevens) of a drug operation, whose gang kidnaps Captain McNeil's wife in order to trade her for the evidence they have against him.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: David Friedkin
Writers: Robert Swanson
In Full Command

#7 - In Full Command

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 18, 1978

After being rejected for a promotion, a disgruntled inspector sees a current case as a way to boost his career.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Telly Savalas
Writers: Chester Krumholz
Hush Now, Don't You Die

#8 - Hush Now, Don't You Die

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 22, 1974

Kojak tracks down a college student that he suspects has been raped, but is too afraid to come forward after she witnesses one of the assailants murdered by the other.

star 8.46
13 votes
Writers: Robert W. Lenski
Out of the Shadows

#9 - Out of the Shadows

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 1976

Kojak and the detectives scour the city for ""The Grim Reaper"", a slasher who murders his victims out of greed.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Gene Kearney
The Pride and the Princess

#10 - The Pride and the Princess

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 1976

An émigré princess and her servant scheme to recover family jewels they believe are held by a mobster.

star 8.40
5 votes
Writers: James M. Miller
The Summer of '69 (1)

#11 - The Summer of '69 (1)

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 1977

Kojak must reopen a case in which the prime suspect of three women was shot and killed after a shootout with him. Now, eight years later, the murders have started again and it appears that Kojak may've killed the wrong man.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Gene Kearney
Writers: Gene Kearney
A Long Way from Times Square

#12 - A Long Way from Times Square

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 30, 1975

Kojak and Crocker head to Cory, Nevada to pick up a witness (Vincent Bagetta), but they encounter trouble in town.

star 8.38
8 votes
Writers: Gene Kearney
A Grave Too Soon

#13 - A Grave Too Soon

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 7, 1976

Kojak tries to find the parties responsible for the murder of an undercover cop.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Jack Laird
By Silence Betrayed

#14 - By Silence Betrayed

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 1976

Kojak finds that the longshoreman's lips are sealed when he inquires into labor-related waterfront murders.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Chester Krumholz
A Shield for Murder (2)

#15 - A Shield for Murder (2)

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1976

When Kojak gets too close to discovering the truth, he is framed.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Robert M. Young, William P. McGivern
Black Thorn

#16 - Black Thorn

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1976

Private eye Salathiel Harms returns, pursuing the same bail jumper as Kojak.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Leon Tokatyan
Laid Off

#17 - Laid Off

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 1977

A laid off police officer with two jobs and a sick wife takes a bribe under pressure from a loan shark.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Nicolas Sgarro
Writers: Burton Armus
Chain of Custody

#18 - Chain of Custody

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 28, 1978

Kojak is suspended after reacting to an incompetent district attorney who failed to convict a known killer.

star 8.33
3 votes
The Halls of Terror

#19 - The Halls of Terror

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 18, 1978

Kojak and the detectives go undercover in a local hospital in order to investigate a string of murders that have been occurring while the victims were on duty.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Edward Abroms
Writers: Chester Krumholz
A Strange Kind of Love

#20 - A Strange Kind of Love

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 1977

A psychotic murderer thinks that a television talk show host is subliminally brainwashing him to murder.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Joseph Polizzi
The Queen of Hearts is Wild

#21 - The Queen of Hearts is Wild

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 1977

The girlfriend of a local gangster who hates Kojak is the only witness in the murder of a police officer.

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Loser Takes All

#22 - Loser Takes All

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 22, 1974

A woman (Ja'net DuBois) intentionally plots to have her husband murdered during a diamond heist that she had planned with her secret love interest (Leslie Nielson).

star 8.25
8 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
Unwanted Partners

#23 - Unwanted Partners

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 16, 1975

Crocker fails to believe that his old childhood friend who is the main focus of a police investigation, could be involved in illegal activity.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Burton Armus
Writers: Sigmund Neufeld Jr.
Bad Dude

#24 - Bad Dude

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 25, 1976

A private detective recently arrived from the West Coast puzzles Kojak when he appears to be deliberately making himself a killer's next target.

star 8.25
8 votes
Writers: Joseph N. Gores
Kojak's Days (1)

#25 - Kojak's Days (1)

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 1, 1977

Kojak must unravel the mystery of a white Roll-Royce with a body in the trunk while trying to find a woman who murdered her husband.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Chester Krumholz, Matthew Rapf