The BEST Episodes of Night Stalker

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Crime reporter Carl Kolchak is partnered with Perri Reed at The Beacon, a Los Angeles newspaper. Together they investigate a string of strange murders all of which may be related to the death of Kolchak's wife 18 months earlier in a similarly bizarre manner. A murder that the FBI consider Kolchak the primary suspect.


#1 - Malum

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2005

Kolchak investigates a troubled boy and his abusive father who leave a trail of mysterious deaths behind them.

star 8.62
42 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster
The Source (1)

#2 - The Source (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2005

Kolchak refuses to disclose a source in a story about a drug lord's death at the hands of a biker gang and the disappearance of a DEA agent who could shed light on the identity of Irene's killer, causing Agent Fain to return and investigate.

star 8.42
43 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Frank Spotnitz

#3 - Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2005

After a co-ed dies in a bizarre accident relating to her deepest fear, Kolchak investigates a strange college society that performs rituals in a mysterious old house.

star 8.39
49 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Adam Sussman
The Sea (2)

#4 - The Sea (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 24, 2006

Perri and Kolchak must go on the run from the phantom bikers to protect their source on Agent Caleca and the mysteries behind Irene Kolchak's death. Meanwhile, Agent Fain puts pressure on Vincenzo and Jain to reveal what they know.

star 8.05
40 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
What's the Frequency, Kolchak?

#5 - What's the Frequency, Kolchak?

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 17, 2006

Carl is kidnapped by a man who insists that Carl has been sending him secret messages through his stories.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Vince Gilligan
Into Night

#6 - Into Night

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 3, 2006

Kolchak tries to figure out the cause of death of two office workers who are found mummified.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Frank Spotnitz

#7 - Timeless

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 10, 2006

Carl and Peri investigate similar deaths that have occured every 35 years since the Beacon was founded.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: William Schmidt

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2005

Carl Kolchak takes a job at the L.A. Beacon as a crime reporter and begins investigating a strange case in which a pregnant woman has gone missing. When her body is found fingers point to the woman's husband, but Kolchak believes in the man's innocence, believing that there is a supernatural angle to the story. His investigations are frustrated when Perri Reed, the newspaper's senior crime reporter, digs into Kolchak's mysterious past.

star 7.78
76 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
Burning Man

#9 - Burning Man

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2005

The FBI and a pompous reporter believe a copycat killer is responsible for a series of murders identical to those of a dead bio-terrorist who claimed that he could kill people with hellfire, but Kolchak suspects that the murders have a supernatural explanation.

star 7.50
18 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Noah Baylin
The Five People You Meet in Hell

#10 - The Five People You Meet in Hell

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2005

When a peaceful lawyer takes a baseball bat to his wife then kills himself, Carl suspects that a cult leader the man prosecuted is responsible, and has the ability to influence others into unwittingly killing their loved ones. But it soon becomes clear that Perri, whose story helped put the man in prison, is his next target.

star 7.46
85 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Thomas Schnauz