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An independent-minded police detective solves crimes on the streets of New York City.
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In 1999 TV Guide ranked Theo Kojak number 18 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list. Who loves ya, baby?

In the early episodes of the series, Kojak is often seen smoking cigarettes. Following the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on smoking, cigarette commercials were banned from American television in 1971, and trying to quit smoking became common in the 1970's. To cut down on his own habit, Kojak began using lollipops as a substitute.

The show was cancelled after five seasons in 1978, due to falling ratings. Reruns of Kojak became successful in syndication. Savalas reprised the role in two TV movies, The Belarus File (1985) and The Price of Justice (1987).

For the 1989–90 television season, Kojak was revived for a series of five telefilms that aired on ABC. These films saw now-Inspector Kojak lead the NYPD's Major Crimes Squad. Andre Braugher was cast as a young detective assigned to Kojak's command.

Telly Savalas is the only cast member to appear in every episode of the original series, and stayed throughout its entire run.

In 1999 TV Guide ranked Theo Kojak number 18 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list. Who loves ya, baby?

In the early episodes of the series, Kojak is often seen smoking cigarettes. Following the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on smoking, cigarette commercials were banned from American television in 1971, and trying to quit smoking became common in the 1970's. To cut down on his own habit, Kojak began using lollipops as a substitute.

The show was cancelled after five seasons in 1978, due to falling ratings. Reruns of Kojak became successful in syndication. Savalas reprised the role in two TV movies, The Belarus File (1985) and The Price of Justice (1987).

For the 1989–90 television season, Kojak was revived for a series of five telefilms that aired on ABC. These films saw now-Inspector Kojak lead the NYPD's Major Crimes Squad. Andre Braugher was cast as a young detective assigned to Kojak's command.

Telly Savalas is the only cast member to appear in every episode of the original series, and stayed throughout its entire run.