Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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Name: Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Night Stalker (1972)
The Night Strangler (1973)
Night Stalker (2005)
Abbreviation(s): Kolchak
Creator: Jeff Rice
Date(s): January 11, 1972
January 16, 1973
Sep 13, 1974 – Mar 28, 1975
Sep 29, 2005 – Mar 17, 2006
Medium: Novel, Television Movies, Television Series, tie-in (novelization)
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: at IMDb (1972)
at Wikipedia (1972)
at IMDb (1973)
at Wikipedia (1973)
at IMDb (1974)
at Wikipedia (1974)
at IMDb (2005)
at Wikipedia (2005)
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker, based in the novel The Kolchak Papers (a.k.a. The Kolchak Tapes) by Jeff Rice, is an 20-episode American television series about Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin), a wire service reporter who investigates mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, involving the supernatural or science fiction, including fantastic creatures.

Was preceded by the two television movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973). even having only one season, the series reached cult status in later years, coming to be cited as an influence for Chris Carter cited Kolchak creating his franchise The X-Files, with McGavin playing Arthur Dales (the "father of the X-files"), as a tribute to the series and its character Kolchak.

The series was revived in a remake Night Stalker by the producer Frank Spotnitz in 2005, with a new cast and characters, as well as subsequent novels and comic books, but was cancelled after only six of the ten episodes produced were aired.


Of the 31 works on AO3, 15 are crossovers with other fandoms. The pairing Carl Kolchak/Tony Vincenzo is marked at 8, while Carl Kolchak/Ron Updyke at 1.


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