Kojak is an American action crime drama television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak.
Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon series, it aired on CBS from 1973 to 1978.
In 1999 TV Guide ranked Theo Kojak number 18 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.
Source: Sal Amato
Let’s go back to 1973 for the two hour pilot