Season 4, Episode 1 Birthday Party
First Aired: September 26, 1976
A cop killer plans to barter his way out of jail using Kojak's niece as a hostage. Kojak: Telly Savalas. Lina: Donna Mitchell. Tony: Marco St. John. Zeno: Richard Gere. Ellena: Gigi Semone.
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- Premiered: October 24, 1973
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: Viewers were suckers for the tenacious, lollipop-loving bald Manhattan detective who had been introduced in the acclaimed 1973 TV-movie `The Marcus-Nelson Murders.' Filmed in New York, the series was gritty and authentic in its portrayal of cops and crime.… (more)