How Cruel The Frost, How Bright The Stars
Has their ever been a tougher cop than Kojak? It aired from October 24, 1973 to March 18, 1978 on CBS. Lieutenant Theo Kojak, the bald New York City Police Department Detective, was played to a delicious glee by Telly Savalas.
The series is set in New York City's Thirteenth Precinct. It revolves around the efforts of the incorruptible Lt. Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas), a tough, bald New York City policeman who was fond of lollipops and for using the catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" Lt. Kojak displayed a dark, cynical wit and a tendency to bend the rules in order to bring a criminal to justice. In the early episodes of the series, Kojak smoked heavily; in order to reflect the anti-smoking sentiment gaining momentum on American TV, the writers decided that Kojak had quit smoking. He began sucking on lollipops as a substitute, which became a trademark of the character.
This is the Christmas episode. It premiered on December 21, 1975. In this episode, Kojak tries to stop two senseless killings on Christmas Eve.