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“The Night Stalker” AKA “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” is a seminal show that has lead to an entire subgenre of entertainment, “The Paranormal Investigator.” From “Scooby Doo” to “Supernatural” (and beyond), the paranormal investigator came to prominence with “The X-Files” but this show and many others owe a debt to the man in the blue suit, Carl Kolchak.

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“The Night Stalker” AKA “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” is a seminal show that has lead to an entire subgenre of entertainment, “The Paranormal Investigator.” From “Scooby Doo” to “Supernatural” (and beyond), the paranormal investigator came to prominence with “The X-Files” but this show and many others owe a debt to the man in the blue suit, Carl Kolchak.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

ekp72 ,

Stalking the Night Stalker

Yeah, I’m a fan of the show. To give you an idea of my devotion to all things Kolchak, I didn’t know Darren McGavin, never met the guy, but I went to his funeral! So maybe you should take that into consideration when reading the following.
That said, this is one of the most insightful podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure to become obsessed with. There is some really fine, and some surprisingly reflective work to be found here. No offense to the fanboys and obsessives who record, and yes, listen, to these things, but honestly, who would have thought?
It recently occurred to me, thanks, I suppose, to this podcast, that “The Night Stalker” — that most grubby, erratic, and weirdly endearing of series's, has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. How many things, Hell, how many people, can any of us really say that about?
And as odd as it sounds, especially to me, for the rest of my life, when I think about that show, when I hear that melancholy theme in my head, I suppose that, for whatever it’s worth, I’ll probably think about The Kolchak Tapes too...

Arkdog ,

Fun Night Stalker Deep Dive!

Great podcast guys. I watched Kolchak every Friday night when it originally aired. It was gratifying hearing the podcast’s hosts articulate many of the same delights and disappointments I experienced watching the series rollout back in the fall of ’74.

Like why don’t they…. shake up the format; give Carl a running nemesis; use Simon Oakland for more than yelling?

Still there is plenty to love about the series. The podcast gave me a better appreciation of the extraordinary cast of supporting players and renewed the joys of watching Darren McGavin. Thanks for this fun deep dive!

Neodana ,

So pleased to have found this podcast !

I have been listening to the Kolchak Tapes podcast and I am blown away by the detail, the interviews and the general love of the character. I like that it is an honest look at something that has been important to me my entire life. I was only 10 when the original film aired on ABC in 1972 and I actually didn’t see it until it reran the second time. I was a horror fan already but this was another level. My best friend and I would make audio recordings of the 2 movies and the series to listen back to since VCR’s were not widely available. We got to where we could recite the movies verbatim. The series was also special to me as a 12 year old boy and just magical.
I finally got 16 of the 20 episodes when CBS late night aired the series in the 80’s. Until the mid 90’s the 4 episodes Firefall, The Energy Eater, Legacy of Terror and Demon in Lace weren’t aired or available since the original run. The 2 TV movies were the only way to see the 4 episodes until Columbia House released the entire series on VHS in the subsequent years. Even episodes like The Energy Eater still have special moments with Kolchak but my favorite episode is Horror in The Heights. I love this episode and it’s a shame more were not like this one. Great job guys and thank you.

Post Script

I have a copy of ‘The Executioners’
script I got from a guy back in the early 90’s . He had a catalog with all kinds of bootleg series on VHS before it was cool. He had the scripts for the 3 unproduced episodes.

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