In the 13th precinct of New York is Inspector Theo Kojak was appointed the head of the criminal investigation department Manhatten South. Kojak is a striking appearance, he is bald and regularly has a lollipop in his mouth. The lollipop is a substitute for the cigarettes, where Kojak from trying to connect. What is more important is that Kojak is incorruptible and for results. That he could be a own twist on the rules, then forgive him. The Inspector's favorite saying is: "Who loves ya, baby?", as he once again a criminal has nabbed. Kojak has not a pleasant mood, he is cynical and snarls his subordinates off regularly. In particular detective Stavros should suffer, but also the detectives Saperstein and Rizzo get their portion. The most asked is Kojak on Detective Bobby Crocker who works closely with him.Kojak is proud of its Greek-American origin though he is in his doings full American. Chief Inspector Frank McNeil has the thankless task of the sometimes erratic Kojak in the line.
The series was created by Abby Mann who for the pilot based on a true story. In 1963 in Manhattan were two women murdered in the apartment that they shared. The double murder was known as the Wylie-Hoffert – Career Girl Murders. The police arrested the African American, George Whitmore Jr. and managed to pry a confession illegally. Whitmore was released after another police team new research did and the real killer obsolete. Abby Mann based his main character, Theo Kojak, on some recherchers of the second team, in particular inspector Thomas j. Cavanagh Jr. The pilot is about the murder of two career women in Manhattan and got the title The Marcus-Nelson murders. Inspector Kojak investigates the murder and encounters a range of prejudices, abuse of power and disregard for civil rights. This set the tone for the rest of the series.
In 1978 started to fall and the ratings against, the series was discontinued. In 1985 and 1987 , two made-for-TV movie came with Kojak in the lead role, The Belarus file and The price of justice. In both films starring Telly Savalas plays again. Between 1989 and 1990 played Savalas again the role of Kojak in five new episodes. Each episode lasts two hours. In 2005, Kojak back to the screen. Actor Ving Rhames played the role of Inspector Kojak. This series was discontinued after one season.
Savalas was a trendsetter with his portrayal of Kojak: a rugged police officer with a gentle nature. That last was accentuated by Kojaks penchant for lolly's, where fellow television patrolmen usually preferred acigarette. Also Savalas ' shaven head was striking, as well as his clothing choice: Lieutenant Kojak wore tailored suits or expensive confection of the American brand Botany 500, flamboyant hats (Stetson Tyrol) and eye-catching jewelry, such as a gold Omega Time Computer One ' LED'-Watch, a novelty for 1973.