A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main theme of the series is that crime doesn't pay and that sometimes you have to break the rules for the sake of justice. The focus on crime and criminals creates a fairly dark tone.
Positive Role Models
Kojak is macho and tough, but is also sensitive to those who need help. He occasionally bends the rules, but does it to catch the bad guys.
Violence & Scariness
Characters push, shove, punch, and use weapons like guns and knives. Gunfire is frequently exchanged, and people are shot, and killed (but little blood visible). Murder and gangster operations are frequent themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prostitution is occasionally discussed. In early episodes Kojak is romantically involved with someone, but there's nothing really sexual.
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Products & Purchases
Kojak's lollipop of choice is the Tootsie Pop; occasionally the logo is visible. Kojak carries a .38 Special Smith and Wesson revolver.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters, including Kojak, smoke cigarettes occasionally, especially in early episodes. Kojak tries to cut down on his habit by sucking lollipops. Occasionally people are featured drunk; alcohol is visible at bars and clubs. Drug sales are occasional themes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the classic police procedural Kojak is milder than more contemporary police dramas, but still contains content that isn't meant for younger viewers. There are lots of violent moments, including gunfire and people getting shot (but little blood is visible), as well as plenty of references to murder. Assault, prostitution, and other crimes are also themes. Kojak and other characters sometimes smoke and drink, especially in early episodes.
Is It Any Good?
The police procedural churns through lots of detective stories, ranging from chasing robbers to solving mafia-related murders. But the show, which was an international hit in its day, stands out thanks to Detective Kojak, whose tough street smarts, honesty, sarcastic humor, and sensitivity, make him an interesting and likable character. His bald head, and his trademark catchphrases like "Who loves ya baby?", are now globally-recognizable parts of American popular culture. Meanwhile some of his on-duty habits are still referred to as the "Kojak Style" by American police today.
Granted, many of the show's references (and the cars) are dated, but thanks to the show's universal themes, it still feels relevant. Meanwhile, viewers might also get a kick out of the appearances made by young, now-famous actors like Harvey Keitel, Hector Elizondo, and Richard Gere, too. Overall, it's pretty entertaining, and folks looking for a compelling police procedural will definitely find something here.
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