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Kojak ( TV series 1973-78)

I grew up in England in the '70s where, Kojak, rather bizarrely, on reflection, was a CULT in its time. There was a hit single by Telly Savalas ( a spoken version of the Bread song If) and then a spoof hit single about the Telly Savalas single (I kid you not). All his little catch phrases '(Who loves ya, baby?') were repeated endlessly by practically 'everyone'. Even his little lollipop became a sort of fashion accessory. Just seems strange that a serious TV cop show should provoke that kind of 'pop' reaction. Also strange to me is that Kojak hasn't had any sort of cult following since. Maybe it burnt itself out. It just seems to have been practically forgotten...whereas Starsky & Hutch, from the same period, has had a cult following long after its time. Maybe it's because someone who looks like Telly doesn't appeal to modern tastes. Was Kojak a very big deal in America too? Was it also cultist there too? Am I right about it being practically forgotten now? If so, why do you think that is? What made me remember Kojak was finding an old tape of the original pilot episode, The Marcus Nelson Murders, based on a true NY murder story of the 1960s. It's an incredibly sad story, very hard to watch and very powerfully told.


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