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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (ABC, 1974 – 1975)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker was an American TV series that had been
preceded by two television movies: The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973). Kolchak: The Night Stalker followed fictional Chicago newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) who would investigate crimes of a supernatural nature. Kolchak: The Night Stalker is often cited as an inspiration for the series The X-Files.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker only aired for one season, from September 13, 1974 until March 28, 1975 (20 episodes). It remains quite popular in syndication though. In 2005 Kolchak: The Night Stalker was resurrected for a second series run with a new cast, including Stuart Townsend and Gabrielle Union. This reboot also only aired for one season, but for only 10 episodes from September 29, 2005 to February 7, 2006. The reason why the second incarnation of Night Stalker didn’t take off was poor ratings. Night Stalker was up against CSI, The Apprentice and the 2005 Major League Baseball Playoffs.

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