GenreCrime drama
Based onKojak by Abby Mann
Developed byAnthony Piccirillo
StarringVing Rhames
Chazz Palminteri
Roselyn Sánchez
Chuck Shamata
Sybil Temtchine
Michael Kelly
ComposerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producerTom Thayer
Production companiesTraveler's Rest Films
NBC Universal Television Studio
Original release
NetworkUSA Network
ReleaseMarch 25 (2005-03-25) –
May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)

Kojak is an American crime drama television series starring Ving Rhames.[1] It is a remake of Kojak starring Telly Savalas.[2] The series lasted for one season, airing on USA Network from March 25 to May 22, 2005.


Rhames portrays Lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City Police Department, a skilled plain clothes detective with a shaved head and an affinity for jazz, fine clothing, and lollipops. As in the original Kojak, he is fond of the catchphrase "Who loves ya, baby?"



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Eric Bross & Michael WatkinsTony PiccirilloMarch 25, 2005 (2005-03-25)

A serial killer, who targets prostitutes with children, is leaving children without any legal guardians all over town. When Kojak sees those children, he gets angry and makes the hunt to a personal issue.

Note: Two-hour television pilot episode.
2"All That Glitters"Eric BrossWalter KlenhardApril 3, 2005 (2005-04-03)
A robbery in a jewelry store escalates and ends with two people taken hostage and one dead. Kojak trades himself for the hostages, only to find out that there's another crime behind this robbery. Kojak tries to help the robber to save his loved ones.
3"East Sixties"Colin BuckseyAlyson FeltesApril 10, 2005 (2005-04-10)
A rich land developer is murdered in one of his buildings, leaving his adopted daughter back with her aunt. Kojak finds out that the biological mother just was released from prison. Shortly after that, the child is taken hostage in her school.
4"Fathers and Sons"Norberto BarbaLarry BrothersApril 17, 2005 (2005-04-17)
An armed robbery escalates and the father of a ten-year-old boy gets shot. Kojak remembers the similar death of his own father and starts to work on the old case again. Meanwhile, ADA Stone gets beaten up by a murderer who wants his case closed. Kojak is forced to split his team up to solve all three cases at once.
5"Hitman"Michael RobisonDavid BlackApril 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)
A sniper kills for fun and not for the money, which leads Kojak and his team to similar cases in other cities. Kojak can land a breakthrough in the case when he gets information from a prisoner he once put away, but the price for the information would be high.
6"Kind of Blue"Jerry LevineNatalie ChaidezMay 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)
Kojak faces his own past again when he runs into a young student who is thinking of rejoining his old gang to solve his financial problems. Kojak tries to stop the planned robbery and arrest the violent gang leader.
7"Music of the Night"Jerry LevineSteve FekeMay 8, 2005 (2005-05-08)
A jazz singer is being stalked, and Kojak thinks that the stalker is also the bomber who’s keeping him and his team busy. After the club where she performs is blown up as well, Kojak thinks it’s another employee, but soon finds that he made a terrible mistake.
8"All Bets Off: Part 1"Colin BuckseyTony PiccirilloMay 15, 2005 (2005-05-15)
During the investigation of his latest murder case, Kojak finds out that the dead man had an affair with Captain McNeill's wife. Things heat up when Kojak finds McNeill's fingerprints at the crime scene.
9"All Bets Off: Part 2"Michael WatkinsTony PiccirilloMay 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)
The ongoing investigation of Kate McNeill's murdered lover shows that the case has outstanding similarities to several old cases. Is McNeill a serial killer, or is the reason for this murder something completely different?


It aired on the USA Network in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the series aired on ITV4.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "THE NEW KOJAK ; VING RHAMES SAYS THAT HIS INTERPRETATION WILL BE KINDER, GENTLER THAN TELLY SAVALAS". Winston Salem Journal. March 25, 2005. ProQuest 370134348. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Television Review; Tough love; Ving Rhames shows sentimental side of 'Kojak'". Boston Herald. March 24, 2005. ProQuest 400382643. Retrieved May 30, 2022.