Night Stalker


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/29/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Carl Kolchak takes a job at the L.A. Beacon as a crime reporter and begins investigating a strange case in which a pregnant woman has gone missing. When her body is found fingers point to the woman's husband, but Kolchak believes in the man's innocence, believing that there is a supernatural angle to the story. His investigations are frustrated when Perri Reed, the newspaper's senior crime reporter, digs into Kolchak's mysterious past.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gabrielle Union

    Perri Reed

  • Eric Jungmann

    Jain McManus

  • Cotter Smith

    Anthony Vincenzo

  • Stuart Townsend

    Carl Kolchak

  • Frank Spotnitz

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • What do I think…

    By Gislef, Oct 04, 2005

  • This first episode of Night Stalker

    By farscapefanuk, Mar 05, 2007

  • Erm, I believe the music IS Philip Glass, not Philip Glass-inspired. Derp. See his CV at

    By sisdisco, Jul 13, 2006


    By onerunningman, Mar 24, 2006

  • It may not be the best genre pilot ever, but it does show promise and isn't as bad as the critics say.

    By archangelcory16, Nov 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Perri: Oh that reminds me. I've been covering crime for four years. How long have you? Kolchak: Five. Perri: That's what I thought.

    • Vioncenzo: You know, most people come in the office, meet their colleagues, get a desk, before they start snagging stories.

    • Kolchak: All these strange deaths, like…pieces in a puzzle, a puzzle I’m trying to put together. Something terrible is happening. (pauses) But no one sees it ’cause no one wants to.

    • Kolchak: Have you ever used a gun before? Jain: No. Kolchak: That's what I thought. Jain: I've never used a cattle prod before, either.

    • Perri: What's this prove? Jain:That these things Kolchak's looking for were here. Perri: Or wolves, or coyotes, or armadillos, for all I know. Jain: Armadillos?!?

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    Notes (7)

    • A deleted scene on the DVD includes an extended version of the escape from the caves. Two hellhounds attack the car: they are much more visible. One of them bites Perri but is scraped off the side of the car by the rocks. When the car pulls out into the sunlight, the second hellhound retreats back into the caves.

    • The Beacon office building is in real-life found at 1000 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. It was previously used in Robbery Homicide Division.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Dragonfly" by M. Craft.

    • As with most pilots, there are no opening credits but the regular actors' names are simply flashed on screen, followed by the guest stars.

    • Stuart Townsend takes on the role of Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin in the original movies and series. Cotter Smith takes on the role of Antonio Vincenzo, played by Simon Oakland in the original movies and series. John Pyper-Ferguson plays the role of Agent Bernie Fain, which was the original name of the character Bernie Jenks that was played by Ralph Meeker in the original TV movie The Night Stalker.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The police would never let reporters -- press pass or not -- on the actual crime scene, taking photographs and trampling on evidence.

    Allusions (6)

    • License Plate Kolchak's license plate number, 197DMG2, is yet another intentional allusion to the original series. 197_2 (1972) is the year the original Night Stalker TV movie aired. And DMG is the initials of Darren McGavin, who played the original Kolchak.

    • Kolchak's Wife Carl's wife is named "Irene" - an in-joke homage to the original series. In the last episode of the series, "The Sentry," Kolchak deals with police official of the week Lt. Irene Lamont. Lamont is played by...Darren McGavin's real-life wife, the late Kathie Browne.

    • Hat and Hatrack At Kolchak's house in the study, a hatrack is present and an old straw hat is on it. This is a deliberate allusion/homage to the hat that Darren McGavin wore in the original Night Stalker movies and series.

    • Las Vegas and Seattle Both of these cities are mentioned, Las Vegas extensively. These were the cities where ABC's two TV Kolchak movies were set in.

    • Jain: Do you even work for the Beacon, Mr. Horshack? Referencing the character Arnold Horshack from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter.

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