Kodiak (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Stan Shpetner
Anthony Lawrence
Directed by William Witney
Starring Clint Walker
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) Stan Shpetner
Location(s) Alaska, United States
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kodiak Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network ABC
Original release 13 September – 4 October 1974

Kodiak is a half-hour adventure program (produced by Warner Bros. TV) that aired Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m Eastern time on ABC during the 1974-1975 television season.

The show revolved around the main character of Cal "Kodiak" McKay (played by Clint Walker), an Alaska State Trooper.[1] Kodiak, always accompanied by his Eskimo sidekick Abraham Lincoln Imhook, used his four-wheel drive truck to track down desperate killers through 50,000 miles of Alaska backcountry.

The show suffered low ratings due to being broadcast against NBC's mega-hit Sanford and Son.[2] Kodiak was cancelled after the first episode, although a total of four episodes were aired. The show was filmed in Bend, Oregon, using the Old Skyliners Ski Lodge as the primary meeting place.[citation needed]

Abner Biberman portrayed Imhook, and Maggie Blye had the role of police radio dispatcher Mandy.[1]

The program was created by Stan Shpetner and Anthony Lawrence; Shpetner was the producer.[2]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Red Snow, White Death" September 13, 1974 Kodiak's hunt for a killer is aided by a reluctant witness—an old Eskimo intent on dying ceremoniously in the mountains like his ancestors.
1-2 "Death Chase" September 20, 1974 Following the shooting of a young girl's father, two snowmobiles are pitted against each other in a desperate chase as Kodiak pursues the girl and her boyfriend.
1-3 "A Time to Die" September 27, 1974 A grieving, vengeful father threatens to kill Kodiak to prevent him from bringing his son's murderer to trial and thus carve out his own justice.
1-4 "The Last Enemy" October 4, 1974 Kodiak must stop an old war buddy who believes that he is fighting the same war again.


  1. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 571.
  2. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 455. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. 

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