Cop show fans may want to tip their caps to Shout Factory when they hear this news: Shout! Factory will complete its string of Kojak releases with Season Five.  This six-disc set collects all 22 episodes from the final season of this show, which highlighted Telly Savalas’ star turn as the titular NYC detective.  The guest stars in Season Five are an eclectic lot: there are well-known thesps like Armand Assante, Shelley Winters and Sally Kirkland as well as unexpected choices like Misty Rowe and Liberace(!).  Read on for all the lollipop-toting details on this set…

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Kojak: The Complete Fifth and Final Season

Own it on DVD September 11, 2012

Telly Savalas is back as the brilliant and brazen Lieutenant Theo Kojak for the final season of one of television’s grittiest and most memorable detective dramas.  Kojak: The Complete Fifth and Final Season will be released on DVD September 11, 2012 from Shout! Factory. Featuring all 22 original episodes, this six-DVD set is a must-have for fans of police dramas and DVD collectors and has a suggested retail price of $44.99.

Season Five cases involve a psychotic murderer, a homicide-ridden hospital, cops on the take and the reemergence of a killer from Kojak’s past — once thought dead! Joining him throughout the season are special guest stars including Armand Assante, Christina Raines, Jennifer Warren, Misty Rowe, Shelly Winters, Ken Kercheval, Sally Kirkland, Jeff Conway, Liberace and Priscilla Barnes.

Created by Emmy® and Academy Award®–winning writer Abby Mann, Kojak ran for five seasons on CBS from 1973–1978 and spawned a series of TV movies throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Relive all his smart, edgy adventures in the mystery series that People Magazine raves is “a TV classic: slick, well-plotted and entertaining.”