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A murder shockingly like his wife's leads Kolchak to Los Angeles, where he has signed on as a reporter with the L.A. Beacon newspaper. The crime: A pregnant woman is attacked and murdered. Her husband is accused in her death, but Kolchak senses there's more to the story. Kolchak's colleague, senior crime reporter Perri Reed (Union) is just as eager to get to the bottom of things, but she's skeptical of his wild theories.

Young and ambitious photographer Jain McManus is a little more ready to go along with Kolchak. Together, they'll aid him as he tracks down the bizarre and the inexplicable, the stories you won't find printed in any newspaper.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Thursday September 29th, 2005

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Guest Stars
Susan Misner
As Irene Kolchak
John Pyper-Ferguson
As Agent Bernard Fain
Sarah Lafleur
As Trish Medlock
Ele Keats
As Emily Gale
David Denman
As Henry Gale
Clay Wilcox
As Ed Medlock

Co-Guest Stars
Regi Davis
As Detective
Madeline Carroll
As Julie Medlock
Timothy McNeil
As Coroner
Sabin Rich
As Motorcycle Rider

Darren McGavin
As Reporter Standing at Desk
Main Cast
Stuart Townsend
As Carl Kolchak
Gabrielle Union
As Perri Reed
Eric Jungmann
As Jain McManus
Cotter Smith
As Anthony Vincenzo


In Los Angeles, a husband, Henry, leaves for his third shift night watchman job, leaving his wife Emily. As he drives away, he hears a noise from a construction site across the street. Seeing nothing, he drives away unaware that a man with a red mark on his left wrist is watching from the shadows...

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Episode Notes
Footage of Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak from the original Night Stalker movie is digitally inserted into the Beacon's newsroom for a few seconds, at 17:15.

The original Carl Kolchak's "birdfeeder" straw fedora can be seen on a hatrack in Carl's office as Perri looks around.

For the pilot there are no opening credits: just the regulars listed on-screen one at a time followed by the guest stars and crew.

Filming Location: 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (the Beacon office)

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
M. CraftDragonfly 

Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening voiceover) I drive at night, a police radio as my compass, looking for answers to questions I'm only learning how to ask. About things adults dismiss...but children are right to fear. Shapes that lurk in the darkness, nightmares that intrude from another realm, forces that spring not from the imagination but live amongst us, unseen. These forces have taken something from me, something I can never recover. So I stalk the night, looking... and knowing our fear of the dark never really goes away. We just learn to pretend it's not there.

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

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

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?!?

Jain: The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis remain neutral.
Perri: Jain, what are you talking about?!?

Jain: Seriously, I think a gun might be better.
Carl: Have you ever used a gun before?
Jain: No.
Carl: That’s what I thought.
Jain: I’ve never used a cattle prod before, either

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

Carl: (closing voiceover) As a reporter I seek answers to the questions that haunt me. But the stories, the real stories, you won't find printed in any newspaper. Stories of strange deaths, endless suffering, horrors we can only pretend to explain, and the hidden threats that connect them all. These are the stories I live to write, driven by the faith that one day people will read them and understand, haunted by the fear that the answers I seek lie not in the darkness without but the darkness within.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
DeveloperFrank Spotnitz
Executive ProducerFrank Spotnitz  |  Daniel Sackheim
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Peter Kousakis
Supervising ProducerAdam Armus
Associate ProducerSuzanne Lauer
CastingMia Levinson
Main Title ThemePhilip Glass
Warning: Night Stalker season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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