I spotted something last night in the ‘next week’ previews for The X-Files. There were a couple of glimpses of a middle-aged man in a light colored coat wearing a straw hat with a red band. I immediately said to my wife “That’s Kolchak!”. To which she said “Who?”…So I explained about Kolchak: The Night Stalker, an X-Files-esque show from the mid-70’s. X-Files creator Chris Carter has cited Kolchak as an influence on the show, and it looks like they may be giving the character a tip of the hat in next week’s show. Here’s a shot from the preview side-by-side with Darren McGavin of Kolchak fame.
Yep, that’s the same guy that played the Dad in A Christmas Story (Bumpussessss!).
All twenty episodes of Kolchak are available on Netflix right now. Watch them! They’re old, but they’re fun!