What Do "Kojak" And "NCIS" Have In Common?
You really have to ask whether this is the best the network television can do.
Although it's been on for a while and is one of the top-rated prime-time shows on network television, I've only recently begun to watch "NCIS," the CBS police drama that stars Mark Harmon. I may have started to watch because "Law and Order" reruns seem to have run their course (Has anyone seen an episode with Michael Moriarty lately?) or because the friends my Beautiful and Talented Wife (The BTW) and I visited over Thanksgiving were devoted to it.
But regardless of the reason, and even though I started watching only recently, whenever I have watched "NCIS" there has always been something almost eerily familiar and deja vu-like about the show.
It finally hit me last night: "NCIS" is the same show as "Kojak," the police drama that aired on CBS in the 1970s with Telly Savalas as the lead character.
The trigger was simple. In the episode I watched last night, Special Agent Gibbs (Harmon) walked into the office where he and his team work and yelled "McGee, you're with me" in almost exactly the same way that Lt. Kojak used to walk into the squad room from his office and yell "Crocker" or "Stavros." Take away the U.S. Navy cover from "NCIS" and reduce the production values to what they were in the 1970s and it's basically the same show I watched three decades ago.
The two big differences: Mark Harmon appears to have a full head of hair and doesn't eat lollypops.
You really have to wonder whether CBS is recycling scripts from Kojak to reduce costs and just assuming no one will notice.