32. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Air Dates: September 13, 1974 - March 28, 1975
Best Episode: "Demon In Lace" (February 7, 1975)
Compared to the 1972 made-for-TV movie that inspired it (The Night Stalker), ABC's 20-episode-long Kolchak: The Night Stalker is undoubtedly inferior, but that's not enough to keep it off any “scariest TV shows” lists, especially not ours. Kolchak, starring the great Darren McGavin as a investigative reporter repeatedly tasked with solving supernatural crimes, was uneven at times, delving into unintentionally self-mocking plots about lizard-men and Planet Of The Apes-light primate riots.
More often than not, though, Kolchak supplied vibrant jolts, sticking with less ludicrous villains as a headless motorcycle rider and invisible aliens. OK, less ludicrous than a lizard-man, that is. Give us a break here.