Forever destined to be known as the series that inspired Chris Carter to create The X-Files, this little-seen one-season wonder from the mid ‘70s sees investigative reporter Carl Kolchak encountering everything from werewolves and vampires to rampaging robots and Jack the Ripper. Viewed more than 30 years on, Kolchak’s exploits have, incredibly, lost none of their original appeal: the show is still awe-inspiringly frightening, thrilling and funny, while the recently deceased Darren McGavin remains terrifically watchable, as his irresistible Kolchak tenaciously bumbles through a (doomed) quest to prove the existence of supernatural and otherworldly forces at play on Earth - and don’t be put off by the lame 2005 remake starring Stuart Townsend; this Night Stalker is a shining star of fantasy TV.
BEST BIT Kolchak whistles the start of the show’s theme tune and happily sits at his typewriter at the beginning of the title sequence. Cue mean and moody music and creepy time-lapse photography. Genius.