“If you’re trying to sell the horror and scare people, the show must be firmly grounded in reality. The people had to be real and react in a real way. Kolchak is the only character who should have his feet not quite on the ground. How could you expect people to be seriously frightened by a monster if they don’t believe all the other characters?”
– Darren McGavin discusses Kolchak: The Night Stalker in Fangoria # 3 with interviewer Berthe Roeger. December 1979, page 39.