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Episode Guide

    • Now You See Him
      Now You See Him
      Season 5 - Episode 5

      The Great Santini is a master magician, but his employer discovers that he was a German camp guard during World War II and blackmails him. Santini is forced to engineer a perfect murder--he kills the owner while apparently performing his famous "water tank" illusion on stage in front of dozens of witnesses. Santini in fact supposedly hides out beneath the stage, and uses a radio transmitter to convince a waiter that he is there when he's busy killing the owner. Now Columbo must unravel a magical mystery and break a perfect alibi.

    • Negative Reaction
      Negative Reaction
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Famous photographer Paul Galesko wants to kill his wealthy but annoying wife. He sets up a trusting ex-con to take the wrap. Can Columbo see beyond the false images and prove Galesko is guilty?
    • Prescription: Murder
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Psychiatrist Ray Flemming employs his girlfriend to pose as his wife. Barry kills the wife in front of the girlfriend and the two of them take off on a plane for the 'perfect alibi'. They stage a fight on the plane and the 'wife' returns home where she is supposedly killed by an intruder. Things get messy when the dry cleaning comes back from the cleaners.moreless
    • A Stitch in Crime
      A Stitch in Crime
      Season 2 - Episode 6

      Heart surgeon Barry Mayfield turns his talents turn to murder and plans to kill his mentor, who refuses to release their research findings prematurely. When the mentor has a heart attack, Mayfield plots the perfect murder, but must kill two people to cover his tracks while he waits for his plan to succeed.

    • Murder by the Book
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Ken Franklin is the untalented writer but skilled PR agent of a mystery book writing team that created detective Mrs. Melville. He kills his partner and the real writer, Jim Ferris, because Ferris is planning on breaking up the team and writing on his own. Franklin uses an elaborate scheme to make it appear as if Ferris were killed by mobsters because his next story, an expose on the Mafia, would incriminate them. Franklin's plan is perfect except that a fan of Mrs. Melville, Lilly La Sanka, saw him.moreless
    • Death Lends a Hand
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail scheme. The client then hires the detective to assist Columbo in the search for the killer.
    • Try and Catch Me
      Try and Catch Me
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaming him for her niece´s murder.
    • Double Exposure
      Double Exposure
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      A film maker kills one of his clients in a break during the screening of a new ad campaign.
    • Swan Song
      Swan Song
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      After years of being controlled and blackmailed by his wife a Country and Western singer kills her and tries to make it look like it was really meant to be him killed and not her.
    • How to Dial a Murder
      How to Dial a Murder
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor be his alibi while he calls his house, where his dead wife´s lover is. The call serves as the first step in a conditioning reflex on the psychiatrist´s dogs. The other part is the word "Rosebud" as uttered by the victim. When Columbo comes to the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when the police says that they may have to put his dogs to death. But Columbo notices how friendly the dogs seem, and then there´s the telephone that´s hanging from it´s hook...moreless
    • Playback
      Season 4 - Episode 5

      An inventor videotapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, giving himself an apparently perfect alibi.

    • Any Old Port in a Storm
      Any Old Port in a Storm
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Winemaker Adrian Carsini decides to kill his younger brother before he can sell the family winery. Columbo will have to use Adrian's excellent wine knowledge against him to bring the killer to justice.
    • Columbo Cries Wolf
      Columbo Cries Wolf
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      Columbo is asked to investigate the disappearance of Dian Hunter, director of a men's magazine. Naturally, the prime suspect is her lover and co-editor Sean Brantley, who spends a lot of time with the young girls he works with.
    • Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
      Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      Vivian Dimitri blames two people for her husband's death in prison: his former partner-in-crime Charlie Chambers and Columbo, the detective who put him in jail. Now she is ready for some payback. First it's Charlie, then she will strike too close to home for Columbo. Or will she?
    • Columbo Goes to College
      Columbo Goes to College
      Season 10 - Episode 1

      Two arrogant college students in Columbo's class on criminology kill a professor that discovers they are cheating.

    • Suitable for Framing
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man's first wife but Columbo doesn't believe it.
    • The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
      Two former college friends now partners in an accounting firm become enemies when one realizes the other has embezzled funds. The reason for his embezzling ways is his wife, she demands nothing but the best.
    • By Dawn´s Early Light
      By Dawn´s Early Light
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      The head of a military school, kills one of the governors, by sabotaging the gun, that is used on founders day.
    • Troubled Waters
      Troubled Waters
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      While holidaying on board a cruise liner, Columbo helps capture the killer, of the singer with the ships band.
    • Etude in Black
      Etude in Black
      Season 2 - Episode 1

      The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.

    • Double Shock
      Double Shock
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      A wealthy man is murdered; his twin nephews stand to inherit, but which one committed the crime?
    • A Friend in Deed
      A Friend in Deed
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      A police commissioner provides an alibi to a friend who has just killed his wife. Later the commissioner kills his own wife, and gets the friend to repay the favor.
    • Blueprint for Murder
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      An architect kills his business partner and deliberately lets Columbo suspect him, leading Columbo to think that he's hidden the body in the foundation of a building under construction. He plans to let Columbo dig up the site and find nothing, knowing that its the perfect place to hide the body since Columbo would never look in the same place twice.moreless
    • Murder under Glass
      Murder under Glass
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      A famous food critic is threatened by a restaurant owner, and so the critic leaves. Soon after, the cook dies. Columbo´s involvement is welcomed by all the other chefs in the area, but Columbo wonders why the dead restaurant owner slammed the drawers before he died. And how could the poison that killed him enter an unopened bottle without the killer even being in the room? Could it have been suicide? But then there´s the cheques to a mysterious society, and the victim´s calender. Can Columbo´s cooking skills really match the food critic´s taste?moreless
    • An Exercise in Fatality
      An Exercise in Fatality
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident
    • Candidate for Crime
      Candidate for Crime
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      A Senate Candidate running for office, kills his campaign manager, by making it look like he was the target for the killers bullet.
    • Ransom for a Dead Man
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Lawyer Leslie Williams concocts an elaborate plan to make her husband's murder look like a kidnapping gone wrong. When it looks like all the bases are covered, Columbo must find a way to trip up this calm and collected lady.
    • The Most Crucial Game
      The Most Crucial Game
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The manager of a football team kills the team's owner, disguising himself as an ice cream vender as a cover. He then uses a recording of a faked phone call as an alibi to prove he was elsewhere at the time of the murder.
    • Identity Crisis
      Identity Crisis
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact but the killer has been photographed beforehand walking with the victim.
    • Murder, Smoke and Shadows
      Murder, Smoke and Shadows
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      Movie director and wunderkind Alex Bradey keeps everyone dancing to his tune - his producer, the studio, his leading man and his ex-girlfriend whom he set up together to keep the actor in his film. But an old friend of Bradey's shows up and wants revenge for the death of his sister, whom Bradey ended up getting killed in a high-school film stunt and then covered up. Bradey maneuvers the friend into being electrocuted on a film set that he orders watered down for a film shoot. The off-schedule order to water down the street is just the first of several clues that Columbo notes as he investigates the "accidental" death, and he soon figures out that Bradey is the one responsible. Columbo isn't the only problem Alex has - his producer is cancelling his film due to cost overruns and missed deadlines, and his secretary has figured out he had the brother killed and resorts to blackmail. Finally, Alex falls prey to a staged scene of his own when Columbo proves his own superior ability to direct by setting up a con to get Alex to confess his crime on a movie set as the film of the accidental death shows in the background.moreless
    • It's All in the Game
      It's All in the Game
      Season 10 - Episode 7
      Nick Franco is a violent, two-timing gigolo and his current paramour, Laura Stanton, has had enough. With the help of a young woman named Lisa, she murders her lover and sets herself up with an airtight alibi. When Columbo starts sniffing on her trail, Laura quickly works to seduce the married detective, hoping that her sex appeal will throw the usually stubborn Lieutenant off the scent.moreless
    • The Most Dangerous Match
      The Most Dangerous Match
      Season 2 - Episode 7

      When a chess grandmaster realizes that he is unable to defeat his rival at a tournament, he resorts to murder and makes it look like suicide. But Columbo isn't fooled... and the victim isn't quite dead.

    • Fade in to Murder
      Fade in to Murder
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      An actor who plays a TV detective commits the perfect murder, but finds himself matching wits with real-life detective Columbo.
    • Short Fuse
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      A chemist rigs a bomb in his uncle's car so he can gain control of his uncle's company. He then plants clues to make Columbo suspicious of the company's Vice-President.
    • The Greenhouse Jungle
      The Greenhouse Jungle
      Season 2 - Episode 2

      Jarvis Goodland, along with his nephew, plan a kidnap scam to break the nephew's trust fund, but after the money has been collected, Jarvis kills his partner.

    • Publish or Perish
      Publish or Perish
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author, and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.
    • Uneasy Lies the Crown
      Uneasy Lies the Crown
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      Wesley Corman, a dentist who prefers gambling to his wealthy wife, decides to kill her movie-star lover and frame her for his murder.
    • Requiem for a Falling Star
      Requiem for a Falling Star
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Nora Chandler, a fading movie star is threatened by a forthcoming tell-all book and some of the secrets it will reveal. She attempts to murder Jerry Parks, the author but accidentally kills her P.A. Columbo roots out the connection between the current case and the mysterious disappearance of the actress's husband. The solution to the case involves a Shriner's ring, and an inoperative fountain.moreless
    • Agenda for Murder
      Agenda for Murder
      Season 9 - Episode 3
      Paul Staplin, a man who over the years has been in trouble with the law on more than one occasion, has committed suicide. Columbo is called in to investigate but he immediately sees it for a murder. The last person to see Staplin alive was Oscar Finch, a man with very strong political connections and who does not want Columbo nosing around asking "just one more thing."moreless
    • Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

      Wade Anders host of a highly popular anti-crime television show, has to murder a blackmailer.

    • A Deadly State of Mind
      A Deadly State of Mind
      Season 4 - Episode 6

      A doctor kills the husband of the female patient he is having an affair with. however, he is "seen" leaving the house by a witness who happens to be blind.

    • Death Hits the Jackpot
      Death Hits the Jackpot
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      A struggling photographer is murdered in an elaborate scheme to get hold of his lottery winnings.
    • A Bird in the Hand...
      A Bird in the Hand...
      Season 10 - Episode 6
      A rich man disliked by his family has a bomb planted in his car, but before it explodes, he is run over and killed, but by who?
    • Make Me a Perfect Murder
      Make Me a Perfect Murder
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position, his assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay feeling betrayed decides to seek revenge.
    • Forgotten Lady
      Forgotten Lady
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      An aging song-and-dance star is Lt. Columbo's quarry in the fifth season opener. The disheveled detective suspects the actress of killing her wealthy husband to finance her dream, a comeback on Broadway.
    • Lady in Waiting
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Beth Chadwick is tired of her brother Bryce running her life. The last straw is when he threatens to break up her romance with Peter Hamilton, a company lawyer. Beth lays a trap for Bryce and shoots him, claiming that she thought he was a prowler. By stealing his house key, she plans for him to try to enter through her bedroom French doors. But when Bryce shows up after using a spare key, she is forced to improvise. The coroner's inquest backs up her story, but for Columbo, too many little things do not add up. If Bryce had to walk around the house to get to the doors, why are there no grass stains on his shoes? If Beth never went out the day of the murder, how did a late edition of the newspaper end up in the front hall? But when a witness remembers hearing gunshots before an alarm, Columbo figures it all out.moreless
    • Lovely but Lethal
      Lovely but Lethal
      Season 3 - Episode 1

      Viveca Scott, the founder of Beauty Mark Cosmetics, is threatened by her rival, David Lang. When he finds out that her revolutionary cream formula actually remove wrinkles, he has the formula pirated and Viveca decides to murder him.

    • Columbo Goes to the Guillotine
      Columbo Goes to the Guillotine
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      A fake psychic conspires with an old friend (who debunks psychics) to convince a secret government agency that he really is a psychic. Afterwards he meets with the old friend, a magician, at the magician's workshop and kills him to settle a long-standing grudge. The psychic makes the death look as if the magician was killed accidentally by a guillotine he used as a trick.moreless
    • A Trace of Murder
      A Trace of Murder
      Season 10 - Episode 11
      Millionaire Clifford Calvert is framed for murdering a man he did business with and who in turn filed a lawsuit against him. Columbo investigates and finds out that Mrs. Calvert has been having an affair and has lots of motive to set up her husband.
    • Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star
      Hugh Creighton is a successful criminal lawyer who has never lost a case. He has a live-in girlfriend, who is a former rock star. When he finds out that she's seeing an old boyfriend, he throws her out. She then threatens to reveal that the secret of his success is allowing witnesses to purjure themselves, unless he pays her for the time they were together. He then plans to kill her and frame her boyfriend. It isn't long before Columbo is on the case, and discovers a few inconsistencies.moreless
    • The Conspirators
      The Conspirators
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.
    • Dead Weight
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      A famous general kills an associate because he fears he will expose his illegal business practices. A somewhat neurotic divorcee witnesses the murder and reports it. The general then woos her and makes her fall for him, causing her to change her story.
    • Sex and the Married Detective
      Sex and the Married Detective
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      A sex therapist catches her boyfriend with another woman when he thinks she is out of town. She then disguises herself and manages to kill him while in disguise -- not realizing that a potential suitor saw her enter the bathroom as a dark-haired woman and exit as a blonde.
    • Butterfly in Shades of Grey
      Butterfly in Shades of Grey
      Season 10 - Episode 8
      Ego-maniac Fielding Chase, is a radio talk show host who in order to prevent his daughter from moving to New York, murders a member of his staff.
    • A Matter of Honor
      A Matter of Honor
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      The owner of a bull ranch in Mexico gives his workers the day off, and then talks his number one man into fighting the bull who nearly killed his son. But instead he shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, and lets the bull kill him. Colombo, who is on vacation in Mexico, gets dragged into this case by an admiring colleague, but he has trouble convincing the Mexicans that the accident is really homicide. And how do you prove that the bull is a murder weapon?moreless
    • Ashes to Ashes
      Ashes to Ashes
      Season 10 - Episode 12
      Columbo is called in to solve the murder of Hollywood gossip journalist Verity Chandler whose last target was Eric Prince, mortician to the stars.
    • Murder, a Self Portrait
      Murder, a Self Portrait
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      Artist Max Barsini has his hands full: his wife Vanessa is always suspicious of his other "models", his live-in model Julie wants to be more than just his subject, and his ex-wife Louise stills pulls at his heart strings. Together Max asks them what they think of each other with explosive results.moreless
    • Dagger of the Mind
      Dagger of the Mind
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      While on a work trip to London to learn the techniques of the British police, Columbo gets involved with the murder of Roger Haversham, a rich old businessman, that is financing the careers of two has-been theater stars trying to restart their careers. When Sir Roger threatens to finish their careers because he felt betrayed, he's killed. A short while after, his butler figures out the motives for his master's murder, and blackmails the actors, who have no other choice than kill him, and make it look like he committed suicide due to remorse because he murdered his employer. Columbo stills manages to catch both the murderers, with the help of a pearl and a new umbrella.moreless
    • Old Fashioned Murder
      Old Fashioned Murder
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      The female head of a museum hires one of the guards to rob the museum to collect the insurance money. But during the robbery she kills him and her own brother, and makes it look like they killed each other. The guard/robber´s brother reports a strange message on his answering machine, that makes it seem that he has been killed. And Columbo gets the case. When Columbo first comes to the crime scene, he notices that the lights are off, a gold medallion in the robber´s pants, and signs that pointed to the fact that he was going abroad after the heist. And he concluded that these clues mean that someone else was involved...moreless
    • Columbo Likes the Nightlife
      Columbo Likes the Nightlife
      Season 10 - Episode 14
      A reporter with a lot of enemies ends up dead from an apparent suicide, Columbo becomes suspicious since the reporter was blackmailing several people.
    • Strange Bedfellows
      Strange Bedfellows
      Season 10 - Episode 10
      A corrupt horse breeder and the gambling syndicate are fixing the horse races puts Columbo into a double investigation while investigating a very clever killer.
    • Mind over Mayhem
      Mind over Mayhem
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Dr. Marshal Cahill, the head of a think tank, is forced to protect his plagarizing son by killing the professor, Nichols, who discovered the plagarized information. Cahill programs a robot to take his place during a war game exercise that he runs from an isolated room, then fakes a hit-and-run accident on Nichols and plants evidence to make it look like a drug theft gone awry. The first thing Columbo notices upon arrival is a match burned down to the base - something Columbo knows well because it's how you light a cigar. And Dr. Cahill is the only other cigar smoker around. There are a lot of other little things that Columbo notices as well, and with the help of a child prodigy he discovers how Cahill used the robot to provide himself with an alibi. But without one major clue, Columbo arrests the son to force Cahill, who was willing to kill for his son, to confess his crime to protect the boy.moreless
    • A Case of Immunity
      A Case of Immunity
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      An ambassador from Suari and his code clerk kill the chief of security in an attempt to make it look like the chief was a traitor, who blew up the legation safe and stole £600.000 on behalf of a dissident group. But Columbo gets suspicious. He just have problem crushing the ambassador´s alibi. And then, when the code clerk turns up dead, the ambassador has an alibi again. But even if Colombo could rock the two alibis, there is always the immunity-problem...moreless
    • Murder with Too Many Notes
      Murder with Too Many Notes
      Season 10 - Episode 13
      Findlay Crawford, the awardwinning composer of movie soundtracks, has a very talented apprentice, Gabriel, who wants to leave Crawford´s shadow and get recognition for the music he has written but which Crawford took credit for. This Crawford won´t allow, and he drugs him, and uses his musical timing to make it appear as if Gabriel fell from the roof during one of Crawford´s concerts. Columbo notices right away that Gabriel fell without even a scream, and then there´s the small cut on Gabriel´s hand. Later, he finds a photo of Gabriel in tuxedo and sneakers - which makes Columbo wondering why Gabriel would wear fancy shoes, and two sizes too large. The cat and mouse game with Crawford leads him through the musical world of movies, beginning the slowest car chase in movie history.moreless
    • Grand Deceptions
      Grand Deceptions
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      Colonel Frank Brailie runs a private military foundation for soldiers. General Paget, the owner of the facility, has become suspicious when a large amount of money seems to be going to a "Special project fund."
    • Undercover
      Season 10 - Episode 9
      A photograph is the only clue for Columbo when two dead men and a seven year old mystery with $4 million dollars involved as well as an obnoxious insurance investigator come into play.
    • Murder in Malibu
      Murder in Malibu
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      When con-artist Wayne Jennings is rejected by the wealthy romance novelist he planned to marry, he sets out to make the story she is writing look like a robbery gone awry.
    • Last Salute to the Commodore
      Last Salute to the Commodore
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Commodore Swanson is tired of his greedy son-in-law turning his ship building business into an embarrassment and decides to sell the company.
    • No Time to Die
      No Time to Die
      Season 10 - Episode 5

      Columbo attends his nephew's wedding and as the couple get ready to leave on their honeymoon, the bride disappears. Columbo investigates, thinking his nephew may have made a few enemies on the police force.

    • Negative Reaction
      Negative Reaction
      Season 10 - Episode 15
    • Try and Catch Me
      Try and Catch Me
      Season 10 - Episode 16
    • How to Dial a Murder
      How to Dial a Murder
      Season 10 - Episode 19
    • Murder by the Book
      Murder by the Book
      Season 10 - Episode 20
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