Season 1 Episode 2

Ransom for a Dead Man

Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1971 on NBC

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  • Hey! It's another pilot episode!

    Apparently Colombo had at least two or three pilot episodes. They all are great and this one is no exception. In fact this one is better than the first one. It has Lee Grant as the murderer and she and Peter Falk seem to have a great time playing off of each other. This episode is an actor's and a fan's dream. Lee Grant sets up the kidnapping of her husband and everything goes as planned except the murder victim has a really annoying young adult daughter. She seems to be an amateur Colombo who enjoys tormenting the murderer as much as he does. You can't even feel that bad when Lee Grant gets captured because they've had so much fun along the way. They are wonderful together and the episode contains some very droll humor. I can't recommend an episode more except there are more coming up! Just wonderful!