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  • Part of the 70's Mystery Movies which shared rotation with McCloud, and McMillan about a LA Homicide Detective who is craftier then he appears.

    I love this show. This was a ground breaking tv to me. For once we see a middle aged detective who looks like a detective should. Usually the police we saw on TV were very gallant and handsome. I want to add that I never really fell for the bumbling cop routine because to become a homicide detective you have to be the best detectives on the force. It was very real also because of Columbo's age which is consistent with most Homicide detectives and the fact he talked about never using his gun. Something I find most police never use in their career.
    The other groundbreaking aspect was we knew who the killer was right from the bat. And it looks like Columbo knows who it is too. The best part of the show is that the killer is usually some pompous jerk who thinks they are not only smarter then everyone, but treats Columbo like a pest and the village idiot. It is a cat and mouse game from start to finish and Columbo has got a big hunk of cheese in the pocket of that raggedy trench coat he wears.
    The only reason Columbo doesn't arrest the criminal when he first meets them is because he just needs the one piece of evidence that will trip them up. And that is what drives the plot. It is particularly rewarding when the sword drops because by the end of the show we can't stand the jerk.
    Some episodes are better then others but none of them are bad. I am not crazy about the Columbo's made in the 90's. That is because they changed the structure of the show which made it so good from the start. Some plots didn't even involve murders. There was one about a kidnapped bride that was unwatchable. But 3 or 4 were good like the one with Fisher Steven's as a Stephen Spielberg type director, or the 2 college students who thought they were smarter then Columbo, the one with Faye Dunaway. And one I think was a remake, Uneasy Lies the Crown, which originally was with Larry Hagman All of the early episodes are great.
    You get to see Falk acting with his Hollywood buddies like John Cassavetes. But Peter Falk was the one and only star of the show he had no regular co stars. This a great show. I enjoy
  • Superb

    Peter Falk will forever be linked with the raincoat-wearing detective who asked suspects about their shoes. But the character was created seven years earlier for a show called ‘The Sunday Mystery Hour’ (in which Columbo was played by Bert Freed), and when the script for the TV movie ‘Prescription: Murder floated around Hollywood in 1968, Falk only got the part because Bing Crosby became unavailable. Falk has since played the shuffling detective in this series more than 70 times (his third movie, ‘Columbo: Murder By the Book’, was directed by a very young Steven Spielberg in 1971). In 1992, Falk was given a fresh raincoat to wear; the original was said to be at the Smithsonian Museum, but Falk insists it is in his wardrobe. If you find Columbo intensely irritating, don’t worry – it is deliberate. He is loosely based on the inspector who brings down Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’.
  • A murder mystery show that tells you who the killer is at the begining of each episode, and still manages to keep you at the edge of your seat by setting up and following to the end the battle between a homicide detective and a murderer.

    This show is simply the best ever. The guest stars are ALL excellent, the writing is outstanding, and the the Character of Columbo is definatly my favorite character of all time. I still record every episode that comes on TV where i live and watch it when i get home from work even though i have seen them all MANY, MANY times...i will NEVER tire of a single episode. The fact that you can fill out a detailed bio of Columbos wife if you have seen all the episodes, even though she never appeared on the show even once...that is just GENIUS...


  • A fantastic mind at work. This is a TV show that has excellent scripting, acting and directing in the episodes.

    From watching this as a little gal at my Mom's side, to watching it on cable and still loving it, this show has captivated me. Columbo has a brillant way that he plays the opposing forces and he can get them to walk right into giving themselves away. This shows some excellent writing, some great acting and some dynamite directing. With Guest stars that made you sit up and take notice, it was a show that lasted from the 70's, 80's and 90's. It never wore out.
  • A brilliant example of 70’s crime drama.

    Columbo is just one of my favourite detective shows that have ever been made, I make a habit of watching any repeats that appear every so often on Saturdays and Sundays.

    It is a perfect example of what a detective show should be. Peter Falk stars as a detective that isn’t what he seems, infact the police on scene always think that he is some kind of civilian who is a bit confused. The murderer thinks he’s created the perfect murder and are sure they have nothing to worry about after Columbo has talked to them about his wife and is being so nice, until there’s “Just one more thing”.

    The beauty of the series is that we all know who killed who, which is what most crime series use to keep the suspense. Instead the audience watch the hapless detective piece things together from seemingly insignificant and unrelated pieces of evidence.

    All of this is topped of with some of the greatest performances in a crime drama ever, one that comes to mind is the outstanding performance of Patrick McGoohan in “By Dawn´s Early Light” for which he won an Emmy. Stephen Spielberg even directed an episode. Peter Falk also did some of his best work on Columbo in which he was the only character to appear in all of the episodes, he will always be remembered for this role.
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