Columbo

Genre: Crime
Premiere: 1971
Network: NBC
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Sessons: 13
Full Episodes: 68
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Full Show Summary

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Columbo. How has the show managed to remain so enjoyable through the years? It probably comes down to its premise and its main character. The originality of Columbo is that the viewer always knows exactly who commited the crime (which usually happens in the first few scenes of each episode), and the thrill lies in seeing how Lieutenant Columbo manages to catch the culprit. The lieutenant is a peculiar person - with his unkempt looks, crummy car and bewildered demeanour, he doesn’t seem at all like someone able to solve complicated cases. But this plays to his advantage, since the criminals invariably try to outsmart him, pretending to collaborate in the investigation and giving him false leads. Little they suspect they face an extremely bright mind, that gathers every little piece of information to ultimately get to the truth. One of the merits of the show is that it introduces an element of humor in crime stories. Columbo is definitely a funny guy, not only in his looks but in his behaviour too. His signature phrase “just one more thing”, which he invariable utters when he seems to have finished with his questions, rarely fails to bring a smile to the viewer, nor to test the criminal’s patience. The loud noise made by his run-down car and the references to his wife, who is never seen, are other recurring gags. With his permanent smile and friendly attitude (he even develops a friendship of shorts with some of the criminals), Peter Falk’s character certainly allows the viewer to watch a crime show relaxedly. Since Columbo was never a regular weekly series (only about 70 episodes were produced in more than 30 years), it managed to remain interesting and varied enough, also thanks to the appearance of some well-known supporting stars. Some of the later episodes feature variations of the regular formula, such as the one where the crime is not a murder, but a kidnapping. It’s also one of the very few times where we see the lieutenant producing his gun - a tool that, thanks to his brains, he barely needed at all.
Columbo S13E05 Columbo gets a taste of the Los Angeles rave scene as he investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter.
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Date Aired Columbo Episodes
Season 1
1 March 1971 Season 1, Episode 0: Ransom for a Dead Man
15 September 1971 Season 1, Episode 1: Murder by the Book
6 October 1971 Season 1, Episode 2: Death Lends a Hand
15 September 1971 Season 1, Episode 3: Murder by the Book
06 October 1971 Season 1, Episode 4: Death Lends a Hand
27 October 1971 Season 1, Episode 5: Dead Weight
17 November 1971 Season 1, Episode 6: Suitable for Framing
15 December 1971 Season 1, Episode 7: Lady in Waiting
Season 2
17 September 1972 Season 2, Episode 1: Étude in Black
15 October 1972 Season 2, Episode 2: The Greenhouse Jungle
05 November 1972 Season 2, Episode 3: The Most Crucial Game
26 November 1972 Season 2, Episode 4: Dagger of the Mind
21 January 1973 Season 2, Episode 5: Requiem for a Falling Star
11 February 1973 Season 2, Episode 6: A Stitch in Crime
04 March 1973 Season 2, Episode 7: The Most Dangerous Match
25 March 1973 Season 2, Episode 8: Double Shock
Season 3
23 September 1973 Season 3, Episode 1: Lovely but Lethal
07 October 1973 Season 3, Episode 2: Any Old Port in a Storm
04 November 1973 Season 3, Episode 3: Candidate for Crime
16 December 1973 Season 3, Episode 4: Double Exposure
18 January 1974 Season 3, Episode 5: Publish or Perish
18 February 1974 Season 3, Episode 6: Mind over Mayhem
03 March 1974 Season 3, Episode 7: Swan Song
05 May 1974 Season 3, Episode 8: A Friend in Deed
Season 4
15 September 1974 Season 4, Episode 1: An Exercise in Fatality
15 October 1974 Season 4, Episode 2: Negative Reaction
27 October 1974 Season 4, Episode 3: By Dawn's Early Light
09 February 1975 Season 4, Episode 4: Troubled Waters
02 March 1975 Season 4, Episode 5: Playback
27 April 1975 Season 4, Episode 6: A Deadly State of Mind
Season 5
14 September 1975 Season 5, Episode 1: Forgotten Lady
12 October 1975 Season 5, Episode 2: A Case of Immunity
02 November 1975 Season 5, Episode 3: Identity Crisis
01 February 1976 Season 5, Episode 4: A Matter of Honor
29 February 1976 Season 5, Episode 5: Now You See Him
02 March 1976 Season 5, Episode 6: Last Salute to the Commodore
Season 6
10 October 1976 Season 6, Episode 1: Fade in to Murder
28 November 1976 Season 6, Episode 2: Old Fashioned Murder
22 May 1977 Season 6, Episode 3: The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
Season 7
21 November 1977 Season 7, Episode 1: Try and Catch Me
30 January 1978 Season 7, Episode 2: Murder under Glass
25 February 1978 Season 7, Episode 3: Make Me a Perfect Murder
15 April 1978 Season 7, Episode 4: How to Dial a Murder
13 May 1978 Season 7, Episode 5: The Conspirators
Season 8
06 February 1989 Season 8, Episode 1: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine
27 February 1989 Season 8, Episode 2: Murder, Smoke and Shadows
03 April 1989 Season 8, Episode 3: Sex and the Married Detective
01 May 1989 Season 8, Episode 4: Grand Deceptions
Season 9
25 November 1989 Season 9, Episode 1: Murder, a Self Portrait
20 January 1990 Season 9, Episode 2: Columbo Cries Wolf
10 February 1990 Season 9, Episode 3: Agenda for Murder
31 March 1990 Season 9, Episode 4: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
28 April 1990 Season 9, Episode 5: Uneasy Lies the Crown
14 May 1990 Season 9, Episode 6: Murder in Malibu
Season 10
09 December 1990 Season 10, Episode 1: Columbo Goes to College
20 February 1991 Season 10, Episode 2: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
29 April 1991 Season 10, Episode 3: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star
Season 11
15 December 1991 Season 11, Episode 1: Death Hits the Jackpot
15 March 1992 Season 11, Episode 2: No Time to Die
22 November 1992 Season 11, Episode 3: A Bird in the Hand...
Season 12
31 October 1993 Season 12, Episode 1: It's All in the Game
6 November 1993 Season 12, Episode 2: Butterfly in Shades of Grey
2 May 1994 Season 12, Episode 3: Undercover
Season 13
8 May 1995 Season 13, Episode 1: Strange Bedfellows
15 May 1997 Season 13, Episode 2: A Trace of Murder
8 October 1998 Season 13, Episode 3: Ashes to Ashes
12 May 2000 Season 13, Episode 4: Murder with Too Many Notes
30 January 2003 Season 13, Episode 5: Columbo Likes the Nightlife