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Columbo (1968-1978)



Columbo

(1968-1978)

Crime / Drama

73 - 98 minutes

Cast:

Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo

Columbo was an extremely popular crime drama airing on NBC for 45 episodes from February 20, 1968 to May 13, 1978.   The show was different from most other crime dramas in that the audience was almost always shown the crime in progress and knew the identity of the criminal.  In what is now called an inverted detective story , episodes of Columbo were more about watching the detective catch the criminal than about figuring out who committed the crime.

Episodes were directed by several well-known names, including the first episode by Steven Spielberg. Other episodes were directed by Jonathan Demme, Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Patrick McGoohan, and even Falk himself.

Lt. Columbo, a homicide detective, is an ordinary-appearing man, almost always wearing his rumpled overcoat and brandishing a half-smoked cigar in his hand.  He seems to be inept and bumbling, and is often looked down on by the criminals he is investigating.  Always polite and low-key, the character is rarely excited or flustered.  He seems to be easily distracted and is generally underestimated by the culprit, but always manages to outwit his prey in the end.

Episodes:
 
Season One
 
1.   Prescription: Murder 2/20/1968

2.   Ransom For a Dead 3/1/1971
 
3.   Murder By the Book 9/15/1971

4.   Death Lends a Hand 10/6/1971

5.   Dead Weight 10/27/1971

6.   Suitable For Framing 11/17/1971

7.   Lady in Waiting 12/15/1971

8.   Short Fuse 1/19/1972
 
9.   Blueprint for Murder 2/9/1972

Season Two
 
10.   √Čtude in Black 9/17/1972

11.   The Greenhouse Jungle 10/15/1972

12.   The Most Crucial Game 11/5/1972
 
13.   Dagger of the Mind 11/26/1972

14.   Requiem for a Falling Star 1/21/1973

15.   A Stitch in Crime 2/11/1973

16.   The Most Dangerous Match 3/4/1973

17.   Double Shock 3/25/1973

Season Three
 
18.   Lovely but Lethal 9/23/1973

19.   Any Old Port in a Storm 10/7/1973

20.   Candidate for Crime 11/4/1973

21.   Double Exposure 12/16/1973
 
22.   Publish or Perish 1/18/1974

23.   Mind Over Mayhem 2/18/1974

24.   Swan Song 3/3/1974

25.   A Friend in Deed 5/5/1974

Season Four
 
26.   An Exercise in Fatality 9/15/1974

27.   Negative Reaction 10/15/1974

28.   By Dawn's Early Light 10/27/1974

29.   Troubled Waters 2/9/1975

30.   Playback 3/2/1975
 
31.   A Deadly State of Mind 4/27/1975

Season Five
 
32.   Forgotten Lady 9/14/1975

33.   A Case of Immunity 10/12/1975

34.   Identity Crisis 11/2/1975
 
35.   A Matter of Honor 2/1/1976

36.   Now You See Him... 2/29/1976

37.   Last Salute to the Commodore 3/2/1976

Season Six
 
38.   Fade in to Murder 10/12/1976
 
39.   Old Fashioned Murder 11/28/1976

40.   The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case 5/22/1977

Season Seven
 
41.   Try and Catch Me 11/21/1977

42.   Murder Under Glass 1/30/1978

43.   Make Me a Perfect Murder 2/28/1978

44.   How to Dial a Murder 4/15/1978

45.   The Conspirators 5/13/1978




Directors:
Actors: Peter Falk
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