I recently viewed the complete series DVD set, and was happy with it, since most of it stands up, and Columbo himself is such an original character, played perfectly by the late Peter Falk. "Just one more thing" became his trademark phrase, but it masks an ingenious mind that is not fooled by the brilliant plans that the various wealthy/famous suspects devise over the decades.
I always wondered why Columbo remained a Lt. for his whole career, since a man with his arrest record would be quickly promoted in the force. It may have been politics, or perhaps he was content being a Lt., and didn't want to be stuck behind a desk.
Many famous actors guest starred as murderers, in particular Jack Cassidy, Robert Culp, and Patrick McGoohan, who appeared multiple times in different roles(a silly practice, but not uncommon, unless the actor tried to disguise himself, like McGoohan did.) 'Try and Catch Me', with Ruth Gordon as a sympathetic killer, was my favorite episode.
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