Columbo (1971–2003)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

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  • Peter Falk and Jed Allan in Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
  • Peter Falk in Columbo: Short Fuse (1972)
  • Peter Falk and Eddie Albert in Columbo: Dead Weight (1971)
  • Peter Falk and Ross Martin in Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971)
  • Ray Milland in Columbo: Death Lends a Hand (1971)
  • Peter Falk and Rosemary Forsyth in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)

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13 April 2013 | Hotwok2013
The greatest detective TV show ever & one of the greatest TV shows.
The late Peter Falk helped create one of the greatest ever TV characters in Columbo. However, credit too must go to the scriptwriters & all concerned in the production. Falk's seemingly dithering, fumbling & slightly absent-minded detective masking a razor-sharp brain was the real charm of the character. Add to this the humour that was introduced into some of the very well-written stories, all made for a great show. My favourite humorous moment of all was when he entered a mission for down-and-outs in Los Angeles to interview a witness. In the mission run by nuns he was attended by actress Joyce Van Patten. Seeing his shabby raincoat she naturally wanted to find him a new one, thinking he was down on his luck. After a small protest the sister dismissed it & said, "All are welcome here!.". Endearingly embarrassed as only Columbo as acted by Falk could be, he informed her he was in fact a police detective. The sister then thought, naturally, that he had gone undercover, dressed accordingly & praised his scruffy appearance. "How clever of you!" she concluded. Absolutely priceless scriptwriting!!!. There were many other great comedy asides, usually involving his poorly paid job, but this one I mention was really brilliant. Thank god, despite Peter Falk's death we still have so many great Columbo's to enjoy.

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