Columbo Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Columbo: Season 10 (1990 - 2003)

  • Season 10 Episode 14: Columbo Likes the Nightlife

    The dishevelled cop might be getting on a bit, but he still has the energy to sample the Los Angeles rave scene in this sharp and clever murder mystery. Here, he's investigating the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter, but it's not long before he smells a rat and realises there's far more to the death than meets the eye. Peter Falk, Matthew Rhys and Jennifer Sky star

  • Season 10 Episode 13: Murder with Too Many Notes

    Oscar-winning composer Findlay Crawford relies on his assistant Gabriel to do all the hard work, but the younger musician demands recognition. To protect his reputation, Findlay kills Gabriel with a time-delayed drug to give himself the perfect alibi - but the slovenly sleuth sees through his ruse. Detective drama, with Peter Falk and Billy Connolly

  • Season 10 Episode 12: Ashes to Ashes

    The shabby sleuth investigates the complex case of a murdered Hollywood gossip writer. He uses his unique talents to interrogate a smooth-talking funeral director, who was once romantically involved with the victim and one of the last people to see her alive. Detective drama, with Peter Falk. Patrick McGoohan co-stars and directs

  • Season 10 Episode 11: A Trace of Murder

    A conniving woman yearns to divorce her husband and set up home with her lover - but a pre-nuptial agreement means she stands to lose out. Instead, she devises a cunning plan to nullify the contract, framing her unsuspecting spouse for the murder of a business rival. However, she reckons without the shabby sleuth's unfailing ability to uncover the truth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Shera Danese, Barry Corbin and David Rasche

  • Season 10 Episode 10: Strange Bedfellows

    A horse trainer outraged by his brother's gambling debts murders both him and the bookie he owes money to, then claims one killed the other. Columbo is not convinced by his story and goes in search of the truth, and finds help from an unlikely source when a Mob enforcer is sent to investigate the bookie's death. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Rod Steiger and George Wendt

  • Season 10 Episode 9: Columbo

    Crumpled cop Columbo dons various disguises to investigate the deaths of two men who apparently killed each other, his only clue being a fragment of a black-and-white photograph. It's not long before he suspects the double murder might have something to do with a $4million bank robbery. Sleuthing drama, starring Peter Falk, Ed Begley Jnr, Burt Young and Tyne Daly

  • Season 10 Episode 8: Colombo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey

    William Shatner - better known to Star Trek fans the world over as Captain James T Kirk - takes on the mighty intellect of the crumpled copper. He plays a radio moderator who kills an employee for having the audacity to interfere in his strained relationship with his daughter. However, a taped phone conversation presents Lt Columbo with a perplexing problem, and he faces a race against time to solve the riddle and get his man behind bars. With Peter Falk

  • Season 10 Episode 7: It's All in the Game

    A wealthy socialite and her daughter learn they have unknowingly been seeing the same man, and have him killed. When Columbo investigates the case, the mother is determined to make sure all his attention is on her and not her daughter, and an unlikely romance develops between detective and suspect. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk and Faye Dunaway

  • Season 10 Episode 6: A Bird in the Hand...

    A compulsive gambler with a mountain of debts comes up with a plan to make some easy money. He plants a bomb under his wealthy uncle's car, hoping to bump the old boy off and inherit his loot - but a hit-and-run driver jeopardises the entire scheme and it isn't long before the slovenly sleuth is sniffing around for clues. Peter Falk stars in this offbeat mystery, with the strong supporting cast including Tyne Daly, Steve Forrest and Greg Evigan

  • Season 10 Episode 5: No Time to Die

    A newlywed cop is baffled by his wife's disappearance from their honeymoon suite and calls on his raincoat-wearing detective uncle for help. However, Columbo faces a race against time to get to the bottom of the mystery before the missing woman meets a terrible fate. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Juliet Mills, Joanna Going and Thomas Calabro

  • Season 10 Episode 4: Death Hits the Jackpot

    A photographer going through a divorce lets his jeweller uncle cash in his winning lottery ticket to prevent his wife from getting a share. The greedy older man sees this as an opportunity to keep the winnings by killing his nephew - but has reckoned without the intervention of a certain scruffy sleuth. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Rip Torn, Gary Kroeger and Jamie Rose

  • Season 10 Episode 3: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star

    The crafty detective pits his wits against a brilliant defence lawyer who has murdered his rock star girlfriend to prevent her exposing his unethical courtroom tactics. Of course, the killer thinks he's covered his tracks - but has a surprise coming. Crime drama, starring real-life rock 'n' roller Little Richard alongside Peter Falk's eternally crumpled sleuth. Dabney Coleman, Shera Danese, Cheryl Paris and Julian Stone also appear

  • Season 10 Episode 2: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    The host of a TV show is threatened by a rival, who has discovered evidence of his murky past. The presenter does away with his blackmailer using poisoned cigarettes, and seems to have pulled off the perfect crime - but a certain shabby sleuth is soon on the case and finds a few things that fail to add up. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and George Hamilton

  • Season 10 Episode 1: Columbo Goes to College

    Two criminology students murder their professor and cover their tracks with false clues. They think they are on the way to outwitting everyone - but find themselves at the bottom of the class once dogged Lieutenant Columbo intervenes. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Stephen Caffrey, Gary Hershberger and Robert Culp

Columbo: Season 9 (1989 - 1990)

  • Season 9 Episode 6: Murder in Malibu

    A wealthy romantic novelist realises her lover is only marrying her for her money and calls off their wedding - only to be subsequently murdered. The fiance is quickly cleared of all suspicion, but the canny cop remains sure of his guilt. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Andrew Stevens, Brenda Vaccaro and Laurie Walters

  • Season 9 Episode 5: Uneasy Lies the Crown

    A dentist with gambling debts discovers his wife is having an affair with one of his patients and wants a divorce. He plans to take revenge by poisoning the lover with his wife's heart medication, so she will be suspected - but he reckons without the attentions of the crumpled cop. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, James Read, Paul Burke, Jo Anderson and Nancy Walker

  • Season 9 Episode 4: Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo

    The wife of a criminal who died in prison swears revenge on the men she holds responsible for his incarceration - including Columbo. She kills one of her targets, and the shabby sleuth is assigned to the case. As she faces his well-honed approach to sniffing out a suspect, she plots to murder his wife. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Helen Shaver and Ian McShane

  • Season 9 Episode 3: Agenda for Murder

    The shabby sleuth crosses intellectual swords with a crooked lawyer who is implicated in the death of a notorious racketeer. While lesser cops might fall for the old 'murder made to look like suicide' ploy, Columbo is quick to spy a few telling inconsistencies - and soon uncovers a trail of guilt leading right to the legal eagle. Crime drama, directed by and starring Patrick McGoohan, with Peter Falk, Louis Zorich and Denis Arndt

  • Season 9 Episode 2: Columbo Cries Wolf

    The slovenly sleuth investigates the mysterious disappearance of a businesswoman, and soon begins to suspect her partner and former lover of murder. Unfortunately, proving his suspicions is far from easy, thanks to the inconvenient absence of a corpse. Detective drama with a neat twist in the tail, starring Peter Falk, Ian Buchanan, Rebecca Staab, Deidre Hall and Alan Scarfe

  • Season 9 Episode 1: Murder, a Self Portrait

    A possessive painter fears his ex-wife will finally become independent of him and reveal his dark secrets to the world. He resorts to killing her, and making it appear that she drowned. However, the shabby sleuth is unconvinced and draws on his broad palette of experience to reveal the truth. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk and Patrick Bauchau

Columbo: Season 8 (1989)

  • Season 8 Episode 4: Grand Deceptions

    An army colonel has been embezzling from his superior officer to fund arms sales, but ends up on the receiving end of a blackmail attempt when his misdeeds are discovered. The crooked officer kills the extortionist and makes it look like an accident, but the crumpled cop is soon on his case. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Robert Foxworth

  • Season 8 Episode 3: Sex and the Married Detective

    A sex therapist tries to pin the blame for the murder of her unfaithful lover on her assistant, but the dishevelled detective refuses to let the matter rest until he discovers the identity of a mysterious woman in black who was spotted leaving the scene of the crime. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Lindsay Crouse, Peter Jurasik and Julia Montgomery

  • Season 8 Episode 2: Murder, Smoke and Shadows

    An ambitious Hollywood director receives a visit from an old friend, who threatens to expose evidence of his involvement in the death of an actress. The film-maker resorts to murder to keep his dark secret safe, only to end up on the receiving end of Columbo's distinctive brand of interrogation. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Fisher Stevens and Molly Hagan

    Thursday 18th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 8 Episode 1: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine

    The dishevelled detective investigates the suspicious death of a stage magician. All the evidence points toward suicide - but the sleuth is soon on the trail of an ex-convict who once conspired with the illusionist to steal military secrets. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Anthony Andrews and Karen Austin

    Wednesday 17th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD

Columbo: Season 7 (1977 - 1978)

  • Season 7 Episode 5: The Conspirators

    A successful author and poet runs a charity aiding the victims of terrorism, but is secretly a member of an organisation that sends weapons to the IRA in Belfast. When he kills an arms dealer who has betrayed him and demanded more money for his services, the writer thinks he has covered his tracks - but the crumpled cop is soon on his trail. Crime drama, with Peter Falk, Clive Revill, Jeanette Nolan and Bernard Behrens

    Tuesday 16th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 7 Episode 4: How to Dial a Murder

    After discovering that his best friend and colleague was having an affair with his late wife, renowned psychologist Eric Mason uses his unique mind-control powers to commit a bizarre murder - with the help of his two pet dogs conditioned to attack when they hear a certain command. Drama, starring Peter Falk as the detective, with Nicol Williamson, Frank Aletter and Kim Cattrall, better known as Sex and the City's Samantha

    Sunday 14th February 8:00pm EST - WJLADT2
  • Season 7 Episode 3: Make Me a Perfect Murder

    A TV executive's assistant responds to being denied a promotion by killing her boss, then uses her years of experience working on detective shows to create the perfect cover-up. But she reckons without the intervention of a certain slovenly sleuth, who begins laying his trap for her while also nursing a neck injury. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Trish Van Devere

    Monday 15th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 7 Episode 2: Murder Under Glass

    The crumpled detective applies his well-honed instincts to a case of blackmail and murder in the world of haute cuisine when a restaurant owner is found dead after throwing a renowned food critic off his premises. Crime drama from The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, starring Peter Falk, Louis Jourdan, Shera Danese and Richard Dysart

  • Season 7 Episode 1: Try & Catch Me

    A crime writer blames her nephew for the demise of her beloved niece who the police say died in a boating accident. The author concocts a plan to take revenge, first by changing her will in his favour and then luring him to her walk-in vault - bursting with jewels and cash - before locking him in and leaving him to die. She then puts her knowledge of the criminal mind to good use by covering her tracks, and although Columbo strongly suspects foul play, he finds clues are thin on the ground. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Ruth Gordon

Columbo: Season 6 (1976 - 1977)

  • Season 6 Episode 3: The Bye-Bye Sky-High IQ Murder Case

    An accountant who has a reputation as being one of the brightest men in the world realises he has to kill a fellow genius to cover up his illegal activities. He puts his remarkable intelligence to the task of covering up every possible clue that could lead back to him - but has not counted on the equally sharp mind of slovenly sleuth Columbo. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel

  • Season 6 Episode 2: Old-Fashioned Murder

    Ruth Lytton has devoted her life to running her family's museum, so is outraged when her brother decides to sell it. Discovering her niece's boyfriend has criminal connections, she arranges to have her brother murdered. However, a certain shabby sleuth starts to investigate the case just when she starts to think she has got away with it. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Joyce Van Patten, Celeste Holm and Tim O'Connor

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  • Season 6 Episode 1: Fade In to Murder

    An actor who plays a detective on a soap opera is being blackmailed by his ex-lover, who is also his producer. Convinced that playing a sleuth makes him clever enough to get away with murder, he kills her and frames her husband - but has reckoned without the intervention of the crumpled cop. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and William Shatner

Columbo: Season 5 (1975 - 1976)

  • Season 5 Episode 6: Last Salute to the Commodore

    The owner of a shipbuilding business disapproves of his son's plans for the company, and announces his intention to sell up. However, that night, he is murdered and his body dumped at sea. The crumpled cop, joined by two sidekicks, becomes convinced the victim's son is responsible - but everything is not as it seems. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn, directed by Patrick McGoohan

    Friday 12th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 5 Episode 5: Now You See Him

    A stage magician has kept the fact that he is an escaped Nazi war criminal a secret for years. When a nightclub manager threatens to expose him, the illusionist kills him and arranges the perfect alibi - because at the time of the murder, he was seemingly performing an escapology act. However, the slovenly sleuth sets out to expose the truth. Detective drama, with Peter Falk and Jack Cassidy

    Thursday 11th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 5 Episode 4: A Matter of Honor

    The sleuth's holiday in Mexico is disrupted by a bizarre death involving a suave retired bullfighter, who has killed his best friend using one of the animals he used to battle in the ring as a murder weapon - but is determined his spotless image and reputation will remain untarnished. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Ricardo Montalbán, A Martinez and Pedro Armendariz Jr

  • Season 5 Episode 3: Identity Crisis

    A CIA operative arranges a grisly fate for a fellow spy who found out that he was working as a double agent. The killer makes the murder look like a random mugging, but he is not as clever as he thinks and the crumpled cop soon begins to pick up on the trail of clues he has left behind. Crime drama, directed by and starring Patrick McGoohan, with Peter Falk and Leslie Nielsen

    Wednesday 10th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 5 Episode 2: A Case of Immunity

    An senior adviser to the king of a Middle Eastern nation plots to increase his own power by having the head of security at their American embassy killed and placing the blame on a group of dissidents. Columbo is assigned to crack the case, but the suspect's diplomatic immunity hinders the progress of the investigation. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Hector Elizondo and Sal Mineo

  • Season 5 Episode 1: Forgotten Lady

    Janet Leigh guests as an ageing musical starlet who lives for the past. Desperate to recapture her glory days, she resorts to murder in the hope that the publicity will revive her flagging Broadway career. However, she reckons without Columbo's uncanny ability to see through her devious performance. Mystery thriller, also starring Peter Falk, Sam Jaffe and John Payne

    Tuesday 9th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD

Columbo: Season 4 (1974 - 1975)

  • Season 4 Episode 6: A Deadly State of Mind

    A smooth-talking psychiatrist resorts to murder when his lover's husband uncovers the truth. The couple hatch a convincing cover story concerning a burglary, but it's not enough to dissuade the disheveled detective, who sees through the shrink's lies and attempts to catch him out. Intelligent crime drama, one of the highlights of the long-running franchise, starring Peter Falk, George Hamilton and Lesley Warren

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Playback

    An inventor tries to stop his mother-in-law from exposing his infidelities, so murders her in front of a security camera. However, he tampers with the recording to it make it look as if the killing occurred at a time when he could prove he had an alibi. However, Columbo sees through his hi-tech ruse and tries to expose the truth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Oskar Werner and Gena Rowlands

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Troubled Waters

    The crumpled cop looks forward to a relaxing pleasure cruise to Acapulco. However, one of the passengers is planning to kill his lover to stop her blackmailing him, and has arranged a cast-iron alibi. When the crime is uncovered, the captain turns to Columbo to solve the mystery. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Dean Stockwell, Patrick Macnee and Poupee Bocar

    Monday 8th February 7:00am EST - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HD
  • Season 4 Episode 3: By Dawn's Early Light

    The commandant of a military academy is outraged by the chairman of the board's plans to admit female cadets, so he stages an apparently fatal accident involving a ceremonial cannon. However, the dishevelled detective is not fooled by the deception and sets out to expose the truth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Tom Simcox and Mark Wheeler

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Negative Reaction

    A successful photographer wants to get rid of his nagging wife so he can pursue an affair with his assistant. He murders his spouse and makes it look as if she was killed by a kidnapper, and at the same time puts an ex-con in the frame. However, the dogged detective sees through his ruse and proceeds to pick the story to pieces. Crime drama, with Peter Falk, Dick Van Dyke, Don Gordon and Antoinette Bower

  • Season 4 Episode 1: An Exercise in Fatality

    The eternally crumpled cop investigates a case of homicide and fraud which is seemingly connected with a chain of health clubs. Naturally, his fondness for cheap cigars doesn't go down too well, but it's soon more than just his smoking that's ruffling feathers, as he draws ever closer to the killer, exercising his unique brand of psychological torment to get his man. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Conrad and Philip Bruns

Columbo: Season 3 (1973 - 1974)

  • Season 3 Episode 8: A Friend in Deed

    A Californian police commissioner helps a rich, influential friend to conceal his complicity in murdering his own wife - but reckons without detective Columbo's timely intervention and his dogged determination to bring the truth to light. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Richard Kiley and Rosemary Murphy

  • Season 3 Episode 7: Swan Song

    A gospel singer is blackmailed by his wife, who has learned about him having sex with an underage backing singer. He arranges for both her and the girl in question to die in a plane crash which he miraculously survives. However, when the crumpled cop investigates their deaths, he soon realises something does not add up and tries to get a confession from the singer. Crime drama, with Peter Falk, Johnny Cash and Ida Lupino

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Mind Over Mayhem

    A scientist is overjoyed when his son follows in his footsteps, receiving widespread acclaim for a revolutionary new theory. When a fellow boffin produces evidence of plagiarism, the ruthless father resorts to murder to save his son from a scandal. But he reckons without the dishevelled detective, who sees through his efforts to make the killing look like the result of a burglary. Creative crime drama, with Peter Falk, José Ferrer and Lew Ayres

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Publish or Perish

    A ruthless publisher hires a hit-man to kill an author who has threatened to sign with a rival company - but reckons without the involvement of a certain cigar-smoking sleuth who's determined to put the culprit behind bars. Clever crime drama, starring Peter Falk, real-life mystery novelist Mickey Spillane, Jack Cassidy and John Chandler

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Double Exposure

    A self-centred blackmailer, Dr Bart Keppel, uses his expertise in planting subliminal messages in the subconscious mind to carry out a murder and pin the crime on the victim's wife. However, any hopes of getting away with it are dashed by the arrival of a certain shabby detective. Below-average crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Robert Middleton, Louise Latham and Arlene Martel

  • Season 3 Episode 3: Candidate for a Crime

    An ambitious senatorial candidate murders his own campaign manager because he threatened to expose his secret affair. At first the politician avoids suspicion by making it look as if he was the intended target of an assassination that accidentally claimed the wrong victim - but he soon ends up matching wits with the slovenly sleuth. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Jackie Cooper and Ken Swofford

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Any Old Port in a Storm

    A vineyard owner's financial security is jeopardised when his playboy younger brother threatens to sell the family winery. He resorts to killing his sibling and rigging the death scene to look like a scuba-diving accident. However, the crumpled cop sees through the ruse and in the process reveals he is something of a wine buff himself. Detective drama, with Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence and Julie Harris

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Lovely but Lethal

    A cosmetics company is rocked by the revelation that a pirated version of their latest product is on the market, and then, shortly afterwards, one of their chemists is found murdered. But when the shabby sleuth scrutinises the case, he suspects the events are linked to a rival company. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen and Vera Miles

Columbo: Season 2 (1972 - 1973)

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Double Shock

    A wealthy man due to marry a younger woman is electrocuted in the bath. Columbo suspects the victim's identical twin nephews - a flamboyant TV chef and a conservative banker - who stand to inherit his fortune if he died unmarried, but the detective is unsure which of them is the guilty party. Drama, starring Peter Falk, and Martin Landau in a dual role. With Paul Stewart, Julie Newmar and Jeanette Nolan

  • Season 2 Episode 7: The Most Dangerous Match

    An American chess champion fears he's about to be beaten by a superior player from Russia, and decides the only sure-fire way he can avoid defeat is by murdering his opponent. Smart detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Laurence Harvey and Jack Kruschen

  • Season 2 Episode 6: A Stitch in Crime

    A surgeon plans to get rid of his colleague in an experimental drug test, and when his fellow medic needs heart surgery, he performs the operation himself and discreetly arranges some fatal complications. However, when he also murders a nurse who suspects the truth, he attracts the attention of the slovenly sleuth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy and Will Geer

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Requiem for a Falling Star

    A vicious gossip columnist digs the dirt on an ageing film actress, who responds by taking on her most challenging role yet - as a real-life murderess. But when the actress kills her own assistant in error, she looks for a way to shift the blame. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Anne Baxter, Mel Ferrer, Kevin McCarthy and multi-Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head in a guest appearance as herself

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Dagger of the Mind

    A London theatre producer discovers his actress wife is having an affair with her co-star in their latest production. To avoid exposure, the pair murder him and make it look as if his death was an accident. Meanwhile, Columbo is in the city to pick up some tips from Scotland Yard, and sets about uncovering the truth. Crime drama, with Peter Falk, Honor Blackman, Richard Basehart and Wilfrid Hyde White

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Most Crucial Game

    The owner of an American football team is found dead in a swimming pool, and his demise is regarded as an accident. The down-at-heel detective is convinced that foul play was involved and sets out to prove his case - but his chief suspect has a cast-iron alibi that places him miles from the scene of the crime. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Dean Stockwell and Valerie Harper

  • Season 2 Episode 2: The Greenhouse Jungle

    A penniless rare-plant collector, desperate for funds to support his expensive hobby, fakes his nephew's kidnapping to get his hands on a trust fund. However, the supposed victim turns up dead, prompting Columbo to take action to unmask the killer. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Bradford Dillman and Ray Milland

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Etude in Black

    The conductor of a symphony orchestra has an affair with a pianist but is terrified when she threatens to tell his wife, so he resorts to strangling her and making it look like suicide. However, he reckons without the intervention of crumpled cop Columbo, who sees through the subterfuge and determines to get to the truth. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Myrna Loy and Blythe Danner

Columbo: Season 1 (1971 - 1972)

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Blueprint for Murder

    An architect kills his business partner, and comes up with an elaborate scheme to make Columbo first suspect him, then reject him as the murderer. The villain begins by teasing the detective with hints on where he has hidden the body - hoping that when Columbo fails to find a corpse, he will look elsewhere for a killer. Crime drama, directed by and starring Peter Falk. With Patrick O'Neal and Janis Paige

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Short Fuse

    The son of a chemical company's founder is blackmailed by his uncle, who wants to force him into selling the business. The cunning heir responds by murdering his relative with a box of exploding cigars, but finds himself facing the dishevelled detective, who is convinced the resulting fatal detonation was no accident. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Roddy McDowall and Ida Lupino

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Lady in Waiting

    A desperate woman is determined to rid herself of her domineering brother and gain control of the family business, so she hatches a plan to shoot him and then claim she thought he was a burglar. Although her plan seems to have worked, her new-found power goes to her head - and she also has to contend with Columbo, who is convinced of her guilt. Crime drama, guest starring Leslie Nielsen, with Peter Falk

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Suitable for Framing

    A millionaire art collector is thought to have been killed as the result of a random burglary. However, Columbo is convinced the dead man's nephew committed the crime to avoid being written out of the will, and embarks on a mission to ensnare his suspect. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Ross Martin and Don Ameche

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Dead Weight

    Dishevelled detective Columbo suspects a highly respected general is guilty of murdering an associate who was about to expose the war hero's shady business dealings, but the cop has a hard time backing up his hunch with evidence because of the lack of a body or a weapon. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette and John Kerr

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Death Lends a Hand

    A private eye murders his client's adulterous wife when she refuses to submit to his blackmail threats, and arranges the crime scene to make it look as if she was the victim of a mugging gone wrong. However, retribution is at hand when the crumpled cop investigates. Detective drama, guest starring Ray Milland and Robert Culp, with Peter Falk in the title role

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Murder by the Book

    An author of mystery novels kills his former writing partner so he can claim sole credit for their collaborations, but pushes his luck by foolishly offering to help the crumpled sleuth to solve the crime. Detective drama directed by a young Steven Spielberg, starring Peter Falk, with Seventies singer David Cassidy's father Jack as the villain of the piece

Columbo: Pilot (1968 - 1971)

  • Pilot Episode 2: Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

    A devious lawyer hatches the perfect murder plot - she kills her husband, tells the police he has been kidnapped and leaves the body at the ransom drop, making it look like the criminals who abducted him finished him off. However, the crumpled cop sees through her ruse and begins picking apart her story in his inimitable manner. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Lee Grant and Patricia Mattick

  • Pilot Episode 1: Columbo: Prescription Murder

    Overlong and curiously flat pilot for the long-running TV series, which sees the titular detective attempting to get the goods on a philandering psychiatrist who has cured his wife's neuroses by the simple expedient of murdering her. An eerily youthful-looking Peter Falk makes his debut as Columbo (a role first played by Bert Freed), whose persona has yet celebrated slovenliness of later entries in the series, while Gene Barry, Katherine Justice and William Windom co-star

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