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Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show popularized the inverted detective
story format; almost every episode began by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator. Thus, there is no "whodunit" element. The plot mainly revolves around how the perpetrator, whose
guilt is known, would finally be exposed and arrested. The show's creator once referred to it as a "howcatchum".
The character first appeared in a 1960 episode of the television-anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show. This was adapted into a stage play, and a TV-movie based on the play was broadcast, in 1968, as the pilot for a series. The series began on a Sunday presentation of the "NBC Mystery Movie" rotation: Quincy, M.E., McCloud, McMillan and Wife, and other whodunits. The series spawned a similar format on Wednesday nights with fare such as The Snoop Sisters, Hec Ramsey, and Banacek. Columbo aired regularly from 1971 to 1978 on NBC, and then more infrequently on ABC beginning in 1989. The most recent episode was broadcast in 2003.
Columbo is a scruffy-looking cop who is often underestimated by his fellow officers, and by the murderer du jour. Despite his appearance and superficial absentmindedness, he solves all of his cases and manages to come up with the evidence needed for indictment, thanks to his eye for detail and the meticulous and committed approach he brings to his work.
Special. Season 1, Episode 1 � Aired: 2/20/1968
Psychiatrist Ray Fleming employs his girlfriend to pose as his wife. Barry kills the wife in front of the girlfriend and the two of them take off on a plane for the 'perfect alibi'. They stage a fight on the plane and the 'wife' returns home where she is supposedly killed by an intruder. Things get messy when the dry cleaning comes back from the cleaners.
Season 1, Episode 2 � Aired: 3/1/1971
Ransom for a Dead Man
Lawyer Leslie Williams concocts an elaborate plan to make her husband's murder look like a kidnapping gone wrong. When it looks like all the bases are covered, Columbo must find a way to trip up this calm and collected lady.
Season 1, Episode 3 � Aired: 9/15/1971
Murder by the Book
Ken Franklin is the untalented writer but skilled PR agent of a mystery book writing team that created detective Mrs. Melville. He kills his partner and the real writer, Jim Ferris, because Ferris is planning on breaking up the team and writing on his own. Franklin uses an elaborate scheme to make it appear as if Ferris were killed by mobsters because his next story, an expose on the mafia, would incriminate them. Franklin's plan is perfect except that a fan of Mrs. Melville, Lilly La Sanka, saw him.
Season 1, Episode 4 � Aired: 10/6/1971
Death Lends a Hand
A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail scheme. The client then hires the detective to assist Columbo in the search for the killer.
Season 1, Episode 5 � Aired: 10/27/1971
A famous general kills an associate because he fears he will expose his illegal business practices. A somewhat neurotic divorcee witnesses the murder and reports it. The general then woos her and makes her fall for him, causing her to change her story.
Season 1, Episode 6 � Aired: 11/17/1971
Suitable for Framing
An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man's first wife but Columbo doesn't believe it.
Season 1, Episode 7 � Aired: 12/15/1971
Lady in Waiting
Beth Chadwick is tired of her brother Bryce running her life. The last straw is when he threatens to break up her romance with Peter Hamilton, a company lawyer. Beth lays a trap for Bryce and shoots him, claiming that she thought he was a prowler. By stealing his house key, she plans for him to try to enter through her bedroom French doors. But when Bryce shows up after using a spare key, she is forced to improvise. The coroner's inquest backs up her story, but for Columbo, too many little things do not add up. If Bryce had to walk around the house to get to the doors, why are there no grass stains on his shoes? If Beth never went out the day of the murder, how did a late edition of the newspaper end up in the front hall? But when a witness remembers hearing gunshots before an alarm, Columbo figures it all out.
Season 1, Episode 8 � Aired: 1/19/1972
A chemist rigs a bomb in his uncle's car so he can gain control of his uncle's company. He then plants clues to make Columbo suspicious of the company's Vice-President.
Season 1, Episode 9 � Aired: 2/9/1972
Blueprint for Murder
An architect kills his business partner and deliberately lets Columbo suspect him, leading Columbo to think that he's hidden the body in the foundation of a building under construction. He plans to let Columbo dig up the site and find nothing, knowing that its the perfect place to hide the body since Columbo would never look in the same place twice.
Season 2, Episode 1 � Aired: 9/17/1972
�tude in Black
The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.
Season 2, Episode 2 � Aired: 10/15/1972
The Greenhouse Jungle
Jarvis Goodland, along with his nephew, plan a kidnap scam to break the nephews trust fund, but after the money has been collected, Jarvis kills his partner.
Season 2, Episode 3 � Aired: 11/5/1972
The Most Crucial Game
The manager of a football team kills the team's owner, disguising himself as an ice cream vender as a cover. He then uses a recording of a faked phone call as an alibi to prove he was elsewhere at the time of the murder.
Season 2, Episode 4 � Aired: 11/26/1972
Dagger of the Mind
While on a work trip to London, to learn the techniques of the British police Columbo gets involved with the murder of Roger Haversham, a rich old businessman, that is financing the careers of 2 run down theater stars. When Sir Roger threatens to finnish with their careers, because he felt betrayed, he's killed. a short while after, his butler figures out the motives for his master's murder, and blackmails the actors, who have no other choice than kill him, and make it look like he commited suicide due to remorse, because he murdered his employer. Columbo stills manages to catch both the murderers, with the help of a pearl and a new umbrella.
Season 2, Episode 5 � Aired: 1/21/1973
Requiem for a Falling Star
Nora Chandler, a fading movie star is threatened by a forthcoming tell-all book and some of the secrets it will reveal. She attempts to murder Jerry Parks, the author but accidentally kills her P.A. Columbo roots out the connection between the current case and the mysterious disappearance of the actress's husband. The solution to the case involves a Shriner's ring, and an inoperative fountain.
Season 2, Episode 6 � Aired: 2/11/1973
A Stitch in Crime
Leonard Nimoy plays a heart surgeon whose talents turn to murder in "A Stitch in Crime". Stung by jealousy, he's planning a surgical death for his brilliant but ailing associate. Will Geer plays the intended victim.
Season 2, Episode 7 � Aired: 3/4/1973
The Most Dangerous Match
A chess grandmaster disposes of the champion, who keeps coming back on him.
Season 2, Episode 8 � Aired: 3/25/1973
A wealthy man is murdered; his twin nephews stand to inherit, but which one committed the crime?
Season 3, Episode 1 � Aired: 9/23/1973
Lovely but Lethal
Viveca Scott the founder of Beauty Mark Cosmetics is being threatened by her rival David Lang. When he finds out that her revolutionary cream formula actually remove wrinkles, he has the formula pirated.
Season 3, Episode 2 � Aired: 10/7/1973
Any Old Port in a Storm
Winemaker Adrian Carsini decides to kill his younger brother before he can sell the family winery. Columbo will have to use Adrian's excellent wine knowledge against him to bring the killer to justice.
Season 3, Episode 3 � Aired: 11/4/1973
Candidate for Crime
A Senate Candidate running for office, kills his campaign manager, by making it look like he was the target for the killers bullet.
Season 3, Episode 4 � Aired: 12/16/1973
A film maker kills one of his clients in a break during the screening of a new ad campaign.
Season 3, Episode 5 � Aired: 1/18/1974
Publish or Perish
A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author, and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.
Season 3, Episode 6 � Aired: 2/18/1974
Mind over Mayhem
Dr. Marshal Cahill, the head of a think tank, is forced to protect his plagarizing son by killing the professor, Nichols, who discovered the plagarized information. Cahill programs a robot to take his place during a war game exercise that he runs from an isolated room, then fakes a hit-and-run accident on Nichols and plants evidence to make it look like a drug theft gone awry. The first thing Columbo notices upon arrival is a match burned down to the base - something Columbo knows well because it's how you light a cigar. And Dr. Cahill is the only other cigar smoker around. There are a lot of other little things that Columbo notices as well, and with the help of a child prodigy he discovers how Cahill used the robot to provide himself with an alibi. But without one major clue, Columbo arrests the son to force Cahill, who was willing to kill for his son, to confess his crime to protect the boy.
Season 3, Episode 7 � Aired: 3/3/1974
After years of being controlled and blackmailed by his wife a Country and Western singer kills her and tries to make it look like it was really meant to be him killed and not her.
Season 3, Episode 8 � Aired: 5/5/1974
A Friend in Deed
A police commissioner provides an alibi to a friend who has just killed his wife. Later the commissioner kills his own wife, and gets the friend to repay the favor.
Season 4, Episode 1 � Aired: 9/15/1974
An Exercise in Fatality
A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident
Season 4, Episode 2 � Aired: 10/15/1974
Famous photographer Paul Galesko wants to kill his wealthy but annoying wife. He sets up a trusting ex-con to take the wrap. Can Columbo see beyond the false images and prove Galesko is guilty?
Season 4, Episode 3 � Aired: 10/27/1974
By Dawn�s Early Light
The head of a military school, kills one of the governors, by sabotaging the gun, that is used on founders day.
Season 4, Episode 4 � Aired: 2/9/1975
While holidaying on board a cruise liner, Columbo helps capture the killer, of the singer with the ships band.
Season 4, Episode 5 � Aired: 3/2/1975
An inventor video tapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, to give himself an alibi.
Season 4, Episode 6 � Aired: 4/27/1975
A Deadly State of Mind
A doctor kills the husband of the woman ,he is having an affair with. but he is �seen' leaving the house by a witness,who is happens to be blind.
Episode Clip Play Season 5, Episode 1 � Aired: 9/14/1975
An aging song-and-dance star is Lt. Columbo's quarry in the fifth season opener. The disheveled detective suspects the actress of killing her wealthy husband to finance her dream, a comeback on Broadway.
Season 5, Episode 2 � Aired: 10/12/1975
A Case of Immunity
An ambassador from Suari and his code clerk kill the chief of security in an attempt to make it look like the chief was a traitor, who blew up the legation safe and stole �600.000 on behalf of a dissident group. But Columbo gets suspicious. He just have problem crushing the ambassador�s alibi. And then, when the code clerk turns up dead, the ambassador has an alibi again. But even if Colombo could rock the two alibis, there is always the immunity-problem...
Season 5, Episode 3 � Aired: 11/2/1975
A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact but the killer has been photographed beforehand walking with the victim.
Season 5, Episode 4 � Aired: 2/1/1976
A Matter of Honor
The owner of a bull ranch in Mexico gives his workers the day off, and then talks his number one man into fighting the bull who nearly killed his son. But instead he shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, and lets the bull kill him. Colombo, who is on vacation in Mexico, gets dragged into this case by an admiring colleague, but he has trouble convincing the Mexicans that the accident is really homicide. And how do you prove that the bull is a murder weapon?
Season 5, Episode 5 � Aired: 2/29/1976
Now You See Him
The Great Santini is a master magician, but his employer discovers that he was a German camp guard during World War II and tries to blackmail him. Santini is forced to engineer a perfect murder - he kills the owner while apparently performing his famous "water tank" illusion on stage in front of dozens of witnesses. Santini in fact supposedly hides out beneath the stage, and uses a radio transmitter to convince a stagehand he is there when he's busy killing the owner. Columbo investigates and slowly unravels the fact that Santini was both not in the tank, and not beneath the stage where the stagehand claimed he was. Finally Columbo finds the one clue he needs - the owner's typewriter had a one-use ribbon. By unwinding the ribbon and reading it in reverse, Columbo discovers the contents of the letter that was going to be sent to the Immigration Department to incriminate Santini.
Season 5, Episode 6 � Aired: 3/2/1976
Last Salute to the Commodore
Commodore Swanson is tired of his greedy son-in-law turning his ship building business into an embarrassment and decides to sell the company.
Episode Clip Play Season 6, Episode 1 � Aired: 10/10/1976
Fade in to Murder
An actor who plays a TV detective commits the perfect murder, but finds himself matching wits with real-life detective Columbo.
Episode Clip Play Season 6, Episode 2 � Aired: 11/28/1976
Old Fashioned Murder
The female head of a museum hires one of the guards to rob the museum to collect the insurance money. But during the robbery she kills him and her own brother, and makes it look like they killed each other. The guard/robber�s brother reports a strange message on his answering machine, that makes it seem that he has been killed. And Columbo gets the case. When Columbo first comes to the crime scene, he notices that the lights are off, a gold medallion in the robber�s pants, and signs that pointed to the fact that he was going abroad after the heist. And he concluded that these clues mean that someone else was involved...
Season 6, Episode 3 � Aired: 5/22/1977
The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
Two former college friends now partners in an accounting firm become enemies when one realizes the other has embezzled funds. The reason for his embezzling ways is his wife, she demands nothing but the best.
Season 7, Episode 1 � Aired: 11/21/1977
Try and Catch Me
A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaiming him for her niece�s murder.
Season 7, Episode 2 � Aired: 1/30/1978
Murder under Glass
A famous food critic is threatened by a restaurant owner, and so the critic leaves. Soon after, the cook dies. Columbo�s involvement is welcomed by all the other chefs in the area, but Columbo wonders why the dead restaurant owner slammed the drawers before he died. And how could the poison that killed him enter an unopened bottle without the killer even being in the room? Could it have been suicide? But then there�s the cheques to a mysterious society, and the victim�s calender. Can Columbo�s cooking skills really match the food critic�s taste?
Season 7, Episode 3 � Aired: 2/28/1978
Make Me a Perfect Murder
Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position, his assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay feeling betrayed decides to seek revenge.
Season 7, Episode 4 � Aired: 4/15/1978
How to Dial a Murder
A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor be his alibi while he calls his house, where his dead wife�s lover is. The call serves as the first step in a conditioning reflex on the psychiatrist�s dogs. The other part is the word "Rosebud" as uttered by the victim. When Columbo comes to the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when the police says that they may have to put his dogs to death. But Columbo notices how friendly the dogs seem, and then there�s the telephone that�s hanging from it�s hook...
Season 7, Episode 5 � Aired: 5/13/1978
An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.
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