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1971
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After being "auditioned" in a pair of made-for-TV movies, Prescription Murder (1968) and Ransom for a Dead Man (1971), disheveled but diligent homicide detective Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) graduates to his own TV series, telecast during its first season as on the rotating components of The NBC Mystery Movie. Driving a beat-up car, dressed in a tattered raincoat, chomping on an unlit cigar, and forever prattling away about seemingly inconsequential matters, Columbo at first always seems to be a step too slow to solve the murder at hand. And yet, as several suspects who think they have committed the "perfect crime" learn to their regret, Columbo is a lot more clever than he looks -- or behaves. Running anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes, the first season's worth of seven Columbo episodes are an impressive lot indeed. The first, "Murder by the Book," features Jack Cassidy as one-half of a popular writing team (not unlike Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link) who murders his partner after learning that the victim plans to break up the combination. (This episode was directed by a talented 24-year-old newcomer by the name of Steven Spielberg). In "Death Lends a Hand," private eye Robert Culp kills his client's wife only to be hired by that selfsame client to help Columbo in his investigation of the crime! "Dead Weight" stars Eddie Albert as a homicidal general who tries to woo and win the only witness (Suzanne Pleshette) to his crime. Ross Martin is seen as an art critic who kills to get his hands on a valuable collection in "Suitable for Framing". "Lady in Waiting" finds Columbo playing his usual cat-and-mouse game with a woman (Susan Clark) who tries to pass off the murder of her brother as an act of self-defense. Roddy McDowall's scheme to send Columbo off on the wrong track by planting false clues to the murder of his uncle is the plot device upon which "Short Fuse" hinges. And in "Blueprint for Murder," murderer Patrick O'Neal allows Columbo to dig up a safe in which he has not hidden his victim's body, believing that he will be safe to store the corpse in that selfsame safe once Columbo has left the scene; this last episode of the season was directed by series star Peter Falk. ~ Rovi
Series Information
Columbo: Prescription Murder
Release:
1967
Prescription: Murder, a 1967 TV movie, represents the first appearance of...
Columbo: Season 01
Release:
1971
After being "auditioned" in a pair of made-for-TV movies, Prescription...
Columbo: Murder by the Book
Release:
1971
Looking more like a unmade bed than one of the world's greatest homicide...
Columbo: The Most Crucial Game
Release:
1972
Peter Falk is as shrewd and sloppy as ever as Lt. Columbo in the...
Columbo: Season 02
Release:
1972
Rumpled, raincoat-wearing, cigar-chomping Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk)...
Columbo: A Stitch in Crime
Release:
1973
A rumpled detective discovers not all doctors are interested in saving...
Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star
Release:
1973
Requiem for a Falling Star features Anne Baxter as a fading movie queen....
Columbo: Season 03
Release:
1973
Season three of Columbo finds the series still a rotating component of the...
Columbo: Negative Reaction
Release:
1974
This 90-minute Columbo episode casts Dick Van Dyke in the image-busting...
Columbo: Season 04
Release:
1974
Still wearing the same old rumpled raincoat, chewing the same old unlit...
Columbo: Troubled Waters
Release:
1975
Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) takes one of his rare vacations in the 90-minute...
Columbo: Forgotten Lady
Release:
1975
This 2-hour TV movie stars Janet Leigh as a onetime musical star who dreams...
Columbo: Season 05
Release:
1975
Season five of Columbo brings Peter Falk back to his signature role as a...
Columbo: Now You See Him...
Release:
1976
Now You See Him was one of the more popular installments in the Columbo TV...
Columbo: A Matter of Honor
Release:
1976
A Matter of Honor motivates the murder in this 2-hour Columbo episode....
Columbo: Season 06
Release:
1976
Peter Falk launches his sixth season as the world's sloppiest, most...
Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case
Release:
1977
The setting for this 2-hour Columbo TV drama is a club for geniuses. One of...
Columbo: Season 07
Release:
1977
Five new Columbo episodes, each running between 90 and 120 minutes, were...
Columbo: How to Dial a Murder
Release:
1978
At first glance, How to Dial a Murder would seem to be a TV remake of Orson...
Columbo: The Conspirators
Release:
1978
The Conspirators was one of four Columbo feature-length TV specials...
Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine
Release:
1989
After an absence of nearly a decade, Peter Falk returns to the role of...
Columbo: Grand Deceptions
Release:
1989
Robert Foxworth is special guest murderer in the two-hour Columbo drama...
Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows
Release:
1989
Let's see: who is the character played by Fisher Stevens supposed to be?...
Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective
Release:
1989
It's an alluring title, to be sure, but faithful Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk)...
Columbo: Season 08
Release:
1989
After an eleven-year-absence, Peter Falk once more dons his tattered...
Columbo: Season 09
Release:
1989
Revived by ABC after eleven years' dormancy, the popular detective series...
Columbo Cries Wolf
Release:
1990
This is one of the many made for TV movies revolving around the popular...
Columbo Goes to College
Release:
1990
Where Columbo (Peter Falk) goes, can murder be far behind? In Columbo Goes...
Columbo: Agenda for Murder
Release:
1990
This 2-hour TV movie was originally presented as an installment of The ABC...
Columbo: Murder in Malibu
Release:
1990
The murder of a popular romance novelist sets America's favorite rumpled...
Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
Release:
1990
This was one of the highest-rated of the Columbo 2-hour TV movies of the...
Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown
Release:
1990
The title of this 2-hour Columbo entry is one of the most grievous puns...
Columbo: Season 10
Release:
1990
The tenth season of Columbo episodes was seen on ABC, which in 1989 has...
Columbo: Caution - Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Release:
1991
Peter Falk is Lieutenant Columbo, and the murderer is known to the audience...
Columbo: A Bird in the Hand
Release:
1992
Peter Falk returns as dishevelled Lieutenant Columbo in this 2-hour TV...
Columbo: No Time to Die
Release:
1992
This is one of the many made for TV movies revolving around the popular...
Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife
Release:
2003
Thirty-five years after his first television appearance in the...
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