Columbo (1971)

5.78
/ 10
9 User Ratings
1h 15m
Running Time

10
Seasons

67
Episodes

September 15, 1971
Release Date

TV
IMDb ratings
8.3
Columbo

Columbo (1971)

5.78
/ 10
9 User Ratings
1h 15m
Running Time

10
Seasons

67
Episodes

September 15, 1971
Release Date

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Network & Production Companies
Universal TelevisionNBC Studios
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Plot.

Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for indictment. His formidable eye for detail and meticulously dedicated approach often become clear to the killer only late in the storyline.

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Cast & Crew.

James Menzies

James Menzies

Writer

Gary Kernick

Gary Kernick

SWAT Officer

Peter Allan Fields

Peter Allan Fields

Writer

Aristides Priakos

Aristides Priakos

Young Wade

Tina Pine

Tina Pine

Story

Nicole Grey

Nicole Grey

Porno Actress

Patricia Ford

Patricia Ford

Writer

Lessa Zelkin

Lessa Zelkin

Phone Girl

Tim Moran

Tim Moran

Real Duke

William Kelley

William Kelley

Story

Tricia Long

Tricia Long

Real Barbara

Brad Radnitz

Brad Radnitz

Writer

John Paul Ahearn

John Paul Ahearn

Male Voice

Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence

Writer

Frederick King Keller

Frederick King Keller

Writer

Jennifer Asch

Jennifer Asch

Female Voice

Gene Davis

Gene Davis

Man #2

Daniel Bryan Cartwell

Daniel Bryan Cartwell

Bartender at Turf Club

John Idakitis

John Idakitis

Bartender at Restaurant

Randall James Jeffries

Randall James Jeffries

Wesley's Friend

Melissa Young

Melissa Young

Blonde

Steve Kelso

Steve Kelso

Policeman

Henry Crowell Jr.

Henry Crowell Jr.

Spectator

James Landi

James Landi

Police Officer

Ron Olsen

Ron Olsen

TV Announcer

Jeff McGrail

Jeff McGrail

Policeman #1

Joe Banks

Joe Banks

Policeman #2

Jeff Bollow

Jeff Bollow

Kid

Al Benner

Al Benner

Drunk #2

June Saruwatari

June Saruwatari

Maid

Maura Spencer-Reed

Maura Spencer-Reed

Female Guest

Jessica Devlin

Jessica Devlin

Woman #2

Details.

Release Date
September 15, 1971

Status
Ended

Seasons
10

Episodes
67

Running Time
1h 15m

Content Rating
TV-PG

Filming Locations
Los Angeles, United States of America · California, United States

Genres

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Wiki.

Columbo () is an American crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. After two pilot episodes in 1968 and 1971, the show originally aired on NBC from 1971 to 1978 as one of the rotating programs of The NBC Mystery Movie. Columbo then aired less frequently on ABC from 1989 to 2003.

Columbo is a shrewd and intelligent blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his rumpled beige raincoat, unassuming demeanor, cigar, old Peugeot 403 car, love of chili, and unseen wife (whom he mentions frequently). He often leaves a room only to return with the catchphrase "Just one more thing" to ask a critical question.

The character and show, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, popularized the inverted detective story format (sometimes referred to as a "howcatchem"). This genre begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the plot therefore usually has no "whodunit" element of determining which of several suspects committed the crime. It instead revolves around how a perpetrator known to the audience will finally be caught and exposed. The clues Columbo finds to help him solve the case are sometimes revealed to the audience beforehand, but often not until the episode's end.

The series' homicide suspects are often affluent members of high society; it has led some critics to see class conflict as an element of each story. Suspects carefully cover their tracks and are initially dismissive of Columbo's circumstantial speech and apparent ineptitude. They become increasingly unsettled as his superficially pestering behavior teases out incriminating evidence. His relentless approach often leads to self-incrimination or outright confession.

Episodes of Columbo are between 70 and 98 minutes long, and they have been broadcast in 44 countries. The show has been described by the BBC as "timeless" and remains popular today.

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