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Columbo (1971-2003)

13 seasons
3,97 418 votes

State: Ended

Genre: Crime

Origin: United States

Developed by: William Link and Richard Levinson

Stars: Peter Falk, William Shatner and Shera Danese

IMDb score: 8,3 (42.289)

Releasedate: Wednesday 15 September 1971

Columbo plot

Every criminal makes the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo. He's a police inspector with an old crumpled raincoat, a cigar butt and a ramshackle Peugeot 403. He looks like an incompetent bumbler. But with his politeness and his much talk about his wife, he wrests a confession from even the most cunning murderer.

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Dievegge

  • 195 comments
  • 873 votes
Saturday 19 February 2022
Columbo season 2

This police series broke with the traditional pattern by using the open book format. The killer was shown from the beginning. Then a cat-and-mouse game ensued between detective and offender, with an emphasis on psychology. There was a good balance between tension and humor.

Peter Falk will live on as the lieutenant with the rumpled trench coat, the rickety Peugeot and the slight Italian accent. He pretends to be dumber than he is, to give the suspect a false sense of security. Every time he makes a comment about his wife - a latent character. His basset hound appears for the first time in the first episode of this season. Another regular ingredient was that he returned and said, "Just one more question..." The question that followed was far more dangerous than any of the questions before.

The killer often has an interesting profession: conductor, theater actor, TV chef, sports coach, chess player or surgeon. Such a person plans and commits the near-perfect murder, but ends up falling into the trap. Afterwards, he sportingly admits his defeat: "That one detail..." Sometimes the killer could have gotten away with it by running away, by doing nothing or by continuing to deny. An additional asset are the guest roles of John Cassavetes, Ray Milland, John Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Martin Landau, Honor Blackman, Anne Baxter and Anne Francis, among others.

Favorite episodes: 1, 6, 7.

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Movsin

  • 183 comments
  • 127 votes
Wednesday 13 March 2024
Columbo season 5

Columbo! Years ago.
Why not catch a season then? For the good times.
And there is no disappointment. On the contrary, a lot of film fun about Peter Falk, a police officer one of a kind.
The structure of the episodes is almost always the same (Sixth episode is slightly different): a crime is committed, we know the perpetrator and we just have to wait for "him".; At first glance he seems clumsy, confused and cannot be taken "seriously" until... he keeps pushing the perpetrator into closer shoes.
Easy to follow, funny and relaxing. Is also cinema.

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