8.3
1,002 votes
Columbo

Columbo

NBC 1968

Many criminals made the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide investigator with a crumpled trench-coat and a beat-up car, who certainly acted as an incompetent bumbler.But he was so polite to every suspect, and he talked so much about his wife (who we never got to see on any episode, but who many believe later had her own show, starring Kate Mulgrew, later of Star Trek: Voyager fame) that he lulled even the shrewdest murderer into a false sense of security.And although the audience had witnessed the murder in the beginning of each episode, it was still a surprise to see what mistakes the killers had made during the seemingly perfect murder.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Columbo

Columbo - S4E2

#1 - Negative Reaction

8.14

Season 4 - Episode 2

Brilliant photographer Paul Galesko plans to murder his domineering wife, Frances, and pin the crime on an ex-convict named Alvin Deschler. His plan is to make it look as if Alvin kidnapped his wife and killed her before picking up the ransom money.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Columbo from 152 votes.

Columbo - S7E4

#2 - How to Dial a Murder

8.08

Season 7 - Episode 4

A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor as 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 arrives on the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when police say 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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Columbo from 131 votes.

Columbo - S6E3

#3 - The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case

8.05

Season 6 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Columbo from 139 votes.

Columbo - S3E8

#4 - A Friend in Deed

8.04

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 favour.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Columbo from 132 votes.

Columbo - S3E2

#5 - Any Old Port in a Storm

8.00

Season 3 - Episode 2

Wine producer Adrian Carsini discovers that his younger brother Enrico plans to sell the family vineyards to pay his playboy-life debts, and sets out to murder him. He locks him in a wine vault and turns off the air and conditioning, then drags the body out to the ocean and makes it look like Enrico died during a scuba-diving accident. Columbo is suspicious of the contradictions that show up in the autopsy, and soon realizes that Adrian is the murderer. The final clue is the wine that was spoiled when the vault's air conditioning was turned off. Only Adrian could tell the difference, so Columbo secretly gets him to sample the wine and declare it unfit. Once Adrian realizes his wines were ruined, he is forced to throw them over a cliff, as Columbo looks on. In the end, Columbo takes in a relieved Adrian, confessing that Carsini is one of the few killers he was reluctant to bring in.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Columbo from 156 votes.

Columbo - S1E2

#6 - Ransom for a Dead Man

7.99

Season 1 - Episode 2

A high-flying lady lawyer kills her husband for the insurance money, and tries to makes It look like a kidnapping gone wrong.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Columbo from 270 votes.

Columbo - S7E1

#7 - Try and Catch Me

7.93

Season 7 - Episode 1

A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaiming him for her niece's murder.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Columbo from 147 votes.

Columbo - S10E1

#8 - Columbo Goes to College

7.90

Season 10 - Episode 1

Lt. Columbo is invited as guest speaker in a Criminology course and squares off against two cunning students, who are confident they have duped the lieutenant with various leads, when their professor is found murdered.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Columbo from 121 votes.

Columbo - S10E3

#9 - Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star

7.90

Season 10 - Episode 3

Lt. Columbo is pitted against an equally brilliant, nationally recognized criminal defence lawyer who murders his rock star girlfriend when he discovers she is seeing another man.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Columbo from 96 votes.

Columbo - S9E2

#10 - Columbo Cries Wolf

7.90

Season 9 - Episode 2

Columbo is asked to investigate the disappearance of Diane Hunter, director of a men's magazine. Naturally, the prime suspect is her lover and co-editor Sean Brantley, who spends lots of time with the young girls he works with.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Columbo from 105 votes.

Columbo - S1E1
#11 - Prescription: Murder
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 1

Columbo's first mystery pits him against a cheating doctor out to get rid of his wife in favor of his young, pretty actress girlfriend.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Columbo from 353 votes.

Columbo - S1E4
#12 - Death Lends a Hand
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Columbo from 234 votes.

Columbo - S4E3
#13 - By Dawn's Early Light
7.87
Season 4 - Episode 3

The head of a military school kills one of the governors by sabotaging the gun which is used on Founder's Day.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Columbo from 123 votes.

Columbo - S3E3
#14 - Candidate for Crime
7.86
Season 3 - Episode 3

A Senate Candidate running for office kills his campaign manager by making it look like he was the target for the killer's bullet.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Columbo from 149 votes.

Columbo - S2E6
#15 - A Stitch in Crime
7.86
Season 2 - Episode 6

Leonard Nimoy plays a heart surgeon whose talents turn to murder. Stung by jealousy, he's planning a surgical death for his brilliant but ailing associate. Will Geer plays the intended victim.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Columbo from 163 votes.

Columbo - S9E4
#16 - Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
7.85
Season 9 - Episode 4

Columbo unwittingly becomes part of a deranged woman's diabolical plot to destroy the two men she believes responsible for her husband's death in prison. After murdering one, she moves in on the other, Columbo, to kill the person closest to him, his wife.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Columbo from 103 votes.

Columbo - S8E4
#17 - Grand Deceptions
7.84
Season 8 - Episode 4

Frank Brailie runs a private military foundation for wanabe soldiers owned by the wheelchair bound General Padget. The General has become suspicious of Frank as a great deal of money seems to be going to a Special Projects Fund. The General tells a close colleague to investigate Frank and the Special Projects Fund. Instead of reporting his fraudulent findings back to the General, he decides to blackmail Frank for some of the money, Frank agrees and starts to plan his murder.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Columbo from 106 votes.

Columbo - S3E4
#18 - Double Exposure
7.81
Season 3 - Episode 4

A film maker kills one of his clients. in a break, during the screening of a new ad campaign

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Columbo from 133 votes.

Columbo - S1E3
#19 - Murder by the Book
7.80
Season 1 - Episode 3

One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better writer decides to go solo.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Columbo from 236 votes.

Columbo - S5E5
#20 - Now You See Him
7.79
Season 5 - Episode 5

Master magician the great Santini is amazing audiences at the Cabaret of Magic. What they don’t know is that Santini hopes to pull of the grandest illusion of his career - making club owner Jesse T. Jerome disappear. The crude Jerome is the only person who knows that Santini was a Nazi death camp guard named Stefan Mueller, He has been blackmailing the magician since learning his dark secret.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Columbo from 133 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021

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La meilleur série de tout les temps !

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good stuff!!

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OMFG! OMG! I'm so stoked.

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A true classic that you can always go back too and re-watch. Which is your most watched episode? **1x09** _Blueprint for Murder_ 13 hours, 30 mins 9 plays

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