Tag Archives: Columbo

Mrs Columbo: Word Games

To say this series has a bad reputation would be an understatement. As a Columbo fan, I have been aware of the existence of a spin-off show for many years, but have never seen a single episode. Everything I have … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Conspirators

Every generation of children has their worries. My parents had to survive through the war years. Before my time, many children were born into a world of fear, thinking that a nuclear attack could hit at any time. Nowadays climate … Continue reading

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Columbo: How to Dial a Murder

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, but they can also be deadly weapons in the wrong hands. In this episode of Columbo, the very inventive seventh season continues with the most unusual method of killing yet, but can … Continue reading

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Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder

Kay Freestone is a television executive looking for her next promotion. She is hard-working, intelligent and efficient. In fact, she possesses all the qualities necessary to be a perfect… murderer. The Motive Kay is having an affair with her boss, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Murder Under Glass

The DVD set I have of Season Seven of Columbo oddly mixes up the episode order. For most seasons that wouldn’t really matter, but Murder Under Glass is an interesting one to watch in its original context. Last time, we … Continue reading

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Columbo: Try and Catch Me

If somebody asked me what are the defining qualities of Columbo, the reasons why I think this is the greatest crime series ever made, near the top of my list would have to be the respect Columbo shows for his … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case

How important is IQ? Could a hyper-intelligent person have a chance of outwitting Lieutenant Columbo? Who are we kidding… The Motive Oliver Brandt is an accountant and a member of the Sigma Society, a club that only the cleverest 2% … Continue reading

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Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder

What’s this, no silly teaser at the start to spoil the episode? Things are looking up. Then again, maybe they couldn’t find anything exciting enough to put into a teaser, in this rather slow episode set in a museum. Maybe … Continue reading

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Columbo: Fade in to Murder

We’re back for Season Six, and an award-winning actor who has struck an incredibly lucrative deal to continue in his successful, long-running show is playing a much-loved detective, opposite an actor who is playing an award-winning actor who has struck … Continue reading

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Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore (Review)

My Columbo articles normally follow a set format, where I begin by discussing the murderer, his or her motive and the details of the murder and mistakes made. After all, this simply echoes the order in which the information is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Now You See Him

Jack Cassidy is back for his third and final performance as a murderer in Columbo. Could he inject some much-needed magic into the uneven fifth season? Of course he could. The Motive The Great Santini is a famous magician with … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Matter of Honor

For the third time, Lieutenant Columbo is on holiday and just happens to get caught up in a local murder investigation: “Wherever you go, you take your work with you.” For the third episode in a row, Columbo doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Columbo: Identity Crisis (Review)

There’s something about Nelson Brenner (Patrick McGoohan) that seems familiar: the clothes he wears, the Mediterranean architecture of his home, his career as an “operative”, the regularity with which he says “be seeing you”. Could this be… surely not. For … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Case of Immunity

Due to a mix up of names, Columbo ends up assigned to a security task force at the Suari Embassy, during the visit of the King of Suari, and it’s lucky that he happens to be there because a murder … Continue reading

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Columbo: Forgotten Lady

Grace Wheeler used to be a star, but that was a long time ago, and now she is deluded and trying to recapture the magic of her youth. If you’ve ever seen the classic Twilight Zone episode The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine, … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind (Review)

Dr. Mark Collier is smooth, handsome and a little bit creepy, so George Hamilton is the perfect choice for the role. Collier also does not deserve the title of “doctor” because he specialises in hypnotherapy, and is pushing the practice … Continue reading

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Columbo: Playback (Review)

Columbo’s enemies are often very rich men, and wealthy people love their latest gadgetry. This often throws the lieutenant into a world of strange marvels, that haven’t always dated well (let’s not mention the robot), but this week it’s all … Continue reading

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Columbo: Troubled Waters (Review)

Volare! Oh Oh! Cantare! Oh Oh Oh Oh! Columbo’s wife has won a trip to Mexico on a cruise ship, and the singer on board only seems to know one song, which she sings interminably. Luckily for Columbo, this is … Continue reading

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Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light (Review)

If there’s one episode of Columbo that stuck in my mind the most from my childhood, it was probably this one. It was certainly in the top two or three that made a huge impression on me, and unlike Mind … Continue reading

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Columbo: Negative Reaction (Review)

Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Lorna. Lorna makes your heart so light. When the day is grey and ordinary, Lorna makes the sun shine bright. … but Lorna is Paul Galesko’s secretary, and he’s married to a monster of … Continue reading

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