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Columbo Goes to College 

Two college students decide to murder their professor during a class that Columbo is teaching.


(as E. W. Swackhamer)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Caffrey ...
Justin Rowe
Cooper Redman
Prof. D.E. Rusk
Dominic Doyle
Mr. Redman
Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley ...
Mrs. Rusk
Joe Doyle
Club Owner
Jordan Rowe
Les Lannom ...
Elizabeth Swackhamer ...


Two college students who believe that their wealth and status allow them to do what they want. But one of them has been placed on notice by his father that if he messes up he's on his own. And they cheat in one of their classes. The professor discovers what they did. And he tells them that he will either flunk them or have them expelled. They later follow him and see him with someone. That's when they decide to kill him. They decide to do it during their next class wherein Columbo is teaching. And they do it despite being in the class when it happened. Columbo investigates and the two guys would like to help. Written by

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9 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "Columbo Goes To College", Columbo is a guest lecturer at a criminology class. He reminisces about the prior season's Columbo: Agenda for Murder (1990), describing how he obtained a piece of chewing gum belonging to murder suspect Oscar Finch (Patrick McGoohan), which was matched to teeth-marks on a piece of cheese left at the murder scene. See more »


Shortly before the murder the clock on the auditorium wall and Rowe's wristwatch display different times. See more »


Lt. Columbo: I know what you asked and I'm trying to avoid the question.
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Followed by Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995) See more »


Poor Rich Boy
(uncredited) (opening title)
Written by Burt Bacharach, David Pack, Joe Puerta
Performed by Ambrosia
Produced by Val Garay, assisted by Niko Bolas at Record One
Drums: Burleigh Drummond
Bass: Joe Puerta
Keyboards: Christopher North and David Lewis
Background vocals and guitar: David Pack
Background vocals and percussion: Royce Jones
(from Arthur (1981) The Album")
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Interesting episode
11 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Columbo, and although it is not one of the best episodes for me, it was a well done and interesting episode. Apart from dragging a little too much in the middle, Columbo Goes to College was a well-paced episode, and the story is once again an interesting one with the final solution where the murderers under-estimate Columbo. Hearing Columbo explaining how it all happened, you do realise how clever the murder really was. As with the case always with Columbo, it is a strikingly shot episode with a convincing setting, and the soundtrack enhances the mood seamlessly, with a fun toe-tapping song right at the start. The script is sharp and incisive. It was fun seeing Robert Culp playing Cooper's father, rather than a murderer for a change. James Sutorious gives a good turn as the Professor. Peter Falk is exceptional as he consistently is, Stephen Caffrey is great as Justin, the more interesting and "juicier" character of the murderous duo and Gary Hershberger while more low-key is also effective as Cooper. All in all, an interesting episode with an ending that is both clever and riveting. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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