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Tagline:
Just one more thing...
Plot:
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius. Full summary »
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Cast

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Peter Falk ... Columbo (68 episodes, 1971-2003)
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Series Directed by
Vincent McEveety (7 episodes, 1990-1997)
James Frawley (6 episodes, 1977-1989)
Patrick McGoohan (5 episodes, 1975-2000)
Bernard L. Kowalski (4 episodes, 1971-1976)
Harvey Hart (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Richard Quine (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leo Penn (3 episodes, 1973-1989)
Alan J. Levi (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Hy Averback (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Nicholas Colasanto (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Edward M. Abroms (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Boris Sagal (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Peter Falk (2 episodes, 1972)
Robert Butler (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Gazzara (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Alf Kjellin (2 episodes, 1974)
Ted Post (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Sam Wanamaker (2 episodes, 1977-1989)
Daryl Duke (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Writing credits
Richard Levinson (68 episodes, 1971-2003)
William Link (68 episodes, 1971-2003)
Jackson Gillis (11 episodes, 1971-1992)
Steven Bochco (7 episodes, 1971-1990)
Peter S. Fischer (7 episodes, 1974-1993)
Dean Hargrove (3 episodes, 1971-1974)
Larry Cohen (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Driskill (3 episodes, 1975)
Robert Van Scoyk (3 episodes, 1978-1992)
William Read Woodfield (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jeffrey Bloom (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Gene Thompson (2 episodes, 1971-1977)
John T. Dugan (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Roland Kibbee (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stanley Ralph Ross (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Howard Berk (2 episodes, 1974-1978)
Lou Shaw (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lawrence Vail (2 episodes, 1976-1995)
Peter S. Feibleman (2 episodes, 1976)
Evan Hunter (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
Patrick McGoohan (2 episodes, 1998-2000)

Series Produced by
Peter Falk .... co-executive producer / executive producer (24 episodes, 1989-2003)
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer / producer (22 episodes, 1972-1976)
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer / producer (20 episodes, 1971-1975)
William Link .... supervising executive producer / producer / ... (19 episodes, 1971-1990)
Everett Chambers .... producer (16 episodes, 1971-1976)
Todd London .... associate producer / co-producer (15 episodes, 1989-1992)
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer (11 episodes, 1973-1975)
Richard Alan Simmons .... producer / executive producer (11 episodes, 1977-1989)
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer / producer / ... (10 episodes, 1971-1990)
Christopher N. Seiter .... producer (10 episodes, 1991-2000)
Richard Levinson .... producer / executive producer (9 episodes, 1971-1973)
Jack Horger .... co-producer / associate producer (9 episodes, 1992-2003)
Peter V. Ware .... co-producer (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jon Epstein .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1990-1991)
Stanley Kallis .... producer (5 episodes, 1989)
Philip Saltzman .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1989)
Lisa Tygett .... co-associate producer / associate producer (5 episodes, 1992-1995)
Tony Kiser .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1978)
Alan J. Levi .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (4 episodes, 1990-1992)
Penny Adams .... producer (4 episodes, 1990)
John A. Martinelli .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Abby Singer .... coordinating producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Vincent McEveety .... producer (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Joseph D'Agosta .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Steve Brown .... co-supervising producer (2 episodes, 1989)
Bruce Gorman .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Patrick McGoohan .... co-executive producer (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis (23 episodes, 1972-2000)
Bernardo Segall (10 episodes, 1974-1976)
Patrick Williams (9 episodes, 1977-1992)
Billy Goldenberg (7 episodes, 1971-1974)
Gil Melle (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
John Cacavas (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
James Di Pasquale (2 episodes, 1990)
Steve Dorff (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Cronjager (10 episodes, 1973-1976)
George Koblasa (10 episodes, 1990-1995)
Robert Seaman (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Russell Metty (5 episodes, 1971)
Jack Priestley (5 episodes, 1974-1990)
Richard C. Glouner (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ted Voigtlander (2 episodes, 1977)
Duke Callaghan (2 episodes, 1978)
Isidore Mankofsky (2 episodes, 1978)
Fred V. Murphy (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ronald LaVine (10 episodes, 1972-1976)
Bill Parker (10 episodes, 1990-2000)
Robert L. Kimble (7 episodes, 1972-1976)
Jay Scherberth (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Bracken (5 episodes, 1990-1992)
Edward M. Abroms (4 episodes, 1971-1990)
Buddy Small (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Larry Lester (4 episodes, 1973)
Bob Kagey (3 episodes, 1974)
Howard Deane (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Kaufman (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Jamie Caylor (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
John A. Martinelli (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Casting by
Ron Stephenson (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Darlene Kaplan (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Production Design by
Bill Ross (18 episodes, 1989-1995)
Hub Braden (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Archie J. Bacon (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon (17 episodes, 1971-1989)
John W. Corso (13 episodes, 1973-1976)
Hugo Santiago (11 episodes, 1989-1992)
Michael Baugh (6 episodes, 1974-1976)
Howard E. Johnson (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Cosmas A. Demetriou (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mary Dodson (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Cameron Birnie (2 episodes, 1989)
Peg McClellan (2 episodes, 1992-1994)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Good (18 episodes, 1989-1995)
John McCarthy Jr. (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bill McLaughlin (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard B. Goddard (8 episodes, 1977-1989)
Jerry Adams (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Richard Friedman (5 episodes, 1971)
Charles S. Thompson (2 episodes, 1972)
Peg Cummings (2 episodes, 1976)
Donald J. Remacle (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jacqueline Saint Anne (18 episodes, 1989-1997)
George Whittaker (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Brienne Glyttov (3 episodes, 1989)
Faye Sloan (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Makeup Department
Paula Griffin .... hairstylist (9 episodes, 1991-2000)
Danne D. Long .... hairstylist (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carolyn Elias .... hairstylist (5 episodes, 1989-1993)
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1989)
Dee Manges .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1990)
Lori Benson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1993-1997)
Dorinda Carey .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rita Sabatini .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Kevin Westmore .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1995-1998)
Kandace Westmore .... key makeup artist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 2000-2003)
 
Series Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager / unit production manager (17 episodes, 1971-1991)
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager / production manager (13 episodes, 1989-2000)
Brad H. Aronson .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jack Cunningham .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1978)
Kenny Williams .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Abby Singer .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1989)
Stephen Swofford .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Fred R. Simpson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Frank Losee .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Robert J. Anderson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1976)
Jack Stubbs .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Norman Henry .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Donnelly .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1972-1976)
Joseph A. Ingraffia .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1991-1995)
Brad Michaelson .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1992-1995)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dan Dugan .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Brenda Kalosh .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1989)
Patrick McKee .... first assistant director / second assistant director (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brad H. Aronson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Barbara Bruno .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Katy Garretson .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990)
Jack Barry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1971)
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1971)
David Dowell .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Sam Freedle .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Don Goldman .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Robert Latham Brown .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
David Sosna .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Richard A. Wells .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)
Mary Ellen Canniff .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bruce A. Simon .... first assistant director / second assistant director (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Art Department
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman (7 episodes, 1977-1991)
Thomas R. Cahill .... assistant property master (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Walsh .... sets leadman / lead man (4 episodes, 1989-2000)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (20 episodes, 1989-1997)
Thomas E. Allen .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1990-2000)
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor / sound editor (15 episodes, 1989-1993)
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor (11 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jerry Smith .... sound (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Edwin S. Hall .... sound (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (5 episodes, 1971-1973)
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor / supervising sound editor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer / sound (3 episodes, 1971-1989)
Brian Courcier .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
James Pilcher .... sound (3 episodes, 1978)
Dean Vernon .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1989)
Kevin Spears .... supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects (3 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1990-1997)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (2 episodes, 1971-1992)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Carl A. Vidnic .... lamp operator (4 episodes, 1993-1995)
Louis Niemeyer .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Casey Jones .... grip (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Casting Department
Darlene Kaplan .... casting (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ron Stephenson .... casting (6 episodes, 1990-1995)
Eddie Dunlop .... casting (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Reuben Cannon .... casting (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes (22 episodes, 1972-1975)
Burton Miller .... costumes / costumes: women's (13 episodes, 1971-1976)
Karen Bellamy .... costumer: ladies / set costumer / ... (13 episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael J. Long .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 1989-1991)
Steve Ellsworth .... costumer: men's / costumer: men / ... (7 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jill Sheridan .... costume supervisor / costumer: ladies (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alice Daniels .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1992-1997)
George Whittaker .... costumes / costumes: women's (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert Lewis Bush .... costume supervisor / costumer: men's (2 episodes, 1991)
Robert Iannaccone .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (35 episodes, 1971-1976)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (33 episodes, 1971-1976)
Brent Brooks .... apprentice film editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Arnold Baker .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (27 episodes, 1972-1976)
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... supervising music editor (23 episodes, 1989-2000)
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme / composer: theme / ... (22 episodes, 1971-1976)
Mike Post .... composer: "Mystery Movie" theme / composer: Mystery Movie theme (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
James D. Young .... music editor (9 episodes, 1971-1978)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (4 episodes, 1971)
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design / title designer: main titles (33 episodes, 1971-1976)
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant / executive story editor (19 episodes, 1972-1990)
Peter S. Fischer .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1974-1976)
William Driskill .... executive story consultant / creative consultant (12 episodes, 1975-1990)
William Read Woodfield .... executive story consultant (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Steven Bochco .... story editor (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Robert Visciglia Jr. .... special consultant (5 episodes, 1989)
Dennis Loring .... payroll accountant (3 episodes, 1995-1998)
Rob Levine .... production executive (3 episodes, 1998-2003)
Nancy Meyer .... production executive (3 episodes, 1998-2003)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Thanks
Jon Epstein .... in memory of (1 episode, 1990)
 

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USA:100 min (41 episodes) | USA:75 min (27 episodes)
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Mono (45 episodes) | Stereo (24 episodes)
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Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Denmark:15 (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) | Norway:11 (DVD) | Sweden:15 (DVD) | UK:12 (DVD)

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Trivia:
Originally, Bing Crosby was offered the role of Columbo. However, citing the fact that he didn't want to commit to a series, he refused the role. He also said, jokingly, that doing the series would interfere with his golf game.See more »
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Columbo:Oh, there's just one more thing...
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Saved for the special occasions, 3 July 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Throughout the entire run of the series which went over 30 years with revivals and such the LAPD never assigned Peter Falk some gang-banger slaying or a domestic dispute where a drunk and jealous husband might have carved up an unfaithful wife. No, Lt. Columbo always got the high profile stuff with prominent people as victims and perpetrators. Before there was Brenda Lee Johnson there was another disarming detective who got the job done every time.

Peter Falk created one of the most indelible characters ever on the small screen with Columbo. The rumpled raincoat in an area where rain is a rarity, the bumbling manner, the general obsequiousness all played into an image he deliberately wanted to create for the perpetrator he was trying to trap. We all knew who did it every week and we all knew that there was an elaborate plan involved that the perpetrator put into operation. Often it called for an attempt to frame someone else.

It would all unravel bit by bit. Even if the murderer didn't confess outright you knew it was all over. The best criminal lawyers didn't let anyone wriggle out of a Columbo trap.

Columbo was a great working class hero, an Archie Bunker, or a Ralph Kramden who took the police civil service exam and worked his way up to the top of his profession. It was why he was so popular.

And it's why he will ever remain so.

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