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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 45 nominations See more »
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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)
Peter S. Fischer (9 episodes, 1974-1995)
Steven Bochco (7 episodes, 1971-1990)
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)
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:
Although Columbo's first name is never uttered throughout the series, his badge was briefly shown revealing his full name as Frank Columbo.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Columbo:Oh, there's just one more thing...
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Referenced in Love Games (1976)See more »

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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Itemize Everything!!, 1 January 2010
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

Someone told me that they found it interesting how my present demeanor was at that given moment. She said "Your total confusion, which manifests itself by way of your befuddled verbosity, all we have to do now is to put a beige trench coat on you and you're just like Columbo" Such a description does indeed describe Columbo to a tee!! Peter Falk did a remarkable job at portraying this seemingly inept detective who engages in a very unorthodox approach to unraveling burden of proof is a needle in a haystack murder cases! Most every episode was set up the same way. Cold, calculated, murders were executed by sophisticated Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Malibu Beach moguls. These money mad misfits could utterly destroy someone very effectively just because they're a little bored!! The initial scenario was such whereby all of these wealthy and subtle socialites could devour a disoriented detective like Columbo in record time. Everything starts off with the plutocratic murder suspect (who is the special guest starring on the episode for the week) delving into the recreational hobby of spoon feeding Leutenant Columbo a largess of condescension! To them, they have already considered the issue of murdering a family member, for a macabre motive, as an accomplishment which was water under the bridge, hence, they have successfully gotten away with this heinous act! Later on in the episode, Columbo's innocuous questions begin to resemble diatribes, and these elusive sophisticates begin to sense it. While all of these wealthy Southern California monsters are labeled as "Cool as a Cucumber", Columbo's actions make them lose their professional composure just a tad!! As Columbo persists with his line of questioning later on in the episode, the audience gets a feel for what is going on. Here is where the show, "Columbo" becomes extremely intriguing!! These social register suspects do not become victims of their own vanity!! As Columbo moves in for the ultimate goal of a conviction, the emotionally detached socialites, otherwise known as the suspects, begin to understand that Columbo is really not all that obtuse and simple minded! They have discovered that Columbo actually has a little moxie, they're surprised, however, they realize that they simply have to go one on one with Columbo! It now becomes a proverbial battle of wits!! Every time, of course, there is a happy ending, so to speak, and the affluent and prominent, upper crust, Los Angeles Area elitist is convicted of murder. Ultimately it is a circumstance of may the best man win!! A bevy of pecuniary powerhouses have become out-witted by a precocious, archaically inquisitive, and rough around the edges detective!! The television show "Columbo" has got to be one of the most innovative shows ever to hit the small screen. Peter Falk does a remarkable job in this series, and the array of famous guest stars procure an articulated finesse to this show!! Critics have rated "Columbo" as one of the best shows to ever be produced, I totally concur!! I give "Columbo" five out of five stars!!

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