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Follows 

Prescription: Murder (1968) (TV Movie)

Edited into 

The NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie (1971) (TV Series)
one of the series featured under this umbrella title
The ABC Mystery Movie (1989) (TV Series)
one of the series under this umbrella title

Spin-off 

Mrs. Columbo (1979) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Sanford and Son: Lamont Goes African (1973) (TV Episode)
Fred accidentally calls Lamont by the name of this television detective.
Lotsa Luck: The Belmont Connection (1973) (TV Episode)
Stan and Arthur think Lt. Milford resembles the iconic detective.
The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) (TV Episode)
In the first few minutes of the episode, as the camera pans over a pier, you can see what appears to be Lt. Columbo's car (beat-up Peugeot convertible) parked at the end of the pier.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Perhaps as an in-joke Falk whistles "This Old Man" for his children. This tune is often whistled or sung by Falk's Columbo character in many episodes.
Q & Q: Buizenpost (1976) (TV Episode)
Adjudant Mudde says his name is Mudde and not Columbo
Love Games (1976)
"Columbo" is mentioned.
Klimbim: 18 (1976) (TV Episode)
Columbo and his famous coat is mentioned.
The Muppet Show: Bruce Forsyth (1976) (TV Episode)
Bruce Forsyth refers to the series during his stand-up routine.
Eizeh Yofi Shel Tzarot! (1976)
Dina calls Moussayov, the private detective "Columbo"
Martine: Martine IX (1977) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the song "Televisievrouwen"
Are You Being Served?: Take-over (1977) (TV Episode)
One of Young Mr. Grace's suggestions for preventing the take-over is "taking a photograph of his secretary in bed with Mr. Willit" and Mr. Lucas says they did that on Columbo.
A Coming of Angels (1977)
The title is mentioned.
The Muppet Show: Bob Hope (1978) (TV Episode)
Bob Hope says, "Call Columbo!"
The Sweeney: Hearts and Minds (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eric.
Mission: Possible: Part A: Finding Main Themes (1978) (TV Episode)
Menashe says jokingly that the mystery is like in "McCloud" and "Columbo".
Quincy M.E.: Walk Softly Through the Night: Part 2 (1979) (TV Episode)
During his conversation with Quincy, Brock Campbell imitates Lt. Columbo
Wonder Woman: Amazon Hot Wax (1979) (TV Episode)
After stubling upon a mystery, Jerry says 'How come we become the Columbo's all of a sudden?'
Wings of Desire (1987)
There are many references to Peter Falk as Columbo.
Hunter: Girl on the Beach (1988) (TV Episode)
Columbo reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Last Chase (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo: "His name's Columbo."
De Hollywood à Tamanrasset (1990)
character imitates Colombo as his role model
Tiny Toon Adventures: Who Bopped Bugs Bunny? (1990) (TV Episode)
Babs and Buster imitate Columbo.
Cool Head: Episode #1.2 (1991) (TV Episode)
Phil Cool impersonates Lt. Columbo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "What, are they at a "Columbo" tryout?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "His half-finished 'Columbo' villains"
Another You (1991)
Kevin Pollak immitates Columbo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Columbo's basset hound"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "There's Columbo."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Oh, like Columbo's not gonna figure this out."
Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993) (Video)
Mentioned by Lt. Marin.
Animaniacs: Distasterpiece Theatre/Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993) (TV Episode)
Columbo makes a cameo appearance in "Hercule Yakko."
Ha die Pa!: De Storm (1993) (TV Episode)
Mathijs refers to his father as Columbo
Police Quest: Open Season (1993) (Video Game)
The man at the check-in window of the impound lot asks Carey "Ever wondered what Columbo smelled like, what with smoking all those cigars?".
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
At the scene of Roger Padactor's murder, Ace is about to leave defeated, but turns around and says, "One more thing" just as Columbo famously does before he solves a case.
Only You (1994)
When Faith and Kate check a hotel-room to find a clue to Damon Bradleys whereabouts, Faith says that Columbo always looks in the trash-can
The Nanny: A Fine Friendship (1995) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the character, Columbo, by name.
Jury Duty (1995)
Jed refers to Tommy as "Columbo."
NewsRadio: Luncheon at the Waldorf (1995) (TV Episode)
Jimmy: "Okay, you got me there, Columbo."
Animaniacs: From Burbank with Love/Anchors A-Warners/When You're Traveling from Nantucket (1996) (TV Episode)
Yakko says, "It was either him or Columbo, and we like Columbo."
Plump Fiction (1997)
someone is called Columbo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Columbo) Uh, just one more question, ma'am.
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Columboo/All About 'C' (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference in "Columboo"
The Nanny: Educating Fran (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the character, Columbo, by name.
The Simpsons: Simpson Tide (1998) (TV Episode)
Homer imitates Columbo.
That '70s Show: Streaking (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kitty
Rush Hour (1998)
Carter mentions that "Columbo didn't have no partner".
Hit and Run (1999) (TV Movie)
one of the characters refers to what's happening in the movie as something she saw on an episode of "Columbo."
Big Wolf on Campus: Butch Comes to Shove (1999) (TV Episode)
Merton calls Tommy "Columbo."
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Chief Quimby mentions Columbo.
Bruiser (2000)
Milo angrily calls a cop this
That '70s Show: Dine & Dash (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Late Night Shopping (2001)
Vincent: "This is just a guy with too much time on his hands playing Columbo."
The Office: Work Experience (2001) (TV Episode)
Tim refers to Gareth as 'Columbo'
The Omen Legacy (2001) (TV Movie)
Philanthropy (2002)
"watching 'Columbo' "
The Office: Merger (2002) (TV Episode)
Columbo mentioned
Do Over: Investing in the Future (2002) (TV Episode)
Bill refers to Principal Rudd as "Columbo."
Midsomer Murders: A Tale of Two Hamlets (2003) (TV Episode)
Darren refers to Columbo's interrogation style.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Desperate (2003) (TV Episode)
Rye Police Chief: "Wheaton thinks he's Columbo."
The 24th Day (2004)
One of the two lead men calls the other one Lieutenent Columbo.
Blue Murder: Fragile Relations (2004) (TV Episode)
Shap refers to Chowdhary as the famous detective.
Peep Show: University Challenge (2004) (TV Episode)
Mark successfully uses Columbo's "Just one more thing" technique to find out where April is at university. He praises Columbo for this.
Cable Beach (2004) (TV Movie)
Mary calls Ben Columbo when he does some investigative work.
The Simpsons: Pranksta Rap (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Lou
Motor Home Massacre (2005) (Video)
"I saw it on 'Columbo'."
Monk: Mr. Monk and Little Monk (2005) (TV Episode)
Leo calls Young Adrian Monk "Columbo".
American Masters: Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) (TV Episode)
Milton Wexler mentions the Lt. Columbo character and likens it to Gehry, during one of his interview segments.
Have I Got News for You: Episode #30.1 (2005) (TV Episode)
Reference to Columbo
After the End (2005) (Short)
"Who am I, fucking Columbo?"
Life on Mars: Episode #1.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
Gene Hunt says "Juries love all that. Makes 'em feel like Columbo."
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Mentioned By Lindsey
Malcolm in the Middle: Lois Strikes Back (2006) (TV Episode)
Lois calls Malcolm 'Columbo'
The Break-Up (2006)
Entourage: I Wanna Be Sedated (2006) (TV Episode)
Turtle calls Drama "Columbo"
Rescue Me: Hell (2006) (TV Episode)
Kenny mentions Columbo.
Psych: Shawn vs. the Red Phantom (2006) (TV Episode)
Shawn refers to Gus as "chocolate Columbo."
Blue Murder: The Spartacus Thing (2006) (TV Episode)
Mayne is referred to as Columbo
Big Nothing (2006)
a cop is called Columbo
What Love Is (2007)
mentioned that a girl looks like Peter Falk/Columbo
Brothers & Sisters: All in the Family (2007) (TV Episode)
Justin says to Tommy, "What are you, Columbo?"
Peep Show: Handyman (2007) (TV Episode)
Jeremy sarcastically says "Case closed, Columbo!"
Saturday Night Live: Zach Braff/Maroon 5 (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during La Revista Della Televisione
How to Rob a Bank (2007)
Jinx is called Columbo
Saxondale: Episode #2.3 (2007) (TV Episode)
Tommy asks if a man has been watching this.
Cleaner (2007)
Samuel L. Jackson talking about "Columbo feeling"
Have I Got News for You: Episode #34.8 (2007) (TV Episode)
Reference to Columbo
Birds of America (2008)
Morrie, Ida and Jay talk about the series main character while smoking pot in the basement.
Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part II (2008) (TV Episode)
Using an alias while on the lam and working as a ragman at a Nevada car wash, Monk solves a crime, and the media dubs him "The Car Wash Columbo".
In Plain Sight: Pilot (2008) (TV Episode)
Mary says in voiceover: "I really wanted to turn around and pop off one of those Columbo questions -- you know, the innocuous afterthought that lets the killer know that I know he did it: [imitating Peter Falk]: 'Excuse me, do you always where white shoes after Labor Day?'"
Monk: Mr. Monk Buys a House (2008) (TV Episode)
"Honest' Jake sarcastically calls Monk "Columbo".
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda (2008) (TV Episode)
Nick refers to Hodges as Columbo.
Ideal: The Passports (2009) (TV Episode)
Jenny refers to PC as "Columbo".
Defendor (2009)
"very Columbo"
NCIS: Power Down (2009) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo says this never happens on Columbo, when they have to search through fingerprint records.
Being Human: Serve God, Love Me and Mend (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
A Little Help (2010)
mentioned in dialogue by Chris O'Donnell when wife is questioning him about receipt
Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
Rodney sarcastically, calls Tommy by the name of the shows title character.
Kevin Pollak: The Littlest Suspect (2010) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in a comedy bit
The Whistleblower (2010)
Murray calls Kathy Columbo
Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) (TV Episode)
Peter Falk is a pioneer of television crime dramas with "Columbo".
Supernatural: Let It Bleed (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Judah
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger mentions that Peter Falk is known for playing Columbo
Don't Let Him In (2011)
Mentioned in dialogue
Faces in the Crowd (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Particka: Episode #2.5 (2011) (TV Episode)
In "Phone Call" skit, Igor has a phone call with Columbo.
Conan: What Happens in Vegas Is Typically Pretty Sad (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan compairs Andy's daughter to Columbo
NCIS: Los Angeles: Higher Power (2011) (TV Episode)
Lt. Columbo is mentioned
Southland: Wednesday (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Conan: This Episode Would Like You to Join It's LinkedIn Network (2012) (TV Episode)
Billy Gardell compares his wife to Columbo
Grabbers (2012)
O'Shea mentions he watches a lot of this show
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Willows in the Wind (2012) (TV Episode)
When D.B. asks Miss Kitty if she has a curling iron in her purse so that Catherine's gunshot wound can be cauterized, she says to him, "Are you some kind of Columbo, or something?"
American Dad!: Wheels & the Legman and the Case of Grandpa's Key (2012) (TV Episode)
At 14:40 in the episode, Steve and Rodger pass a store named 'P. Falk & Co' with the sub heading 'Just One More Thing'. These are references to the 1971 series "Columbo" starring Peter Falk as Columbo. 'Just one more thing' was a catchphrase used by Columbo in a number of episodes.
The Killing: Ogi Jun (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Cleveland Show: B.M.O.C. (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cleveland
Nurse Jackie: Slow Growing Monsters (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Mentalist: The Crimson Hat (2012) (TV Episode)
Lorelei asks Jane if he's Colombo.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.152 (2012) (TV Episode)
Martin Short compares George W. Bush to Columbo
The Newsroom: The Greater Fool (2012) (TV Episode)
Lonny Church sarcastically calls Neal Sampat "Columbo".
The Cinema Snob: The Beast (2012) (TV Episode)
"It only took a few minutes to do what Columbo does in 60."
General Hospital: Episode #1.12676 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Molly: Mike's Boss (2012) (TV Episode)
Peggy calls Mike "Columbo".
Supernatural: Hunteri Heroici (2012) (TV Episode)
Castiel being "bad cop" or "just bad everything" is a reference to Detective Columbo
Airborne (2012)
One of the enquisitive passengers is called "Colombo".
Beaver Falls: Episode #2.4 (2012) (TV Episode)
Flynn calls PJ "Columbo".
White Collar: Empire City (2013) (TV Episode)
Neal says that Mozzie will do "his best Columbo impression."
Great Night Out: Episode #1.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Kath
Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 15 February 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ladislav Frej mentioned it.
After Lately: Gay for Jiffy (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the title character.
Southland: Under the Big Top (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Particka: Episode #5.5 (2013) (TV Episode)
In "Interview" skit, Richard interviews Columbo's wife.
RED 2 (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Mindy Project: Wedding Crushers (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Danny
Raising Hope: Anniversary Ball (2014) (TV Episode)
Burt Chance mentions this television show by name
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014) (Video)
Mentioned in dialogue
Taxi Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights (2014) (TV Episode)
Cat calls Leo Columbo.
Warehouse 13: Endless Terror (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Supernatural: Meta Fiction (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Boondocks: Pretty Boy Flizzy (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Anime Abandon: Tokyo Revelation (2014) (TV Episode)
"...is a mystery even Columbo couldn't solve."
Candlestick (2014)
Referenced in dialogue.
Castle: Child's Play (2014) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Ruiz refers to Castle as "Columbo".

Featured in 

Assassin(s) (1997)
Watched on TV by Mr. Wagner and Mehdi.
Screenwipe: Episode #2.3 (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Hour: Episode #7.75 (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during Allan Hawco's bio segment.
Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time (2012) (TV Movie)
"Columbo" is the #3 Best Cop or Legal Show.
20/20: Best in TV: The Greatest TV Show of Our Time (2012) (TV Episode)
features clips of the show when discussing what was voted #3 Best Cop/Legal TV Show
Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 2 in the Countdown

Spoofed in 

The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #6.14 (1972) (TV Episode)
"Cobumble" sketch.
Sanford and Son: Lamont in Love (1976) (TV Episode)
Fred disguises himself as the rumpled detective, calling himself Peter Falcon.
The Benny Hill Show: Murder on the Oregon Express (1976) (TV Episode)
Title character parodied in opening titles of "Murder on the Oregon Express" sketch.
Ban jin ba liang (1976)
Kwok (Sam Hui) dresses like Columbo when he first meets Yuk (Michael Hui).
Lupin the 3rd: The Skateboard Murder Mystery (1979) (TV Episode)
The character Bolanco is supposed to be Columbo's son. Lupin creator, Monkey Punch is a big fan of the series.
Murder Can Hurt You! (1980) (TV Movie)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Agent for H.A.R.M. (1997) (TV Episode)
At Mike's trial lawyer Bobo begins to dismiss Brain Guy from the witness stand, then stops him for "just one more thing".
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999)
Spoofs Columbo discovering America
Daria: Murder, She Snored (2000) (TV Episode)
Daria drives home in the same car Peter Falk's character drove.
The Simpsons: Dial 'N' for Nerder (2008) (TV Episode)
end credits: "Nelson Munz as Columbo"

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