My best Columbo episodes

by paulosantoro | created - 15 Nov 2013 | updated - 19 Dec 2015 | Public

That's it. The Columbo episodes I liked the most. (Still watching.)

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1. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Deadly State of Mind (1975)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychiatrist, who specializes in hypnosis, murders the husband of his mistress and convinces her to lie to the police; it's up to Lt. Columbo to discover the truth.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Peter Falk, George Hamilton, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen Elliott

Votes: 1,204

10

2. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Troubled Waters (1975)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lt. Columbo takes a trip to Acapulco, but finds himself on a new case when a used car dealer commits murder on the cruise ship.

Director: Ben Gazzara | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Jane Greer, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 1,438

9

3. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A health club owner murders one of his franchisees. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Conrad, Gretchen Corbett, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 1,427

9

4. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Negative Reaction (1974)

Unrated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Peter Falk, Dick Van Dyke, Don Gordon, Larry Storch

Votes: 1,481

5. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Friend in Deed (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return.

Director: Ben Gazzara | Stars: Peter Falk, Richard Kiley, Rosemary Murphy, Michael McGuire

Votes: 1,474

6. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Swan Song (1974)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gospel singer wants to be rid of his zealous wife. But a murder made to look like an airplane accident does not fool the wily Lt. Columbo.

Director: Nicholas Colasanto | Stars: Peter Falk, Johnny Cash, Ida Lupino, John Dehner

Votes: 1,738

7. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Publish or Perish (1974)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Mickey Spillane, Mariette Hartley

Votes: 1,329

8. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Double Exposure (1973)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A self-styled "motivation research specialist" uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Robert Middleton, Chuck McCann

Votes: 1,422

9. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)

TV-PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wine connisseur kills his half- brother to prevent him selling the family winery to a merchant company so he can pay off his gambling debts.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Joyce Jillson, Gary Conway

Votes: 1,904

10. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Double Shock (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A smarmy TV chef and his identical twin brother, a rigidly proper banker, are suspects in the electrocution of their rich uncle.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Peter Falk, Martin Landau, Jeanette Nolan, Tim O'Connor

Votes: 1,454

11. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Stitch in Crime (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy, Anne Francis, Nita Talbot

Votes: 1,699

12. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Dagger of the Mind (1972)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a respected Shakespearean acting duo cover up the unintended killing of their producer.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Falk, Richard Basehart, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Fox

Votes: 1,533

13. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Most Crucial Game (1972)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The manager of a football team murders its callow owner, making it look as if the young man had had an accident in his swimming pool. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Dean Jagger, James Gregory

Votes: 1,462

14. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Étude in Black (1972)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A ruthless conductor murders the gifted pianist with whom he is having an affair. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Directors: Nicholas Colasanto, John Cassavetes, Peter Falk | Stars: Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, James Olson, Blythe Danner

Votes: 1,844

15. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Blueprint for Murder (1972)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed.

Director: Peter Falk | Stars: Peter Falk, Patrick O'Neal, Janis Paige, Pamela Austin

Votes: 1,614

16. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Suitable for Framing (1971)

PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy art collector is murdered, and all signs point to a robbery gone wrong. But the nephew's alibi is a little too convenient, and Columbo pulls a fast one to ferret out the killer.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Peter Falk, Ross Martin, Don Ameche, Kim Hunter

Votes: 1,851

17. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Death Lends a Hand (1971)

TV-PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Pat Crowley, Ray Milland

Votes: 1,958

18. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Murder by the Book (1971)

TV-PG | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner

Votes: 2,847

19. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A brilliant tort attorney gets rid of her boring husband by faking his kidnapping and keeping the ransom. The FBI may be fooled, but not Columbo.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould

Votes: 1,816

20. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: A Case of Immunity (1975)

TV-PG | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Peter Falk, Hector Elizondo, Sal Mineo, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 1,226

21. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Fade in to Murder (1976)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An egotistical but successful star of a TV detective show murders his blackmailing producer and makes it look like a robbery.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Falk, William Shatner, Bert Remsen, Alan Manson

Votes: 1,280

22. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Try and Catch Me (1977)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mystery writer suspects her niece's husband of murdering her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Ruth Gordon, Mariette Hartley, G.D. Spradlin

Votes: 1,592

"9"

23. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: How to Dial a Murder (1978)

TV-PG | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A behavioral psychologist whose wife died under suspicious circumstances trains his dogs to kill on command using a telephone.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Nicol Williamson, Kim Cattrall, Joel Fabiani

Votes: 1,362

"9"

24. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Anthony Andrews, Karen Austin, James Greene

Votes: 1,261

"9"

25. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Grand Deceptions (1989)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After the head of a private paramilitary think tank who is embezzling funds murders a blackmailer, he has to match wits with the persistent Lieutenant Columbo.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Peter Falk, Robert Foxworth, Andy Romano, Janet Eilber

Votes: 978

"9"

26. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman who blames Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Peter Falk, Helen Shaver, Ian McShane, Edward Winter

Votes: 1,212

9

27. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Columbo Goes to College (1990)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Peter Falk, Stephen Caffrey, Gary Hershberger, James Sutorius

Votes: 1,208



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