Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Goes to College 

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


E.W. Swackhamer (as E. W. Swackhamer)


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Stephen Caffrey ... Justin Rowe
Gary Hershberger ... Cooper Redman
James Sutorius ... Prof. D.E. Rusk
William Lucking ... Dominic Doyle
Katherine Cannon ... June Clark
Alan Fudge ... Mr. Redman
Maree Cheatham ... Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley Bridget Hanley ... Mrs. Rusk
Jim Antonio ... Joe Doyle
Steven Gilborn ... George
Guy Stockwell ... Club Owner
Robert Culp ... Jordan Rowe
Les Lannom ... Malloy
Elizabeth Swackhamer Elizabeth Swackhamer ... Sara


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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Release Date:

9 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Columbo menee koulun penkille See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red-herring about the victim having written a book exposing mafia figures, an attempt to explain the murder, was also in Murder By The Book (directed by Steven Spielberg), only in that case the (supposed) book was being worked on by the victim. See more »


Columbo is visiting Mrs Rusk - he walks towards her as she sits on the couch in the window. As he walks, his hands are visible and are empty. In the next shot, he has his notebook and pencil in his hands. See more »


Lt. Columbo: I know what you asked and I'm trying to avoid the question.
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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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The Students
5 March 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Stephen Caffrey and Gary Hershberger play two smart but spoiled college students named Justin Rowe and Cooper Redman who are confronted by one of their teachers named Professor Rusk who accuses them of stealing a copy of an upcoming test, and threatening to have them flunked or expelled. Fearing for their futures, they devise an elaborate plan to kill him in a parking garage while attending a lecture, which by coincidence is given by Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) who takes charge of the crime scene, and comes to realize that the two "helpful" students are responsible, but just how and why will be the problem... Robert Culp makes his fourth appearance, but in a supporting role(though not as the killer). Fine episode with intelligent and clever writing elevating this one, with a memorable ending of the astonished students getting their deserved comeuppance from the underestimated Lt. Columbo.

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