List of Columbo episodes

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DVD box cover for the third season.

The following is an episode list for the crime fiction television series Columbo. After two pilot episodes, the show originally aired on NBC from 1971 to 1978 as one of the rotating programs of the NBC Mystery Movie. Columbo then aired less frequently on ABC beginning in 1989. The last installment was broadcast in 2003.

Because the Columbo episodes from 1989 to 2003 aired infrequently, different DVD sets have been released around the world. In Region 2 and 4, all episodes have now been released as ten seasons, with the tenth season covering the last 14 shows from "Columbo Goes to College" (1990) to the most recent "Columbo Likes the Nightlife" (2003).[1][2] However in France, and The Netherlands (also Region 2) the DVDs were released as twelve seasons.[3] And in Region 1, all episodes from season 8 are grouped differently; all the episodes that are originally aired on ABC were released as the COLUMBO: The Mystery Movie Collections.[4] For the sake of clarity, all episodes in this article are arranged as they appear in the UK release.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD Release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Pilots 2 1968–1971 September 7, 2004[DVD 1] September 13, 2004[DVD 1] December 3, 2004[DVD 1]
1 7 1971–1972
2 8 1972–1973 March 8, 2005 July 18, 2005 July 13, 2005
3 8 1973–1974 August 9, 2005 November 14, 2005 July 20, 2006
4 6 1974–1975 March 14, 2006 September 18, 2006 September 19, 2006
5 6 1975–1976 June 27, 2006 February 12, 2007 Unknown 2007
6 3 1976–1977 November 21, 2006[DVD 2] April 30, 2007[DVD 2] May 2, 2007[DVD 2]
7 5 1977–1978
8 4 1989 April 24, 2007[DVD 3] March 31, 2008 June 4, 2008
9 6 1989–1990 February 3, 2009[DVD 4] March 30, 2009 May 6, 2009
10 and
Specials
14
[DVD 5]
1990–1993
1994–2003
February 8, 2011[DVD 6]
January 10, 2012
June 15, 2009[DVD 7]
July 27, 2009
Unknown 2009
  1. ^ a b c Both pilots are included in the Season 1 DVD.
  2. ^ a b c Both Season 6 and Season 7 were released on the same DVD.
  3. ^ The Mystery Movie Collection 1989 DVD released in Region 1 covers all the episodes that originally aired in 1989: All 4 episodes from Season 8 and the first one from Season 9.
  4. ^ The Mystery Movie Collection 1990 DVD released in Region 1 covers all the episodes that originally aired in 1990: The last 5 episodes from Season 9 and the first one from Season 10.
  5. ^ The Season 10 DVDs released in Regions 2 and 4 cover the last 14 episodes.
  6. ^ All episodes can now be found in Columbo: The Mystery Movie Collection 1991–1993, and 1994–2003.
  7. ^ In Region 2, Season 10 was released in two volumes: Of those final 14 episodes, Volume I covers the first 8 while Volume 2 contains the last 6.

Episodes[edit]

Before Peter Falk[edit]

Before Falk was cast as the character of Columbo, Bert Freed played the role in "Enough Rope," a 1960 episode of The Chevy Mystery Show, a TV anthology series. In 1962, that episode was adapted as a stage play titled "Prescription: Murder" (starring Thomas Mitchell as Columbo), which then became a made-for-TV movie in 1968, with Peter Falk debuting in the role. In this pilot episode, Columbo appears more smartly dressed, with Falk appearing in suits, shorter hair and wearing more stage makeup, rather than the shabby appearance that would later become the character's trademark. He also appears somewhat more aggressive when confronting suspects.

The NBC years (1968–1978)[edit]

Pilot episodes[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
1 "Prescription: Murder" Richard Irving Richard Levinson & William Link
Based on their Play
98 minutes February 20, 1968 (1968-02-20)
Dr. Ray Fleming (Gene Barry), a psychiatrist, murders his wife (Nina Foch) and persuades his mistress Joan Hudson (Katherine Justice), who is an actress and one of his patients, to support his alibi by impersonating her.
2 "Ransom for a Dead Man" Richard Irving Teleplay: Dean Hargrove
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link
98 minutes March 1, 1971 (1971-03-01)
Leslie Williams (Lee Grant), a brilliant lawyer and pilot, murders her husband Paul (Harlan Warde) to get his money, arranging the act to look as if he had been kidnapped and killed by his captors. Columbo and Leslie's step-daughter (Patricia Mattick), who hates her, successfully work together to get Leslie to implicate herself by revealing where she is keeping the money.

Season 1[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 1)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
3 1 "Murder by the Book" Steven Spielberg Steven Bochco 73 minutes September 15, 1971 (1971-09-15)
4 2 "Death Lends a Hand" Bernard L. Kowalski Richard Levinson & William Link 73 minutes October 6, 1971 (1971-10-06)
5 3 "Dead Weight" Jack Smight John T. Dugan 73 minutes October 27, 1971 (1971-10-27)
6 4 "Suitable for Framing" Hy Averback Jackson Gillis 73 minutes November 17, 1971 (1971-11-17)
7 5 "Lady in Waiting" Norman Lloyd Teleplay: Steven Bochco
Story: Barney Slater
73 minutes December 15, 1971 (1971-12-15)
8 6 "Short Fuse" Edward M. Abroms Teleplay: Jackson Gillis
Story: Lester & Tina Pine and Jackson Gillis
73 minutes January 19, 1972 (1972-01-19)
9 7 "Blueprint for Murder" Peter Falk Teleplay: Steven Bochco
Story: William Kelley
73 minutes February 9, 1972 (1972-02-09)


Season 2[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 2)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
10 1 "Étude in Black" Nicholas Colasanto Teleplay: Steven Bochco
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link
98 minutes September 17, 1972 (1972-09-17)
11 2 "The Greenhouse Jungle" Boris Sagal Jonathan Latimer 73 minutes October 15, 1972 (1972-10-15)
12 3 "The Most Crucial Game" Jeremy Kagan John T. Dugan 73 minutes November 5, 1972 (1972-11-05)
13 4 "Dagger of the Mind" Richard Quine Teleplay: Jackson Gillis
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link
98 minutes November 26, 1972 (1972-11-26)
14 5 "Requiem for a Falling Star" Richard Quine Jackson Gillis 73 minutes January 21, 1973 (1973-01-21)
15 6 "A Stitch in Crime" Hy Averback Shirl Hendryx 73 minutes February 11, 1973 (1973-02-11)
16 7 "The Most Dangerous Match" Edward M. Abroms Teleplay: Jackson Gillis
Story: Jackson Gillis and Richard Levinson & William Link
73 minutes March 4, 1973 (1973-03-04)
17 8 "Double Shock" Robert Butler Teleplay: Steven Bochco
Story: Jackson Gillis and Richard Levinson & William Link
73 minutes March 25, 1973 (1973-03-25)


Season 3[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 3)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
18 1 "Lovely But Lethal" Jeannot Szwarc Teleplay: Jackson Gillis
Story: Myrna Bercovici
73 minutes September 23, 1973 (1973-09-23)
19 2 "Any Old Port in a Storm" Leo Penn Teleplay: Stanley Ralph Ross
Story: Larry Cohen
98 minutes October 7, 1973 (1973-10-07)
20 3 "Candidate for Crime" Boris Sagal Teleplay: Irving Pearlberg & Alvin R. Friedman and Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove
Story: Larry Cohen
98 minutes November 4, 1973 (1973-11-04)
21 4 "Double Exposure" Richard Quine Stephen J. Cannell 73 minutes December 16, 1973 (1973-12-16)
22 5 "Publish or Perish" Robert Butler Peter S. Fischer 73 minutes January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
23 6 "Mind Over Mayhem" Alf Kjellin Teleplay: Steven Bochco and Dean Hargrove & Roland Kibbee
Story: Robert Specht
73 minutes February 10, 1974 (1974-02-10)
24 7 "Swan Song" Nicholas Colasanto Teleplay: David Rayfiel
Story: Stanley Ralph Ross
98 minutes March 3, 1974 (1974-03-03)
25 8 "A Friend in Deed" Ben Gazzara Peter S. Fischer 98 minutes May 5, 1974 (1974-05-05)


Season 4[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 4)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
26 1 "An Exercise in Fatality" Bernard L. Kowalski Teleplay: Peter S. Fischer
Story: Larry Cohen
98 minutes September 15, 1974 (1974-09-15)
27 2 "Negative Reaction" Alf Kjellin Peter S. Fischer 98 minutes October 6, 1974 (1974-10-06)
28 3 "By Dawn's Early Light" Harvey Hart Howard Berk 98 minutes October 27, 1974 (1974-10-27)
29 4 "Troubled Waters" Ben Gazzara Teleplay: William Driskill
Story: Jackson Gillis and William Driskill
98 minutes February 9, 1975 (1975-02-09)
30 5 "Playback" Bernard L. Kowalski David P. Lewis & Booker T. Bradshaw 73 minutes March 2, 1975 (1975-03-02)
31 6 "A Deadly State of Mind" Harvey Hart Peter S. Fischer 73 minutes April 27, 1975 (1975-04-27)


Season 5[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 5)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
32 1 "Forgotten Lady" Harvey Hart Bill Driskill 85 minutes September 14, 1975 (1975-09-14)
33 2 "A Case of Immunity" Ted Post Teleplay: Lou Shaw
Story: James Menzies
73 minutes October 12, 1975 (1975-10-12)
34 3 "Identity Crisis" Patrick McGoohan Bill Driskill 98 minutes November 2, 1975 (1975-11-02)
35 4 "A Matter of Honor" Ted Post Brad Radnitz 73 minutes February 1, 1976 (1976-02-01)
36 5 "Now You See Him..." Harvey Hart Michael Sloan 85 minutes February 29, 1976 (1976-02-29)
37 6 "Last Salute to the Commodore" Patrick McGoohan Jackson Gillis 98 minutes May 2, 1976 (1976-05-02)


Season 6[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 6)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
38 1 "Fade in to Murder" Bernard L. Kowalski Teleplay: Lou Shaw and Peter S. Feibleman
Story: Henry Garson
73 minutes October 10, 1976 (1976-10-10)
39 2 "Old Fashioned Murder" Robert Douglas Teleplay: Peter S. Feibleman
Story: Lawrence Vail
73 minutes November 28, 1976 (1976-11-28)
40 3 "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case" Sam Wanamaker Robert Malcolm Young 73 minutes May 22, 1977 (1977-05-22)


Season 7[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 7)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
41 1 "Try and Catch Me" James Frawley Teleplay: Gene Thompson & Paul Tuckahoe
Story: Gene Thompson
73 minutes November 21, 1977 (1977-11-21)
42 2 "Murder Under Glass" Jonathan Demme Robert van Scoyk 73 minutes January 30, 1978 (1978-01-30)
43 3 "Make Me a Perfect Murder" James Frawley Robert Blees 98 minutes February 28, 1978 (1978-02-28)
44 4 "How to Dial a Murder" James Frawley Teleplay: Tom Lazarus
Story: Anthony Lawrence
73 minutes April 15, 1978 (1978-04-15)
45 5 "The Conspirators" Leo Penn Howard Berk
Based on an Idea by: Pat Robison
98 minutes May 13, 1978 (1978-05-13)


The ABC years (1989–2003)[edit]

Season 8[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 8)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Airdate
46 1 "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" Leo Penn William Read Woodfield February 6, 1989 (1989-02-06)
47 2 "Murder, Smoke and Shadows" James Frawley Richard Alan Simmons February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)
48 3 "Sex and the Married Detective" James Frawley Jerry Ludwig April 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)
49 4 "Grand Deceptions" Sam Wanamaker Sy Salkowitz May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)


Season 9[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 9)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Airdate
50 1 "Murder: A Self Portrait" James Frawley Robert Sherman November 25, 1989 (1989-11-25)
51 2 "Columbo Cries Wolf" Daryl Duke William Read Woodfield January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)
52 3 "Agenda for Murder" Patrick McGoohan Jeffrey Bloom February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
53 4 "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo" Vincent McEveety Peter S. Fischer March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
54 5 "Uneasy Lies the Crown" Alan J. Levi Steven Bochco April 28, 1990 (1990-04-28)
55 6 "Murder in Malibu" Walter Grauman Jackson Gillis May 14, 1990 (1990-05-14)


Season 10 and specials[edit]

Main article: Columbo (season 10)
Episode No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Airdate
56 1 "Columbo Goes to College" E.W. Swackhamer Teleplay: Jeffrey Bloom
Story: Jeffrey Bloom and Frederick King Keller
December 9, 1990 (1990-12-09)
57 2 "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" Daryl Duke Sonia Wolf, Patricia Ford and April Raynell February 20, 1991 (1991-02-20)
58 3 "Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star" Alan J. Levi William Read Woodfield April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
59 4 "Death Hits the Jackpot" Vincent McEveety Jeffrey Bloom December 15, 1991 (1991-12-15)
60 5 "No Time to Die" Alan J. Levi Teleplay: Robert van Scoyk
Story: Ed McBain
March 15, 1992 (1992-03-15)
61 6 "A Bird in the Hand..." Vincent McEveety Jackson Gillis November 22, 1992 (1992-11-22)
62 7 "It's All in the Game" Vincent McEveety Peter Falk October 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)
63 8 "Butterfly in Shades of Grey" Dennis Dugan Peter S. Fischer January 10, 1994 (1994-01-10)
64 9 "Undercover" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Gerry Day
Story: Ed McBain
May 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)
65 10 "Strange Bedfellows" Vincent McEveety Lawrence Vail May 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)
66 11 "A Trace of Murder" Vincent McEveety Charles Kipps May 15, 1997 (1997-05-15)
67 12 "Ashes to Ashes" Patrick McGoohan Jeffrey Hatcher October 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)
68 13 "Murder With Too Many Notes" Patrick McGoohan Teleplay: Jeffrey Cava and Patrick McGoohan
Story: Jeffrey Cava
March 12, 2001 (2001-03-12)
69 14 "Columbo Likes the Nightlife" Jeffrey Reiner Michael Alaimo January 30, 2003 (2003-01-30)


Repeat offenders[edit]

Here is a list of the actors who starred as murderers in more than one episode.

  • Patrick McGoohan starred in 4 episodes as the murderer: By Dawn's Early Light (Emmy Award) (1974), Identity Crisis (1975), Agenda for Murder (Emmy Award) (1990), and Ashes to Ashes (1998).
  • Jack Cassidy starred in 3 episodes as the murderer: Murder by the Book (1971), Publish or Perish (1974), and Now You See Him... (1976).
  • Robert Culp starred in 3 episodes as the murderer: Death Lends a Hand (1971), The Most Crucial Game (1972), and Double Exposure (1973). Also starred in 1 episode as the Father of the murderer. "Columbo goes to College" (1990) as Jordan Rowe, father to Justin Rowe.
  • George Hamilton starred in 2 episodes as the murderer: A Deadly State of Mind (1975), and Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991).
  • William Shatner starred in 2 episodes as the murderer: Fade in to Murder (1976) and Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1994).

Index of killers by episode[edit]

Pilot episodes

Season 1 (1971–1972)

Season 2 (1972–1973)

Season 3 (1973–1974)

Season 4 (1974–1975)

Season 5 (1975–1976)

Season 6 (1976–1977)

Season 7 (1977–1978)

Season 8 (1989)

Season 9 (1989–1990)

Season 10 and specials (1990–2003)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Columbo - Complete Series DVD UK". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ UK DVD Cover shows the complete colection
  3. ^ "Columbo, saison 12 Fr". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "COLUMBO US DVD release at Universal Studio". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 184. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  6. ^ Britton, Wesley Alan (2004). Spy Television. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 110. ISBN 9780275981631. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Kim, Victoria (May 28, 2009). "Relatives Fight For Control of 'Columbo' Star Peter Falk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ "ABC MYSTERY MOVIE, THE: COLUMBO: COLUMBO GOES TO THE GUILLOTINE (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "COLUMBO: REST IN PEACE MRS. COLUMBO {ABC SATURDAY MYSTERY} (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ There is a Wikipedia article in Danish about him that can be translated automatically by Google Translate.
  11. ^ "COLUMBO: CAUTION: MURDER CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH {ABC MOVIE SPECIAL} (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE: COLUMBO: NO TIME TO DIE (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE: COLUMBO: IT'S ALL IN THE GAME (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "ABC THURSDAY NIGHT MOVIE: COLUMBO: TRACE OF MURDER (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: COLUMBO: MURDER WITH TOO MANY NOTES {TAPE 1 OF 2} (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "ABC THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: COLUMBO: COLUMBO LIKES THE NIGHTLIFE (TV)". The Paley Center For Media. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Dawidziak, Mark (1989). The Columbo phile : a casebook. New York: Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0-89296-984-5.