1971 - 2003, Crime
A Los Angeles detective solves murder cases.
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Episode Guide

  • Columbo - Columbo Likes the Nightlife (Season 10 Episode 14)
    Season 10 Episode 14:

    Columbo Likes the Nightlife

    The detective investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter who had information about a rave promoter and an actress.

  • Columbo - Murder with Too Many Notes (Season 10 Episode 13)
    Season 10 Episode 13:

    Murder with Too Many Notes

    A police detective investigates the death of an up-and-coming musician who was ghostwriting for a film composer.

  • Columbo - Ashes to Ashes (Season 10 Episode 12)
    Season 10 Episode 12:

    Ashes to Ashes

    The inimitable cop must prove that a flamboyant Hollywood gossip reporter was murdered by her former lover.

  • Columbo - A Trace of Murder (Season 10 Episode 11)
    Season 10 Episode 11:

    A Trace of Murder

    Columbo matches wits with a forensics specialist, helping his girlfriend to frame her husband for a stock broker's murder.

  • Columbo - Strange Bedfellows (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    Strange Bedfellows

    A mobster pressures a police detective who is investigating two murders linked to horse racing.

  • Columbo - Undercover (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:


    The disheveled detective sets out to solve an unusual double murder in which two men have apparently killed each other.

  • Columbo - Butterfly in Shades of Grey (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Butterfly in Shades of Grey

    A radio talk-show host kills a man who likes his foster daughter and he makes Lt. Columbo work to prove it.

  • Columbo - It's All in the Game (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    It's All in the Game

    Two women kill their two-timing lover but have solid alibis; one of the women tries to seduce Columbo to keep him off her trail.

  • Columbo - A Bird in the Hand... (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    A Bird in the Hand...

    A police detective handles three homicides around a football-team owner's wife and gambling nephew.

  • Columbo - No Time to Die (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    No Time to Die

    Columbo attends his nephew's wedding and as the couple get ready to leave on their honeymoon, the bride disappears; Columbo investigates and suspects his nephew may have made a few enemies on the police force.

  • Columbo - Death Hits the Jackpot (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Death Hits the Jackpot

    A police detective questions a jewelry-store owner whose late nephew had a winning lottery ticket.

  • Columbo - Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star

    Columbo is put to the test against an equally brilliant, criminal defence lawyer who murders his rock star girlfriend.

  • Columbo - Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    The smug host of a TV crime show kills his rival and throws up a smoke screen to police Lt. Columbo.

  • Columbo - Columbo Goes to College (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Columbo Goes to College

    The rumpled lieutenant is invited to give a college lecture on criminology but ends up investigating the murder of one of the institution's professors.

  • Columbo - Murder in Malibu (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Murder in Malibu

    The detective believes a gigolo who confessed to killing a romance novelist is actually innocent.

  • Columbo - Uneasy Lies the Crown (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Uneasy Lies the Crown

    A dentist frames his wife for a murder in order to keep up his image and expensive lifestyle.

  • Columbo - Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo

    When a crooked estate agent dies in prison, his widow vows to exact her revenge on the two men that put him there. After killing her husband's informing boss, she sets her sights on Lieutenant Columbo.

  • Columbo - Agenda for Murder (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Agenda for Murder

    The disheveled detective investigates the apparent suicide of a notorious racketeer who was facing an indictment.

  • Columbo - Columbo Cries Wolf (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Columbo Cries Wolf

    Scotland Yard needs Lt. Columbo's help on a case concerning a men's magazine and murder.

  • Columbo - Murder, a Self Portrait (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Murder, a Self Portrait

    Homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo investigates the murder of a famous painter's ex-wife.

  • Columbo - Grand Deceptions (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Grand Deceptions

    The detective is called in to investigate the death of a sergeant major at a training camp.

  • Columbo - Sex and the Married Detective (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Sex and the Married Detective

    Police Lt. Columbo humors a famous radio sex therapist who he thinks has killed her lover.

  • Columbo - Murder, Smoke and Shadows (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Murder, Smoke and Shadows

    Police Lt. Columbo sees malice in a hotshot young filmmaker known for his special effects.

  • Columbo - Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Columbo Goes to the Guillotine

    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.

  • Columbo - The Conspirators (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    The Conspirators

    An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.

  • Columbo - How to Dial a Murder (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    How to Dial a Murder

    Columbo suspects a psychologist (Nicol Williamson), a noted expert in mind control, is guilty of murder.

  • Columbo - Make Me a Perfect Murder (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Make Me a Perfect Murder

    A detective suspects that a TV-network executive murdered her boss/lover when he failed to promote her.

  • Columbo - Murder Under Glass (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Murder Under Glass

    Columbo investigates the murder of a gourmet restaurant owner who had been the victim of an extortionist.

  • Columbo - Try & Catch Me (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Try & Catch Me

    A mystery writer uses her plot as a guide to murder her nephew, whom she blames for her niece's death.

  • Columbo - The Bye-Bye Sky-High IQ Murder Case (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    The Bye-Bye Sky-High IQ Murder Case

    An accountant, embezzling to support his wife's lifestyle, murders his partner after the man discovers his crimes.

  • Columbo - Old-Fashioned Murder (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Old-Fashioned Murder

    The curator (Joyce Van Patten) of a strapped family-owned museum stages a robbery, for insurance, then murders to hide her crime; guests Celeste Holm, Tim O'Connor.

  • Columbo - Fade In to Murder (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Fade In to Murder

    An egotistic TV detective matches wits with Columbo after murdering his producer, a former lover and current blackmailer.

  • Columbo - Last Salute to the Commodore (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Last Salute to the Commodore

    Lt. Columbo's prime suspect in the case of a drowned yacht magnate also turns up dead.

  • Columbo - Now You See Him (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Now You See Him

    A magician claims an airtight alibi -- being sealed in a tank of water -- in the murder of a blackmailing associate.

  • Columbo - A Matter of Honor (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    A Matter of Honor

    A retired bullfighter credited with saving a young man from a bull arranges the death of the boy's father to protect his own reputation.

  • Columbo - Identity Crisis (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Identity Crisis

    A cunning advertising consultant leading a double life as a spy tries to cover up the details of a homicide.

  • Columbo - A Case of Immunity (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    A Case of Immunity

    A foreign dignitary murders his rival then disguises the crime as part of a robbery blamed on college protesters.

  • Columbo - Forgotten Lady (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Forgotten Lady

    A retired actress/dancer stages her wealthy husband's suicide after he refuses to finance her Broadway comeback.

  • Columbo - A Deadly State of Mind (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    A Deadly State of Mind

    A psychiatrist (George Hamilton) romances a wealthy patient (Lesley Ann Warren) then uses her in his alibi after killing her husband (Stephen Elliott).

  • Columbo - Playback (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    After killing his mother-in-law, an electronics magnate's alibi is a video security system.

  • Columbo - Troubled Waters (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Troubled Waters

    Columbo's Mexico cruise is disrupted when an automobile executive kills his blackmailing lover, the ship's singer, then frames a musician.

  • Columbo - By Dawn's Early Light (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    By Dawn's Early Light

    A military-academy commandant murders to protect his career and prevent his school's conversion to a coed junior college.

  • Columbo - Negative Reaction (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Negative Reaction

    A prominent photographer hatches a scheme to cover up his wife's murder with a phony kidnapping plot.

  • Columbo - An Exercise in Fatality (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    An Exercise in Fatality

    Lt. Columbo keeps a close watch on a physical-fitness fanatic suspected of murdering his business partner.

  • Columbo - A Friend in Deed (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    A Friend in Deed

    A man murders his wife and has a friend cover up the act with a burglary, only to have the friend blackmail him into doing the same favor in return.

  • Columbo - Swan Song (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Swan Song

    A gospel singer kills his evangelist wife when she denies him more money and threatens blackmail.

  • Columbo - Mind Over Mayhem (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Mind Over Mayhem

    A prodigy and his robot help investigate the murder of a professor who threatened to disgrace a colleague's scientist son.

  • Columbo - Publish or Perish (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Publish or Perish

    An enraged publisher hires a gunman to kill an author who intends to sign a contract with a competitor.

  • Columbo - Double Exposure (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Double Exposure

    A motivational researcher blackmails to further his career, kills a man, then frames the victim's wife.

  • Columbo - Candidate for a Crime (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Candidate for a Crime

    A senatorial candidate exploits death threats, fabricated for publicity, to kill his manager.

  • Columbo - Any Old Port in a Storm (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Any Old Port in a Storm

    A wine connoisseur kills his playboy brother to prevent his selling the family winery to expiate his latest scandal.

  • Columbo - Lovely but Lethal (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Lovely but Lethal

    A cosmetics manufacturer is suspected of murdering an employee (Martin Sheen) who stole a wrinkle-removing formula.

  • Columbo - Double Shock (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Double Shock

    Twins (Martin Landau in a dual role) kill their wealthy uncle just before his marriage to a younger woman.

  • Columbo - The Most Dangerous Match (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Most Dangerous Match

    An American chess champion plays a private match with his challenger and kills him because the man is a better player.

  • Columbo - A Stitch in Crime (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    A Stitch in Crime

    A surgeon kills a nurse who suspects him of intentionally botching the heart surgery of his colleague, a cardiac expert.

  • Columbo - Requiem for a Falling Star (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Requiem for a Falling Star

    The ongoing feud between an out-of-favor Hollywood actress and a gossip columnist results in murder. Guest star: Anne Baxter.

  • Columbo - Dagger of the Mind (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Dagger of the Mind

    Columbo journeys to London to observe Scotland Yard, but winds up investigating murders committed by two Shakespearean actors.

  • Columbo - The Most Crucial Game (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Most Crucial Game

    A football-team manager (Robert Culp) establishes an electronic alibi for the murder of the team owner (Dean Stockwell) during a game; guests Valerie Harper, Susan Howard, James Gregory, Dean Jagger.

  • Columbo - The Greenhouse Jungle (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Greenhouse Jungle

    A botanical collector involves his nephew in a kidnapping to break a trust fund, then murders him to finance his hobby.

  • Columbo - Etude in Black (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Etude in Black

    The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.

  • Columbo - Blueprint for Murder (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Blueprint for Murder

    At tremendous expense to the city, Columbo excavates the area surrounding the newly poured foundation of a building to search for a corpse.

  • Columbo - Short Fuse (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Short Fuse

    An explosion kills an executive as he calls his wife from a car phone, and suspicion falls on a company attorney.

  • Columbo - Lady in Waiting (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Lady in Waiting

    Bitter sibling competition for control of a family-owned corporation escalates into murder.

  • Columbo - Suitable for Framing (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Suitable for Framing

    Evidence points to an innocent woman after an art critic and his protege murder an uncle to inherit a collection.

  • Columbo - Dead Weight (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Dead Weight

    No body, no weapon and a witness courted by the war hero she thinks committed murder, complicate a case.

  • Columbo - Death Lends a Hand (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Death Lends a Hand

    Columbo investigates the case of an unfaithful wife who was murdered when she refused to be blackmailed.

  • Columbo - Murder by the Book (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Murder by the Book

    A blackmailer interferes with a mystery writer's plan to kill his former partner in a perfect crime. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

  • Columbo - Ransom for a Dead Man (Episode 238)
    Episode 238:

    Ransom for a Dead Man

  • Columbo - Double Shock (Episode 206)
    Episode 206:

    Double Shock

    Twins (Martin Landau in a dual role) kill their wealthy uncle just before his marriage to a younger woman.

  • Columbo - How to Dial a Murder (Episode 136)
    Episode 136:

    How to Dial a Murder

    Columbo suspects a psychologist (Nicol Williamson), a noted expert in mind control, is guilty of murder.

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