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List of Columbo Episodes


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 seasons 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

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

Episodes

Before Peter Falk

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)

Pilot episodes

Episode Title Directed by Written by Length Airdate
1 "Prescription: Murder" Richard IrvingRichard Levinson & William Link
Based on their Play
98 minutesFebruary 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 IrvingTeleplay: Dean Hargrove
Story: Richard Levinson & William Link
98 minutesMarch 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

Main article: Columbo (season 1)

Columbo (season 1)

Season 2

Main article: Columbo (season 2)

Columbo (season 2)

Season 3

Main article: Columbo (season 3)

Columbo (season 3)

Season 4

Main article: Columbo (season 4)

Columbo (season 4)

Season 5

Main article: Columbo (season 5)

Columbo (season 5)

Season 6

Main article: Columbo (season 6)

Columbo (season 6)

Season 7

Main article: Columbo (season 7)

Columbo (season 7)

The ABC Years (1989–2003)

Season 8

Main article: Columbo (season 8)

Columbo (season 8)

Season 9

Main article: Columbo (season 9)

Columbo (season 9)

Season 10 and specials

Main article: Columbo (season 10)

Columbo (season 10)

Repeat Offenders

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

Index of Killers by Episode

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

References

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