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Season 1 1968 - 1972

  • 1968-02-20T06:00:00+01:00 on ABC (US)
  • 75 mins
  • 11 hours, 15 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Crime, Mystery, Drama

Many criminals made the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide investigator with a crumpled trench-coat and a beat-up car, who certainly acted as an incompetent bumbler.

But he was so polite to every suspect, and he talked so much about his wife (who we never got to see on any episode, but who many believe later had her own show, starring Kate Mulgrew, later of Star Trek: Voyager fame) that he lulled even the shrewdest murderer into a false sense of security.

And although the audience had witnessed the murder in the beginning of each episode, it was still a surprise to see what mistakes the killers had made during the seemingly perfect murder.

9 episodes

1x01 Prescription: Murder

  • Series Premiere

    1968-02-20T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

Columbo's first mystery pits him against a cheating doctor out to get rid of his wife in favor of his young, pretty actress girlfriend.

1x02 Ransom for a Dead Man

  • 1971-03-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

A high-flying lady lawyer kills her husband for the insurance money, and tries to makes It look like a kidnapping gone wrong.

1x03 Murder by the Book

  • 1971-09-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better writer decides to go solo.

1x04 Death Lends a Hand

  • 1971-10-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail scheme. The client then hires the detective to assist Columbo in the search for the killer.

1x05 Dead Weight

  • 1971-10-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

A famous general kills a business associate, then woos a neurotic female witness to thwart Columbo's investigation.

1x06 Suitable for Framing

  • 1971-11-17T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man's first wife. Can Columbo correct the Lieutenant's error before it is too late?

1x07 Lady in Waiting

  • 1971-12-15T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

A woman shoots her overbearing brother, claiming she thought he was a burglar. Columbo doesn't buy the self-defense claim - he know's it's murder

1x08 Short Fuse

  • 1972-01-19T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

A chemist rigs a bomb in his uncle's car to gain control of his uncle's company, then plants clues to make Columbo suspicious of the company's Vice-President.

1x09 Blueprint for Murder

  • 1972-02-09T06:00:00+01:00 — 75 mins

An architect kills his business partner and deliberately lets Columbo suspect him, leading Columbo to think that he's hidden the body in the foundation of a building under construction. He plans to let Columbo dig up the site and find nothing, knowing that its the perfect place to hide the body since Columbo would never look in the same place twice.