Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for indictment. His formidable eye for detail and meticulously dedicated approach often become clear to the killer only late in the storyline.Columbo featuring Peter Falk has one or more episodes available for purchase on Prime Video. It's a crime and drama show with 69 episodes over 10 seasons. Columbo is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 8.2 (21,203 votes).
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S01 E01Feb 20, 1968
Prescription: Murder Feb 20, 1968 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.
S01 E02Mar 1, 1971
Ransom for a Dead Man Mar 1, 1971 When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her.
S01 E03Sep 15, 1971
Murder by the Book Sep 15, 1971 One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better writer decides to go solo.
S01 E04Oct 6, 1971
Death Lends a Hand Oct 6, 1971 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.
S01 E05Oct 27, 1971
Dead Weight Oct 27, 1971 A famous general kills a business associate, then woos a neurotic female witness to thwart Columbo's investigation.
S01 E06Nov 17, 1971
Suitable for Framing Nov 17, 1971 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?
S01 E07Dec 15, 1971
Lady in Waiting Dec 15, 1971 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.
S02 E01Sep 17, 1972
Étude in Black Sep 17, 1972 The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.
S02 E02Oct 15, 1972
The Greenhouse Jungle Oct 15, 1972 Jarvis Goodland, along with his nephew, plan a kidnap scam to break the nephews trust fund, but after the money has been collected, Jarvis kills his partner.
S02 E03Nov 5, 1972
The Most Crucial Game Nov 5, 1972 The manager of a football team kills the team's owner, disguising himself as an ice cream vendor as a cover. He then uses a recording of a faked phone call as an alibi to prove he was elsewhere at the time of the murder.
S02 E04Nov 26, 1972
Dagger of the Mind Nov 26, 1972 While on a work trip to London, to learn the techniques of the British police, Columbo gets involved with the murder of Roger Haversham, a rich old businessman who is financing the careers of two rundown theater stars. When Sir Roger threatens to end their careers, because he felt betrayed, he's killed. A short while after, his butler figures out the motives for his master's murder, and blackmails the actors, who have no other choice than to kill him and make it look like he commited suicide due to remorse, because he murdered his employer. Columbo stills manages to catch both the murderers, with the help of a pearl and a new umbrella.
S02 E05Jan 21, 1973
Requiem for a Falling Star Jan 21, 1973 A fading movie star tries to murder a writer who is attempting to blackmail her, but accidentally kills her P.A.
S02 E06Feb 11, 1973
A Stitch in Crime Feb 11, 1973 Leonard Nimoy plays a heart surgeon whose talents turn to murder. Stung by jealousy, he's planning a surgical death for his brilliant but ailing associate. Will Geer plays the intended victim.
S02 E07Mar 4, 1973
The Most Dangerous Match Mar 4, 1973 A chess grandmaster disposes of the champion, who keeps coming back on him.
S03 E01Sep 23, 1973
Lovely But Lethal Sep 23, 1973 Viveca Scott, the founder of Beauty Mark Cosmetics, is being threatened by her rival David Lang. When he finds out that her revolutionary cream formula actually removes wrinkles, he has the formula pirated.
S03 E02Oct 7, 1973
Any Old Port in a Storm Oct 7, 1973 Wine producer Adrian Carsini discovers that his younger brother Enrico plans to sell the family vineyards to pay his playboy-life debts, and sets out to murder him. He locks him in a wine vault and turns off the air and conditioning, then drags the body out to the ocean and makes it look like Enrico died during a scuba-diving accident. Columbo is suspicious of the contradictions that show up in the autopsy, and soon realizes that Adrian is the murderer. The final clue is the wine that was spoiled when the vault's air conditioning was turned off. Only Adrian could tell the difference, so Columbo secretly gets him to sample the wine and declare it unfit. Once Adrian realizes his wines were ruined, he is forced to throw them over a cliff, as Columbo looks on. In the end, Columbo takes in a relieved Adrian, confessing that Carsini is one of the few killers he was reluctant to bring in.
S03 E03Nov 4, 1973
Candidate for Crime Nov 4, 1973 A Senate Candidate running for office kills his campaign manager by making it look like he was the target for the killer's bullet.
S03 E04Dec 16, 1973
Double Exposure Dec 16, 1973 A film maker kills one of his clients. in a break, during the screening of a new ad campaign
S03 E05Jan 18, 1974
Publish or Perish Jan 18, 1974 A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.
S03 E06Feb 18, 1974
Mind Over Mayhem Feb 18, 1974 Dr. Marshal Cahill, head of a think tank, is forced to protect his plagarizing son by killing the professor, Nichols, who discovered the plagarized information. Cahill programs a robot to take his place during a war game exercise that he runs from an isolated room, then fakes a hit-and-run accident on Nichols and plants evidence to make it look like a drug theft gone awry.The first thing Columbo notices upon arrival is a match burned down to the base - something Columbo knows well because it's how you light a cigar. And Dr. Cahill is the only other cigar smoker around. There are a lot of other little things that Columbo notices as well, and with the help of a child prodigy he discovers how Cahill used the robot to provide himself with an alibi. But without one major clue, Columbo arrests the son to force Cahill, who was willing to kill for his son, to confess his crime to protect the boy.
S03 E07Mar 3, 1974
Swan Song Mar 3, 1974 A Country and Western singer kills his overpowering wife in a plane crash while he parachutes to safety.
S04 E01Sep 15, 1974
An Exercise in Fatality Sep 15, 1974 A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident
S04 E02Oct 15, 1974
Negative Reaction Oct 15, 1974 Brilliant photographer Paul Galesko plans to murder his domineering wife, Frances,and pin the crime on an ex-convict named Alvin Deschler. His plan is to make it look as if Alvin kidnapped his wife and killed her before picking up the ransom money.
S04 E03Oct 27, 1974
By Dawn's Early Light Oct 27, 1974 The head of a military school kills one of the governors by sabotaging the gun which is used on founders day.
S04 E04Feb 9, 1975
Troubled Waters Feb 9, 1975 While holidaying on board a cruise liner, Columbo helps capture the killer of the singer with the ship's band.
S04 E05Mar 2, 1975
Playback Mar 2, 1975 An inventor video tapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, to give himself an alibi.
S04 E06Apr 27, 1975
A Deadly State of Mind Apr 27, 1975 A doctor kills the husband of the woman,he is having an affair with. but is seen leaving the house by a witness who is happens to be blind.
S05 E01Sep 14, 1975
Forgotten Lady Sep 14, 1975 A fading actress kills her husband when he refuses to back her comeback show.
S05 E02Oct 12, 1975
A Case of Immunity Oct 12, 1975 An ambassador from Suari and his code clerk kill the chief of security in an attempt to make it look like the chief was a traitor, who blew up the legation safe and stole £600.000 on behalf of a dissident group. But Columbo gets suspicious. He just have problem crushing the ambassador's alibi. And then, when the code clerk turns up dead, the ambassador has an alibi again. But even if Colombo could rock the two alibis, there is always the immunity problem.
S05 E03Nov 2, 1975
Identity Crisis Nov 2, 1975 A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact, but the killer has been photographed beforehand walking with the victim.
S05 E04Feb 1, 1976
A Matter of Honor Feb 1, 1976 The owner of a bull ranch in Mexico gives his workers the day off, and then talks his number one man into fighting the bull who nearly killed his son. But instead he shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, and lets the bull kill him. Colombo, who is on vacation in Mexico, gets dragged into this case by an admiring colleague, but he has trouble convincing the Mexicans that the accident is really homicide. And how do you prove that the bull is a murder weapon?
S05 E05Feb 29, 1976
Now You See Him Feb 29, 1976 Master magician the great Santini is amazing audiences at the Cabaret of Magic. What they don’t know is that Santini hopes to pull of the grandest illusion of his career - making club owner Jesse T. Jerome disappear. The crude Jerome is the only person who knows that Santini was a Nazi death camp guard named Stefan Mueller, He has been blackmailing the magician since learning his dark secret.
S05 E06Mar 2, 1976
Last Salute to the Commodore Mar 2, 1976 The family and friends of brilliant naval architect Commodore Otis Swanson havegathered for the company’s annual party. The commodore, however, has become increasingly discontented with the way his son-in-law, Charles Clay, has developed the shipbuilding firm into a vast, impersonal corporation. He is tired of being surrounded by freeloaders like his alcoholic daughter, Joanna, his irresponsible nephew,Swanny, and of course, Charles. The only man he respects is Wayne Taylor, the head of the boatyard. In fact, the Commodore intends to sell the company. That night, Charles is wiping clean the belaying pin used to bash the Commodore’s skull.
S06 E01Oct 10, 1976
Fade in to Murder Oct 10, 1976 Ward Fowler, who plays debonair television detective Lieutenant Lucerne, has a reputation for being a difficult actor. His series is a hit, however, so the network and studio executives again and again capitulate to his demands. Although separated, husband and wife team Sid and Claire Daley continue to produce the Inspector Lucerne program. Claire continually advises everyone else to go along with their stars demands. Not even Sid knows that Claire is blackmailing Ward. Claire discovers Ward in Canada. She knows he deserted from the United States Army during the Korean War. If that information got out ,it would ruin Ward's career. When Claire takes a phone call in Ward's trailer, the actor overhears her saying she’ll be getting a sandwich at Tony’s Deli. Ward gets to Tony’s Deli just after Claire disguising himself with a ski mask and bulky parka he pretends to be a hold up man.
S06 E02Nov 28, 1976
Old Fashioned Murder Nov 28, 1976 The female head of a museum hires one of the guards to rob the museum to collect the insurance money. But during the robbery she kills him and her own brother, and makes it look like they killed each other. The guard/robber's brother reports a strange message on his answering machine, that makes it seem that he has been killed. And Columbo gets the case. When Columbo first comes to the crime scene, he notices that the lights are off, a gold medallion in the robber's pants, and signs that pointed to the fact that he was going abroad after the heist. And he concluded that these clues mean that someone else was involved.
S06 E03May 22, 1977
The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case May 22, 1977 Two former college friends, now partners in an accounting firm, become enemies when one realizes the other has embezzled funds. The reason for his embezzling ways is his wife, she demands nothing but the best.
S07 E01Nov 21, 1977
Try and Catch Me Nov 21, 1977 A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaiming him for her niece's murder.
S07 E02Jan 30, 1978
Murder Under Glass Jan 30, 1978 A famous food critic is threatened by a restaurant owner, and so the critic leaves. Soon after, the cook dies. Columbo's involvement is welcomed by all the other chefs in the area, but Columbo wonders why the dead restaurant owner slammed the drawers before he died. And how could the poison that killed him enter an unopened bottle without the killer even being in the room? Could it have been suicide? But then there's the cheques to a mysterious society, and the victim's calender. Can Columbo's cooking skills really match the food critic's taste?
S07 E03Feb 28, 1978
Make Me a Perfect Murder Feb 28, 1978 Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position. His assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay, feeling betrayed, decides to seek revenge.
S07 E04Apr 15, 1978
How To Dial A Murder Apr 15, 1978 A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor as his alibi while he calls his house, where his dead wife's lover is. The call serves as the first step in a conditioning reflex on the psychiatrist's dogs. The other part is the word Rosebud as uttered by the victim. When Columbo arrives on the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when police say they may have to put his dogs to death. But Columbo notices how friendly the dogs seem, and then there's the telephone that's hanging from it's hook.
S07 E05May 13, 1978
The Conspirators May 13, 1978 An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.
S08 E01Feb 6, 1989
Columbo Goes to the Guillotine Feb 6, 1989 Lt. Columbo delves into the world of magic, ESP and slight of hand as he investigates the death of a magician, and there appears to be a tie to a prodigal psychic supported by a government founded institute on parapsychology.
S08 E02Feb 27, 1989
Murder, Smoke and Shadows Feb 27, 1989 An egocentric film director resorts to his mastery of special effects to murder a vengeful friend who discovers the director's role in the movie stunt death of the friend's sister years before.
S08 E03Apr 3, 1989
Sex and the Married Detective Apr 3, 1989 A sex therapist catches her boyfriend with another woman when he thinks she is out of town. She then disguises herself and manages to kill him while in disguise, not realizing that a potential suitor saw her enter the bathroom as a dark-haired woman and exit as a blonde.
S08 E04May 1, 1989
Grand Deceptions May 1, 1989 Frank Brailie runs a private military foundation for wanabe soldiers owned by the wheelchair bound General Padget. The General has become suspicious of Frank as a great deal of money seems to be going to a Special Projects Fund. The General tells a close colleague to investigate Frank and the Special Projects Fund. Instead of reporting his fraudulent findings back to the General, he decides to blackmail Frank for some of the money, Frank agrees and starts to plan his murder.
S09 E01Nov 25, 1989
Murder, a Self Portrait Nov 25, 1989 A famous artist, Max Barsini, lives with his wife Vanessa and a beautiful live-in modelnamed Julie at his beach house/studio. Max's ex-wife Louise lives in the beach house next door. Together, these women comprise Max's own little harem. He loves them all in different ways, but, more importantly, likes to control them. In fact, Max derives a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that they all fight for his attention and are reliant upon him financially and emotionally. The competitive jealousy between the women reaches a head at the dinner table one night when Max asks each of them what they think of the other. Their answers prove the intense rivalry between the women.
S09 E02Jan 20, 1990
Columbo Cries Wolf Jan 20, 1990 Columbo is asked to investigate the disappearance of Diane Hunter, director of a men's magazine. Naturally, the prime suspect is her lover and co-editor Sean Brantley, who spends lots of time with the young girls he works with.
S09 E03Feb 10, 1990
Agenda for Murder Feb 10, 1990 Columbo matches wits with a brilliant attorney responsible for the murder of the one manwho could stifle his meteoric political career.
S09 E04Mar 31, 1990
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo Mar 31, 1990 Columbo unwittingly becomes part of a deranged woman's diabolical plot to destroy the two men she believes responsible for her husband's death in prison. After murdering one, she moves in on the other, Columbo, to kill the person closest to him, his wife.
S09 E05Apr 28, 1990
Uneasy Lies the Crown Apr 28, 1990 While investigating the death of a popular actor, Columbo must outwit a cunning dentist,who has set up his wife for a murder in order to keep up his image and expensive lifestyle.
S09 E06May 14, 1990
Murder in Malibu May 14, 1990 An ambitious womanizer, rejected by the romance novelist he planned to marry, ends the story she was writing with a gun and makes the murder look like robbery gone awry.
S10 E01Dec 9, 1990
Columbo Goes to College Dec 9, 1990 Lt. Columbo is invited as guest speaker in a Criminology course and squares off against two cunning students, who are confident they have duped the lieutenant with various leads, when their professor is found murdered.
S10 E02Feb 20, 1991
Murder can be Hazardous to Your Health Feb 20, 1991 Wade Anders, a former security expert, hosts the show Crime Alert. A rival host, news reader Bud, discovers Wade was in a porno movie and plans to tell the world then take over his show.
S10 E03Apr 29, 1991
Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star Apr 29, 1991 Lt. Columbo is pitted against an equally brilliant, nationally recognized criminal defence lawyer who murders his rock star girlfriend when he discovers she is seeing another man.
S10 E04Oct 31, 1993
Death Hits the Jackpot Oct 31, 1993 After winning a $30 million lottery, photographer Fredy Brower, who wishes to keep the money a secret from the wife who is divorcing him, arranges with his uncle, wealthy jeweler Leon Lamarr, to pretend the lottery ticket is Lamarr's, until the divorce is final. Little does Brower know his uncle is having an affair with Brower's wife. Lamarr kills Brower in order to keep the lottery winnings for himself.
S10 E05Jan 10, 1994
No Time to Die Jan 10, 1994 Columbo attends the wedding of his police officer nephew. While her husband takes a shower, the bride disappears from the bridal suite. The groom enlists Uncle Columbo's help in unraveling the case. Seems she has been kidnapped by a psychopath who intends to kill her once he consummates "their" marriage.
S10 E06May 2, 1994
A Bird in the Hand May 2, 1994 Given a deadline to pay his debts or else, chronic gambler Harold plants a bomb under the Rolls Royce of his uncle, sports magnate Big Fred. However, Big Fred is killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging that very morning, and the Rolls Royce explodes when Fred's gardener tries to move it out of the way of the TV camera crews. Just when Columbo thinks he has the goods on Harold, it is Harold who turns up dead.
S10 E07Oct 31, 1993
It's All in the Game Oct 31, 1993 Nick Franco is a violent, two-timing gigolo and his current paramour, Laura Stanton, has had enough. With the help of a young woman named Lisa, she murders her lover and sets herself up with an airtight alibi. When Columbo starts sniffing on her trail, Laura quickly works to seduce the married detective, hoping that her sex appeal will throw the usually stubborn Lieutenant off the scent.