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Columbo

IMDB Logo8.2/10
Drama Mystery 7+1971 - 200310 SeasonsSeries EndedOn: Rent or Buy Only Tags: Police 

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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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Prescription: Murder

S01 E01

Feb 20, 1968
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Ransom for a Dead Man

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Mar 1, 1971
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Murder by the Book

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Sep 15, 1971
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Death Lends a Hand

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Oct 6, 1971
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Dead Weight

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Oct 27, 1971
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Dead Weight Oct 27, 1971 A famous general kills a business associate, then woos a neurotic female witness to thwart Columbo's investigation.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Suitable for Framing

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Nov 17, 1971
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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?

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Season 01, Episode 07 Lady in Waiting

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Dec 15, 1971
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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.

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Season 2

Season 02, Episode 01 Étude in Black

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Sep 17, 1972
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 02 The Greenhouse Jungle

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Oct 15, 1972
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 03 The Most Crucial Game

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Nov 5, 1972
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Dagger of the Mind

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Nov 26, 1972
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Requiem for a Falling Star

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Jan 21, 1973
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 06 A Stitch in Crime

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Feb 11, 1973
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 07 The Most Dangerous Match

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Mar 4, 1973
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The Most Dangerous Match Mar 4, 1973 A chess grandmaster disposes of the champion, who keeps coming back on him.

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Season 3

Season 03, Episode 01 Lovely But Lethal

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Sep 23, 1973
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Any Old Port in a Storm

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Oct 7, 1973
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Candidate for Crime

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Nov 4, 1973
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Double Exposure

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Dec 16, 1973
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Double Exposure Dec 16, 1973 A film maker kills one of his clients. in a break, during the screening of a new ad campaign

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Season 03, Episode 05 Publish or Perish

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Jan 18, 1974
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 06 Mind Over Mayhem

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Feb 18, 1974
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Swan Song

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Mar 3, 1974
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Swan Song Mar 3, 1974 A Country and Western singer kills his overpowering wife in a plane crash while he parachutes to safety.

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Season 4

Season 04, Episode 01 An Exercise in Fatality

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Sep 15, 1974
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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

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Season 04, Episode 02 Negative Reaction

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Oct 15, 1974
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 03 By Dawn's Early Light

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Oct 27, 1974
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Troubled Waters

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Feb 9, 1975
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 05 Playback

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Mar 2, 1975
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 06 A Deadly State of Mind

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Apr 27, 1975
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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.

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Season 5

Season 05, Episode 01 Forgotten Lady

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Sep 14, 1975
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Forgotten Lady Sep 14, 1975 A fading actress kills her husband when he refuses to back her comeback show.

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Season 05, Episode 02 A Case of Immunity

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Oct 12, 1975
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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.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Identity Crisis

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Nov 2, 1975
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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.

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Season 05, Episode 04 A Matter of Honor

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Feb 1, 1976
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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?

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Season 05, Episode 05 Now You See Him

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Feb 29, 1976
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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.

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Season 05, Episode 06 Last Salute to the Commodore

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Mar 2, 1976
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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.

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Season 6

Season 06, Episode 01 Fade in to Murder

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Oct 10, 1976
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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.

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Season 06, Episode 02 Old Fashioned Murder

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Nov 28, 1976
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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.

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Season 06, Episode 03 The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case

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May 22, 1977
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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.

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Season 7

Season 07, Episode 01 Try and Catch Me

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Nov 21, 1977
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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.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Murder Under Glass

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Jan 30, 1978
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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?

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Season 07, Episode 03 Make Me a Perfect Murder

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Feb 28, 1978
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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.

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Season 07, Episode 04 How To Dial A Murder

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Apr 15, 1978
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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.

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Season 07, Episode 05 The Conspirators

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May 13, 1978
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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.

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Season 8

Season 08, Episode 01 Columbo Goes to the Guillotine

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Feb 6, 1989
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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.

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Season 08, Episode 02 Murder, Smoke and Shadows

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Feb 27, 1989
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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.

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Season 08, Episode 03 Sex and the Married Detective

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Apr 3, 1989
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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.

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Season 08, Episode 04 Grand Deceptions

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May 1, 1989
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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.

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Season 9

Season 09, Episode 01 Murder, a Self Portrait

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Nov 25, 1989
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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.

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Season 09, Episode 02 Columbo Cries Wolf

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Jan 20, 1990
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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.

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Season 09, Episode 03 Agenda for Murder

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Feb 10, 1990
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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.

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Season 09, Episode 04 Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo

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Mar 31, 1990
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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.

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Season 09, Episode 05 Uneasy Lies the Crown

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Apr 28, 1990
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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.

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Season 09, Episode 06 Murder in Malibu

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May 14, 1990
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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.

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Season 10

Season 10, Episode 01 Columbo Goes to College

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Dec 9, 1990
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 02 Murder can be Hazardous to Your Health

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Feb 20, 1991
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 03 Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star

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Apr 29, 1991
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 04 Death Hits the Jackpot

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Oct 31, 1993
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 05 No Time to Die

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Jan 10, 1994
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 06 A Bird in the Hand

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May 2, 1994
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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.

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Season 10, Episode 07 It's All in the Game

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Oct 31, 1993
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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.

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