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The Best 'Columbo' Episodes

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This list of the best Columbo episodes, is determined by voters like you. Ranking high on the best TV detectives, Columbo is also one of the best detective shows of all time. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Columbo episodes of all time are. Fans of Columbo are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Starring Peter Falk as the brilliant detective, Columbo ran for 10 seasons and is considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Consider this list your definitive guide to the best Columbo episodes. 

Just one more thing - episodes here include everything from "Murder: a Self Portrait" to "Étude in Black." What is the best Columbo episode of all time? Look below and find out.

 

  • 1
    1,189
    547

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number2

    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  ...more
  • 2
    1,101
    508

    SeasonColumbo - Season 1

    Episode Number3

    One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better writer decides to go solo.  ...more
  • 3

    Now You See Him

    Feb 29 1976
    979
    448

    SeasonColumbo - Season 5

    Episode Number5

    SeriesColumbo

    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.
  • 4
    Nov 21 1977
    749
    333

    SeasonColumbo - Season 7

    Episode Number1

    A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaiming him for her niece's murder.  ...more
  • 5
    817
    370

    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number2

    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  ...more
  • 6
    774
    348

    SeasonColumbo - Season 1

    Episode Number1

    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.  ...more
  • 7
    753
    349

    SeasonColumbo - Season 1

    Episode Number4

    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.  ...more
  • 8
    802
    378

    SeasonColumbo - Season 2

    Episode Number6

    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.  ...more
  • 9
    May 05 1974
    861
    413

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number8

    A police commissioner provides an alibi to a friend who has just killed his wife. Later the commissioner kills his own wife and gets the friend to repay the favour.  ...more
  • 10
    Mar 03 1974
    840
    418

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number7

    A Country and Western singer kills his overpowering wife in a plane crash while he parachutes to safety.  ...more
  • 11
    Dec 16 1973
    666
    331

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number4

    A film maker kills one of his clients. in a break, during the screening of a new ad campaign  ...more
  • 12
    Sep 17 1972
    616
    344

    SeasonColumbo - Season 2

    Episode Number1

    The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.  ...more
  • 13
    663
    382

    SeasonColumbo - Season 1

    Episode Number6

    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  ...more
  • 14
    Mar 02 1975
    611
    361

    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number5

    An inventor video tapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, to give himself an alibi.  ...more
  • 15
    579
    340

    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number1

    A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident  ...more
  • 16
    645
    386

    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number3

    The head of a military school kills one of the governors by sabotaging the gun which is used on founders day.  ...more
  • 17
    548
    322

    SeasonColumbo - Season 2

    Episode Number3

    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  ...more
  • 18

    Candidate For Crime

    Nov 04 1973
    579
    344

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number3

    SeriesColumbo

    A Senate Candidate running for office kills his campaign manager by making it look like he was the target for the killer's bullet.
  • 19
    574
    360

    SeasonColumbo - Season 1

    Episode Number9

    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  ...more
  • 20
    877
    583

    SeasonColumbo - Season 10

    Episode Number1

    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  ...more
  • 21
    483
    306

    SeasonColumbo - Season 3

    Episode Number5

    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.  ...more
  • 22
    Nov 02 1975
    523
    339

    SeasonColumbo - Season 5

    Episode Number3

    A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact, but the killer has been photographed beforehand walking with the victim.  ...more
  • 23
    618
    412

    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number4

    Columbo:Troubled Waters is a 1975 crime/drama TV film written by William Driskill and directed by Ben Gazzara.  ...more
  • 24
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    SeasonColumbo - Season 4

    Episode Number6

    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.  ...more
  • 25
    May 13 1978
    815
    597

    SeasonColumbo - Season 7

    Episode Number5

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