The Best 'Columbo' Episodes

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Vote for your favorite Columbo episodes, no matter how popular they are.

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.


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  • Any Old Port In A Storm
    October 07, 1973
    1,403 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 2
    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
  • Murder By The Book
    September 15, 1971
    1,248 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 3
    • Series: Columbo
    One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better writer decides to go solo.
  • Now You See Him

    Now You See Him

    February 29, 1976
    1,124 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 5
    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. ...more
  • Negative Reaction
    October 15, 1974
    934 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Series: Columbo
    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
  • A Friend In Deed
    May 05, 1974
    980 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Series: Columbo
    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.
  • A Stitch In Crime
    February 11, 1973
    923 votes
    • Season: Columbo - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 6
    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.