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The Best 'Columbo' Episodes

Updated March 10, 2020 55.1k votes 5.4k voters 221.4k views69 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
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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...
  • 2
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    Wine producer Adrian Carsini discovers that his younger brother Enrico plans to sell the...  more
  • 3
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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...  more
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    Brilliant photographer Paul Galesko plans to murder his domineering wife, Frances, and pin...  more
  • 5
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    One member of a mystery-writing-team decides to kill his more talented partner when the better...  more
  • 6
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    A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail...  more
  • 7
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    Columbo's first mystery pits him against a cheating doctor out to get rid of his wife in favor...  more
  • 8
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    Leonard Nimoy plays a heart surgeon whose talents turn to murder. Stung by jealousy, he's...  more
  • 9
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    A Friend In Deed

    May 05 1974
    A police commissioner provides an alibi to a friend who has just killed his wife. Later the...  more
  • 10
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    452

    Swan Song

    Mar 03 1974
    A Country and Western singer kills his overpowering wife in a plane crash while he parachutes...  more
  • 11
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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...  more
  • 12
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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...  more
  • 13
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    Playback

    Mar 02 1975
    An inventor video tapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security...  more
  • 14
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    An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All...  more
  • 15
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    The manager of a football team kills the team's owner, disguising himself as an ice cream...  more
  • 16
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    Candidate For Crime

    Nov 04 1973
    A Senate Candidate running for office kills his campaign manager by making it look like he was...
  • 17
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    A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like...  more
  • 18
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    The head of a military school kills one of the governors by sabotaging the gun which is used...  more
  • 19
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    Lt. Columbo is invited as guest speaker in a Criminology course and squares off against two...  more
  • 20
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    A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author and thus give himself an alibi before...  more
  • 21
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    An architect kills his business partner and deliberately lets Columbo suspect him, leading...  more
  • 22
    552
    373

    Identity Crisis

    Nov 02 1975
    A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact, but the killer has been photographed...  more
  • 23
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    The Conspirators

    May 13 1978
    An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms...  more
  • 24
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    Columbo:Troubled Waters is a 1975 crime/drama TV film written by William Driskill and directed...  more
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    A famous food critic is threatened by a restaurant owner, and so the critic leaves. Soon...  more