19 Facts About Columbo


Columbo is an American crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Columbo then aired less frequently on ABC from 1989 to 2003.

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Columbo is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his rumpled beige raincoat, unassuming demeanor, cigar, old Peugeot 403 car, love of chili con carne, and unseen wife .

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Episodes of Columbo are between 70 and 98 minutes long, and have been broadcast in 44 countries.

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Columbo then aired less regularly on ABC beginning in 1989 under the umbrella of The ABC Mystery Movie.

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Once Columbo enters the story, viewers watch him solve the case by sifting through the contradictions between the truth and the version presented to him by the killer.

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When Columbo first appears in an episode, his genius is hidden by his frumpy, friendly, and disarming demeanor, luring the killer into a false sense of security.

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Columbo generally maintains a friendly relationship with the murderer until the end.

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Each case is generally concluded in a similar style, with Columbo dropping any pretense of uncertainty and sharing details of his conclusion of the killer's guilt.

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The first actor to portray Columbo, character actor Bert Freed, was a stocky character actor with a thatch of gray hair.

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Freed's Columbo wore a rumpled suit and smoked a cigar; he otherwise had few of the other now-familiar Columbo mannerisms.

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The character is still recognizably Columbo and uses some of the same methods of misdirecting and distracting his suspects.

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Columbo was an immediate hit in the Nielsen ratings and Falk won an Emmy Award for his role in the show's first season.

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Columbo's wardrobe was provided by Falk; they were his clothes, including the high-topped shoes and the shabby raincoat, which made its first appearance in Prescription: Murder.

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Columbo felt it helped to make their confused and impatient reactions to Columbo's antics more genuine.

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Columbo episodes contain a variety of music that contributes to the uniqueness of each.

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Columbo featured an unofficial signature tune, the children's song "This Old Man".

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Columbo received numerous awards and nominations from 1971 to 2005, including 13 Emmys, two Golden Globe Awards, two Edgar Awards and a TV Land Award nomination in 2005 for Peter Falk.

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Columbo was used as the protagonist for a series of novels published between 1994 and 1999 by Forge Books, an imprint of Tor Books.

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