Columbo

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Columbo
Format Television film
Created by Richard Levinson
William Link
Starring Peter Falk
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 69
Production
Camera setup Single camera
Running time Approx. 70-100 min. with commercials
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (1968–1978)
ABC (1989–2003)
Original run February 20, 1968 – January 30, 2003
Other websites
Official website

Columbo is one of the most popular American crime fiction television series, starring Peter Falk as Columbo. From February 20, 1968 – January 30, 2003, a total of 69 episodes were made.

Overview[change | change source]

The show is set in Los Angeles, California. It is done in inverted detective story format; first showing the murderer committing the crime, then Columbo entering the story without knowing who is the murderer, but ending up catching the murderer with the evidences found. Each episode featured a guest star playing the murderer.

Home video release[change | change source]

DVD[change | change source]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD name Ep# DVD Release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Pilots 2 1968–1971 The Complete First Season 9 September 7, 2004[DVD 1] September 13, 2004[DVD 1] December 3, 2004[DVD 1]
1 7 1971–1972
2 8 1972–1973 The Complete Second Season 8 March 8, 2005 July 18, 2005 July 13, 2005
3 8 1973–1974 The Complete Third Season 8 August 9, 2005 November 14, 2005 July 20, 2006
4 6 1974–1975 The Complete Fourth Season 6 March 14, 2006 September 18, 2006 September 19, 2006
5 6 1975–1976 The Complete Fifth Season 6 June 27, 2006 February 12, 2007 Unknown 2007
6 3 1976–1977 The Complete Sixth & Seventh Seasons 8 November 21, 2006[DVD 2] April 30, 2007[DVD 2] May 2, 2007[DVD 2]
7 5 1977–1978
8 4 1989 The Complete Eighth Season (R2) 4 N/A March 31, 2008 N/A
9 6 1989–1990 The Complete Ninth Season (R2/R4) 6 N/A March 30, 2009 May 06, 2009
10 and
Specials
14
[DVD 3]
1990–1993
1994–2003
The Tenth Season – Volume 1 (R2/R4)
The Tenth Season – Volume 2 (R2/R4)
8
6
N/A June 15, 2009[DVD 4]
July 27, 2009
July 28, 2009
Nov 28, 2009

Blu-ray release[change | change source]

A complete series was released on Blu-ray Only in Japan.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Both pilots are included in the Season 1 DVD.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Both Season 6 and Season 7 were released on the same DVD.
  3. The Season 10 DVDs released in Regions 2 and 4 cover the last 14 episodes.
  4. In Region 2, Season 10 was released in two volumes: Of those final 14 episodes, Volume I covers the first 8 while Volume 2 contains the last 6.

Other websites[change | change source]