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Columbo: Season 1 (1968-1972)

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The classic whodunit about the razor-sharp detective with a rumpled raincoat, a bumbling manner and no apparent first name. He always has 'uh, just one more question' before nailing the killer. `Columbo' premiered as an NBC series (following a couple of highly regarded TV-movies) in September 1971 as one of three rotating `Sunday Mystery Movie' elements (`McMillan and Wife' and `McCloud' were the other two). It ran for six seasons and was revived periodically in TV films over the next decades.

Cast

Peter Falk
as Lt. Columbo
William Windom
as Burt Gordon
Gene Barry
as Dr. Ray Flemming
Ross Martin
as Dale Kingston
Lee Grant
as Leslie Williams
Jack Cassidy
as Ken Franklin
Eddie Albert
as General
Roddy McDowall
as Roger Stanford
Anne Francis
as Valerie Bishop
Katherine Justice
as Joan Hudson
Patricia Crowley
as Mrs. Kennicutt
Kim Hunter
as Edna Mathews
Harold Gould
as Agt. Carlson
Martin Milner
as Jim Ferris
Ray Milland
as Kennicutt
Rosemary Forsyth
as Joanna Ferris
James Gregory
as David Buckner
Don Ameche
as Frank Simpson
Pamela Austin
as Jennifer
Ida Lupino
as Doris Buckner
Virginia Gregg
as Miss Petrie
Paul Carr
as Hamond
Barbara Colby
as Lily LaSanka
Kate Reid
as Nora Walters
Rosanna Huffman
as Tracy O'Connor
Forrest Tucker
as Williamson
Andrea King
as Cynthia Gordon
Harlan Warde
as Paul Williams
John Fiedler
as Dr. Moss
Nina Foch
as Carol Flemming
Bernie Kuby
as Mike Tucker
Bettye Ackerman
as Miss Sherman
Hoke Howell
as Sergeant
John Fink
as Michael Clarke
Richard Roat
as Perkins
Bill Walker
as Crowell
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Critic Reviews for Columbo: Season 1

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The shows were character-driven, well-plotted, laced with humor and wit.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Peter Falk, the man behind the trench coat, created a character that you never get tired of watching.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Murder By The Book also displays the tautness and visual wit of Duel, a slim Richard Matheson story that Spielberg padded into a 90-minute feature by artfully assembling a string of insert shots.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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