- 10 Seasons
Columbo was an American detective series that starred the late Peter Falk as the star character Lt. Columbo. Columbo had several unique qualities that distinguished it from the other mystery/crime series at the time, starting with the main character. One of the most interesting things about Columbo was that you never, new his first name. Whoever asked was simply told it was Lieutenant. You would never think that Columbo was a detective for the Los Angeles police department by looking at. Most detectives are neatly dressed, with their clothes pressed looking very professional. Columbo is the first to admit that he is untidy, which is one of the only things that he has not been able to solve. Columbo often shows up at a crime scene, rain or shine in a rumpled raincoat and looking exactly how he feels. Columbo works alone and doesn't carry a gun; in fact, he hates them and thinks that he is a bad shot. Columbo is very meticulous and pays close attention to even the smallest details. He is also very observant, making a silent mental note to his surrounding and listening to every detail that is being said about the case. He is also very attentive to the actions and reactions of the people that surround him, constantly asking them questions about things that are sometimes not related to the case. Columbo also writes down or records his notes and questions to ensure that he has all of the facts, quickly asking an additional question when needed. He can also be very forgetful at times. Colombo's mannerism and appearance makes most people believe that his is not as smart as most detectives, however Lt. Columbo has yet to encounter a case he could not solve. What makes a Columbo mystery fascinating and different than most mysteries or crime stories is that you know who the killer is and how the crime was committed at the beginning of the show rather at the end. The enjoyment of the show was to see how Lt. Columbo matches wits with the killer and solves what the killer always thinks is the perfect crime.