Columbo Episode Guide

Columbo Episode GuideThe Columbo Episode Guide details the air dates, plots, and guest stars for the 69 episodes of Columbo. This includes the two Columbo pilots and the 14 specials that aired between December 9, 1990 and January 30, 2003. The number of Columbo episodes varies from season to season because the show was originally one of a number of shows rotated under The NBC Mystery Movie name. The last 14 Columbo episodes aired on ABC starting in 1989.

Aired: 1968-2003
13 Seasons
69 Episodes
Starring: Peter Falk

The entire list of Columbo episodes is below in order of air date. Some episode titles in the guide are hyperlinks which lead to an episode detail and review page. With 69 episodes in the Columbo episode guide, it may be a while before we get around to reviewing all of them. Feel free to submit your own review here.

List of Columbo Episodes

Episode #Season/EpisodeAir DateTitleGuest StarsWatch Online/Buy
Pilot Episode
1S0, E002/20/1968Prescription: MurderGene Barry, William Windom, Katherine Justice, Virginia GreggAmazon
SUMMARY:
A prominent psychiatrist uses one of his patients, with whom he's having an affair, to murder his wife. Befuddled Lt. Columbo investigates.

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Pilot Episode
2S1, E003/01/1971Ransom For A Dead ManLee Grant, John Fink, Harold GouldAmazon
SUMMARY:
An attorney fakes the kidnapping of her husband, kills him, and keeps the ransom money. She's able to fool the FBI, but not Lt. Columbo.

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SEASON 1
3S1, E109/15/1971Murder by the BookJack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin MilnerAmazon
SUMMARY:
When the more talented writer in a murder mystery writing team wants to call it quits, the less talented partner decides to murder him instead.

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4S1, E210/06/1971Death Lends a HandRobert Culp, Pat Crowley, Ray MillandAmazon
SUMMARY:
The CEO of a private security company tries his hand at blackmail, but his plan backfires when his victim, a publisher's wife, threatens to expose him and he accidentally kills her during a heated exchange.

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5S1, E310/27/1971Dead WeightEddie Albert, Suzanne PleshetteAmazon
SUMMARY:
When a war hero's accomplice in embezzlement decides to flee the country because the authorities are investigating, the General murders him to ensure his silence. The murder is witnessed from a boat by an easily manipulated young woman, whom the General tries to make doubt what she saw.

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6S1, E411/17/1971Suitable for FramingRoss Martin, Don Ameche, Kim Hunter, Vic TaybackAmazon
SUMMARY:
The owner of one of the world's most valuable art collections is murdered by his nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who then frames his aunt.

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7S1, E512/15/1971Lady in WaitingSusan Clark, Leslie NielsenAmazon
SUMMARY:
An heiress murders her brother, making it look like an accident, in order to gain control of the family company.

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8S1, E601/19/1972Short FuseRoddy McDowall, Anne Francis, James Gregory, Ida Lupino, William WindomAmazon
SUMMARY:
When his uncle blackmails him and takes over the family company, Roger murders him with a box of exploding cigars.

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9S1, E702/09/1972Blueprint for MurderPatrick O’Neal, Janis Paige, Forrest TuckerAmazon
SUMMARY:
When the millionaire funding architect Elliot Markham's project threatens to withdraw funding, Markham murders him, then makes it look like he's on a long trip.

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SEASON 2
10S2, E109/17/1972Étude in BlackJohn Cassavetes, Blythe Danner, Myrna LoyAmazon
SUMMARY:
The mistress of the conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic insists on going public with their affair, so he murders her and makes it look like a suicide.

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11S2, E210/15/1972The Greenhouse JungleRay Milland, Bob DishyAmazon
SUMMARY:
An uncle (Ray Milland) and nephew stage the nephew's kidnapping to break his trust fund. But, the uncle kills the nephew once the ransom is paid and attempts to frame his nephew's wife for the murder.

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12S2, E311/05/1972The Most Crucial GameRobert Culp, Dean Stockwell, Dean Jagger, James Gregory, Valerie HarperAmazon
SUMMARY:
The general manager of an LA football team schemes to get control of the team for himself by killing the current owner, a man who inherited the team and lacks any interest in it.

13S2, E411/26/1972Dagger of the MindRichard Basehart, Bernard Fox, Honor BlackmanAmazon
SUMMARY:
When Sir Roger Havershame realizes that he has been manipulated into funding a theater production, he confronts the actors responsible and is killed accidentally during the argument. The couple haul his body to his estate and stage an accident to make it look like he died in a fall down the stairs. Columbo, who is in London to learn investigative techniques as a guest of Scotland Yard, becomes involved in the case.

14S2, E501/21/1973Requiem for a Falling StarAnne BaxterAmazon
SUMMARY:
An aging star feels threatened by the fiance of her personal assistant, an author writing a tell-all book about her. She schemes to kill the author, but accidentally kills her assistant instead. Columbo discovers the connection between this murder and the mysterious disappearance of the actress' husband years before.

15S2, E602/11/1973A Stitch in CrimeLeonard Nimoy, Anne Francis, Will GeerAmazon
SUMMARY:
Two doctors have pioneered a major medical breakthrough in cardiac surgery. One, Dr. Mayfield, wants to publish immediately, but the other, Dr. Hiedemann, wants further testing. When Dr. Hiedemann's heart condition worsens, Dr. Mayfield sees his chance to murder the man that stands in his way by performing the required heart surgery himself with dissolving sutures. His nurse discovers his plot, so he murders her too and makes it look like a mugging perpetrated by her drug addicted ex-boyfriend.

16S2, E703/04/1973The Most Dangerous MatchLaurence Harvey, Lloyd BochnerAmazon
SUMMARY:
Two chess grandmasters, Emmitt Clayton and Tomlin Dudek, play an impromptu game the night before a big match. When Clayton loses, he decides to murder Dudek by shoving him into a garbage compactor, but being deaf, doesn't realize the compactor's safety feature turns it off when something heavy enters. Clayton learns that Dudek survived and plans to poison him in the hospital before he awakens.

17S2, E803/25/1973Double ShockMartin Landau, Julie Newmar, Dabney ColemanAmazon
SUMMARY:
Identical twins, one a chef and one a banker, murder their rich uncle for the inheritance.

SEASON 3
18S3, E109/23/1973Lovely but LethalVera Miles, Martin Sheen, Vincent PriceAmazon
SUMMARY:
Beauty Mark founder Viveca Scott is threatened by a rival who ultimately pirates her revolutionary wrinkle cream. So, she kills him to protect her company.

19S3, E210/07/1973Any Old Port in a StormDonald Pleasence, Gary Conway, Dana Elcar, Vito ScottiAmazon
SUMMARY:
When a wine connoisseur's half-brother wants to sell the family winery to pay off his gambling debts, he kills him to prevent the sale.

20S3, E311/04/1973Candidate for CrimeJackie Cooper, Joanne Linville, Ken Swofford, Vito ScottiAmazon
SUMMARY:
Candidate for Senate, Nelson Hayward, kills his campaign manager and makes it look like he (Nelson) was the target of a botched mob hit.

21S3, E412/16/1973Double ExposureRobert Culp, Chuck McCann, Robert MiddletonAmazon
SUMMARY:
Motivation research specialist, Dr. Bart Keppel, is an expert in subliminal advertising, but has a very lucrative sideline in blackmail. When one of his victims refuses to be blackmailed and threatens to expose him, Dr. Keppel uses subliminal cuts to lure his victim to his doom and frames the victim's wife.

22S3, E501/18/1974Publish or PerishJack Cassidy, Mickey Spillane, Mariette HartleyAmazon
SUMMARY:
To keep one of his most prolific authors from leaving for another publisher, publisher Riley Greenleaf hires a bomb enthusiast to kill him, then kills the hired killer with one of his own bombs.

23S3, E602/18/1974Mind over MayhemJosé Ferrer, Lew Ayres, Robert Walker Jr., Lee Montgomery, Jessica WalterAmazon
SUMMARY:
When a scientist employed at a government institute threatens to explose plagiarism by a fellow scientist, the plagiarist's father, a director of a Pentagon Think Tank, kills the potential whistle-blower to protect his son.

24S3, E703/03/1974Swan SongJohnny Cash, Ida Lupino, Sorrell Booke, Vito ScottiAmazon
SUMMARY:
Gospel singer Tommy Brown (Johnny Cash) stages the murder of his wife to look like an airplane crash, but Columbo isn't fooled.

25S3, E805/05/1974A Friend in DeedRichard Kiley, Rosemary MurphyAmazon
SUMMARY:
The Deputy Commissioner provides an alibi for a wife killer and blackmails him into helping with the murder of his own millionaire wife.

SEASON 4
26S4, E109/15/1974An Exercise in FatalityRobert Conrad, Gretchen Corbett, Pat Harrington, Jr.
SUMMARY:
When the franchisee of a health club chain discovers the founder, Milo Janus, is cheating him. To keep him from going to authorities, Milo murders his partner, making it look like an accident in the gym.

27S4, E210/15/1974Negative ReactionDick Van Dyke, Larry Storch, Joyce Van Patten, Vito Scotti
SUMMARY:
A famous photographer is tired of his wife and wants her out of the way so he can be with his mistress. He plots to stage her murder like a bungled kidnapping, but Columbo isn't fooled.

28S4, E310/27/1974By Dawn's Early LightPatrick McGoohan, Bruce Kirby, Bruno Kirby
29S4, E402/09/1975Troubled WatersRobert Vaughn, Jane Greer, Dean Stockwell, Bernard Fox, Patrick Macnee
30S4, E503/02/1975PlaybackOskar Werner, Gena Rowlands
31S4, E604/27/1975A Deadly State of MindGeorge Hamilton, Leslie Ann Warren, Bruce Kirby
SEASON 5
32S5, E109/14/1975Forgotten LadyJanet Leigh, Maurice Evans
33S5, E210/12/1975A Case of ImmunityHector Elizondo, Sal Mineo
34S5, E311/02/1975Identity CrisisPatrick McGoohan, Leslie Nielsen, Bruce Kirby, Vito Scotti
35S5, E402/01/1976A Matter of HonorRicardo Montalban, A Martinez
36S5, E502/29/1976Now You See HimJack Cassidy, Robert Loggia
37S5, E603/02/1976Last Salute to the CommodoreRobert Vaughn, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John Dehner, Bruce Kirby
SEASON 6
38S6, E110/10/1976Fade in to MurderWilliam Shatner, Burt Remsen
39S6, E211/28/1976Old Fashioned MurderJoyce Van Patten, Tim O'Connor, Celeste Holm
40S6, E305/22/1977The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder CaseTheodore Bikel, Sorrell Booke, Kenneth Mars, Samantha Eggar
SEASON 7
41S7, E111/21/1977Try and Catch MeRuth Gordon, Mariette Hartley, G.D. Spradlin
42S7, E201/30/1978Murder under GlassLouis Jordan, Shera Danese, Richard Dysart, Mako
43S7, E302/25/1978Make Me a Perfect MurderTrish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill
44S7, E404/15/1978How to Dial a MurderNicol Williamson, Kim Cattrall
45S7, E505/13/1978The ConspiratorsClive Reville, Jeanette Nolan
SEASON 8
46S8, E102/06/1989Columbo Goes to the GuillotineAnthony Andrews, Karen Austin
47S8, E202/27/1989Murder, Smoke and ShadowsFisher Stevens, Molly Hagan
48S8, E304/03/1989Sex and the Married DetectiveLindsay Crouse, Julia Montgomery, Peter Jurasik
49S8, E405/01/1989Grand DeceptionsRobert Foxworth, Andy Romano
SEASON 9
50S9, E111/25/1989Murder, a Self PortraitPatrick Bauchau, Fionnula Flanagan, Shera Danese, Vito Scotti
51S9, E201/20/1990Columbo Cries WolfIan Buchanan, Rebecca Staab
52S9, E302/10/1990Agenda for MurderPatrick McGoohan, Dennis Arndt, Bruce Kirby
53S9, E403/31/1990Rest in Peace, Mrs. ColumboHelen Shaver, Ian McShane, Edward Winter, Teresa Ganzel, Roscoe Lee Browne
54S9, E504/28/1990Uneasy Lies the CrownJames Read, Jo Anderson, Nancy Walker, Dick Sargent
55S9, E605/14/1990Murder in MalibuAndrew Stevens, Brenda Vaccaro
SEASON 10
56S10, E112/09/1990Columbo Goes to CollegeStephen Caffrey, Gary Hershberger, Guy Stockwell, Robert Culp
57S10, E202/20/1991Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your HealthGeorge Hamilton, Peter Haskell
58S10, E304/29/1991Columbo and the Murder of a Rock StarShera Danese, Cheryl Paris
SEASON 11
59S11, E112/15/1991Death Hits the JackpotRip Torn, Jamie Rose
60S11, E203/15/1992No Time to DieJoanna Going, Thomas Colabro
61S11, E311/22/1992A Bird in the Hand...Tyne Daly, Greg Evigan
SEASON 12
62S12, E110/31/1993It's All in the GameFaye Dunaway, Claudia Christian
63S12, E201/10/1994Butterfly in Shades of GreyWilliam Shatner, Molly Hagan, Richard Kline
64S12, E305/02/1994UndercoverEd Begley, Jr., Burt Young, Shera Danese
SEASON 13
65S13, E105/08/1995Strange BedfellowsGeorge Wendt, Bruce Kirby
66S13, E205/15/1997A Trace of MurderDavid Rasche, Shera Danese, Barry Corbin
67S13, E310/08/1998Ashes to AshesPatrick McGoohan, Rue McClanahan
68S13, E403/12/2001Murder with Too Many NotesBilly Connolly, Richard Riehle
69S13, E501/30/2003Columbo Likes the NightlifeMatthew Rhys, Jennifer Sky

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