History YMMV / Columbo

12th May '17 1:54:01 PM Dragon101
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** In the episode ''Death Lends A Hand'', Columbo in one scene is caught by a woman pushing her kid on the swings, before he even introduces himself as a detective. The woman is not even a suspect, but the wife of a witness who has gone abroad. Obviously most police forces today would be in serious trouble if a woman complained that a middle-aged man in a trench coat claiming to be an officer randomly started playing with her child in a park- seemingly innocent in the 70's, but looks outright predatory in the modern era.
11th May '17 2:26:02 PM creader
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* ItWasHisSled: Not a proper example of the trope itself, but the TropeNamer is used as a plot device in "How to Dial a Murder", although they carefully avoid giving away the spoiler.



* YouLookFamiliar:
** In addition to the stars who appeared as killers more than once, Character Actor Vitto Scotti appeared in a number of supporting roles, Bruce Kirby appeared nine times (usually as Sergeant Kramer), William Shatner and George Hamilton appeared as murderers on both NBC and ABC episodes (Shatner was Ward Fowler and Fielding Chase, Hamilton was both Dr. Mark Collier and Wade Anders), and Creator/LeslieNielsen appeared twice -- once as a murder victim and once as the boyfriend of the episode's murderess. This is also especially true of Shera Danese, Falk's real-life wife, who was in several of the films and had major roles in some of them. She appears in six episodes. In fact, Shera Danese and Peter Falk first [[RomanceOnTheSet met]] while filming "Fade in to Murder". She only has one small scene in that episode but quickly got bigger roles in later episodes of the series.
** In the original '70s ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody "Clodumbo", the BigBad is drawn to resemble frequent Columbo villain Robert Culp.
26th Feb '17 6:25:31 PM orvillethird
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** Speaking of ''Mrs. Columbo'', it puts Columbo's stock response to Fielding Chase in a new light in ''"Butterfly in Shades of Gray"''.
24th Jan '17 6:57:42 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** ''"Last Salute to the Commodore"'' feels like the script was written while doing drugs. Columbo invades personal space a couple times, the cast acts like they're on tranquilizers, and the pacing feels like nobody even cares about finding the killer. The film opens with a ferry called "TITANIC" carrying a rather happy group of people who seem to magically teleport onto the boat. [[http://youtu.be/byOo-q5oZXQ A YouTube review highlights the episode.]]

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** ''"Last Salute to the Commodore"'' feels like the script was written while doing drugs. Columbo invades personal space a couple times, the cast acts like they're on tranquilizers, and the pacing feels like nobody even cares about finding the killer. The film opens with a ferry called "TITANIC" carrying a rather happy group of people who seem to magically teleport onto the boat. [[http://youtu.be/byOo-q5oZXQ [[https://youtu.be/RWrtEYtNFQc A YouTube review highlights the episode.]]
14th Jan '17 7:23:57 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: There are two competing alternate theories about Columbo (other than ObfuscatingStupidity). One is that he's a GeniusDitz. The other is that he isn't smart at all, just an average cop. He himself claims in one episode that the main reason he's successful is that he's a professional with years of experience in hunting murderers, while most of the murderers he captures are amateurs who are doing it for the first time and thus making rookie mistakes.
** There's also the theory that Columbo is a proletarian version of the classic PoliceProcedural Almost all the villains are rich, powerful, wealthy people who look down on the disheveled and dogged Columbo, yet he proves time and time again that he is intellectually superior to them, despite his act.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There are two competing alternate theories about Columbo (other than ObfuscatingStupidity). One is that he's a GeniusDitz. The other is that he isn't smart at all, just an average cop. He himself claims in one episode that the main reason he's successful is that he's a professional with years of experience in hunting murderers, while most of the murderers he captures are amateurs who are doing it for the first time and thus making rookie mistakes.
** There's also the theory that Columbo is a proletarian version of the classic PoliceProcedural PoliceProcedural. Almost all the villains are rich, powerful, wealthy people who look down on the disheveled and dogged Columbo, yet he proves time and time again that he is intellectually superior to them, despite his act.
1st Jan '17 6:55:23 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/JamieLeeCurtis plays a waitress in "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case".
** Creator/StevenSpielberg directed the 1971 episode "Murder by the Book".
23rd Dec '16 5:29:07 PM hellopalooza
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** In "Forgotten Lady" Dr. Willis mentions the Shah of Iran- for modern viewers unfamiliar, the Shah was the last free leader of Iran before the Islamic Revolution only a few years after the episode was filmed.

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** In "Forgotten Lady" Dr. Willis mentions the Shah of Iran- for modern viewers unfamiliar, the Shah was the last free leader of Iran before the Islamic Revolution only a few years after the episode was filmed.
8th Dec '16 3:43:11 PM PriceCheck
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** Not that Columbo himself isn't full of this...
17th Oct '16 6:16:34 PM nombretomado
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** In the original '70s {{Mad}} parody "Clodumbo", the BigBad is drawn to resemble frequent Columbo villain Robert Culp.

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** In the original '70s {{Mad}} ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody "Clodumbo", the BigBad is drawn to resemble frequent Columbo villain Robert Culp.
26th Aug '16 12:51:15 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** "Double Shock" is about two brothers, Dexter & Norman Paris and it is initially ambiguous who the real killer is. [[spoiler: They both are actually helping each other.]] Then in 2006, a show about a SerialKillerKiller named [[{{Series/Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] premiers and he later finds out he has a brother. [[spoiler: Dexter's brother is the arch villain of the first season.]]

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** "Double Shock" is about two brothers, Dexter & Norman Paris and it is initially ambiguous who the real killer is. [[spoiler: They both are actually helping each other.]] Then in 2006, a show about a SerialKillerKiller named [[{{Series/Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] premiers and he later finds out he has a brother. brother in the first season. [[spoiler: Dexter's brother is the arch villain of the first said season.]]
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