I’m sure you’re busy and you’ve got a lot of stuff to do. I don’t want to take up any of your time so I’m going to get out of your hair. Just one more thing. Would you like a recommendation for something to binge this weekend? If you do, then let me suggest to you a little TV show called Columbo.
Columbo used to be on Netflix, but then like so many classic shows it got booted to try and convince us to watch, like, that show that used to be called Scrotal Recall or whatever. They were showing it on Sunday nights on MeTV, the classic TV network, and maybe they still are. I haven’t check in a few months. However, just the other day while on Amazon Prime I found something called “IMDb TV.” There, they had episodes of Columbo. Granted, they have commercials, but the commercials breaks are brief. It’s better than watching it on TV for sure.
Columbo is one of the million of crime procedurals that have come out over the years, and will continue to come out. It’s just better than a lot of them, though not the best I’ve seen. Peter Falk stars as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective. Here’s what separates Columbo from other shows. It’s not really a whodunit. In fact, at the beginning of every episode you watch the killer commit their crime. Oftentimes it’s an actor you will recognize. They commit their murder, and then they figure they will get away with it scot free. They weren’t expecting to run into Columbo.
Because after that opening, Falk shows up as Columbo, wearing his rumpled raincoat, smoking his cigar, and just seeming to be befuddled. The fun of the show is watching Columbo figure it out, pieces the clues together, messing with the killer, and then springing the trap. In truth, the real fun is just watching Falk. He’s the reason I watch the show. Columbo is a very entertaining character, and Falk’s performance is a lot of that.
He’s sort of like Sherlock Holmes but with the opposite personality. Sherlock is a genius and wants you to know it. Columbo relies on being underestimated. He seems confused scatterbrained. He’s constantly saying “Just one more thing,” often as he’s headed out the door, or actually out the door. Columbo seems to take joy in needling the killer, poking and prodding and frustrating them. Invariably, though, it leads to them slipping up.
What’s also interesting about Columbo is how long the episodes are. They are basically all mini movies. Almost every episode is over 70 minutes long, and some are straight-up over 90 minutes. That’s not a bad thing to me, though. You can watch like four episodes and kill and entire weekend. If you like watching Falk as Columbo, and like seeing stars of the ‘70s like Leonard Nimoy and Roddy McDowell, then the episodes will fly by.
Alright, so there’s my recommendation. Thanks for your time. I’ve got to get going now. I’ll see myself out. Oh, just one more thing…