it is a show that is a product of its time so yknow, 70s morals shine through, but honestly i still really love columbo
here's some reasons why you may also enjoy it
if you're interested in it from this description, PushingUpRoses's video i kicked all this all off with is really nice. (i like her shit quite a lot)
there's sort of two series-es of columbo, i have a strong preference for the 70s one instead of the newer one. you can tell that later on they were trying to keep things a little more modern and as peter falk's health declined, he wasn't able to effectively advocate for Columbo's character as it were. so if you see that the date there was 89 or in the 90s, yeah skip that, you want the 70s cheese instead trust me on this.
but since they're all sort of mini tv movies instead of tv episodes with an overarching plot, you can really just start anywhere!
the first season is them finding their feet a bit, but honestly it's still good shit.
just pick one where the guest star intrigues you and away you go!
sadly the one full ep they had for free on youtube by the official channel has been zapped away, but it looks like the Peacock streaming service has a lot of them up for just-sign-up-and-here-you-go. ....also since it's an old tv show from the 70s, a lot of people get away with slapping episodes on other video sites because fuck it.
still don't know where to start? i actually think the freebie episode they had was a great first example. want to see columbo embarrass an insufferable wine snob murderer? "Any Old Port In A Storm" is great! https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/columbo/6941257837221375112/seasons/3/episodes/any-old-port-in-a-storm-episode-2/f09d338e-c89f-3930-8433-48d19cfeb208
want to be surprised by the versatility of an actor you already know? here's Dick van Dyke being an absolute smarmy bastard, who gets caught with photography tricks! https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/columbo/6941257837221375112/seasons/4/episodes/negative-reaction-episode-2/fdc26ef0-13c1-3a80-812e-0a9fbdcd8ba0
want to see somebody you didn't really know had acting gigs absolutely crush it? here's Johnny Cash - yes, country music legend Johnny Cash, THAT Johnny Cash - playing a sleazeball gospel singer who kills his wife by faking a plane crash so he can use the fame he's got to go back to hitting on teenage girls! and of course he gets caught magnificently! https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/columbo/6941257837221375112/seasons/3/episodes/swan-song-episode-7/d28f0b18-7740-3a20-a9b5-6c32ee363c96
@wigglytuffitout i've seen so many people recommend columbo at this point i'm obligated to check it out
@wigglytuffitout shit this is making me want to try a 70 American TV show that I low key only thought was a joke from the Simpsons
Plus Peter Falk is a great actor, which might have something to do with why all those other people wanted to play with him....
@wigglytuffitout Def will try! My wife is big into these "Proper English Detective" stories, same formula as Agatha Christie's fare. The worst of them for smug class bullshit is "Midsomer Murders" and it really grates. It has a Southpark vibe of "people are fucking weird and not in a good way but an embarrassing way, and you should endeavor to be as vanilla and proper as possible or you'll come to a sticky end"
Fuck that let's have rich murderers getting shown up for entitled asshats, it's more realistic after all.
@seachaint GOD i think you could do an amazing double bill of comparing and contrasting between Midsomer Murders and Columbo. that series is just kind of a downer and while there are some decent episodes - not anything rising to the level of Poirot mind you, but okay to have on the tv lmao - most of them are just drudgery. and the murders somehow get more boring as they get more outlandish, so there's not even any interest there LOL.
Columbo has like the opposite vibe. the puzzles are interesting (interesting enough to watch even after you have seen how the crime was committed!), the characters are fun, and it's got that take-down-the-snobs approach.
also honestly the cinematography's really nice. they were able to be a little bit more like a short movie and even get a little experimental at points. so it's not stodgy and formulaic the way your Midsomer Murder episode is lol. totally recommend it!
it is a pretty american series but heck, i'm gonna boldly declare it's the nice sort of american-ness where it's about rooting for the underdog being able to get to the pompous assholes at the top who think they're too rich and powerful for consequences LOL
@wigglytuffitout I've only been introduced recently to the show and I have been amazed by the amount of toxic masculinity traits that are so common in main characters (especially detective shows / lone genius story lines) are completely avoided by Columbo, who is kind, humble, clumsy, never yells, rarely shows off, rarely condescends. It's very comforting to watch.
@arden you know i hadn't thought about it in terms of toxic masculinity but it's really true, isn't it? that's why i like him so much LOL! the only time columbo gets mean is right at the end, when the murderer has to face the walls closing in on them, and that meanness is always driven by "you thought you were going to get away with this and you very much fucking ain't, jackass".
i feel like he has a lot more in common that way with Miss Marple than like any given modern-day cop show lol. they both get shit done by speaking quietly and being polite. and that's such a nice contrast to manly man police dudes yelling and screaming at suspects in interrogation rooms lol.
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