I just read about this and rushed over to see if anyone had posted.
I always felt that Columbo was the greatest "cop" show ever. No car chases/crashes, no shootouts, just good solid detective work. I feel like I
could write a book on the show. I've watched all the episodes many times. You'll notice that he zeroed in on the suspect the same way each time.
He looked for 3 things; motive, means, and opportunity. He focused on small inconsitencies until each and every one could be adequately explained,
and finally, he tripped up the suspect to either get them to confess or produced an ironclad case they could not escape from.
Off the top of my head, some of my favorite episodes:
The one where Jack Cassidy played a magician. Colubo caught him by using the typewriter ribbon to reproduce the damaging document.
The one where Dick Van Dyke played a photographer. Columbo tricked him into picking out a particular camera from several in evidence lockup.
The one where William Shatner was a cop show host. He wiped his prints of the gun, but not the bullets.
The one where Dabney Coleman was a lawyer. He set up an alibi by having his assistant get a ticket from a speeding camera wearing a mask. Columbo
caught him by realizing that the mask in the photo had no shadow under the nose.
My all time favorite was where a couple of college kids killed their professor by setting up a remote controlled gun in their truck. When the
professor was shot, the kids were in a class being taught by Columbo. What better alibi could you have? Still, he nailed them.
Well, hopefully now we can get a DVD set with the complete Columbo. There were so many, it will be huge, and expensive.
I also liked him in several movies, notably The Princess Bride.
RIP Mr. Falk. I had always hoped for one more Columbo movie. You will be missed.
Oh, and, uh ... one more thing ...