Worst & Best Columbo Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: US Detective Series
Series: 10
Episodes: 68
First Transmission: 1968-2003
Channel: NBC


Columbo is an American television series created by Richard Levinson and William Link.

This show popularized the inverted detective story format, which begins by showing the undertaking of the crime and its perpetrator. The plot thus has no “whodunit” element, and instead revolves around how Columbo will finally catch the criminal.

In 2013, TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time and ranked it at #33 on its list of the 60 Best Series.

Peter Falk: Columbo

Best Episode ( S3 Ep2 )

Any Old Port in a Storm – A wine connoisseur kills his half- brother to prevent him from selling the family winery to a merchant company so that he can pay off his gambling debts.

7 October 1973

Imdb Score [8.2]



Worst Episode ( S10 Ep5 )

No Time to Die – Columbo attends the wedding of his nephew, who is also with the LAPD. Suddenly it turns out that the bride is missing, possibly kidnapped. Columbo sets up the investigation to figure out what happened.

15 March 1992

Imdb Score – [6.3]





Full Episode List

Key:-  Blue highlighted episodes rated in the top half, brown highlighted episodes rated in the bottom half.



Prescription: Murder (1968)
Ransom For A Dead Man (1971)


Series One

Murder By The Book (1971)
Death Lends A Hand (1971)
Dead Weight (1971)
Suitable For Framing (1971)
Lady In Waiting (1971)
Short Fuse (1972)
Blueprint For Murder (1972)


Series Two

Etude In Black (1972)
The Greenhouse Jungle (1972)
The Most Crucial Game (1972)
Dagger Of The Mind (1972)
Requiem For A Falling Star (1973)
A Stitch In Crime (1973)
The Most Dangerous Match (1973)
Double Shock (1973)


Series Three

Lovely But Lethal (1973)
Any Old Port In A Storm (1973)
Candidate For Crime (1973)
Double Exposure (1973)
Publish Or Perish (1974)
Mind Over Mayhem (1974)
Swan Song (1974)
A Friend In Deed (1974)


Series Four

An Exercise In Fatality (1974)
Negative Reaction (1974)
By Dawn’s Early Light (1974)
Troubled Waters (1975)
Playback (1975)
A Deadly State Of Mind (1975)


Series Five

Forgotten Lady (1975)
A Case Of Immunity (1975)
Identity Crisis (1975)
A Matter Of Honor (1976)
Now You See Him (1976)
Last Salute To The Commodore (1976)


Series Six

Fade In To Murder (1976)
Old Fashioned Murder (1976)
The Bye Bye Sky-High I.Q. Murder Case (1977)


Series Seven

Try And Catch Me (1977)
Murder Under Glass (1978)
Make Me A Perfect Murder (1978)
How To Dial A Murder (1978)
The Conspirators (1978)


Series Eight

Columbo Goes To The Guillotine (1989)
Murder, Smoke, And Shadows (1989)
Sex And The Married Detective (1989)
Grand Deceptions (1989)


Series Nine

Murder, A Self Portrait (1989)
Columbo Cries Wolf (1990)
Agenda For Murder (1990)
Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo (1990)
Uneasy Lies The Crown (1990)
Murder In Malibu (1990)


Series Ten

Columbo Goes To College (1990)
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (1991)
Columbo And The Murder Of A Rock Star (1991)
Death Hits The Jackpot (1991)
No Time To Die (1992)
A Bird In The Hand … (1992)
It’s All In The Game (1993)
Butterfly In Shades Of Gray (1994)
Undercover (1994)
Strange Bedfellows (1995)
A Trace of Murder (1997)
Ashes to Ashes (1998)
Murder With Too Many Notes (2001)
Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)