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The Columbo Confab Podcast

May 5, 2018

In "Suitable for Framing" (1971), Ross Martin stars as Dale Kingston, an art critic who seems to want to be in the running for Evil Person of the Decade after he murders his uncle and his lover, all in an attempt to frame his aunt and inherit his uncle's art collection.

Is this episode a masterpiece?  Or is it worthy of...


Apr 28, 2018

"No Time to Die" (1992) sees our rumpled protagonist visiting some of the seediest places in L.A. to help track down the kidnapped newlywed wife of his nephew.  Much like "Undercover" (see Season 4, Episode 3 of the podcast), it's a moment when the producers tried to break the "Columbo" mold.

Is "No Time to Die" worthy...


Apr 21, 2018

In Ransom for a Dead Man (1971), the show's second pilot, Lee Grant stars as Leslie Williams, an attorney who has her sights on controlling her (boring) husband's law practice and take control of her life.  She just has two thorns in her side: a bumbling police lieutenant named Columbo, and an annoying stepdaughter who...


Apr 14, 2018

In "A Bird in the Hand" (1992), Greg Evigan stars as Harold McCain, a professional gambler who resorts to planting a pipe bomb in his uncle's car to avoid some dangerous loan sharks.  However, things don't exactly go as planned when the gardener is blown up instead, and Harold's entanglement with his uncle's wife...


Apr 7, 2018

Season Five of The Columbo Confab Podcast begins with Steve and Sean dissecting "Dagger of the Mind" (1972) starring Richard Basehart and Honor Blackman as Shakespearean actors who accidentally murder their producer and ensure that the show will go on.

Is "Dagger of the Mind" worthy of a BAFTA?  Or is it just a...