I guess about a month ago Ronny and I began watching Columbo on Netflix. I am throughly enjoying it. We have one more episode and will complete season three. Netflix has seven seasons of the show which ran from 1968 to 1978. There are three more seasons from 1989 to 2003.
I have been a long time fan of the murder mystery genre. One my favorites is the BBC Midsomer Murders. Columbo is a different kind of murder mystery. It is not a "who done it" but a "how to catch them." Most murder mysteries start with a dead body and then the detective must find the clues to the killer. In Columbo you see who is the murder and how he did it within the first five minutes. Even Columbo guesses who the murder is at the beginning. The rest of the show is watching Columbo figure out how to catch the person.
But Columbo is even more intriguing in that he often aggravates the killer with question after question and bumbling antics until he gets the killer to make a move in frustration that reveals he is guilty. It is funny how the murder get so frustrated in dealing with Columbo. You may think that is good acting until you read the history of the show. Peter Falk who play Columbo often broke from the script and ad libbed in ways to actually frustrate the guest stars playing the murderers. He did it so their frustration would be more real. That cracks me up.
Another interesting thing about Columbo is that the show started in 1968 so I get peek in the world of when I was just a baby. Of course like any TV show America life is not portrayed accurately but still it is interesting to see the styles of clothes, hair, cars, computers and everything of that time period. What is ironic is some things the older generation today disapproves of was actually the style when they were in their twenties and thirties.
So if you want a show that that feels you with suspense of how he is going to catch them and gives you a giggle at life in America forty years ago I recommended Columbo.