Columbo is the ONLY series that I watch almost daily when I’m in bed preparing to sleep, I have watched each and every episode more than 50 to 75 times, I almost memorized them by heart, it’s really difficult to chose only one favorite, even though I voted for Any old port in a storm, but there are many favorites that are as matching such as, prescription Murder, murder by the book, suitable for framing, a stitch in crime, and the amazing Try and catch me, and many more.
This is a true classic that will live for many decades to come.
My introduction to Columvo as a teenager was Troubled Waters, that got me hooked. My favourite episodes are Swan Song and Murder Under Glass. In the end when Columbo finally piece the murder together Johnny Cash asks him if he's going to be handcuffed. And Columbo says anybody who can sing like that and touch so many hearts can't be that really evil
And in Murder Under Glass which was directed by the late Jonathan Demme of Silence of the Lamb was a pure joy. Louis Jordan was the ultimate smug self satisfied killer. The ping ponging between Jordan and Falk was a pure joy
Murder by the Book is my all time favourite episode closely followed by A Friend In Deed, and Any Old Port in a Storm. I'm also particularly fond of The By Bye Sky High Murder IQ Case, and Troubled Waters, which should've been a Love Boat tie-in haha. So many to choose from of the original run. I have them all on dvd but we rarely watch the 'new' ones.
I like many episodes for many different reasons. But the way the victim fingers his killer in Try and Catch Me, using the title page of the killer’s soon-to-be-published manuscript, is absolute genius! I can sit down and watch any Columbo episode at any given moment!
Requiem for a Falling Star, I just love the Hollywood backlot setting, the costumes, Anne Baxter, Edith Head’s cameo, Columbo’s banter with Nora, Mel Ferrer’s performance, the guy who owns the studio who tells Columbo “You have an obtuse manner which some find ingratiating, I do not.” Haha. The multiple twists keep you guessing. It’s just overall great. A+. This and Forgotten Lady are my two favorites, with A Friend in Deed coming in second. Shoutout to Columbo’s stumbling down a large hill (it’s a little uh...steep!) in Greenhouse Jungle as well.
Milo Janus is where it's at!!!
Definitely Suitable for Framing for me, closely followed by Bye Bye Sky High IQ. Something very satisfying about watching a smug ‘too clever to be caught’ smart alec be out-manoeuvred by our favourite humble genius.
My favourite is Make me a perfect Murder, not only is Trsh Van de vere excellent as the cool, calm, in control Kay, the music in this episode is superb and sets the tone.perfectly.
Why is Any Old Port so highly ranked here?? So many other better ones like Try and Catch Me, Double Exposure, Columbo Cries Wolf, ones with more jaw-dropping endings.
Forgotten Lady is my favorite episode with Bye Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case coming in a close second. Janet Leigh is phenomenal as is good old Peter F.... also love the two house staff (butler/maid man & wife) first half of the episode is the best in my opinion as the build up is just second to none - also the only episode we see Columbo actually letting the killer GO FREE!
Columbo was and is fantastic entertainment; I remember growing up with it in the 1970's. I loved all the other cop shows from around that time as well of course, but for me, Columbo was head and shoulders above the others. Even the late '80's early '90's new episodes were solidly made. The '70's were the golden years but Peter Falk proved that time hadn't dulled Columbo's razor sharp detection skills and it's very hard to imagine anyone else, such as Bing Crosby who was initially offered the role, playing the part of the maverick detective; much as with anyone other than William Shatner playing the part of the original Captain Kirk - they both made the parts their own.
"Just one more thing..."
Try And Catch Me, with Ashes to,Ashes a close second!
Greenhouse Jungle. His wife has bought him a new overcoat and he rolls down a hill! It doesn't get much better than that!!
Although I did not vote for it, Prescription Murder should be higher up in my opinion ;-)