Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cannonz, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011


    Cozi is showing the late 80's Columbo's but guide dates them 2020. Is there a reason for this, repackaging or something or just bad data.
  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    bad data.. I had one episode recorded as a suggestion and it was called "The new columbo" IIRC.. that was the same ABC revival.

    (Though I'm usually absolutely against recasting an iconic role like this, I think Columbo is something they could do a new version of, and potentially do well.)
  3. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I recorded Columbo episodes for a while in late 2020 from the local MeTV channel. I was really looking forward to watching them since I remembered them fondly from when I was a young. However, the two hour episode lengths wore on me and I stopped recording them. It just seemed like a one hour storyline was stretched into two hours. I feel guilty about dropping it though.
  4. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    One of my all-time most favoritest favorite shows (the original series, didn't care for any of the reboots, the writing wasn't nearly as crisp, something that Falk himself acknowledged). This was, by far, the finest crime show of its era. Falk's characterization is legendary; the famous guest stars, the clever dialogue, and those intricate plots, with Columbo honing in on the killer, usually very quickly, then annoying them to no end, and finally that "gotcha" moment when he finds the goof that trips up the bad guy. I've watched them all several times, though not in many years. May be time to go through them again. A show ahead of its time, it would fit right in with the "New Age of TV" these days.
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  5. Steve

    Steve TiVowner since 1999

    Apr 23, 2003


    Love the show as well. We just re-watched "Prescription Murder", with Gene Barry, on Prime the other day.

    So many great bad guys! The Johnny Cash episode was one of my favorites. Robert Culp's, too.

    "Any Port In A Storm" (the wine tasting episode), was another great yarn, IMHO.
  6. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I went on a binge a few years ago and watched them over and over. I wish I had missed some because it would be nice to catch one I haven't seen in 40 years.

    I still have it set to record Saturday night, but generally cancel before it records since I've seen it. Unless it is a really good classic, like the above-mentioned Any Port In A Storm, along with Negative Reaction (with Dick Van Dyke).

    And if you don't know about it, the Columbo Phile page has some great information. I love reading about the episodes there.

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  7. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    The Robert Culps were definitive Columbo episodes. Falk worked great with great actors like Donald Pleasance (Any Port...) but mainly he was focused on the communication, between both the actors and the characters, each riffing solo but somehow simultaneously connected and intertwined. Culp and Pleasance were miles apart in acting skills, but both "got" what Falk was doing and reveled in it.
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  8. Steve

    Steve TiVowner since 1999

    Apr 23, 2003
    Thanks for reminding me. Another favorite!

    I also loved the one with John Cassavetes, √ątude in Black.
  9. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2002
    Boone. IA
    MY favorite villian was Patrick McGoohan, I think he was in 4 of them over the years.
  10. WVZR1

    WVZR1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    The WV...
    I watched several episodes of Columbo when NBC Peacock came on-line just to see what they'd done with Video Quality. I mentioned it here somewhere and was criticized.
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    (like usual, I have too many programming choices already but didn't realize this was on peacock)

    I'm guessing MOST of the episodes are the syndication cuts? episodes list as 74-98 minutes just browsing around a couple of seasons. The ~95+ minute ones probably are unedited?
  12. Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    The first 7 seasons are also available on IMDBtv.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    All the classics are good, just recently saw the pilot Prescription For Murder for the first time was great. The classic and 90's Shatner ones are good too. Had to fast fwd. thru like the first 40 minutes of the 90's painter one (to the murder) was dreadful till Columbo showed up, was ok then.
  14. ke3ju

    ke3ju Ed Ludwig

    Jan 4, 2004
    Seminole, FL
    It's very common on the sub channels for the Guide Data to be messed up. I don't know why it's so difficult for them to get it right.

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