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Falk's Columbo was a shabby, apparently slow-witted police detective, although, as the criminals eventually learned, appearances can be deceiving. Columbo solved his cases through close attention to tiny inconsistencies in a suspect's story, hounding them until they confessed. Columbo's signature technique was to exit the scene of an interview, invariably stopping in the doorway to ask "just one more thing" of a suspect, which always brought to light the key inconsistency. In the 1970s, the character rose to the level of an icon on American television. The series is noted by TV critics and historians for the way it reversed the cliches of the standard whodunit story. In a typical murder mystery, the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the climax of the story, and the hero uncovers clues pointing to the killer. In an episode of Columbo, the audience sees the crime unfold at the beginning and knows exactly who did it. This allows the story to unfold more from the criminal's point of view, rather than that of Columbo himself. The real star of the story is the criminal, and the audience watches as he (or she) frantically tries to cover his tracks, being hounded by the persistent police lieutenant at every step, until he finally slips up and Columbo catches him. As the killer is nearly always wealthy, the show can be seen as an expression of class conflict.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Jan 30, 2003
Premiere September 15, 1971
Episodes 69
Network NBC/ABC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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Season 1 (Universal Home Video)
(September 7, 2004) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
Season 2 (Universal Home Video)
(March 8, 2005) Buy It (USA) (Canada)
 


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