After a stressful day its relaxing and fun to settle down with your popcorn, revisit one of the all time great TV detective shows.One thing all of the most popular detective shows have in common is the ability to hold your interest. Its easy to get caught up in the story line and try to figure out the culprit before the detective discovers him or her. Whether you are watching the bumbling antics of Columbo or the suave approach of Kojak you know the crime will be solved by the end of the program. You just might need to wonder “who done it” for awhile.
Following is a list, in no special order, of some of the greatest, most interesting and most entertaining TV detectives of the last few decades.
Columbo appeared to be a disheveled looking, bumbling guy who could not find his way out of a paper bag. Many of the suspects on the programs under estimated the ability of this Los Angeles homicide detective to solve the crime. Some of the people he interviews during the course of the investigation become agitated with his pestering behavior.
The viewers know from the beginning of the show who the perpetrator is, but the detective does not. The story plot is how Columbo figures out who this perpetrator is and how the bad guy is then caught. Columbo had a great eye for the details of the crime. This eye for detail was apparent to the viewer, but the suspect didn’t realize the detective’s talent until it was too late.
Detective Columbo was of Italian descent and sometimes made mention of this fact. He was most often dressed in a wrinkled rain coat and had a cigar clamped in his mouth. He was always referred to as either Columbo or Detective Columbo. You never learned his first name. Columbo seemed to be fond of his wife and he mentioned her at sometime during most of his shows, but you never saw her.
The Columbo series was created by William Link and Richard Levinson and the role of Columbo was played by Peter Falk.