Columbo June 19, 2019 Gkiadmin TV & Radio 1 Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo | Photograph—Rex Features Columbo, played by Peter Falk, took charge with his Los Angeles Police Department badge. This American TV series and its main character were created by William Link and Richard Levinson. Each episode usually started with the crime and the perpetrator being known to the viewers. The story then shows how the culprit will be exposed and caught. Columbo is the right detective to catch the bad guy. He is shrewd, crude, and unassuming. The detective strengthenedhis character through his constant cigar smoking and a wrinkled beige coat. He usually faced suspects who had money and who could very well conceal their crimes. Because of Columbo’s ungracefulness and conjectural speeches, they become agitated enough to enable the detective to draw out the inculpating evidence. His brilliant strategy often led to a confession or self-incrimination by the people in question. Each episode ran for 70 to 98 minutes, was broadcast in 44 countries on NBC from 1971 to 1978. Then, ABC took over from 1989 to 2003. At the opening of every episode, Columbo would appear disarming and friendly, making the culprit believe that there was nothing to worry about. Somehow, through the detective’s tactics and nosy presence, the suspects eventually incriminate themselves. The reaction of the criminal is often the finishing touch to each episode.