My wife and I have been watching Columbo quite a bit lately. Since the show is available on several networks throughout the week, we’ve been DVRing them all to watch at our convenience.
I watched Columbo pretty regularly when it first aired, but I was at the age where I missed more than a few due to other priorities. My wife never really tuned in. We’re both enjoying the show now. It’s fun to see the number of stars appearing as the murderer (or murdered) and even more fun spotting future stars getting their first breaks as a background player.
The fine folks at MeTV posted 13 Little Details You Probably Missed in Columbo. It’s a fun piece you’d probably enjoy even if you don’t watch Columbo. Before you click over here are three of my favorites and my thoughts (but for the full details click over)!
Columbo does secretly reveal his first name, once.
(This was a surprise to me. I didn’t think Columbo’s first name was ever revealed. In fact we just watched an episode where Columbo was flat out asked his first name. His response was something to the effect of only his wife uses it and everyone else calls him, “Columbo”. But thanks to MeTV, now we know! – Craig)
The author from the first episode has books in later mysteries.
(I love this. It shows that the people who made the series were paying attention to what went on before, and it creates a universe for Columbo that feels real. – Craig)
Captain Kirk makes a cameo.
(Ha! This is a great trivia item. Captain Kirk makes a cameo. Not William Shatner – he guest stars, but Captain Kirk appears in the same show. Eagle eyed viewers would catch that. I’ll be on the lookout when I see the episode. – Craig)