I love how at times Peter Falk seems to be piecing together the clues for the benefit of the other characters, while signalling to the viewer that he’s known the answer all along.
Falk's trademark character is known simply as "Columbo" for the approximately 20-year period during which episodes were being produced. However, in the 1971 episode "Dead Weight," the detective flashes his badge and a closeup reveals that the gumshoe's first name is in fact Frank. The badge makes another appearance in the 1976 episode "A Matter of Honor."
This gets to why Columbo is one of my screen heroes.
He's smart, kind, humble. A poor kid done good.
And he quietly but persistently refuses to accept that privilege and power put you above the law.
And when you DO see flashes of anger, it's about that.
He also, in a very 70s/80s way, is the absolute opposite of the definition of masculinity at the time.
He's a quiet, scruffy but deeply caring man who uses his brain and words, not his fists.
As a kid who wasn't into sports I was FASCINATED by that being 'allowed' of a man. [...]
If I was showrunner on a new Columbo these days, I'd be setting up my tent outside Donald Glover's house and refusing to leave until he at least agreed to do a pilot. [...]
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