The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast

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Podcasters Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) and Mike White (The Projection Booth) look at the enduring character of Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) and his creators.

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13 episodes

The Most Crucial Game

On the latest episode of The Shabby Detective, Mike and Chris discuss the return of Robert Culp, the death of Dean Stockwell, the cost of shoes, and we're visited by special guest, director Jeremy Kagan.

Mar 24
The Greenhouse Jungle

On the second episode of Columbo's second season he's paired with Bob Dishy as one (of two) Sgt. Wilsons and squares off as victim-cum-killer Ray Milland as Jarvis Goodland, an avid orchid collector who murders his nephew (Bradford Dillman)... to fuel his orchid addiction?

Feb 25
Etude in Black

The Shabby Detective kicks off our second season with a discussion of "Etude in Black," which pits Lt. Columbo against haughty conductor Alex Benedict (John Cassavetes), one of the more incompetent foes our hero has had to deal with.

Jan 27
Blueprint for Murder

We wrap up the first season of Columbo with a discussion of Blueprint for Murder. Directed by Peter Falk, the episode stars Forrest Tucker as a brash but determined Texas millionaire and Patrick O'Neal as an ambitious architect. Writer Richard Hatem (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Titans) joins Mike and Chris to discuss the episode and re-cap the first season.

Dec 23, 2022
Short Fuse

In the penultimate episode of the first season of "Columbo", Roddy McDowall plays a spoiled brat who's a part-time photographer, part-time chemist, and full time jerk. He's got angles on his aunt's company but her husband (James Gregory) stands in his way. Can he get around that snoopy, shabby detective Columbo? Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Oct 10, 2022
Lady in Waiting

Beth Chadwick: (Susan Clark) lives under the thumb of her brother Bryce (Richard Anderson). He objects to her relationship with Peter Hamilton: (Leslie Nielsen) as well as keeping her out of the affairs of their family-owned company. When she pretends to be startled by a burglar and shoots her brother, Columbo has to figure out the order between a cart and a horse.

Aug 26, 2022
Suitable for Framing

Columbo takes on Dale Kingston (Ross Martin), an art critic and the nephew of an art collector. Dale does away with his uncle and tries to pin the murder on his aunt (Kim Hunter) but Columbo knows a thing or two about art...

Jul 23, 2022
Dead Weight

Chris and Mike discuss the third episode of the first season, Dead Weight. Eddie Albert plays a military man who murders a subordinate before he can blow the whistle on some shady business dealings. Meanwhile, Suzanne Pleshette witnesses the crime. But, why should we believe what a woman has to say? This episode features an interview with Professor David Martin-Jones, author of Columbo: Paying Attention 24/7.

1h 17m
Jul 05, 2022
Death Lends a Hand

Mike and Chris discuss the Levinson & Link-penned episode Death Lends a Hand in which we first encounter Robert Culp as Columbo's nemesis. Culp plays a professional private eye who tries to blackmail the wife of newspaper magnate Arthur Kennicutt (Ray Milland). We get our first glimpse of Columbo's car which plays perfect into the automotive theme of the episode. Our special guest Mark Dawidziak literally wrote the book on Columbo, The Columbo Phile: A Casebook. Get your copy at

1h 31m
May 30, 2022
Murder by the Book

On the first proper episode of the first proper season of Columbo the writing team of Ferris (Martin Milner) and Franklin (Jack Cassidy) have a little breakup when Franklin murders his partner. While the two may have created the famous Mrs. Melville character, Franklin is no match for Lt. Columbo. Murder by the Book was written by Stephen Bochco and directed by Steven Spielberg. This episode of The Shabby Detective features an interview with Joseph McBride, author of Steven Spielberg: A Biography.

1h 44m
Apr 23, 2022
Ransom for a Dead Man

Not quite a pilot and not quite a first episode, this is another TV movie version of Columbo. This time our detective has gotten quite shabby, murderess Leslie Williams (Lee Grant) even calls him that. She's murdered her husband and sets it up to look like he's being ransomed in order to empty all of his accounts. Too bad for her, she's got a snoopy step daughter (Patricia Mattick) and Lt. Columbo on her case. This episode features an interview with the one-and-only Lee Grant who discusses working with Peter Falk on The Balcony, Ransom for a Dead Man, and Prisoner of Second Avenue.

1h 5m
Mar 21, 2022
Enough Rope & Prescription: Murder

Before Peter Falk put on his rain coat, Bert Freed smoked Columbo's cigar on the Chevy Mystery Show episode "Enough Rope." Chris Stachiw and Mike White discuss that as well as "Prescription: Murder", the TV movie from 1969 wherein Falk made his official debut as the shabby detective.

1h 2m
Feb 20, 2022
Episode 1: Crime & Punishment

Chris Stachiw joins Mike for the first episode of The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast where we talk about the origins of the Columbo character by way of Josef Von Sternberg's Crime & Punishment (1935). The film stars Peter Lorre as a criminal who thinks he knows better while Edward Arnold plays Inspector Porfiry Petrovich, a clear precursor to Columbo's patented tactics. This episode features an interview with David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV's Rumpled Detective.

1h 8m
Jan 16, 2022