If you heart the good Lieutenant, my first recommendation to you would be to go out and buy the entire Columbo box set on DVD as soon as you’re able. If you’re in the UK or USA, Amazon regularly runs special offers of the complete series box set for as little as $50 / £30. It’s the steal of the century!
But if you’ve already done that, or you’ve got access to Netflix, which houses the majority of episodes in the US at least (I can’t vouch for other countries), there remain some excellent resources online to help you strengthen your interest in Columbo, or connect with fellow fans across the world.
#ColumboTV: There’s a very strong Columbo community active on Twitter and one of the most delightful innovations of the social media age is the monthly #ColumboTV phenomenon, which kicked off in 2012. A group of fans across the world synchronise watches and live tweet simultaneously to a particular episode nominated by an event host, uisng the hashtag in every tweet. New participants warmly welcomed! You can check the forthcoming #ColumboTV schedule here. The hashtag has trended across the globe, helping to bring more fans into the fold.
Columbo TV Family group: A spin-off enterprise from the Twitter #ColumboTV gang, this growing, closed group consists of several hundred aficionados of the series. Sterling Columbo conversations abound! Visit the page here.
The Columbo Case Files: This page, set up by writer and Columbo fan extraordinaire Paul Hughes, is a great source of information on the show, and a fine forum to meet fellow fans. Visit the page here. Paul has also written a number of guides chronicling the series of the show entitled The Columbo Case Files, which are available as paperbacks or for Kindle. More information here.
Columbophile on Instagram: Yes, I’m active here too, posting marvellous images from the show – or from the life of Peter Falk – on a regular basis. Visit my Instagram page here.
Columbo on this day: Instagram page chronicling a range of Columbo anniversaries and significant dates throughout the year. Check it out here.
The Ultimate Lieutenant Columbo Site: It’s an oldie, which hasn’t been updated for some years, and isn’t mobile optimised, but if you’re looking for a wealth of information about the show, the episodes, its characters and a whole lot more, there’s still much to recommend it. Visit the site here.
Peter Falk official website: Again, it’s quite a dated site by today’s standards, but has been left active as an on-going tribute to Peter. Of note is the section dedicated to Peter’s artworks – including self portraits of him as Columbo! Visit the site here.
The Columbo Podcast: Scottish duo Gerry and Iain – one a long-time fan, the other a relative newcomer – tackle each episode in order in a friendly, informal podcast. For full details, or to listen online, visit www.columbopodcast.com. They’re also active on Twitter.
Just One More Thing: Hosted by US-based Jon Morris and RJ White, and featuring a special guest each time, this podcast is an irreverent look back at all the episodes in no particular order. Listen or download here. You can keep up with the podcast on Twitter, too.
So that about covers it. If you have any recommendations for excellent online Columbo resources, please shoot me a message.