Why Columbo was one of the Greatest TV Characters Ever

At work today, one of my co-workers casually mentions “Columbo died.”

I was a bit stunned, I love Columbo. “Peter Falk died?” I asked him back quickly…

Here’s how he answers, he laughs and says, “You know the dude’s name?”

Obviously, we haven’t been working together that long. But even if he should have known I’m a movie and tv freak, he also should have known that Columbo was played by Peter Falk.

Its a sad fact though. Pop culture fades with time. As we get older, fewer and fewer of the stars that we know and love now will be rembered by the younger generations. Think of how it is for the generation before us. Unless you’re a hardcore movie fan, you probably know Marilyn¬† Monroe, Marlon Brando, Liz Taylor, Paul Newman, maybe a small handful of other actors and actresses by name. But the cinemas were full of entire troupes of actors back then just as they are now. Hundreds of actors. And all those B Listers and C Listers and many, many A Listers that were common names then – people have no clue about now. It’s certainly not the saddest thing about getting old, but its part of it, for sure.

So I spent some time today reading about Peter Falk (never knew he got his start in acting in CT. Go CT!) and watched a couple of episodes of Columbo on Netflix and felt I needed to write something. But the question I kept coming back to is…

Why should anyone give a shit nowadays about Columbo? Continue reading