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It took a while, but I’m finally done.
Thanks to the power of Netflix, I have watched episodes of the great TV show Columbo spanning its first seven seasons through most of the 1970s (the greatest decade ever, by the way).
He was right.
The beauty of the show is that it had the perfect combination of clever writing, a memorable main character, and executives that knew well enough not to mess with a proven success. Columbo never strayed from the inverted detective story format in which we see all the details of the crime committed at the start of the episode. We spend the rest of the episode watching how Columbo cleverly assembles the clues to solve the crime.
The show is absolutely worthless, though, without the brilliant performance of Peter Falk. He took the role of LAPD Lieutenant Columbo and he made it unique and personal, creating the model of the quirky detective that would be copied in future television shows. (One blogger listed some of these shows HERE.)
Columbo was television’s original quirky detective, and Peter Falk nailed the character by consistently playing up Columbo’s personality traits and unique mannerisms. In fact, I thought I would create a drinking game based on the show. In drinking games, players have to drink when certain events occur, and the best drinking games are created based on the high frequency of these events happening. (The point is, after all, to get drunk. It wouldn’t make sense, for example, to create a drinking game based on the Jersey Shore reality TV show in which players drink whenever a character says something informatively insightful or politically relevant. That game would just be stupid.)
Well, as it turns out, someone named Jeff Keegan already created the Columbo drinking game. You can find the rules for the drinking game by clicking HERE. You’re welcome.