Boy, wait till my wife find out that I am writing a Columbo review! She is such a big fan! The first Columbo in this series, Prescription: Murder, with Gene Barry as a handsome, murderous, adulterous and suave psychiatrist (typecast) is atypical but it introduces us to a young Peter Falk; as a police lieutenant who will never again rise in rank. He is not really himself in this one but by the second episode arrives with Lee Grant as a plotting lawyer we are seeing the man we will grow to love. My particular favorite in this series, "Murder by the Book" stars Falk favorite, the smug and grinning, Jack Cassidy. These films did not originate from books but consistently written and satisfying teleplays. Falk, last choice for the role, came to personify one of the best of American characters; humble, persistant, warm, gentle (he hates guns) and Italian (played by a Jewish actor). They are moral in the way all good classic mysteries are without ever being preachy. They are calming; if I need to settle into a quiet and ordered world Columbo is my go to guy. Best over a bowl of Chili in front of the tv with the wife.