Courtesy of the official Columbo YouTube channel, full episodes of the greatest TV show of all time are now available in the public domain. HUZZAH and HURRAH!
The first episode made available on the channel was the seminal Murder by the Book, which opened Columbo‘s first season in September 1971. Starring the irrepressible Jack Cassidy as Ken Franklin, and directed by Steven Spielberg, it remains one of the best pieces of episodic television ever made and you can view in HD glory below.
NB – I cannot guarantee this will play in all countries. I am told it does not play in UK, Germany and Canada. If you’re unable to view it, I feel your pain but please don’t shoot the messenger! If you are able to view, where in the world are you? Seems to be OK in US and Australia. Where else?
- If you’re keen to compare notes, you can read my full review of the episode here.
- You can also check out my personal top 5 scenes from Murder by the Book here.
- Visit the full episode listing page to view more!
- Visit and subscribe to the official Columbo YouTube channel here.