Good news if you’re a Columbo fan based in the United States – every one of the Lieutenant’s 69 televised adventures is available to view, for free, via on-demand streaming service, Peacock.
The streaming arm of NBCUniversal, Peacock launched on 15 July and has already delighted Columbo fans in their droves by making their favourite detective’s full back catalogue – of both the NBC and later ABC episodes – available to view at their leisure.
All episodes can be viewed for free (with ads) in HD simply by signing up to the service online at the Peacock website. To be able to enjoy without ads requires sign-up to the Premium service. It’s not available where I live, so I can’t give you costs but I certainly recommend giving it a look if you’re Stateside.
It’s worth noting that pilot episodes Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man can be viewed, but you’ll need to search for them by title as they are housed separately from the serialised episodes.
Lest we forget, all seven seasons of Columbo from the 1970s can also be viewed for free (also with ads) via Amazon Prime or IMDBTV if you’re in the US. Those of us outside the 50 states have fewer online options, so if you’ve delayed buying the DVD set for any reason, now could be the time to dive in! You can also view several HD episodes right here on this site.
If you’ve already sampled Columbo on Peacock, do share your opinions on the quality in the comments section, so that other readers can decide whether to follow your lead and sign up. That’s all for now though, folks, have a peachy weekend and look out for the final part of the Columbo Top 100 scenes of the 70s, which will be published on Sunday!