By Mack & Ben
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Columboys is a podcast all about the rumpled, wood-paneled, murderous world of Lieutenant Columbo hosted by Mack and Ben. Come along on an episodic journey through the 35 year history of this beloved series.
||ExplicitColumboys - 29 - Troubled Waters||Columbo's cruise to Mexico is interrupted when he tries catch a wily car salesman who murders a singer to cover up an affair. Will he catch the killer and still make it to the Lido Deck in time for the limbo contest? Meanwhile the Columboys battle tone,||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 28 - By Dawn's Early Light||An accident takes the life of the owner of a military academy, but Columbo suspects murder. He's right of course. I mean this is a Columbo after all! Meanwhile the Columboys are up to their old tricks in another episode of this mildly beloved podcast.||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 27 - Negative Reaction||Columbo must track down a murderous cockney chimney sweep played by Dick van Dyke. I think? It's been a couple months since I saw this one.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 26 - An Exercise In Fatality||Columbo faces off against a fitness guru who murders a gym owner to cover up a scam. Meanwhile, the Columboys fight a war against themselves in the future, by including a bunch of stuff that made editing this episode a lot more involved. Curse you, Colu||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 25 - A Friend in Deed||Columbo must catch a duplicitous police commissioner (Richard Kiley) and his hapless neighbor who trade murders. There are a lot of Jurassic Park references in this episode so hopefully people remember that Richard Kiley was in that. They do, right? Oh||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 24 - Swan Song||Columbo must catch a Man in Black whose plane plummets into a Ring of Fire. Now he must Walk the Line between good and evil in order to put this Wayfaring Stranger into Folsom Prison before Some else gets Hurt. It's Johnny Cash. Did you get what I was d||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 23 - Mind Over Mayhem||Columbo is on the trail of a scientist who murders his colleague to cover up plagiarism in this week's episode. Meanwhile, the Columboys confront an ancient evil that has arisen to confront our heroes once more.||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 22 - Publish or Perish||Jack Cassidy returns as a murderous publisher. It's completely different from the time he played a murderous writer. He's very versatile! Stay tuned after the episode for a trip into madness!||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 21 - Double Exposure||Robert Culp returns for what might be his best episode, portraying an ad executive who murders a client. To catch him, Columbo must use every trick in the book, specifically the book "The Mind String and How To Pull It."||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 20 - Candidate for Crime||Columbo must catch a senator responsible for the violent death of of his campaign manager. A politician involved in criminal behavior?! Now I've heard everything!||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 19 - Any Old Port in a Storm||An egotistical winery owner kills his brother and tries to make it look like an accident and Columbo must struggle to uncover the truth. Meanwhile an exhausted podcaster struggles to type out yet another description for a show with incredibly similar p||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 18 - Lovely But Lethal||A failing cosmetics executive murders a duplicitous scientist for a miracle cream. Later, Columbo arrives.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 17 - Double Shock||Martin Landau plays twins whose rich uncle is murdered. But which twin was the culprit? Also Mack and Ben allow themselves a brief moment of sincerity. Don't worry, it won't happen again!||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 16 - The Most Dangerous Match||Columbo must match wits with a chess master who's always 5 moves ahead! Will his next move be a check mate? Castling! I'm out of chess jargon. Enjoy the episode!||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 15 - A Stitch in Crime||Columbo must catch a crafty surgeon (Leonard Nimoy) before his patient's heart gives out. Will Columbo catch this highly logical villain and exactly how many times can mack use "live long and prosper" as the 'one more thing'? At least two so far!||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 14 - Requiem for a Falling Star||A fading film star accidentally murders her assistant while trying to murder a tabloid journalist and The Columboys fall in love with legendary costumer Edith Head.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 13 - Dagger of the Mind||Columbo must solve a murder in Merry old England, or Southern California, depending on what scene you're talking about. Meanwhile, The Columboys must solve the mystery of exactly which podcast it is that they're doing.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 12 - The Most Crucial Game||Robert Culp returns in his most mustachioed role to date as a sports manager who kills off the philandering owner of a football team. It's a good one, folks!||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 11 - The Greenhouse Jungle||This week Columbo must solve the case when a fake kidnapping turns to real murder. Meanwhile the Columboys struggle with their greatest problem yet: how to edit this episode of the podcast!||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 10 - Etude in Black||A symphony's conductor murders a pianist and tried to make it look like a suicide. Will Columbo's investigation fall flat or will he be sharp? Hey I know that's an awful joke, but writing these things is hard and this podcast is free.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 9 - S01E07 - Blueprint for Murder||In the Season 1 Finale, Columbo must catch a devious architect who schemes to make his rich financier disappear. But when a costly and high-profile search turns up nothing, will Columbo ever catch his prey? Yes! Obviously he will. I can't believe you're||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 8 - S01E06 - Short Fuse||Columbo struggles to catch a whiz-kid chemist who murders his uncle to take over the family business, and the Columboys struggle to not talk about Roddy McDowall's extremely tight pants for the entire episode. Spoiler alert: Columbo is successful, the C||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 7 - S01E05 - Lady in Waiting||Columbo must crack the case when a wealthy heiress's plan to make her brother's murder look like a suicide goes awry. Meanwhile the Columboys must crack the case of just what the heck was up with that pool table in the department store.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 6 - S01E04 - Suitable For Framing||In this episode Columbo must somehow outwit the least capable and most obvious murderer of the entire series, a TV art critic who murders his uncle for his art collection.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 5 - S01E03 - Dead Weight||Columbo must solve a murder but the sole witness is being romanced (and gaslit to hell and back) by the killer!||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 4 - S01E02 - Death Lends a Hand||Columbo matches wits with a ruthless investigator (Robert Culp) who murders the wife of a newspaper magnate to cover up his blackmail ring.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 3 - S01E01 - Murder by the Book||In this Spielberg Directed, Bochco scripted, Mancini scored debut episode , Mack and Ben find little to criticize and a lot to love!||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 2 - S01E00 - Ransom for a Dead Man||A rich lawyer with a pilot's license (this is actually relevant, I swear) murders her husband and tries to make it look like a kidnapping gone wrong.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColumboys - 1 - The Original 1968 TV Movie - Prescription: Murder||In the first ever (sort of) Columbo movie broadcast on television (kinda), Columbo is on the case of a psychiatrist who murders his wife with the help of his patient/lover. Absolutely no medications are prescribed during this movie.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I managed to listen to the first episode. It was awful! Way too much profanity. Completely unnecessary and it detracts from the production. Plus it reflects poorly on the two hosts, who seem more interested in commenting on fashion trends and societal norms.
Just one last thing....
A really fun and interesting podcast on one of the greatest detectives in tv history. I’ve always been interested in Colombo, but never quite sat down to get into it. Now this podcasts starting, it feels like getting to watch along with friends.
Update: still adore this podcast, just wanted to add that the highlights of the amazing fashion of Columbo is my favorite part of the show. The 70s clothing is absolutely amazing and hearing someone who knows what he's talking about break down whats happening brings me so much joy.
The Hosts' Lack of Knowledge Is Stunning
I must be some sort of Columbo-phile, because this is the fourth Columbo podcast I've listened to, and I'm still not bored. Like The Columbo Podcast before it, hosts Mack and Ben are reviewing the Columbo series in order, and like all the Columbo podcasts except for Just One More Thing, one of the hosts is apparently a fan while the other is a relative neophyte.
One element that distinguishes Columboys from its predecessors is the neophyte's obsession with fashion, which is semi-interesting. Also, even though the hosts often go into tangents, the episodes are still much shorter than those of other Columbo podcasts. Unfortunately, the relative brevity of the episodes may stem from both hosts' lack of knowledge about what they're watching, which is borderline annoying.
I'm not talking about anything requiring extensive research; I'm talking about things they should have been able to pick up just by watching the show, such as Billy Goldenberg and Gil Mellé scoring "Murder by the Book" and "Death Lends a Hand," respectively, as opposed to Henry Mancini or that Columbo's creators were Richard Levinson and William Link, who I don't think Mack and Ben mention by name for the first three or four podcasts. I believe Mack and Ben even said that "Death Lends a Hand" marked Levinson and Link's first return to Columbo as writers since "Prescription: Murder," despite their having a story credit on the pilot, "Ransom for a Dead Man."
In closing, Columboys is shorter than the previous Columbo podcasts, and the hosts have found a unique lens through which to examine the series, but what they glean from the episodes is seriously lacking.