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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.

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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.

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  • Category: TV & Film
  • Language: English

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