In his book , Sheldon Catz rates the episodes from bad to excellent.
I find myself in agreement with him on most of his top rated shows- we both pick " By Dawn's Early Light" as number one- but many of the best of the original episodes are disparaged.
Do fans here agree that ETUDE IN BLACK, LADY IN WAITING, SUITABLE FOR FRAMING, DEATH LENDS A HAND, THE MOST CRUCIAL GAME, CANDIDATE FOR CRIME...are "bad" or even "poor"?
I certainly don't!
Of course not. Chance to write a book...?
I think Catz brings up a lot of good and interesting points, and the book is fun to read, but I think his ratings are too harsh. The lowest rating I would give any episode (including “No Time to Die” and “Undercover”) is Fair. I think it was a mistake for Catz to include those ratings because his low ratings seem to be the most common complaint made by those who have read the book, and it seems to be off-putting to the readers. He is also inconsistent when downgrading some episodes due to plot holes/inconsistencies/unrealistic elements, but overlooking those things in other episodes. He rates “Playback” and “Any Old Port” quite highly, although zooming in on the invitation like that is impossible in real life, and there are numerous impossibilities with the wine cellar, weather, setup with the body, etc.
Etude is very enjoyable. As is Candidate for Crime. No Time to Die gets 2 thumbs down.
Of course taking a poll on this forum is going to give you a plethora of different opinions of each person. So that might not accurately represent how things are. It's the individuals opinion
I just want to see if the ratings are generally shared by fans .
As a fan who watched the very first episode broadcast, it's certainly possible that newer fans align more with Catz than I do.
"Columbo Under Glass" is entertaining and ambitious, but the ratings are very flawed... I personally think of "Etude in Black," "Death Lends a Hand," "Suitable for Framing," and some of his other "poor" episodes are among the series' very BEST.
As with the section of the book where he suggests some pretty awful "better" titles for some episodes... this is one of the things I prefer to ignore about "Under Glass."
It's weird because the titles he rates "excellent" are all of high quality.
He seems to prefer the later seasons for some reason.
Maybe because they were directed in a more convential style . . the eps. from season one and two tended to be much more stylish.
How anyone could rate "Suitable for framing" as poor is completely beyond me.
Having not read the book I'd love to know what the justification is for that rating?
Wow. I'll definitely not bother with this book then.