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Re: Which episode would be the best for 13-year-olds who've never seen Columbo before?

Nice idea!

Don't know if you're in the US or not, but some school districts might have an issue with overt violence. I think Swan Song would be great, since no one is visibly shot, strangled, drowned, injected with drugs, mauled by a dog, bludgeoned to death or electrocuted. Does kind of limit the genre though.:smile:

Re: Which episode would be the best for 13-year-olds who've never seen Columbo before?

Thanks a lot for your help, everybody!

Now my list has grown longer. And I like all your suggestions! I had never thought that seeing Steven Spielberg's name on the screen may change the students' perception of the series and make them a bit more likely to be well predisposed in its favour. So "Murder by the Book" could be a very good candidate.

As to overte violence... Oops, I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to check what the DVDs say about the age limits. I'm in Spain, so things may be different, but it's funny to think how the murders in Columbo can be seen as too violent, considering what kids see nowadays in almost any film or TV series. Though it's true that that's their parents' responsibility, not mine, what we see at school is my responsibility, so if I find the series is not suitable for this age, we'll watch "Swan Song", which I also love.

"no one is visibly shot, strangled, drowned, injected with drugs, mauled by a dog, bludgeoned to death or electrocuted"

Good Lord... What I have been watching all these years? :joy: I don't like violent films, but I didn't realise how violent this series is!

@Stephen, what do you mean by "the first and last of the Peter Falk ones"? Are there other episodes not with Peter Falk that I'm not aware of?

Re: Which episode would be the best for 13-year-olds who've never seen Columbo before?

Peter Falk was the third actor to play Columbo, the first was Bert Freed on tv, the episode exists in some museum but they refuse to release it for anyone to get it in the shops as a retail product, the next was Thomas Mitchell in a stage play version which toured.

Re: Which episode would be the best for 13-year-olds who've never seen Columbo before?

Oh, thanks God! I knew of those, but something in the way you said it made me think they had decided to carry on filming episodes with a different actor! I thought that, not being in the USA, I might have missed that information (I wouldn't have watched them, but I would have liked to have known of their existence - Same as with the Kate Columbo series).

Thanks!

Re: Which episode would be the best for 13-year-olds who've never seen Columbo before?

“Murder By The Book” is the best way to introduce someone to the show, especially a youngster! It’s got the Spielberg connection to “wow” them. It’s got a good crime, great clues, good music, crazy and exaggerated characters, and of course Cassidy.