Should it be considered a guilty pleasure that I love the old 'Colombo' TV show? I also feel I should qualify this by saying that while the show continues in occasional ABC network movie specials, it's really the 'Colombo' of the 1970s, and to a somewhat lesser extent the 80s and early 90s, that I particularly love. (There's an episode directed by Steven Spielberg that's awesome. And I'm not even that huge a fan of some of his movies.) But anyway, I think it's just fascinating how the show follows the exact same formula every time, but still manages to keep me watching. Peter Falk's police investigator character is on one hand almost a buffoon, with all his aw-shucks mannerisms and terrible wardrobe. (Not to mention that ancient Pugeot.) But at the same time, he's very shrewd in using that perception of him to his advantage, subtly able to go about finding more out than anyone ever reasonably expects--except us watching, and him. He's almost sort of off-radar as a threat, and yet it's like a praying mantis waiting to eat you for dinner.