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Mrs Columbo (NBC 1979, Kate Mulgrew, Lili Haydn)

Mrs Columbo

Crime drama series spin off from Columbo that told cases of the wife of the shabby raincoat wearing Columbo.

In the Columbo show his wife was often mentioned but never seen. Kate worked as a journalist for the Weekly Advertiser in San Fernando, California and found herself involved in the solving of various crimes.

After a spell off air the series returned under a new title Kate the Detective and then again as Kate Loves a Mystery.

This final change, prompted by fears that the Columbo association was in fact hurting the show, saw Kate divorce Columbo and revert to her maiden name of Callahan. Kate was now working for the Valley Advocate in San Fernando. She also worked quite a bit with Sergeant Mike Varrick who was part of the Valley Municipal Police Department. This change coincided with a short break in the series between episodes 5 and 6.

Mrs Columbo

production details
USA / NBC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 February – 6 December 1979 and 19 March 1980

cast
KATE MULGREW as Kate Culumbo / Callahan
LILI HAYDN as Jenny Columbo / Callahan
HENRY TONES as Josh Alden
DON STROUD as Sgt Mike Varrick

THE EPISODES
1. WORD GAMES (26 Feb 79)
2. MURDER IS A PARLOR GAME (1 Mar 79)
3. A RIDDLE FOR PUPPETS (15 Mar 79)
4. CAVIAR WITH EVERYTHING (22 Mar 79)
5. A PUZZLE FOR PROPHETS (29 Mar 79)
6. LADIES OF THE AFTERNOON (18 Oct 79)
7. IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY (25 oct 79)
8. OFF THE RECORD (1 Nov 79)
9. THE VALLEY STRANGLER (8 Nov 79)
10. A CHILLING SURPRISE (22 Nov 79)
11. FALLING STAR (29 Nov 79)
12. FEELINGS CAN BE MURDER (6 Dec 79)
13. LOVE, ON INSTANT REPLAY (19 Mar 80)