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This is one of those weird pop culture things no one can really explain...Columbo has world wide audience? Why?

For example there a Columbo statues in (of all places) Budapest.

I've seen the old series and it is memorable, but Budapest?

From the article:

Even 50 years since its first season began on 15th September 1971, Columbo remains a TV show like no other. The US series with Peter Falk in the title role – as the ramshackle, eccentric, cigar-chomping, raincoated LAPD homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo – revolutionised what a cop show could be. Here was a murder mystery where the murder was no mystery: audiences saw the deadly deed at the start of each episode, invariably carried out by one of LA's rich and famous in an attempt to preserve their esteemed reputation.

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