Video of the Week: “Dead Weight”

UPDATE 09.17.15: And it’s gone! I guess we should be thankful…

OK folks. This week’s video is a prime example of how not to present a video online. As today is the birthday anniversary of the late great Peter Falk, I was hoping to share one of the three episodes of Columbo in which Timothy appears. I found this one on YouTube. It’s “Dead Weight,” first broadcast on October 27, 1971 and the second of Tim’s two outings as chili-slinger Bert. Now, I realize that YouTube constantly gets on people’s cases about uploading copyrighted material. But does that explain the annoying frame around the actual video, the fact that the sound is notably and gratingly slowed down, or the fact that the same episode plays twice in a row? All of these things render the video basically unwatchable, at least to my mind. I’ll let you make your own decision on that.

Until we get an official dedicated Columbo channel on YouTube, or maybe Hulu or someplace picks it up, this looks like the best we have to work with as far as the internet goes. It’s a damn shame, really.

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

This week’s video is another one from the archives. It’s the full-length episode of Ellery Queen known as “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It first aired on March 14, 1976. It’s brought to you by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!

Video of the Week: “The Resurrection of Carlini”

Our video this week is a full-length episode of The Greatest American Hero, “The Resurrection of Carlini”. It was first broadcast on November 19, 1982. Timothy is great as Blanchard, the slightly deranged assistant of the late great magician Carlini.

Again, it’s Hulu, so sorry about the ads. Enjoy!

Video of the Week: “Fire Man”

Our video this week is the first of two episodes of The Greatest American Hero in which Timothy appears. It’s “Fire Man,” and it was first broadcast on May 6, 1981. He portrays crooked auto yard manager Cameron, a fellow with a nasty disposition and interesting eyebrows. He first appears at about the 19 minute mark.

Again, it’s Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads. As I believe I’ve mentioned before, this episode was directed by Gabrielle Beaumont, who holds the distinction of being the first female director in the Star Trek franchise. Engage!

Video of the Week: “Teacher of Outlaws”

Our video of the week is the episode of The Big Valley known as “Teacher of Outlaws”. It was first aired on February 2, 1966. Timothy shines as Preacher Clegg, the Scripture-spouting gunslinger who has an eye for the ladies, even if they’re old enough to be his mother. (But it is Barbara Stanwyck, so you can’t blame him too much.)

Again I apologize for the ads, but that’s Hulu for you. I truly believe this is one of the best episodes of the series, with or without Tim (but preferably with, am I right?). Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Video of the Week: “Fortune City”

Thanks to the kind folks at Hulu (sorry about the ads), our video this week is the It Takes a Thief episode “Fortune City,” first airing on February 2, 1970. Watch Timothy make a pass at Stefanie Powers and watch her pretend to be interested! The leader of the gang is the great Broderick Crawford, who appeared along with Tim (not at the same time, unfortunately) in Convicts 4 (1962).

Here’s hoping that more of Tim’s television episodes become available for online viewing. Enjoy!

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

Our video for this week is the full-length episode of Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976. It’s presented by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!