Columbo. The first two and maybe three seasons were absolute TV classics. The later ones were a little bit tame and the character of Columbo seemed to lose some of his more quirky habits which made the first seasons so memorable. Great TV mysteries though with a twist: You knew who the murderer was, but how would Columbo nail him?
Detective Columbo (Peter Falk): SOCRATIC IRONY is employed when someone says something that conveys a message that contradicts the literal words. Someone attempting to use Socratic irony might sound like the old television detective Columbo who always disparaged his own talents to make the suspect think he was an idiot.