Published On: Wed, Jan 25th, 2023

REVIEW: ‘Poker Face’ Is Natasha Lyonne and Rian Johnson’s New ‘Columbo’

Natasha Lyonne in Rian Johnson's Poker Face on Peacock.

There is nothing like a mystery television show. They are some of the most long-running television shows of all time for a reason, and Columbo was one of the best there ever was. The show was often carried by star Peter Falk’s energy alone, and while the mysteries were often explained to us right up front, we still loved tuning in to see how Columbo got to the end. And now we have our modern-day answer to Peter Falk’s energy with the master of murder mysteries leading the charge: Poker Face.

The format of a “how-catch-em” versus a whodunnit is simple: You already sort of know what happened with a how-catch-em and you’re just along for the ride of how they get caught. And that’s basically what we’re doing with Charlie Cale (Natasha Lyonne) in the new series from Knives Out writer/director Rian Johnson.

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