William Link

Biography: William Link is one of television’s most famous writers and producers. Along with his writing partner Richard Levinson, Link created some of TV’s most memorable detectives. Jessica Fletcher, Joe Mannix, and Lt. Columbo all sprang from their fertile imaginations.

The two began their collaborations as students at the University of Pennsylvania and continued in a partnership that lasted until Levinson's death in 1987. Link and Levinson were among the first writers to address major social issues in their writing, and they did so in ways that challenged audiences. In 1971, the duo achieved their greatest success with the premiere of Columbo. Starring Peter Falk (in a role that won him four Emmys), the series about a rumpled but brilliant detective became an American TV institution, and earned critical and audience acclaim. Levinson and Link won an Emmy award for a script in the show's first season and the series was honored with several awards. After leaving the air after
William Link is one of television’s most famous writers and producers. Along with his writing partner Richard Levinson, Link created some of TV’s most memorable detectives. Jessica Fletcher, Joe Mannix, and Lt. Columbo all sprang from their fertile imaginations.

The two began their collaborations as students at the University of Pennsylvania and continued in a partnership that lasted until Levinson's death in 1987. Link and Levinson were among the first writers to address major social issues in their writing, and they did so in ways that challenged audiences.

In 1971, the duo achieved their greatest success with the premiere of Columbo. Starring Peter Falk (in a role that won him four Emmys), the series about a rumpled but brilliant detective became an American TV institution, and earned critical and audience acclaim. Levinson and Link won an Emmy award for a script in the show's first season and the series was honored with several awards. After leaving the air after seven seasons, the show was resurrected in 1989 as part of The ABC Mystery Movie. Columbo outlasted this series and periodic specials continued to air until 2003.

Perhaps their second most famous show after Columbo was Murder, She Wrote. Inspired by the idea of an Agatha Christie-type author as a sleuth, Levinson and Link built on their previous Ellery Queen project and devised this new series. The show ran for 12 highly rated seasons and continues to be very popular today.

Link won Emmys, Golden Globes, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and was nominated for a Tony. His last major project was in 1994, when he co-created and produced The Cosby Mysteries. His decades of work will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 12 Sep 21, 1995 Creator 9.0
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 11 Sep 25, 1994 Creator 9.0
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 10 Sep 12, 1993 Creator 9.0
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 9 Sep 20, 1992 Creator 9.0
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 8 Sep 15, 1991 Creator 9.0
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 7 Sep 16, 1990 Creator 9.5
tbd Columbo: Season 9 Nov 25, 1989 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 6 Sep 24, 1989 Creator 9.5
tbd Columbo: Season 8 Feb 6, 1989 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 5 Oct 23, 1988 Creator 9.5
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 4 Sep 20, 1987 Creator 9.5
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 3 Sep 28, 1986 Creator 9.5
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 2 Sep 29, 1985 Creator 9.5
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 Sep 30, 1984 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 9.7
tbd Columbo: Season 6 Oct 10, 1976 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 5 Sep 14, 1975 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 4 Sep 15, 1974 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 3 Sep 23, 1973 Writer / Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 2 Sep 17, 1972 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 1 Feb 20, 1968 Writer / Based On A Character Created By / Executive Producer / Producer 8.4
tbd The Fugitive (1963): Season 3 Sep 14, 1965 Writer 10
tbd The Fugitive (1963): Season 2 Sep 15, 1964 Writer 10
tbd Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7 Oct 10, 1961 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 13 Sep 30, 1984 Creator 9.0