Mannix

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    Da da da dun!

    By jamoon2006, Jul 17, 2008

    "Mannix" has been another joy to discover on DVD. It's got the polish of "Mission: Impossible" and the action of a Connery James Bond movie. Mike Connors is terrific, and Joseph Campanella is a great foil for him to play against. The clash of man vs. machine gives Mannix a throw-back appeal, cut from the Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade cloth and dropped into the modern world. Watching 60s TV with a 21st century mindset is always risky - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I've been pleasantly surprised with how well "Mannix" holds up.



    Some of the plots are very strong and have shades of a Ross MacDonald novel (particularly "The Many Deaths of St. Christopher"). The good writing and the strong duo of leading men really keep "Mannix" from becoming too campy or ridiculous.



    I've only seen episodes from the first season, and the Intertech formula works so well that I'm disappointed that it went by the wayside for the rest of the series. That angle really makes the character stand out among the field of TV private eyes. While I'll check out Season 2 when (and if) it comes to DVD, I don't know how it will stack up.moreless

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  • 9.0

    Tough gumshoe with a heart of gold!

    By skaizun, Oct 13, 2006

    Riding on the great theme music by Lalo Schifrin (whose most notable TV work would have to be 'Mission:Impossible'), the viewer is taken on a fast moving, one-hour journey shadowing (pun intended) a gun-toting, California detective, whose cases always get solved with fisticuffs, bullets, and a beautiful woman at his side (think: "Captain Kirk" meets "Thomas Magnum"!).



    With a base cast of three people - - Mannix, his secretary, and a police inspector - - we were treated to a new guest star nearly every week. Whether they were good guys or bad, they always seemed to be cast right for the role they played! Even though the plots were basically the same from week-to-week, they somehow were presented with a new feel to them, that made us come back for more!



    By today's standards, the "violent" aspect of "Mannix" would be considered tame, but, back in the 70's, the sight of car chases, fist fights (with Mannix always seeming to give as good as he got, but usually ending-up with a black eye in every episode), along with the occasional shoot-out was exciting, with very little blood being spilled (or, at least, not to the degree of today's unnecessarily gory scenes).



    As seems to be common for most cop shows, Mannix was always arguing with the head police detective (who changed from time-to-time), with the trite "Stay-out-of-it" speech from the cop, and who might have been considered a "heavy", but, it was clear that they were on friendly terms.



    Gail Fisher, one of the few black characters of the time cast in more than a cameo role (similar to Nichelle Nichols, "Lt. Uhura", of "Star Trek" fame), played Mannix's secretary, but she was viewed and treated as a person and Mannix's personal friend, as opposed to being just a hired telephone-answerer and bookkeeper. It would not be "politically incorrect" of me to say that white audiences accepted her as more than just a token black.



    This was one of my favorite shows, back in the day!moreless

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  • 6.5

    Big Joe.

    By crazyrhythm, Aug 30, 2005

    Mannix was a detective drama shown on CBS from 1967 to 1975. Joe Mannix lived in LA and during the first season worked for Intertect,a detective agency that made extensive use of computers. This cramped Joe's freewheeling style,and in season 2 he opened his own one-man agency and acquired a secretary, Peggy Fair. Joe Mannix was a smart guy,but also didn't mind letting his fists do the talking. This was a very violent show for its time. Mannix was one of the final shows produced by the Desilu Studios before Lucille Ball sold out to Paramount.moreless

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