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Considered one of the most violent television series of its era, "Mannix" followed the adventures of L.A. private eye Joe Mannix, who first worked for a detective agency known as Intertect, which relied heavily on computers and a large network of operatives. In the second season, Mannix opened his own agency, with police widow Peggy Fair working for him as his secretary. Each episode featured plenty of fistfights, car chases and shootouts. Written by
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During the 1972-73 season Mannix's car (a 1973 Plymouth Cuda convertible) were actually three 1971 models updated (by changing the grill/headlights, hood, and taillights panel) to look like a 1973 Cuda, as Plymouth no longer made the Cuda as a convertible, and driving a convertible had been a Mannix trademark since the show began.Mannix began to drive the Challenger which also went out of production. See more »
The 194 one-hour episodes (all in color) of detective drama "Mannix" originally aired on CBS from 1967-1975. It was a slick series, uncharacteristically violent (at least by television standards) with decent enough scripting so that there was generally logic involved in all the story lines.
Mike Conners (one of my fraternity brothers) played the title character, a maverick private eye who starts out (Season One) as a loner within "Intertect" a large detective agency. It was intended by its creators (Richard Levinson and William Link-see "Columbo") to be a man vs technology statement.
In Season One Mannix is in constant conflict with his boss Lou Wickersham (Joseph Campanella). Lou has invested big bucks in a computer system, the latest electronic technology, and assorted scientific detection gadgets; and these are central to the way he is marketing the agency's services. Mannix is an old fashion gumshoe, solving cases by hard work and instinct. Their confrontations may remind you a similar dynamic on "Kolchak: The Night Stalker".
After its first year "Mannix" became a conflicted series. The title character was a reprise of the Nick Stone character Conners played in the police drama "Tightrope" (1959-60 also on CBS). Stone and Mannix are no-frills film noir style grunts, coming out of most confrontations a bit the worse for the wear. But once the producers of "Mannix" saw the success of "Bullitt" (1968) they began to pack the series with car chases and outfit their otherwise grim gumshoe with a succession of "Munsters" inspired exotic automobiles. Can you say incongruity?
But that should not concern those about to view the Season One DVD set. Speaking of incongruity, the later season's content and style seems mismatched with the boxy split screen title graphics. These were a carry over from Season One where they were meant to reflect the computer and technology themes. I liked them even though they seemed out of place in subsequent seasons. I also liked the catchy theme music by Lalo Schifrin who did the theme for "Mission Impossible".
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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