Sam McCloud is a Marshal from a Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
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 early episodes were by far the best...though the show was very good overall.
I've recently been watching DVDs of "Mannix" and although I have enjoyed it, it's become clear that the earlier episodes are the best. By season three and four, the show lost some of its zing, though it was still better than the average show.
Season one is unusual. Joe Mannix is NOT a private eye like he would be for the remainder of the series. Instead, he's an agent working for Intertech--a high tech detective agency operating more like a corporation. His boss is played by Joseph Campanella and there is always tension between him and Mannix. When season two premiered, Mannix was no longer with Intertech. Instead he's privately employed and he's got Peggy as a receptionist. This is how it continued through the remainder of the series. And a few things that remain constant--Joe regularly gets the crap knocked out of him and is often knocked out (though more so in season one and two) and he doesn't particularly like women...or at least he doesn't trust them.
My advice is see season one and two and then decide if the show is worth continuing. I'm on season five and still have a bit to go until I finish.
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