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“Mannix…is back in action”
Years: 1969, 1970
Genre: TV series, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Joseph Campanella, Ward Wood, Robert Reed
Creator: Lalo Schifrin
Run time: 21 hours 18 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
DVD extras: Not much of anything
Related reviews: Mannix Season Two, Mannix Season One
I like Mike Connors. I like him as Mannix. And I like the show. But it’s still just a private investigator show. It may have been interesting in the 60s. In fact, I imagine that it was pretty gritty and advanced for television in 1969. But so many shows have come since then, and so many private investigators have plied their trade on the small screen, that Mannix just lumps in with all of them. He’s jsut another private eye, like Cannon and Jake Styles and Mom P.I. Mannix, Season Three comes to DVD October 27th from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Thankfully, Mannix is no longer with that ridiculous, massive Private Investigator Firm he was with in the first season. And he has a good supporting cast, especially Gail Fisher as his receptionist. In Season Three, he has yet another different car (the car appears to be a pretty big deal, season to season). This time it’s a Dodge Dart GTS 340 convertible. For me, that makes little difference in the show. A car’s a car, as far as I’m concerned. But I think a lot of people would probably care, so I’m mentioning it anyway.
The best thing I can say about Mannix Season Three, other than that it’s a pretty good private eye show, is that the DVDs are not split up into those obnoxious “Volume One” and “Volume Two” editions of each season that are coming out so much lately with other shows. That means that for Mannix fans, all they have to do is purchase one season at a time. You know, if you wanted to buy it. And you might, if you’re a car person or just generally a fan of private investigator television. I guess I am – I’m still watching Mannix.