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Years: 1970, 1971
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, Mannix Season Three
It might just be my copy of Mannix Season Four. (Out January 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment.) But the cover says “Mannix the Fourth Season”, and the spine says “Mannix the Third Season”. Just letting you know now, so when you go searching for it in the stores, it may be a little bit tougher if you go by the spines. And also a complaint on my behalf, because it’s really screwing up my DVD library, where I rely heavily on spines!
Anyway. Mannix is the same old guy in season four. His old army buddies are all crazy, and they keep showing up trying to kill him. Sometimes with karate. Mannix is very good at karate. Apparently not so good at staying friends with his old army buddies. Maybe he was a real jerk during the war. He was of course a war hero, as well as a college football star and an amazing karate expert and many other cool things. Including a really smart guy.
You know, though, for a really smart guy he sure gets knocked out a lot. Not that smart guys can always avoid getting knocked unconscious when they fight with all these bad dudes. It’s bound to happen. But the fact that Mannix was able to maintain all of his faculties, and remain a really smart guy through all those head traumas is remarkable. I read somewhere on the internet that throughout the course of the show, Mike Connors (or rather his character Mannix), was knocked out fifty-five times. And no trace of post-concussion syndrome, no blank spots in the memory, no problem! He wouldn’t be allowed to start a football game as a kicker with all those concussions, but he is allowed to continue being a private investigator. Thank goodness. I like this show.