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Years: 1972, 1973
Genre: TV series, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Robert Reed
Guest stars: Martin Sheen, Burgess Meredith, Abe Vigoda, William Shatner, Anne Archer, Marion Ross, Robert Reed, Jessica Walter
Theme music composer: 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, Mannix Season Four, Mannix Season Five
As you can see from the picture above, very little has changed in the world of Mannix for the sixth season. The DVD cover of all six have featured basically this exact same picture…a pastel background and Mike Connors looking at me. Then six bullets. You know, to reinforce that this is season SIX. For those who can’t read, but can count.
The sixth season itself is indistinguishable from the previous five, in that Mannix takes on a series of investigations – from finding a little kid’s stamp collection (which is probably plausible for a private investigator) to going undercover in a mob organization (which probably isn’t). No matter what case he takes, though, one thing is for certain – Mannix will be shot at. Even when attempting to recover a stamp collection, he will have shots fired his way.
So the only thing that will set Season Six apart from other seasons is the guest list, which is highlighted by Martin Sheen, who appears as an amnesiac war veteran being conned into a heist by some nefarious characters. This episode came just before Sheen became a major star – a year before his star turn in Terrence Malick’s Badlands and eight years before his definitive role in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.
Other stars who appear in the sixth season, like Marion Ross and Jessica Walter, have appeared in previous seasons of Mannix, then there’s William Shatner who used to show up in every single TV series ever created. And Burgess Meredith and Abe Vigoda. So…not a stellar guest list this time around.
I like Mannix, and I find myself rooting for him not to be shot in most episodes. And sure, it’s the same thing episode after episode, season after season. But there’s something to be said for knowing just what you’re gonna get, and liking it. Which means there’s something to be said for Mannix.