Mannix: Season 1
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From the dynamic opening credits to the closing shootout, Mannix crackles with excitement, and is finally available on DVD for the first time ever! Cool, no-nonsense private detective Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) is a tough-talking loner within the large detective agency Intertect. He has street smarts and class, but he constantly fights with his boss, Lou Wickersham (Joseph Campanella), over how to conduct their investigations. Lou relies on the company's computers, but Mannix has to go with his gut. And that's just what he does every time! One of the most popular crime shows ever, this long-running series was developed by executive producer Bruce Geller (Mission: Impossible), and features all 24 Season One episodes on 6 discs, including the rarely-seen series pilot. Brace yourself for unbeatable action -- Mannix is back!
One of the most fondly remembered and action-packed detective series of the late '60s and early '70s, Mannix was the brainchild creators Richard Levinson and William Link (Columbo, Murder: She Wrote) and executive producer Bruce Geller (Mission: Impossible). Mike Connors won an Emmy as the title character, a tough, streetwise private eye whose hands-on approach to cases raised the hackles of his employers, the scientific-minded Intertect, and his no-nonsense boss Lou Wickersham (Joseph Campanella). Episodes generally saw Mannix taking his share of licks, either from or in the service of that week's guest star (celebs on display in this debut season include Tom Skerritt, Karen Black, Julie Adams, William Windom, and Neil Diamond in Episode 4, "The Many Deaths of Saint Christopher"). The on-screen violence, which earned the show its devoted audience as well as critical outcry, is fairly tame by today's standards, though it preserves the show's energy and drive; the chemistry between Connors and Campanella and especially Emmy winner Gail Fisher as secretary Peggy Fair (one of the first African-American characters to appear as a regular on a television series) also keep the episodes moving at a crisp pace. Modern audiences used to more high-tech crime shows like Num3ers and the CSI franchises may find Mannix's methods sort of quaint, but those who favor classic TV fare or who remember it from its lengthy network and syndicated runs will enjoy tagging along with Joe Mannix all over again.
All 24 episodes of the 1967-1968 debut season are featured on this six-disc set, including the 1967 pilot "The Name is Mannix." Connors himself is all over the DVD--not only is he interviewed with Campanella in a loose but informative featurette about their time together on the show (Wickersham was phased out by its second season in order to let Mannix work for himself), but he provides commentary on several episodes and audio introductions for just about every supplement. These include a promo clip for the show in a CBS TV special announcing the fall 1967 lineup; an interview with Connors on a 1969 episode of The Mike Douglas Show; a Paramount sales reel for prospective syndication broadcasters (with voice-over by the legendary Ernie Anderson); and a clip from a 1997 episode of Diagnosis: Murder in which Connors reprised Mannix to investigate a unsolved murder that was introduced in a '70s-era episode of that series. It's an impressive package, and should give Mannix devotees much to look forward to in regard to upcoming DVDs. --Paul Gaita
- All 24 episodes from the 1967-68 season on 6 discs, including series pilot
- Brand-new interview with Mike Connors and Joseph Campanella
- Audio intros by Mike Connors on episodes and selected special features
- Mike Connors on The Mike Douglas Show
- Clip from Diagnosis: Murder "Hard-Boiled Murder" episode
- Photo gallery
- CBS fall promo: 1967
- TV Land promo
- Sales presentation
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As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise Surprise Surpise!" I've viewed about 15 episodes over the last few weeks and so far, I've enjoyed each one not just for the memories, but for qualities and uniqueness of the show. Like a lot people, I had never seen season 1 originally, and CBS never repeated them after season 1 because of the storyline change. Mike Conners plays the rogue detective with a genuine warts and all quality that is engaging and different than the standard detective faire of the day. He's totally politically incorrect - a product of all the social norms of the post WWII era. Yet his sense of his own moral code and his rebuke of simply being another cog in the interact agency wheel, have almost a counterculture quality to them - he both represents 'the man' and yet fights the rules, structure and authority figures at the same time. Joesph C. in his one season role as his boss does a really nice job, but as Mannix evolves, no boss can hold him down (bye Joe).
The quality of the prints, writing , directing, etc has already been praised enough in the other reviews. I agree with them.
One element I found personally interesting, was the highly praised opening title sequence. I think I started watching the show as a child in season 2 or 3, and always wondered where all the show images came from in the title - now I know, Season 1.
Simply put, it you want a highly quality example of a 60s/70s detective show that still will hold your interest today...we have one man available.....Mannix!
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