I'm kind of a Mannix newbie. I have only seen a few episodes, but enjoy the show very much.
Has anyone seen a TV movie Mike made called Beg, Borrow or Steal, which is about three disabled guys pulling off a museum heist? it's excellent.
What I think is so interesting about Mannix is his secratary Peggy. You hardly ever hear anything about the actress, but she was one of the first black actresses to have a recurring part on television. I always thought she was such a trailblazer. I loved that their relationship just was, there was nothing political about it. It was so well done and fairly progressive for the time.
And how is it, I didn't remember this show was created by Levinson and Link, my two favorite TV guys! I need to really sit down and watch this series!
I've seen Beg, Borrow, and Steal
in the excellent reference book, Movies Made for Television
, but have yet to see it. Hopefully, someone like the Warner Archive will release it to dvd.
I have a huge crush on Gail Fisher! She had a lovely speaking voice and just carried herself in a such an attractive way. She's completely forgotten today. What a shame her career didn't continue after Mannix ended.
I was a bit young to watch Mannix during its original run, and didn't get to see my first episode until early 1985, when a local independent channel included Mannix in its late-night lineup.
As for the program itself, the first season is very, shall we say, "1960s America." Lots of smoking, drinking, etc. It's a bit stiff at times, but Mike Connors is of course brilliant, as is Joseph Campanella, who plays his boss in the "Intertect" investigating firm. That concept we be dumped after the first year. I still enjoy it, though.
The show is very much of the late '60s and early '70s, a time period I've had a lifelong fascination with. So a fanatic like me has a lot to enjoy. It's also good to see future stars, established character actors, and former Hollywood movie stars appear in Mannix.
The show has great, jazzy underscore, cool fashions, and some fun plot twists. Don't expect any Magnum PI silliness on Mannix, though the latter does get beat up a lot! The humor on Mannix is subtle and his interaction with Peggy is always a treat. Mike Connors (like Tom Selleck in Magnum) was born to play this role.