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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Excellent DVD

    Mannix season 5 is excellent. The storylines are well written and Mike conners acting was spectacular. Bryan Stevens, Upland, CA

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    The Golden Globe Winning Year

    Mannix was never a "crime drama" so much as it was a singular character portrayal and thus a vehicle to tell a larger story about human nature. The themes in Mannix are some of the most useful themes America ever produced - everyday heroism, the beauty and cost of individuality, the value of having an internal moral compass, toughness, working outside of an organization (in this case the police) - but also in concert with it, a willingness to sacrifice, and a workman-like focus on making the world a better place. These themes infuse you when you watch this show, because they are so beautifully and artistically done, starting with the acting, but also with the producing, through the writing, even in the musical scoring, and in the setting in both time and place. Season 5 of Mannix is the year the series won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and it is also the year in which Mannix had its highest ratings - because it had its best timeslot over its eight year run. This was the only year Mannix ran on a weeknight (Wednesdays at 10PM) which was its natural fit - and lots of people found it there, since it finished at number 7, overall, for the year. For those who have re-invested already, a recurring comment in other reviews of Mannix is that this is the one series you loved as a kid that does not embarrass you as an adult. Loyal viewers who follow the evolution of the main characters through the seasons are not disappointed. The only other main character in the opening title credits, of course, is Gail Fisher, who plays Peggy, Joe's secretary and best friend who just happens to be of both the opposite gender and a different race. She plays a critical role, as both foil and witness, but also in allowing Joe to become softer, more human, even as he maintains his toughness. Somehow, even though seasons 2-8 ran from 1968-1975, many viewers actually wanted that relationship to cease being platonic - and that is a remarkable testimony about the acting and the chemistry between those characters! If you invest in following those characters closely, and pay attention to the often extremely subtle, and yet highly significant, evolutionary items included by the show's producers (which include playwrights Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts for seasons 2-8), you are rewarded. Mannix rewards you for paying attention. It can actually help enrich the experience of watching this show to stop the DVDs and wonder what happened in-between the tight edits, in sharp contrast to today's shows where you mostly think about other things while you are watching. And, if you follow the characters closely, you are especially rewarded with "Death is the Fifth Gear," the episode which closed out the fifth season of Mannix - and an episode for which I can still remember looking forward, all week, to its original airing after having seen the previews the week before. It did not disappoint. There are lots of subtle things that go on in that episode that evolve and reveal the essential nature of the characters. I can't wait to see it again, digitally re-mastered and unedited, along with a host of other shows from season 5 (as well as seasons 6-8) that have lived in a special place in my memory over all of these years. The experience of re-connecting with seasons 1-4 of this show has been nothing short of amazing. I have no doubt that this will be the case for season 5, as well as the remaining, yet to be released, seasons 6-8, of this truly classic, iconic,

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