Mannix TV Show Overview
Mannix was an American television detective series from 1967 through 1975 on the CBS television network. The Mannix TV series was created by Richard Levinson and William Link (who worked on other popular police crime dramas such as Columbo and Murder: She Wrote) and executive producer Bruce Geller, known for his work on Mission: Impossible.
The show was the last television series by actress Lucille Ball’s production company, Desilu.
Main Character: Joe Mannix
The show’s title character, Joe Mannix, is an Armenian-American private investigator. Mike Connors, an actor also of Armenian heritage, plays the starring role. He spoke the Armenian language at several points during the show.
He plays an Army veteran working for an L.A. investigation firm, Intertect. The detective firm used computers, and the boss kept track of his employees using cameras. Mannix preferred ignoring the computers and solving cases using his intuition and special methods. At one point, the production company removed the computers from the show, as they felt they were too high-tech for most viewers. Beginning with the second season, Mannix went out on his own.
Also, the show had incredible action sequences and even violence. For example, Mannix often took brutal beatings during his investigative work. He was often knocked out and was even shot during one episode. Conners injured himself several times during the filming of the show.
Primary Actors and Actresses Who Made up the Cast
- Mike Connors as Joe Mannix
- Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair
- Joseph Campanella as Lou Wickersham
- Ward Wood as Lt. Art Malcolm
- Robert Reed at Lt. Adam Tobias
Of course, many other actors and actresses participated in the making of each episode. Also, several high-profile celebrities made guest appearances throughout the show’s run.
Awards & Recognition
During its run, it had decent ratings, ranging from #7 to #30 during various seasons. Mannix received four Golden Globe nominations. Also, the main actor, Mike Connors, won one Golden Globe, and actress Gail Fisher won two. In addition, the show received four Emmy Awards. Plus, it won several other awards, including Edgar Allen Poe, TV Land, and Writer’s Guild.
Seasons and Episodes
Following is a list of the seasons, the number of episodes, and the date on which it first aired on television:
Season 1 had 24 episodes. It first aired on September 16, 1967
- S1 E1 – The Name is Mannix
- S1 E2 – Skid Marks on a Dry Run
- S1 E3 – Nothing Ever Works Twice
- S1 E4 – The Many Deaths of Saint Christopher
- S1 E5 – Make It Like It Never Happened
- S1 E6 – The Cost of a Vacation
- S1 E7 – Warning: Live Blueberries
- S1 E8 – Beyond the Shadow of a Dream
- S1 E9 – Huntdown
- S1 E10 – Coffin for a Clown
- S1 E11 – A Catalogue of Sins
- S1 E12 – Turn Every Stone
- S1 E13 – Run, Sheep, Run
- S1 E14 – Then the Drink Takes the Man
- S1 E15 – Falling Star
- S1 E16 – License to Kill—Limit Three People
- S1 E17 – Deadfall (1)
- S1 E18 – Deadfall (2)
- S1 E19 – You Can Get Killed Out There
- S1 E20 – Another Final Exit
- S1 E21 – Eight to Five, Its a Miracle
- S1 E22 – Delayed Action
- S1 E23 – To Kill a Writer
- S1 E24 – The Girl in the Frame
Season 2 had 25 episodes and first aired on September 28, 1968
Season 3 had 25 episodes and first aired on September 27, 1969
Season 4 had 24 episodes and first aired on September 19, 1970
Season 5 had 24 episodes and first aired on September 15, 1971
Season 6 had 24 episodes and first aired on September 17, 1972
Season 7 had 24 episodes and first aired on September 16, 1973
Season 8 had 24 episodes and first aired on September 22, 1974
Buy Mannix on DVD or Stream Online
There are eight seasons with 194 episodes available on DVD, which CBS Home Entertainment distributes. Watch Mannix episodes on Amazon Video.