Mannix was always one of the most interesting shows to watch on T.V. Unlike the wannabe private eyes, Jim Rockford, Barnaby Jones, etc., Mannix had a big heart and also guts. Willing to take a risk to right a wrong, Mike Connors breathed life into one of the most formidable characters ever to grace the T.V. screen. Much like Steve McGarrett, Mannix was like a pitbull with justice, and once he sank his teeth into it, would not let go until he finished. Peggy, always managed to keep him walking a straight line, most of the time, and the character development between the two of them, was as great as the story being told that evening.
In season 5 we are treated to a freshened opening, updated vehicles, Peggy loses the Simca finally, and much more thankfully of Ward Wood, Lt. Art Malcom. Having to piggy back on Cannon or Barnaby Jones for most of the season, cudos to the team at Mannix for putting the show in the top ten this season. Proves when an actor like Mike Connors, who was never caught up in the Hollywood whirl and Gail Fisher are allowed to thrive, anything is possible. And the writers gave us some incredible stories that season as well, along with fabulous guest stars all year long. So sad that television today is not anywhere near as entertaining or rewarding as Mannix and the original Hawaii Five-O were. I doubt there is a producer or writer out there that could give us the gut wrenching stories and make you have to watch it to the end, like they did on Mannix. I can'Mannix: Fifth Seasont wait for the release of season 5 and look forward to 6-8 !!!!! Better than anything on t.v. today...and that says something.