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January 4, 2014

Top thirty crime procedurals, #26: Mannix

Filed under: Our Favorites, Television and/or Movies — Tony Demchak @ 6:08 am

IMDB link.

Basic premise: Guy opens detective agency, gets shot in the shoulder 4000 times an episode. (Sometimes, he got shot in the leg!)

Why it’s here: Theme music helps. Mannix, as a character, was somewhat sub-par, but it was surprisingly action oriented for a late 60s/early 70s cop show. I still can’t get over the fact that there was never any blood. Huge props for trying to work in a computer angle; ahead of its time in that regard.

Why it isn’t higher: Honestly? Mannix the character was boring. Even as a kid watching this show, I knew he was never in danger. The criminals were better shots than Stormtroopers, since they actually hit Mannix with frightening regularity, but they had to have special marksman training to always hit him in the freakin’ shoulder.

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1 Comment »

  1. Good choice on Mannix. I invented a three-person card game called Mannix, based off of an Icelandic(?) game named Manni. The trick was that there was a fourth hand dealt, and you could swap out your hand for Mannix’s by shooting him in the shoulder. Sadly, I didn’t work in a “car rolling down the hill eventually explodes” angle.

    Comment by Kevin Feasel — January 5, 2014 @ 5:21 pm


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