The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.
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Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV is an ex-Navy "NIA" (ONI) Captain and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age 33 because he never got to be 23. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies and friends and who works just hard enough to keep it real. Written by LA-Lawyer

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The show is set in Hawaii partly because CBS did not want to close its Hawaii production offices when Hawaii Five-O (1968) ceased production in 1980. This show started production that year and contains occasional references to Steve McGarrett and 'Five-O', although McGarrett was never shown. See more »

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Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: [referring to the Navy] Why did you quit?
Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: It wasn't anything earth shattering. I woke up one day, age 33, and realized I'd never been 23.
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The Heir to Rockford
14 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Magnum to me is pretty much the logical heir to Jim Rockford in the fact that many of the same themes that were so prevalent on Rockford were on this show. Magnum to me was an ordinary guy who got caught up in extraordinary situations just like Rockford, but unlike Rockford Magnum still had many of the trappings of glamor that were associated with other detective series (ironically, Tom Selleck made several guest appearances on "The Rockford Files" playing the too good to be true Lance White). The other thing that I think made him endearing is the fact that he pretty much had a regular guy persona even though he was living in the lap of luxury and even though I wasn't as big a fan of this show as I was "Rockford" I can still see why this show was a classic.

And another thing, it wasn't just Selleck. This show could also be seen as an ensemble with Roger Moseley as T.C., Larry Manetti as Rick and, of course, John Hillerman as the stuffy Higgins all giving wonderful supporting performances.


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