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 Magnum / ... (158 episodes, 1980-1988)
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 Orville 'Rick' Wright / ... (158 episodes, 1980-1988)


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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11 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Thomas Magnum resigns from the US Navy in 1979 after 12 years of service. He says it was because he had turned 33 without ever being 23. He then takes up work as a private investigator, later moving into the guest-house at Robin's Nest at the behest of playboy author Robin Masters in 1980, where he also serves as security consultant at the estate in exchange for living there rent-free and the use of Robin's Ferrari 308 GTS.

There are conflicting dates for Magnum's birthday, with dates being given ranging from 1944-47. 1946 would seem to the most likely year of birth, based on Magnum's being 33 in 1979. Magnum was a Navy SEAL in the Vietnam War and later served in Naval Intelligence ('NIA'/ONI) after a spell in a VA hospital. Magnum had lost his younger half-brother in the war and had also believed he had also lost his wife Michelle, who would later make a few appearances on the show. See more »


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I know what you're thinking...
20 October 2002 | by (Chantilly, VA) – See all my reviews

...that I would bash this show. Well I can't. How could one forget Magnum's psychic link when he went to England or when he gets stranded on the island that doesn't welcome visitors or the all time worst one: the Ivan and Cookie episode. Ugh, for years just saying "cookie" with a Russian accent would make me laugh. Yeah, the episodes that were marked serious were pretty bad but the light-hearted ones more than made up the difference. Magnum's trip to L.A., the treasure hunt, Higgins and Magnum's feud, Magnum as a hotel detective, the P.I. award that didn't matter to him because he wanted to solve the murder of the French detective that he didn't even like, were great stories. That last episode was particularly good as a lot of the more fun guest stars of the past participated. Candy Clark's Leslie should get special mention as the best of all the guest stars as the hooker that means well but doesn't listen to anyone. As for the regular cast: all good, although Larry Manetti sometimes came across a little amateurish. But this would have meant nothing if the main star wasn't any good. And Tom Selleck was good. He makes me believe that Magnum can look at a video of T.C.'s kidnapped daughter and figure out where she is being held from the reflection of an apartment building in the glass behind her. Yes, Tom Selleck's performance is what makes me watch Magnum P.I. whenever I get the chance.

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