Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the episodes ...
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
Magnum's full name was Lieutenant Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV, USN. The two gold stripes on the shoulder-boards of his dress whites indicate he was a Lieutenant. His father, Commander Thomas Sullivan Magnum III, USN, was a Naval aviator killed in Korea. He appears in flashbacks. His grandfather, Captain Thomas Sullivan Magnum Jr., USN, appears in the 8th season episode "Resolutions." His great-grandfather, Thomas Sullivan Magnum, appears in a home movie that Magnum and his nephew watch in the 6th season episode "Going Home." See more »
Boy, do I love 80's shows. They had everything-action, women in bikinis, bad guys, cool cars, they had the lot.
In my opinion, this series was Tom Selleck's finest hour. Magnum P.I. lived in a mansion in Hawaii where he had to put up with Higgins who was looking after the house for Mr. Masters. Both had respect for each other obviously but they were always getting on each other's nerves and Magnum also had to put up with two dogs-Zeus and Apollo if my memory serves me correctly-who didn't like him at all.
Of course, like most 80's heroes Magnum had a cool car which he used to parade around Hawaii solving all types of cases involving crooks both small-time and big time. Magnum used to investigate the cases and then engage in a good old fight at the end.
All in all, a good show. And who can forget Magnum's shirts?
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