The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Tom Selleck ...  Magnum / ... 158 episodes, 1980-1988
John Hillerman ...  Higgins / ... 158 episodes, 1980-1988
Roger E. Mosley ...  Theodore 'TC' Calvin / ... 158 episodes, 1980-1988
Larry Manetti ...  Orville 'Rick' Wright / ... 158 episodes, 1980-1988


Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV (Tom Selleck) is an ex-Navy "NIA" (ONI) Lieutenant, and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age thirty-three because he never got to be twenty-three. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies, and who works just hard enough to keep it real. Written by LA-Lawyer

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He's a Hellraiser in Paradise See more »


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Did You Know?


Many of the recurring cast members, particularly Gillian Dobb, Kathleen Lloyd, Jeff McKay, Lance LeGault, and Elisha Cook, Jr. originally appeared on this show as different characters. See more »


Hawaii has some of the most stringent firearm laws in the United States. It is nearly impossible to obtain an open or concealed carry handgun permit, and as of 2017, less than 200 people on all of the islands of the state, not including law enforcement officers, have an open or concealed carry handgun permit. Yet the entire series shows all of the major characters both armed with handguns and freely carrying and using them. This would not be possible. See more »


[Rick is trying to pay Higgins]
Orville 'Rick' Wright: Here, for your inconvenience.
Jonathan Quayle Higgins III: [refusing it] I don't accept tips.
Theodore 'TC' Calvin: I'll bet you don't give 'em either.
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Crazy Credits

Often the still photos in the closing credits are from outtakes...for example, characters can be seen laughing, or they are from a different angle than what was seen in the episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original German dubbed version from the 80's (for ARD) all references to Thomas Magnum's Vietnam missions were deleted and the series was cut down to fit its given time slot. Creative dubbing hid the cuts. In 1994 the series was re-dubbed (for RTL), this time in it's original, uncut form. See more »


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User Reviews

Great Show
30 May 2003 | by mm-39See all my reviews

The first couple of years the show had too work the glitches out. Once they got the formula right this was an entertaining show. There were some memorable stories, I like the one with his quarterback friend Darcy. This show had a budget that todays producers would salivate at. A Ferri, a chopper, a mansion, and great locations. Tom Selick grew as an actor in this series, and the 80's over the style is missed with todays shows. Who care's who gets voted off the island, or people making out in the bathroom on the show Friends, I rather watch a show with production vaule, professional actors, directing, and some fun. Time well spent on A&E

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Release Date:

11 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnum, P.I. See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


(164 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (Season 8)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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