The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.
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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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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 »


In the opening credits when Magnum and Rick are in the Ferrari you can see the camera and dolly reflection in the rear window. 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 »


Referenced in Dave's Old Porn: Lisa Lampanelli/Herschel Savage (2012) See more »

User Reviews

never watched it, now i love it
7 February 2007 | by spacedisco1See all my reviews

During it's initial run in the 80's I never cared for or watched Magnum. Oh I caught a few episodes here and there and even remember when a friend of mine (Ronald Lacey) got an offer to do an episode back in '83. But it just wasn't the kind of show I had any interest in.

Now, thanks to re-runs on KDOC I've somehow come to look forward to every episode, like most good TV it's the characters and the believable chemistry between them that grows on you. It's true as one reviewer pointed out the comparisons between Rockford Files (which I also love) It's more than just the flawed anti-hero, always getting into trouble, in debt, etc it's a realistic ensemble of characters who all love to hate each other. And Tom Selleck's whiny demeanor really starts to grow on you

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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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