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Magnum, P.I. 

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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.
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Cast

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

Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV is an ex-Navy "NIA" (ONI) Lieutenant, 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Runtime:

(164 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview for "Bravo TV's Countdown of the 100 Greatest Television Characters" Tom Selleck said his character, Thomas Magnum, was initially written as a "James Bond of television, visiting stewardess on each arm, flawlessly perfect" kind of character, which Selleck hated. By his own admission, he told the writers and producers "I'm tired of playing what I look like." When asked what he wanted to do, Selleck remembered how much fun he had working with James Garner on The Rockford Files (1974) and suggested making Magnum more of a laid back, blue collar average Joe. His rationale was that if men watched the show and were able to identify with him, it would bring in even more male viewers. The writers and producers initially refused, and Selleck threatened to do Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) instead. The writers and producers relented and Magnum became the approachable, charming jock character that Selleck would become famous for. See more »

Goofs

Despite being only a private detective, Magnum is involved in the deaths of at 15 people during the run of the series. Yet he never faces any criminal prosecution for this, even though at least three of these events were clearly cases of premeditated murder. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: Robin never does research.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) See more »

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The Best Show Ever!
17 January 2001 | by CajungirlSee all my reviews

I loved watching this show in the '80's as a teenager and still love watching it today. Every time a cable station picks it up for syndication, I'm a devoted viewer. Sometimes I'm even surprised by not recognizing a particular episode. Like today on A&E, they aired the 'The Legend of the Lost Art' episode which I don't think I've ever seen. The show never did lose it's edge with great humor, story lines, beautiful scenery, and not to mention wonderful actors. I don't think they'll ever be a detective show that will compare. I hope it lives on in syndication forever.


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