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Magnum, P.I. 

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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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Did You Know?


At some point during the run of the series, Magnum had the distinction of being punched, at least once, by each one of his friends: Higgins, Rick, and T.C. However, Magnum never struck any of them at any time. 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 »


Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: One of the cliches of my profession is that to get information from a bartender you have to slip him bills of various denominations. Bills that you can't afford with pictures of unfamiliar presidents and usually for information that isn't worth it.
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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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Apartment (2014) See more »

User Reviews

Sagging PI! Not!
4 January 2000 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

This show is a lotta fun, A and E started running it of late, and tossed in a Magnum Marathon New Years weekend. Very good! Love the 'Raiders' spoof episode, everything with Orson Welles making a cameo at the end(the Real Robin Masters, by the way..), Sinatra's guest starring role, TC and Rick, etc. Higgins was well played by a Texan if you can believe it too.

They do NOT make them like this anymore-what is the closest you can think of? Nash Bridges? And even that isn't up to par compared with Magnum. Fine cast, great locale, humour, etc. by all means, watch this on A and E if you get the chance.

*** outta ****, one of my faves from the '80s.

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Release Date:

11 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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

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(164 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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