Magnum P.I. TV Series

Magnum P.I. TV Series
Magnum P.I. TV Series

Series Overview

Magnum, P.I. was a popular television show starring actor Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum. Thomas Magnum is a fictional private investigator who lives in Oahu, Hawaii.  The series ran for eight seasons from 1980 to 1988 on the CBS television network for a total of 162 episodes (see a list of episodes below).

The Magnum PI television series was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson. It was directed by Corey Allen and Ray Austin.

The basic premise of the Magnum P.I. television series is: A Former Naval Intelligence officer named Thomas Magnum resigns his commission in the Navy to become a private investigator on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The series is filmed in Hawaii in numerous beautiful locations. In addition, the supporting cast is top notch, including his buddies T.C. and Rick, who are always there to help him out on a case, though they never miss an opportunity to give him a hard time. The scripting is always interesting, funny, and witty.

The Magnum, P.I. television series consistently ranked in the top twenty U.S. television programs during the first five years the series was originally telecast in the United States. Undoubtedly, the show inspired many people to become a private investigator.

Most of Thomas’s actions fail to meet the approval of Higgins, the servant to Robin Master’s estate where Thomas lives. The interactions and witty banter between the two characters is part of the show’s main appeal.

List of Magnum P.I. TV Series Episodes

The television season episodes chronicle the private investigation efforts of Thomas and his colleagues. The private detective show had the right balance of interesting plot, mystery action sequences, and humor.

Following is a list of episodes, grouped by season. The list includes the episode number and the title.

Season 1 – 1980 – 81

The first season has 17 episodes. Following is a list of titles:

  1. Don’t Eat the Snow in Hawaii
  2. China Doll
  3. Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too
  4. No Need to Know
  5. Skin Deep
  6. Never Again – Never Again
  7. The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii
  8. Missing in Action
  9. Lest We Forget
  10. Curse of the King Kamehameha Club
  11. Thicker Than Blood
  12. All Roads Lead to Floyd
  13. Adelaide
  14. Don’t Say Goodbye
  15. The Black Orchid
  16. J. “Digger” Doyle
  17. Beauty Knows No Pain

Season 2

The second season has 22 episodes:

  1. Billy Joe Bob
  2. Dead Man’s Channel
  3. The Woman on the Beach
  4. From Moscow to Maui
  5. Memories Are Forever – Part 1
  6. Memories Are Forever – Part 2
  7. Tropical Madness
  8. Wave Goodbye
  9. Mad Buck Gibson
  10. The Taking of Dick McWilliams
  11. The Sixth Position
  12. Ghost Writer
  13. The Jororo Kill
  14. Computer Date
  15. Try to Remember
  16. Italian Ice
  17. One More Summer
  18. Texas Lightning
  19. Double Jeopardy
  20. The Last Page
  21. The Elmo Ziller Story
  22. Three Minus Two

Season 3

The third season has 24 episodes:

  1. Did You See the Sunrise?
  2. Did You See the Sunrise? Part 2
  3. Ki’i’s Don’t Lie – Part 1
  4. Emeralds are Not a Girl’s Best Friend – Part 2 (with Simon & Simon)
  5. The Eighth Part of the Village
  6. Past Tense
  7. Black on White
  8. Flashback
  9. Foiled Again
  10. Mr. White Death
  11. Mixed Doubles
  12. Almost Home
  13. Heal Thyself
  14. Of Sound Mind
  15. The Arrow That Is Not Aimed
  16. Basket Case
  17. Bird man of Budapest
  18. I Do?
  19. Forty Years from Sand Island
  20. Legacy from a Friend
  21. Two Birds of a Feather
  22. By Its Cover
  23. The Big Blow
  24. Faith and Begorrah

Season 4

The fourth season has a total of 21 episodes.

  1. Home from the Sea
  2. Luther Gillis: File Number 521
  3. Smaller than Life
  4. Distant Relative
  5. Limited Engagement
  6. Letter to a Duchess
  7. Squeeze Play
  8. A Sense of Debt
  9. The Look
  10. Operation Silent Night
  11. Jororo Farewell
  12. The Case of the Red-Faced Thespian
  13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  14. Rembrandt’s Girl
  15. Paradise Blues
  16. The Return of Luther Gillis
  17. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
  18. Holmes Is Where the Heart Is
  19. On Face Value
  20. Dream a Little Dream
  21. I Witness

Season 5

The fifth season has 22 episodes.

  1. Echoes of the Mind – Part 1
  2. Echoes of the Mind – Part 2
  3. Mac’s Back
  4. The Legacy of Garwood Huddle
  5. Under World
  6. Fragments
  7. Blind Justice
  8. Murder 101
  9. Tran Quoc Jones
  10. Luther Gillis: File Number 001
  11. Kiss of the Sabre
  12. Little Games
  13. Professor Jonathan Higgins
  14. Compulsion
  15. All for One – Part 1
  16. All for One – Part 2
  17. The-Love-For-Sale-Boat
  18. Let Me Hear the Music
  19. Ms. Jones
  20. The Man from Marseilles
  21. Torah, Torah, Torah
  22. A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken

Season 6

The sixth season has 21 episodes.

  1. Déjà Vu –  Part 1
  2. Déjà Vu – Part 2
  3. Old Acquaintance
  4. The Kona Winds
  5. The Hotel Dick
  6. Round and Around
  7. Going Home
  8. Paniolo
  9. The Treasure of Kalaniopu’u
  10. Blood and Honor
  11. Rapture
  12. I Never Wanted to Go to France, Anyway
  13. Summer School
  14. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  15. All Thieves on Deck
  16. This Island Isn’t Big Enough
  17. Way of the Stalking Horse
  18. Find Me a Rainbow
  19. Who is Don Luis Higgins, and Why is He Doing These Terrible Things to Me?
  20. A Little Bit of Luck, A Little Bit of Grief
  21. Photo Play

Season 7

The seventh season has 23 episodes.

  1. L.A. – Part 1
  2. L.A. – Part 2
  3. One Picture is Worth
  4. Straight and Narrow
  5. A.A.P.I.
  6. Death and Taxes
  7. Little Girl Who
  8. Paper War
  9. Novel Connection – Part 1
  10. Magnum On Ice – Part 2 (Murder, She Wrote episode)
  11. Kapu
  12. Missing Melody
  13. Death of the Flowers
  14. Autumn Warrior
  15. Murder by Night
  16. On the Fly
  17. Solo Flight
  18. Forty
  19. Laura
  20. Out of Sync
  21. The Aunt Who Came to Dinner
  22. The People vs. Orville Wright
  23. Limbo

Season 8

The eighth season has 13 episodes: 

  1. Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts
  2. Pleasure Principle
  3. Innocence, A Broad
  4. Tigers Fan
  5. Forever in Time
  6. The Love That Lies
  7. A Girl Named Sue
  8. Unfinished Business
  9. The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company
  10. Legend of the Lost Art
  11. Transitions
  12. Resolutions – Part 1
  13. Resolutions – Part 2

Ratings and Reviews

The series has a rating of 5.1 out of 10 stars on IMDB, 8.7 out of 10 on IMDB and 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. 88% of Google Users like the show.

Additional Facts

  • Tom Selleck won an Emmy in 1984 for his portrayal of Thomas Magnum
  • John Hillerman also won a well-deserved Emmy in 1987 for his role as Higgins

More Information

For more information about the series, the cast and individual episodes, visit the series Wikipedia page. Also, visit the official website for the 2018 reboot of the series.

If you like this show, check out other detective TV series.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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