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. Robin’s Nest was the fictional estate of Robin Masters where the crew filmed many scenes. 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 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 private investigators.
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 are part of the show’s main appeal.
List of Cast Members
The main cast consists of:
- Tom Selleck – Thomas Magnum
- Roger E. Mosley – Theodore Calvin, more commonly known as T.C.
- Larry Manetti – Orville Wright, more commonly known as Rick
- John Hillerman – Jonathan Higgins, usually just Higgins
In addition to the main cast, there are many recurring characters. Also, a number of well-known actors and actresses made guest appearances on the series. For example, Frank Sinatra, Sharon Stone, Ted Danson, and even Carol Burnett. Of particular note were crossovers and tie-ins from other detective shows, including:
- Angela Landsbury from Murder She Wrote
- Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker – Rick, and A. J. from Simon & Simon
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.
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.
- 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
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