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Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :

Magnum P.I. follows the exciting adventures of private investigator Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV (Tom Selleck) and his three close friends as they live their lives on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii.


Magnum is an ex-U.S. Navy SEAL and ONI officer. His friends are T.C. (Roger E. Mosley), an ex-U.S. Marine helicopter pilot and small business owner, Rick (Larry Manetti), an ex-U.S. Marine door gunner and private beach club manager, and British socialite and majordomo Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (John Hillerman), an ex-British Army Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and MI6 intelligence officer. Okay, it was questionable for awhile if Higgins was really Magnum's friend, but over time you realized that he truly had Magnum's back.

The show aired on CBS for eight seasons, from December 1980 to May 1988.

I actually watched this show quite abit in the late 80's. Though, I probably caught most of the episodes on re-runs because I really missed a ton of tv shows because it was far more important to me to enjoy the 80's nightlife back then.

The "Magnum P.I." locations where incredible and they always had great guest stars!
Posted by Pittsburghgirl (Member # 7514) on :
I watched it off and on through the 80's. btw, Larry Manetti is on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, on BIO channel. I haven't gotten to finish the episode yet, so I don't know what his ghost story was about. I also like Selleck's new series, Blue Bloods, which is on tonight. Still waiting for him to sport a Hawaiian shirt just once in an episode.
Posted by JAY LEE (Member # 6345) on :
Manliest moustache EVER.........
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
I remember watching some episodes back in the day.
I just bought the season one set last week.

It´s -30 celsius outside here right now,
i think that i´m going to take a trip to Hawaii next week with Tom Selleck and the gang...
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Magnum - The biggest free loader in televsion history.

I wonder what Robin Masters' would have thought when he checked the mileage on his Ferrari.

I read somewhere that Selleck turned down the role of Indiana Jones because he wanted to do this show instead. It's probably a good thing. I can't imagine those movies with Selleck in.

I used to love the show as a young kid, but have seen it recently and that was enough for me.
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
I read somewhere that Selleck turned down the role of Indiana Jones because he wanted to do this show instead. It's probably a good thing. I can't imagine those movies with Selleck in.
I think the story is that the producers wanted him, but he couldn't get out of doing Magnum.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I always loved the intro music for Magnum.

Click here if you want to relive it.

It looks so cool how the chopper starts to nose dive.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
I watched the 2-part pilot and the China Doll episode earlier this week and i like it.
It´s pretty slow but entertaining.

In the early 80s it was enough if you had a fancy sportscar, a helicopter and nice location.
That was already a good basis for a tv-show.

But i like the cast too.
Easygoing guys with a sense of humor (well, maybe we should leave Higgins out [Smile] )

It was nice to see Robert Loggia and Judge Reinhold in the pilot.
Very early role for Reinhold.


In the China Doll episode there was a deadly wing chung killer on the loose with throwing stars.
Cool stuff!
And if every episode includes these lovely women in bikinis,
i´m going to like this even more [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Meanwhile in Hawaii...

It was about time to watch some Magnum episodes.

Episode 1.4 "Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too"

"Five little schoolgirls from New Hampshire ask Magnum to find their missing teacher." (IMDB)
This was a decent episode, not much action but some fun & silly situations.

Cute female guest star Katherine Cannon and the brats.

Episode 1.5 "No Need To Know"

"Magnum is hired to protect a British Brigadier who is hunted by the IRA." (IMDb)

Political episode. Some action but the two very pretty guest stars save this one.

Mariko Van Kampen and Robin Dearden ( Stitches )
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.6. "Skin Deep"

This was a good one.
Nice little murder mystery, funny jokes, action and Vietnam flashbacks.
Guest stars: hot Cathie Shirriff, solid Ron Masak and always cool "Mr. Lovejoy" Ian McShane.

McShane having a bad day "i need another drink"

Shirriff as former exploitation movie star Erin Wolfe
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
Good reviews Atom.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Thanks, man! Love watching these in the middle of the winter.
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
A little taste of tropical paradise! And that's just Tom Sellecks shorts...
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.7. "Never Again, Never Again."

Pretty enjoyable episode but no pretty ladies!
Nice nagging between the regulars, good plot twist, Magnum looking at the camera... i´m really starting to like this show.

Higgins in action

"Nazis in Hawaii?" "You better believe it, Thomas"
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.8. "The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii"

Pretty good action packed episode.
Cute Shawn Hoskins guest stars with Michael Nader (Dex Dexter from Dynasty).
The score gets a facelift and this was the first episode which includes new Mike Post theme tune.

Higgins mentions that tennis stars Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors are going to stay on the estate
but sadly we can´t see them as guest stars.
Fun bloopers and outtakes during the end credits.

Shawn praying that Magnum won´t leave her alone with the dog
Posted by thenodfather (Member # 8732) on :
I loved that television show. One set in a sunny location and the people looked allot more natural over the monstrosities you get today.
John Hillerman did an amazing job with the posh English accent. He is from Texas and the two are quite distinct so to be able to mask his own.
I found it always entertaining and a great watch.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.9. "Missing in Action"

"Magnum is hired by a new singer at the King Kamehameha Club to find her fiancé
who is listed as MIA during the Vietnam War." (IMDb)

Another good one. We can see Magnum shooting and even threatening(!) the bad guys.
Higgings uses his hypnosis skills and there´s funny nagging between Magnum and T.C.
Rebecca Holden co-stars with Lance LeGault, Jeff MacKay and Francisco Lagueruela.

Superhot Rebecca Holden with Thomas

Higgins hypnotizing
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.10. "Lest We Forget"

Nice little story set in 1941 and modern day 1981.
Interesting cast:
June Lockhart and Jose Ferrer play characters in the present day
and their real life children Anne Lockhart and Miguel Ferrer play the same characters in the 1941 scenes.
This was Miguel Ferrer´s first acting job.
We can also see very pretty Miss Hawaii 1978 Elizabeth Lindsey and always good Scatman Crothers in this one.

Selleck and Lindsey.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.11. "The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club"

Evil kahuna places a curse on Rick and the King Kamehameha Club.
Who is behind this and why?

Decent mystery episode, not much action in this one.
The guest-stars are Gretchen Corbett and Lew Ayres.
Few good jokes, T.C. breaking the fourth wall and the King Kamehameha Club Surf Ski Race.

Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Episode 1.12. "Thicker Than Blood"

"TC flies out to a freighter at sea during the night to smuggle a Marine deserter back to the U.S." (IMDb)

Well, T.C. gets arrested so Magnum and Rick try to prove that he´s innocent.
Pretty good stuff. We get to see Magnum/T.C. fist fight, some Magnum/Higgins nagging
and Magnum with a gorilla AND Groucho mask [Smile]

Don´t be afraid, it´s only Magnum

Episode 1.13. "All Roads Lead to Floyd"

"Magnum is hired by a woman from Kansas to find her father who she has not seen for ten years." (IMDb)

This was a very funny episode with a great supporting cast:
Noah Beery Jr., Red West, Andy Romano and the cute girls Anne Bloom (The Dirt Bike Kid), Deborah Hedquist and Elissa Dulce Hoopai as Vicki.

Red West in action

Vicki invites Magnum to a party
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
The summer is gone so it´s time to head back to Hawaii [Smile]

Episode 1.14 "Adelaide"

"A woman hires Magnum to protect "Norman," a prized show horse" (IMDb)

Not among the best episodes but still pretty decent.
Co-starring Christine Belford (Christine, The Ladies Club) and b-action legend Cameron Mitchell.

Rick and T.C. take the first Hawaii international horse show seriously

Episode 1.15. "Don't Say Goodbye"

"Agatha Kimball, a wealthy blind woman, is being blackmailed and she hires Magnum to pay the blackmailer." (IMDb)

This was much better. Cool little story and some very funny moments.
The co-stars are pre-Cheers Ted Danson, Andrea Marcovicci (The Hand, The Stuff) and Mercedes McCambridge.

Ted "i could have been the next Michael Myers" Danson
Posted by ViennaRage (Member # 13710) on :
Good old 80s slightly cheesy, adventurous fun! [Smile] I love the show.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
The last three first season episodes:

Episode 1.16 "The Black Orchid"

"A rich, bored woman, married to one of the richest men in Hawaii, hires Magnum to act out some of her "games,"
but then the "games" become reality." (IMDb)

Crazy idea here and i usually like crazy ideas but this one was only so-so.
The co-stars are Judith Chapman, John Ireland and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Magnum "relaxing" with Louise.

Episode 1.17. "J. 'Digger' Doyle"

"Thieves are attempting to steal tapes of Robin Masters' new book.
Magnum joins forces with security expert J. "Digger" Doyle to prevent the theft." (IMDb)

One of the best episodes of the season!
Orson Welles guest stars as the voice of Robin Masters, lots of action
and one of the most beautiful co-stars ever, Erin Gray (Six Pack).

They even tried to create a spin-off series starring Erin Gray as "Digger" Doyle but the series was not ordered.

Rick is drinking fruit juice, Magnum has a beer while they both are enjoying the view

Episode 1.18. "Beauty Knows No Pain"

"A woman from Bayonne, New Jersey hires Magnum for one day to find her fiancé." (IMDb)

Nice, humorous season finale.
Co-star Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons, My Mom's a Werewolf) is both good and annoying at the same time.
T.C. gets Magnum to compete in the Ironman triathlon to give Island Hoppers (his helicopter company) some publicity
and we get lots of laughs out of that idea.

Magnum in a bus eating a day old sandwich
Posted by The Good Package (Member # 9492) on :
i base my wardrobe off of magnum and sonny crockett
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
So, i noticed from another thread that Bernie just watched season three and liked it.
I watched seasons 2 and 3 while the site was down and still love this show. Very good stuff.
Going to check out season four later.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Oh my God! [Big Grin]

Yeah, I enjoyed it much more than I did years ago. I am out shopping today so I think I am gonna try and grab season 6 and 8 when I am out.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I ended up grabbing season 5 and 6. About 44 episodes to get through [Big Grin]
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Looks like all three of us are into Magnum at this time.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Yeah I have just got through season 3,4 & 6. I just went to the shop then and bought season 3 of the A-Team.
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Loved the Ateam but not sure if it is watchable anymore. Liked all of the characters. Let us know how it is nowadays Bernie
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Found this Magnum site and thought maybe you guys might find something interesting on it.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
The A-Team is pretty bad man. I watched it as a kid so thought it was great but I watched some last night and it's awful.

The bad guys lock up the A-Team in a room but forget that it's filled with power tools, welding equipment and everything under the sun to get out of the room. But, instead of just cutting a hole in the door with the welding torch they decide to build some weapons for when the bad guys open the door back up. Why would you just not cut a hole in the door and go?

The entire USA military is looking for them and can't find them but if you have a problem and nobody else can help and if you can find them then maybe you can hire the A-Team. It's just stupid.

They tell everyone what their real names are which is something you certainly would not do if you were on the run.

They have machine gun showdowns in the most populated areas.

Don't get me started - I could go on for days but this show does not hold up well. I think Magnum holds up pretty good though.

I checked out that site. It says that almost all the indoor scenes for Robin's Nest were not shot there. I dunno about this because when you see the main house you can see a window and from the inside near the stairwell you can see that same window. I would be highly bummed if that was the case. Why have the estate and not film the inside of it unless part of their rental agreement did not allow them to go inside. I would feel a bit bummed if it was the case that the inside scenes weren't shot there.

[ 15. July 2015, 05:28: Message edited by: Bernie_Lomax ]
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Sorry Bernie but i had to chuckle.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I am glad you got a laugh. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The A-Team is completely unrealistic and I really do wonder how it was such a successful show and don't anyone get me wrong I was a huge fan as a kid.

Why in this show is there a bunch of rednecks/mobsters/teamsters etc trying to run some business out of town? I mean, it just doesn't happen.

One thing that is just as bad in both shows though is the stuntmen. It's so obvious that they are using them and at times it seems like the director makes zero effort to try to disguise that it is a stuntman. In one episode of Magnum, TC's stuntman was in a fight scene and for a good 30 seconds to a minute you could see the stuntman face on and it was clear that it was a stuntman - I was like, how could nobody notice this? In the A-Team they look like they make some effort but it's still bad - last night Hannibal jumped off a balcony - yeah like a 70 year old guy is not gonna pull up with an ankle injury but the stuntman looked like he was wearing a latex mask to make him look more like Hannibal but he just looked like a burns victim version of Hannibal.

More to come [Big Grin]
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Just finished watching season 8 of Magnum (the final season). I don't know why this show did not continue. It must have gone out on a high like Seinfeld because it was good right up until the end. It's not like the show got worse or you got sick of it. I actually thought some episodes in season 8 were the best of the entire Magnum series.
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
How many seasons of Magnum do you have left Bernie?
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I still have to watch 1,2,4 and 7. I watched a few episodes from season 1 last night as well as the pilot. It is strange because the theme music from Magnum right at the start of the series is different. It's good but not as good as what they ended up coming up with later on.

How bout you?
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
i only see what they show on tv reruns which is usually season 3 and 4. Been missing alot lately due to my sons baseball games on thursday, which is ok
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Anyone checked out the Magnum estate in person or at least been to Hawaii - If so what was it like?
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I was out today doing come clothes shopping. I was looking for a shirt like this:


and a Detroit Tiger's cap (or as Higgins would say a Detroit Panther's cap) like this:

Damn - couldn't even find a photobucket picture of it.

Unfortunately I couldn't find either the cap or a similar shirt.
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Are those orchids on his shirt? I cannot tell.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I am not sure but what a life it must have been living in paradise for 9 years doing that show. Ahhhhh that would be awesome.
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Right on Bernie! Not doing Indiana Jones was probably an easy decision for him.

You might be able to find similar shirt at the thrift stores when you are looking for movies. You may want to wash it 80-89 times before you wear it.

Your bringing that up makes me want to start a new topic on people playing roles on TV.
I will post it later on.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
The Magnum DVD's I have a lot of commentary on them and one of the guys narrating an episode said that Selleck really wanted to do it but they weren't going to let him out of his Magnum contract - he said though due lot's of bad whether in Hawaii at the time they had to postpone shooting for ages so in hindsight he could have actually done it.

Perhaps that movie would have really launched his career but looking back it would be a tough choice to make - Doing that show for 9 years in Hawaii would have been great.

Larry Manetti still talks to Selleck a couple times a month and speaks to Mosley every week. He even talks with Hillerman a couple times a year. So they are all good friends still after all this time.

Yeah, you never know what the hobos have been doing to their shirts. 80 -89 times - classic!
Posted by Peter Lemonjello (Member # 37395) on :
So far I have only invested in the first two seasons of Magnum, but from what I can read here, the consesus seems to be that it is worth sticking with.
Posted by Peter Lemonjello (Member # 37395) on :
Got season 3 in the mail today, and judging from the first episode I just watched, it's gonna be well worth it.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Great two part episode with Bo Svensson, just wait until you see the ending in part 2!
Posted by Peter Lemonjello (Member # 37395) on :
Yes, that was pretty damn awesome. I think this is now neck to neck with China Doll as my favorite episode so far.
Posted by Peter Lemonjello (Member # 37395) on :
Although one thing I hate about these old shows... the pre intro preview... I hate that ****. Just let me watch the episode for the love of.....!!
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
I hate those too, always press the FF button and close my eyes.
I mean, who wants to know what´s going to happen in the episode before it even starts... stupidstupidstupid.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
Is China Doll the episode with the Wing Chun killer? If so I love when Magnum is about to jump off the chopper to the ground. The stuntman has a big furry mo also but he looks like he weighs an extra 20 pounds.
Posted by Peter Lemonjello (Member # 37395) on :
That's the one. And if you watch carefully, it's an uninterrupted shot... stuntman jumps down, rolls out of the way out of shot, and Selleck pops up. I've seen them do that little trick in more than a few episodes now.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
They do a pretty bad job with the stuntmen in Magnum but I love it. The stuntman for TC is also great. Besides being big and black they look nothing like each other [Big Grin]

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