Magnum PI was
an action crime drama that ran from 1980 to 1988 on
CBS. This was one of our favorite shows here at
The show revolved around Thomas Magnum (played by Tom
Selleck), a private investigator on the island of Oahu,
Hawaii. Other regular characters included T.C. Calvin
(Roger E. Mosely), Rick Wright (Larry Manetti), and
Higgins (John Hilerman). The show consistently ranked
in the top 20 Nielsen ratings during its first 5
seasons, and was one of the highest ranking shows in
United States television.
In the show, Magnum (Selleck)
lives as a guest at the Robin Masterís estate at Robinís
bequest. Living a life of luxury, Magnum was in a
position to take private investigation cases that suited
him, although he had to appease the estateís by-the-book
caretaker, Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (Hillerman).
Magnum would constantly find himself bargaining with
Higgins for use of the estateís amenities, such as the
tennis courts, wine cellar, and the Ferrari 308 GTS.
With the help of his Vietnam vet friends Rick (Manetti)
and T.C. (Mosely), Magnum would go about the business of
catching the bad guy, solving the mystery, and often
getting the girl. Oddly enough, the writers tried to
kill Magnum off in the 7th season, making him
a ghost in the last episode, but fans hated the ending
so much, that they had to bring Magnum back to life for
an 8th and final season.