One of the top rated shows on the 1980s decade, Magnum, PI thrilled audiences with its exotic setting and fast-paced action. Winner of multiple Emmys and Golden Globes, the show was a mainstay in the Top 20 Nielsen Ratings. Its Vietnam flashbacks (exploring the combat experiences of the main characters) were widely lauded, and Magnum, PI is considered the first television series to give recognition to the obstacles faced by Vietnam Veterans reentering American society. The range of topics, combined with a clever wit and heightened suspense, make Magnum, PI one of the more widely appealing TV series of its era.
Magnum, PI covers the life of Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), a former Naval Intelligence officer who resigns his position in order to set up his own private investigation business in Oahu, Hawaii. Through either luck or acquaintance, he lands a job as head of security for bestselling author Robin Masters' luxurious beachfront estate. This enables Magnum to drive around in Masters' sporty flame-red Ferrari, make use of various high-tech toys, and live a life of relative ease in the estate's guest house. Magnum constantly butts heads with estate manager Jonathan Higgins (John Hillerman), a former British military man in his own right, and one with a strict penchant for order and discipline. Despite their conflicts, Magnum and Higgins maintain a healthy friendship, while Magnum's friends Rick Wright (Larry Manetti) and T.C. Calvin (Roger E. Mosley) are forever being drawn into Magnum's dangerous investigations.
The Magnum, PI DVDs feature a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii" in which Magnum learns of the death of his childhood friend and Navy buddy Dan Cook. Skeptical of the officially cited cause of death, Magnum launches an investigation of his own with the aid of Dan's sister Alice. Eventually, the trail leads to an old military friend from Vietnam who might possibly be involved in a smuggling operation. Magnum and Alice put their own lives on the line as they discover that someone is determined to put an end to their investigation. Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "No Need to Know" in which Magnum is hired to protect one of Higgins' friends from IRA assassins, and "Lest We Forget" in which a veteran of Pearl Harbor turned (Supreme Court Nominee) hires Magnum to investigate when he receives blackmail threats relating to his past.
China Doll Episode
If you enjoy great backdrops or Hawaii, and Oahu, and enjoy the witty humor of Tom Selleck playing Magnum, you will find Magnum, PI to be one of the best TV series ever filmed in Hawaii.
Below is a list of episodes included on the Magnum, PI (Season 1) DVD:
Episode 1 (Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii: Part 1) Air Date: 12-11-1980
Episode 2 (Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii: Part 2) Air Date: 12-11-1980
Episode 3 (China Doll) Air Date: 12-18-1980
Episode 4 (Thank Heaven for Little Girls, and Big Ones Too) Air Date: 12-25-1980
Episode 5 (No Need to Know) Air Date: 01-08-1981
Episode 6 (Skin Deep) Air Date: 01-15-1981
Episode 7 (Never Again, Never Again) Air Date: 01-22-1981
Episode 8 (The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii) Air Date: 01-29-1981
Episode 9 (Missing in Action) Air Date: 02-05-1981
Episode 10 (Lest We Forget) Air Date: 02-12-1981
Episode 11 (The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club) Air Date: 02-19-1981
Episode 12 (Thicker Than Blood) Air Date: 02-26-1981
Episode 13 (All Roads Lead to Floyd) Air Date: 03-12-1981
Episode 14 (Adelaide) Air Date: 03-19-1981
Episode 15 (Don't Say Goodbye) Air Date: 03-26-1981
Episode 16 (The Black Orchid) Air Date: 04-02-1981
Episode 17 (J. "Digger" Doyle) Air Date: 04-09-1981
Episode 18 (Beauty Knows No Pain) Air Date: 04-16-1981