The Best Episodes of Magnum, P.I.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2019

Former Naval Intelligence officer Thomas Magnum resigns his commission to become a private investigator on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He lands a home in the guest house on the estate of millionaire author Robin Masters in exchange for testing the estate's security, but is forced to work under the strict and ever watchful eye of Jonathan Higgins, a former British Army soldier who serves as the estate manager, and constantly patrols the grounds with his two "lads" Zeus and Apollo, who are loyally trained Doberman Pinschers always ready to pounce on Magnum. Magnum makes good use of the perks that come with working on the estate, including driving Masters' sporty red 308 GTS Ferrari, Audi, and all-terrain Jimmy, as well as equipment such as high-end cameras and telescopes.

The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

#1 - The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

Season 4 - Episode 12

Higgins sustains a concussion hours before the guests are to arrive for a charity gala at the estate, and begins to lapse in and out of believing he is famed Shakespearean actor Sir Fearing Pangborn; Thomas enlists Rick and T.C. to cover security for the event while he takes up the slack left by Higgins's injury, and has his hands full when all the guests, dressed as famous characters of the 1920s in keeping with the gala's "Great Gatsby" theme, begin to arrive hours ahead of the appointed time; a crime wave breaks out when someone dressed in the same Charlie Chaplin costume as Rick is seen fleeing from a guest's room moments before thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry are reported missing and an addled Higgins is the prime suspect in the murder of one of the guests; as he begins to realize that people and events are not what they seem, Thomas takes his inspiration from the six-hour First Annual KHKU Agatha Christie Film Festival he viewed the previous night to solve the crimes a

star 9.30
3 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Robert Hamilton
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Deja Vu (2)

#2 - Deja Vu (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

Conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story. As Thomas and Penelope investigate the mystery surrounding Geoffrey's death, they become close to each other, and Thomas with this and with flashbacks to his haunting dream that seems to have predicted Geoffrey's death, he feels as though he's almost stepped into Geoffrey's life. The pair uncover that Geoffrey was once part of a powerful group of assassins, and seems to have been killed to stop him from having chance to expose the group. Meanwhile, Thomas learns that Higgins is reluctant to use the stay in England as an opportunity to visit his father, whom he has not seen in forty years after a falling out...

star 8.81
16 votes
Writers: Chris Abbott
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Almost Home

#3 - Almost Home

Season 3 - Episode 11

When a plucky cocktail waitress is denied permission to scatter her late father's ashes at the Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour, and faces arrest if she tries to do so, Lt. Maggie Poole advises the woman to contact Magnum. Soon, Thomas finds himself investigating a forty-year-old court martial ruling that decided the woman's father was AWOL during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour...

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Rob Gilmer, Alan Cassidy
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Home from the Sea

#4 - Home from the Sea

Season 4 - Episode 1

It's the 4th of July, and Higgins is playing in a polo match, T.C. is taking his baseball team to a professional game, Rick is out with his latest girlfriend on the King Kamehameha II yacht, and Thomas is observing his annual Independence Day tradition of a solitary day at sea -- until his surf ski is capsized in the wake of a recklessly driven speedboat and set adrift. Carried off further and further away from land by the powerful Molokai Channel, Thomas relies on childhood memories of his father's training him to tread water to keep himself afloat as he struggles desperately to stay above water and fend off a menacing shark. As the hours pass, Higgins, T.C. and Rick each have a sixth sense that Thomas is in trouble, and they team up to rescue him. Thomas approaches the twenty-four hour mark in the water recalling his wedding to Michelle and his father's burial -- on July 4, 1951 -- as Higgins scoops him out of the ocean, with T.C. in his helicopter overhead and Rick on the yacht nearby.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

#5 - Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

Season 4 - Episode 18

As he continues his memoirs, Higgins recalls the spring of 1976, when old friend from Sandhurst, David Worth, arrives in Honolulu to attend the funeral of a mutual friend. Insisting that his name is Stanley Sigerson, Sherlock Holmes's most frequently used alias, and that Higgins is Watson, Holmes's faithful friend, David firmly believes that their friend was murdered by none other than Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes's arch-nemesis. In the name of friendship, Higgins indulges David in his investigation, even though his suspicion that David is insane is borne out, and is shocked to discover that David's assertion that their friend was murdered was absolutely correct.

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Judy Burns, Jay Huguely
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Basket Case

#6 - Basket Case

Season 3 - Episode 15

T.C. and Magnum train their respective junior basketball teams for an upcoming game. T.C.'s team seems to have the advantage until Magnum meets a plucky teenager with a great game, and persuades her to join his team. Magnum and Higgins take a shine to the girl, and discover that her foster parents are criminals who are using her as a pawn in running their con games.

star 8.41
40 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Julie Friedgen
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Distant Relative

#7 - Distant Relative

Season 4 - Episode 4

Under protest, Thomas agrees to chaperone Rick's visiting 22-year-old sister Wendy while Rick works at the club, and quickly discovers that she's not the convent school innocent her brother thinks she is; after Wendy gives him the slip, Thomas scours the city searching for her and is devastated when the police find her murdered in an alley; when Rick blames Wendy's death on Thomas, the relationship between the men is dealt a severe blow, and Thomas vows to find her killers, even though Rick is determined to do the job himself with the help of information and an Uzi provided by Ice Pick; Thomas and T.C. follow Rick to Molokai, where the murderers are killed in a fiery crash as they are pursued by the three friends; to spare Rick's feelings and ease his grief, Thomas tells his friend the convincing lie that Wendy was a good kid who was just in the wrong place in the wrong time, instead of the truth that she was a drug mule murdered by the men for whom she worked.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Nick Thiel
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Little Games

#8 - Little Games

Season 5 - Episode 12

Higgins is outraged when Thomas's game playing crashes the estate's security computer system, thereby jeopardizing the selection of the estate for an upcoming multi-million dollar jewelery design competition; Thomas enlists Mac's help in reprogramming the computer in exchange for bailing him out of jail after he's been arrested for possession of stolen goods; after challenging Krista, the insurance company's wily security investigator who learned her trade at the knee of her jewel thief father, to test the Estate's security system after Mac gets the system up and running again, Thomas discovers that Mac has greatly overstated his programming abilities and that Krista has greatly understated her father's retirement.

star 8.39
31 votes
Writers: Deborah Pratt
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Did You See the Sunrise? (2)

#9 - Did You See the Sunrise? (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

Conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story. As Magnum, T.C. and Nuzo plan to get to Ivan before he kills them, the Navy – inparticular Colonel Greene and Admiral Hawkes – have their own concerns in the situation and questions regarding Mac’s death. But things are not as previously thought about Nuzo, and not only is T.C.’s life in great danger, but many other people’s too as a result, in part of an assassination plot of a Japanese prince...

star 8.37
27 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Did You See the Sunrise? (1)

#10 - Did You See the Sunrise? (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

First part of what was originally shown as a feature-length story. Nuzo, an old war comrade of T.C. and Magnum's, suddenly arrives in Hawaii, and finds T.C. to warn him that Colonel Ivan, a sadistic Russian agent who once held them captive and tortured them in a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam, is after them. At first, T.C. puts his old buddy's fears down to delayed stress, but it gradually begins to seem that there might be some truth in his claims. Meanwhile, Lt. MacReynolds resigns from the Navy, and Magnum lets him stay with him for a few days, but a fatal accident meant for Thomas - as yet unaware of Nuzo's warnings - adds ground to the fears that maybe Ivan is on the trail after all...

star 8.36
61 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Deja Vu (1)

#11 - Deja Vu (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1

Magnum and Higgins travel to London, England to oversee the establishment of Robin Master's new castle, Robin's Keep, in time for a large banquet. While Higgins is busy training Ian MacKerras for the running of the castle, Thomas takes the opportunity to visit Geoffrey St. Clare, an old friend from Vietnam, but upon arrival, Geoffrey's wife Penelope informs him that Geoffrey has been killed, after being run down in a hit-and-run incident with a black Jaguar. But there is mystery surrounding the death - Geoffrey was supposed to be in France, and the circumstances suggest that, far from being an accident, the death was deliberate murder.The events of Geoffrey's killing seem to be echoing a disturbing, bizarre dream that Magnum had on the journey to England...

star 8.33
27 votes
Writers: Chris Abbott
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Resolutions (2)

#12 - Resolutions (2)

Season 8 - Episode 13

As Rick's wedding looms ever closer, Thomas continues surveillance on Linda to catch the psychopathic killer who is stalking her; T.C. faces a reconciliation with his estranged wife; Thomas gets surprising news about his theory that Higgins is really Robin Masters, as well as the true fate of Lily.

star 8.32
37 votes
Writers: Stephen A. Miller, Chris Abbott
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Rembrandt's Girl

#13 - Rembrandt's Girl

Season 4 - Episode 14

Magnum is hired by a bank teller from Robin Master's bank to investigate her father, world-famous counterfeiter Herbie "Rembrandt" Norton, who has recently been released from penitentiary and whom she suspects has returned to counterfeiting after coming into large amounts of money since his release. Before starting investigations, the pair go to retrieve a book for Higgins from a safe deposit box at the bank, but the woman accidentally locks them in the vault, and with the time-release door and a slowly dwindling air supply, the pair are trapped inside... Meanwhile, spurred on by getting the potentially lucrative case, Thomas had promised to take Rick and T.C. for a luxurious weekend away, but unaware that Magnum is trapped in the vault at the bank, they are annoyed to presume that he has gone without them, and - with T.C. having problems with his girl-friend - they decide to hold a party at Magnum's guest house - which does not go down well with Higgins, who is holding a meditation we

star 8.32
31 votes
Directors: James Frawley
Writers: Chris Abbott
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Tran Quoc Jones

#14 - Tran Quoc Jones

Season 5 - Episode 9

At request of Robin Masters, Thomas begrudgingly is to provide protection for a political candidate whom he has reason to dislike. He is also waiting for a female client, but in her place arrives a young Vietnamese boy, Tran Quoc Jones, who wants to hire Magnum to find his long lost father, a pilot in the Vietnam war. Tran cannot go to the authorities for help as he is an illegal immigrant and would face deportation, and as Thomas does his best to trace the boy's father, he and his friends, especially T.C., become attached to the boy. But Magnum learns that the woman who was originally to have hired him was found murdered - and the politician, the dead woman and the young Vietnamese boy all tie in to the same case...

star 8.24
30 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Chris Abbott
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Operation: Silent Night

#15 - Operation: Silent Night

Season 4 - Episode 10

It is Christmas Eve, and T.C. is flying Rick to judge a beauty pageant, Thomas to play Santa Claus at a charity event, and Higgins to deliver a payroll to some of Robin Master’s workers, before he goes home to spend Christmas with his family in New Orleans. But the helicopter suddenly develops problems and they are forced to make an emergency landing on nearby deserted Frenchman’s Island. The remote isle is used by the Navy for shelling manoeuvres – and as the foursome try to find a way to safely make it off of the island, hopefully in time for Christmas, a Naval Captain, unaware of their presence, is hell-bent on upping his ship’s target practice scores, and a shelling on the island is imminent...

star 8.23
30 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Chris Abbott, Reuben Leder
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Jororo Farewell

#16 - Jororo Farewell

Season 4 - Episode 11

The Crown Prince of Jororo accompanies his teammates when their baseball team comes to Hawaii to play T.C.'s team, and takes up residence on the estate as a safety precaution against the death threats he's received. Thomas strikes up a friendship with the boy, who is eager to escape the ever watchful eyes of his bodyguards and governess, and who has a nasty habit of escaping whenever the opportunity presents. When terrorists attempt to assassinate the young prince, Thomas goes all out to protect him from his father's enemies, who turn out to be closer than anyone imagined.

star 8.23
35 votes
Writers: Reuben Leder
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Murder 101

#17 - Murder 101

Season 5 - Episode 8

At the urging of the students in the private investigation class that Thomas is teaching at a local college, Thomas takes on the investigation into the disappearance of a fellow student’s fiancé as the class’s field work. The teacher and his pupils soon discover that while the student’s fears that her fiancé is having an affair are unfounded, this anything-but-textbook case involves a man sought after by both sides of the law for trying to prevent a crime.

star 8.22
32 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Rogers Turrentine
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The Arrow That Is Not Aimed

#18 - The Arrow That Is Not Aimed

Season 3 - Episode 14

Higgins sends Magnum to collect a valuable Kenzan porcelain plate, newly purchased by Robin Masters, from the airport, but the artefact, which was entrusted to the care of a Samurai warrior while in transport from Japan, has been stolen. At first, Thomas thinks the whole thing is a joke, especially when the Samurai, Tozan, claims that the plate was stolen by a ninja, but the situation is for real, and the pair team up to try and find the stolen artefact. But they must work fast, as Tozan’s centuries-old culture dictates that he must commit sepuku – which means taking his own life – if the precious plate isn’t retrieved...

star 8.21
44 votes
Directors: James Frawley
Writers: Steven Hensley, J. Miyoko Hensley
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All Roads Lead to Floyd

#19 - All Roads Lead to Floyd

Season 1 - Episode 13

Magnum is hired by a bubbly young woman to find her father, who disappeared over ten years ago, not to be heard from since until she recently received a postcard from him sent from Hawaii. But her father is involved in some rather shady business, and Magnum isn't the only one looking for him...

star 8.20
6 votes
Directors: Ron Satlof
Writers: Rogers Turrentine, Babs Greyhosky
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Mac's Back

#20 - Mac's Back

Season 5 - Episode 3

Diane's suicide triggers memories of others that Magnum has loved who have been killed, sending him into a spiral of depression, with him fast becoming a drunken wreck. While driving through town, he catches a glimpse of a man in who looks exactly like his late friend Mac MacReynolds. Higgins, Rick and T.C. are concerned about the effect of Diane's suicide on Magnum, but Thomas is adamant that he isn't going around the bend and intends to prove to his friends and to himself that he's not going insane. But if Mac is dead, just who did Magnum see?

star 8.19
36 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Hotel Dick

#21 - The Hotel Dick

Season 6 - Episode 5

Magnum has given up life at the estate to get a "real" job as the in-house detective at the large, plush Hawaiian Gardens Hotel, where he must keep trouble out, stop prostitutes who work from the hotel, and most importantly, put an end to the rash of burglaries that have been plaguing the hotel by catching the thief, dubbed "the Catman of Kawaii". But he does nothing but irritate his new, snobbish boss by helping a prostitute he's befriended while letting the cat burglar escape him, and must capture the elusive thief before the upcoming International convention of jewellery designers to be held at the hotel, where the burglar is sure to strike if not caught in time...

star 8.19
27 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Reuben Leder
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The Look

#22 - The Look

Season 4 - Episode 9

With help from T.C. and Rick, Thomas is preparing a surprise construction for Higgins' upcoming birthday, when they wager a bet that a presenter on a local radio station is the same woman that was a much-loved presenter for the troops in Saigon. Thomas goes to the radio station to try and confirm whether it is indeed the same person or not and finds that she is the self same person, but now is being terrorised by malicious death threats phoned in to the station. The woman also has been searching for her lover, with whom she lost contact with 12 years ago during the war, when the man was accused of theft and disappeared, and asks Thomas' help in finally finding him...

star 8.18
39 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Louis F. Vipperman
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All For One (2)

#23 - All For One (2)

Season 5 - Episode 16

Conclusion of this two-part story. Magnum, Tyler and Higgins are held prisoner by the Vietnamese Major that has a reign of terror over Chong Ker. As Rick lays recovering from his wounds, T.C. works with a local he's befriended trying to repair an old helicopter for their escape, but it becomes apparent that Tyler has been deceitful about the true nature of the mission...

star 8.14
28 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Reuben Leder
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No More Mr. Nice Guy

#24 - No More Mr. Nice Guy

Season 4 - Episode 13

Thomas is forced to forgo his much-anticipated trip to the Army-Navy game and a reunion with his 1967 championship teammates when Rick, T.C., and Higgins guilt him into remaining in Hawaii and helping Carol save her career by nabbing one of the largest drug distributors in the islands.

star 8.13
32 votes
Writers: Nick Thiel
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Torah, Torah, Torah

#25 - Torah, Torah, Torah

Season 5 - Episode 21

Higgins asks Magnum to collect an old friend, Asher Solomon, from the airport – who Magnum finds is a Rabbi, arriving in Hawaii with a sacred Torah that was recently returned by the Antiquities Department of Taiwan. But on the journey back to the Estate, they are ambushed and the valuable Torah is grabbed from the Rabbi. As Magnum helps the Rabbi try to recover the sacred artefact, their search leads them to a ring of smugglers...

star 8.12
25 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Martain Sage, Sybil Adelman
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