The BEST Episodes of Magnum P.I.

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Network: CBS

Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii taking jobs no one else will with the help of fellow vets T.C. Calvin and Rick Wright, and the former MI:6 agent Higgins.

Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill

#1 - Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

Magnum must help his defense attorney girlfriend, Abby Miller, when she realizes that the client she successfully defended in a murder trial is actually guilty. Also, TC confronts Kamekona about stealing his helicopter business.

star 7.82
453 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Alfredo Barrios Jr.
Desperate Measures (2)

#2 - Desperate Measures (2)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 3, 2020

When Junior is kidnapped as leverage to retrieve the stolen list of undercover CIA agents, and most of Five-0 is rounded up by the CIA to prevent them from interfering, Tani and Quinn ask Magnum and Higgins for their help. Part 2 of a crossover with Hawaii Five-0.

star 7.81
409 votes
Knight Lasts Forever

#3 - Knight Lasts Forever

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 2019

Kumu and Higgins are in danger when Robin’s Nest is under siege by mercenaries storming the estate in order to find out the true identity of the White Knight, Robin’s muse and literary hero. Rick and T.C. help one of Rick’s employees when his car is stolen, and Higgins finally gives Magnum an answer about if she’ll become his partner.

star 7.80
495 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Neil Tolkin
Day I Met the Devil

#4 - Day I Met the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Magnum is called up from the reserves for a top secret mission, but his friends are stunned when they learn that the mission is a lie and Magnum has been set up.

star 7.79
372 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Alfredo Barrios Jr.
A Kiss Before Dying

#5 - A Kiss Before Dying

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 11, 2019

When the Dobermans dig up what appears to be a human bone, Magnum and Higgins help Katsumoto investigate the murder of his former mentor.

star 7.77
512 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Ashley Charbonnet, Barbie Kligman
Day the Past Came Back

#6 - Day the Past Came Back

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 18, 2019

Magnum discovers that his ex, who landed him and his friends in a POW camp, is on the island and planning to steal a fortune in gold.

star 7.75
516 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter M. Lenkov
Blood in the Water

#7 - Blood in the Water

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 25, 2019

When Magnum and Higgins get “yacht-jacked,” Higgins is shot and she and Magnum are stranded at sea, struggling to reach land before she bleeds out and the culprits return to finish them off.

star 7.74
494 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Gene Hong
Black is the Widow

#8 - Black is the Widow

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 4, 2019

After a man is murdered, Magnum poses as a doctor on the same dating app the victim was using in order to find the killer who may be praying on wealthy men.

star 7.74
508 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Neil Tolkin
Say Hello to Your Past

#9 - Say Hello to Your Past

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 10, 2020

Magnum and Higgins must find Kumu when she’s kidnapped by an injured man accused of killing his wife.

star 7.73
349 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Joe Gazzam
The Man in the Secret Room

#10 - The Man in the Secret Room

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2019

While Magnum helps out his friend Russell Harlan and temporarily works as the head of a hotel’s security, he investigates the death of a guest who was thrown from her room’s balcony while working on a secret investigation of her own. Also, Icepick is released from jail and is trying to keep a secret from Rick.

star 7.73
424 votes
Writers: Joe Gazzam
The Day It All Came Together

#11 - The Day It All Came Together

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 1, 2019

Hannah, Magnum’s ex and the fugitive responsible for him and his SEAL team brothers being POWs for years, shows up at his home with a gunshot wound, and wanting his help to find her missing CIA father whose life is in danger. Also, Magnum makes an earnest proposition to Higgins for her to become his private investigations partner.

star 7.72
472 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter Lenkov
Dead Inside

#12 - Dead Inside

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2019

When Katsumoto suspects that one of his fellow cops is dirty and has stolen evidence, he begrudgingly asks Magnum and Higgins for help. Rick and TC help Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald when a tablet containing the Rams’ playbook is stolen.

star 7.72
467 votes
Directors: Krishna Rao
Writers: Barbie Kligman
Make It 'Til Dawn

#13 - Make It 'Til Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2019

On Halloween, Magnum and Jin search for a skip-tracer at a Halloween bash, just as Katsumoto tracks an escaped killer who is headed to that same party. Also, Higgins and Rick must spend the night at an allegedly haunted house in order to debunk the notion, and TC and Kumu protect a sacred Hawaiian burial ground.

star 7.72
446 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Gene Hong, Tera Tolentino
A Leopard on the Prowl

#14 - A Leopard on the Prowl

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 8, 2020

Magnum and Higgins help Rick when his father figure, Icepick, just out of prison and battling terminal cancer, gets double crossed on one last score. Also, Magnum makes one last bold move to help Higgins stay in the country.

star 7.70
313 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter M. Lenkov
The Ties That Bind

#15 - The Ties That Bind

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

After a 16-year-old kidnap victim, Amanda, escapes her captors, her parents hire Magnum, who experienced similar trauma as a POW, to find who took her.

star 7.69
573 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Ashley Gable
Murder is Never Quiet

#16 - Murder is Never Quiet

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 25, 2019

Magnum is hired by a woman to prove that her son didn’t kill his girlfriend and has only 24 hours to do so before the accused accepts a plea deal. Also, Rick and TC try to recover stolen appliances that were donated to a wounded veteran.

star 7.69
526 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Barbie Kligman
A Bullet Named Fate

#17 - A Bullet Named Fate

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2019

A guilt-ridden Magnum follows the clues his private investigator friend, Harry Brown, left behind when he was shot while working a case Thomas passed onto him. TC helps Kumu lead a protest against construction on a Hawaiian sacred site.

star 7.68
386 votes
Day of the Viper

#18 - Day of the Viper

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2019

One of Higgins’ former MI6 teammates shows up with a fresh gunshot wound and news that “the Viper,” the assassin who killed her true love, has surfaced on Oahu.

star 7.68
539 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: David Fury, Eric Guggenheim, Gene Hong
Honor Among Thieves

#19 - Honor Among Thieves

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2019

An incorrigible pickpocket, Jin, asks Magnum for help when a cell phone he recently lifted receives a very suspicious text message. Magnum is frustrated when Higgins still won’t give him an answer to whether or not she will become his partner, and when Rick decides to make a bold career move, T.C. comes to the rescue.

star 7.68
482 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Gene Hong
I, The Deceased

#20 - I, The Deceased

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 28, 2019

A man hires Magnum to investigate his own murder before he is killed. Kumu reconnects with an old friend.

star 7.68
485 votes
Directors: Krishna Rao
Writers: Scarlett Lacey
May The Best One Win

#21 - May The Best One Win

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 8, 2020

Magnum and Higgins are each hired by a different spouse who are in the middle of a contentious divorce to dig up dirt on the other, and Thomas and Higgins soon find themselves competing over resources. Also, Rick and TC look into the death of an unidentified man and must share the news with his estranged daughter, Suzy Madison.

star 7.67
312 votes
Directors: Rocky Carroll
Writers: Gene Hong
He Came by Night

#22 - He Came by Night

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2019

Magnum and Higgins’ new partnership is tested when they disagree about being hired by a woman who wants them to recover her $3 million in stolen drug money in order to save her husband’s life. TC and Shammy must get to the bottom of a potential case of someone impersonating a decorated veteran.

star 7.65
414 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Barbie Kligman
Payback for Beginners

#23 - Payback for Beginners

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

While Magnum waits for Higgins to decide if she’ll officially become his partner, he takes the case of a missing wife who witnessed her boss’s murder during a bank robbery. Rick makes a big decision about his career.

star 7.65
551 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter M. Lenkov
Death Is Only Temporary

#24 - Death Is Only Temporary

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2018

An aging tycoon, Henry Brown, asks Magnum to find his lost love who he says just recently contacted him – the only problem is she died 30 years ago. Also, Rick and TC meet a fellow vet who is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life.

star 7.63
623 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Gene Hong, Scarlett Lacey
A World of Trouble

#25 - A World of Trouble

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired May 1, 2020

As their wedding day approaches, Magnum and Higgins help a modern-day Robin Hood who, thinking she was helping a school obtain needed supplies, unknowingly stole illicit drugs. Rick helps a retired soldier with the difficult task of re-entering the work force as a civilian.

star 7.63
314 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Neil Tolkin, Tera Tolentino