The BEST Episodes of Magnum P.I.

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019

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.

Knight Lasts Forever

#1 - Knight Lasts Forever

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.88
339 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Neil Tolkin
Dead Inside

#2 - Dead Inside

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.82
310 votes
Directors: Krishna Rao
Writers: Barbie Kligman
A Kiss Before Dying

#3 - A Kiss Before Dying

Season 1 - Episode 18

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 7.75
406 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Barbie Kligman & Ashley Charbonnet
The Day It All Came Together

#4 - The Day It All Came Together

Season 1 - Episode 20

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 7.75
398 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter Lenkov
Honor Among Thieves

#5 - Honor Among Thieves

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.73
348 votes
Directors: Carlos Bernard
Writers: Gene Hong
Day the Past Came Back

#6 - Day the Past Came Back

Season 1 - Episode 15

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

star 7.72
418 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim
Blood in the Water

#7 - Blood in the Water

Season 1 - Episode 19

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 7.71
423 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Gene Hong
Make It 'Til Dawn

#8 - Make It 'Til Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.70
266 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Gene Hong, Tera Tolentino
The Ties That Bind

#9 - The Ties That Bind

Season 1 - Episode 9

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
492 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Ashley Gable
Black is the Widow

#10 - Black is the Widow

Season 1 - Episode 17

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 7.69
412 votes
Directors: Kirstin Windell
Writers: Neil Tolkin
Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill

#11 - Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.69
218 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Alfredo Barrios, Jr.
Payback for Beginners

#12 - Payback for Beginners

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.68
381 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim
Day of the Viper

#13 - Day of the Viper

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 7.67
437 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: David Fury, Gene Hong, Eric Guggenheim
Murder is Never Quiet

#14 - Murder is Never Quiet

Season 1 - Episode 16

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 7.65
427 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Barbie Kligman
I, The Deceased

#15 - I, The Deceased

Season 1 - Episode 14

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

star 7.65
409 votes
Directors: Krishna Rao
Writers: Scarlett Lacey
Death Is Only Temporary

#16 - Death Is Only Temporary

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.64
535 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Gene Hong, Scarlett Lacey
The Cat Who Cried Wolf

#17 - The Cat Who Cried Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 7

Magnum takes the case of a little girl’s missing cat and, in the process, stumbles upon another cat’s murdered owner who happens to be an FBI agent.

star 7.64
520 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Neil Tolkin
Winner Takes All

#18 - Winner Takes All

Season 1 - Episode 12

Magnum has an emotional connection to a case when he and every other private investigator and bounty hunter on Oahu are tasked to track down a man accused of murder.

star 7.63
434 votes
Directors: Amanda Marsalis
Writers: Gene Hong
Sudden Death

#19 - Sudden Death

Season 1 - Episode 5

TC asks Magnum to take on a case to help acquit the father of one of his young football players who is accused of murder.

star 7.62
584 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: David Fury
Bad Day to Be a Hero

#20 - Bad Day to Be a Hero

Season 1 - Episode 10

Magnum must help Rick's crush after her illegal poker game is robbed by masked gunmen.

star 7.60
461 votes
Directors: Lin Oeding
Writers:
Nowhere to Hide

#21 - Nowhere to Hide

Season 1 - Episode 11

Higgins' and Kumu's lives are put in danger when Magnum get too close to a case involving a missing Russian fugitive.

star 7.60
456 votes
Die He Said

#22 - Die He Said

Season 1 - Episode 8

A man dying of lymphoma hires Magnum to find his estranged, bone-marrow-compatible brother who turns out to need Magnum’s help as well. Also, Magnum’s case brings back haunted memories for the guys of a past SEAL team mission that went sideways.

star 7.58
492 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Joe Gazzam
The Woman Who Never Died

#23 - The Woman Who Never Died

Season 1 - Episode 3

Magnum takes a case from fellow private investigator Luther Gillis to find the true identity of a man’s comatose fiancée when he learns that she’s had extensive facial surgery.

star 7.56
656 votes
Directors: Sylvain White
Writers: Joe Gazzam
Six Paintings, One Frame

#24 - Six Paintings, One Frame

Season 1 - Episode 4

A close friend of Higgins, an art connoisseur who recently hired Magnum to test his security, is murdered, and Thomas is arrested as the main suspect.

star 7.56
644 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Ashley Gable
From the Head Down

#25 - From the Head Down

Season 1 - Episode 2

Magnum helps Dan, a struggling fisherman and fellow veteran, when his 300-pound tuna worth $350,000 is stolen, and he discovers that the thief needs Magnum’s help as well.

star 7.49
705 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim