Magnum, P.I.: It's not JUST the Shorts - Top 10 Reasons Why it's One of the Best Shows Ever

Magnum P.I.: A Blast from the Past with Timeless Appeal

Forget the tropical paradise, flashy car and iconic shorts. Here's why Magnum, P.I. is truly one of the best shows ever!

Summer TV can be a drag. Reality shows leave you cold, and reruns just don't cut it. You crave something light, funny, and engaging to beat the heat.

Enter Magnum, P.I., a delightful show you stumbled upon while browsing Netflix. Set in the late 70s and early 80s, this character-driven dramedy boasts timeless appeal. Packed with witty dialogue and superb cast chemistry, it's no wonder it came from the mind of Donald Bellisario, the genius behind hits like Black Sheep Squadron and NCIS.

This show clearly holds a special place in your heart. You've probably regaled your friends with trivia about it, and one even made a crack about the main character's iconic short shorts. But hey, that's just part of Magnum's charm, right?

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Here's why Magnum, P.I. reigns supreme in your summer viewing experience:

  • An Unbeatable Theme Song: Forget the pilot's tune. The later, minute-long version is pure awesomeness.
  • The Power of Self-Awareness: Magnum's playful fourth-wall breaks add a layer of humor and make the show even more enjoyable.
  • Those Glorious Curls: Let's face it, Magnum's hair is a character in itself.
  • Living the Dream: A luxurious beachfront mansion, a sleek Ferrari – Magnum's Hawaiian paradise is pure escapism.
  • Vroom! Vroom!: Speaking of the Ferrari, you love dissecting the different models Magnum drives throughout the series.
  • The Indestructible Magnum: Despite his clumsiness (think "cat with nine lives"), Magnum always finds a way out of trouble.
  • The Odd Couple: Higgins, the uptight majordomo, and Magnum are the ultimate comedic duo. Their frenemy dynamic is a constant source of amusement.
  • Brothers in Arms: The camaraderie between Vietnam vets Magnum, TC, and Rick is heartwarming. Their loyalty and support are a key ingredient to Magnum's success.
  • A Relatable Hero: You appreciate that Magnum isn't some invincible superhero. Tom Selleck's portrayal is refreshingly self-deprecating, making Magnum all the more endearing.
  • The Iconic Shorts (and More): Okay, they're a fashion statement, and you can't deny it. The relaxed Hawaiian style – Magnum's shorts, TC and Rick's unbuttoned shirts – perfectly captures the era.
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But beyond the nostalgia and laughs, Magnum, P.I. offers a deeper message. At its core, it's about good people standing up for what's right. Magnum, Higgins, TC, and Rick are all fundamentally decent human beings who value loyalty, honor, and justice. They're the kind of friends you'd want by your side.

So, as summer winds down, you'll be spending more time with your "real" shows. But for now, you'll be basking in the Hawaiian sun with Magnum and his crew, keeping the islands safe from bad guys – one hilarious case at a time.

  1. Charles Seaton says:

    Loved the show from the first time l saw it. I really thought it was something special after l learned how good Selleck was to the cast and crew.

  2. Mary says:

    Love this series the first time I saw and NEVER missed an episode and I can watch them anytime I want !
    Now here's the funny thing how could they put on a new Magnum PI with the small guy they have playing Tom now?!?! Its ridiculous! That guy doesn't even come close,not even in the same universe!!!!
    Tom Selleck has been my fantasy guy for over 40 years and he will continue to be,my husband had no problem with it and I had no problem with him having a fantasy woman but he was fickle he changed his fantasy a lot I'm not that way same fantasy no getting me to change!

  3. Norbert Pohl says:

    When you're talking about his gun, you mention 6'1, assuming you mean his height. Tom Selleck is 6'4.

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