Magnum P.I.

1980 NR 3 seasons

Magnum P.I.

1980 NR 3 seasons
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Thomas Magnum is a witty private investigator in Hawaii who works for a mysterious novelist. Pursued by both thugs and lovely ladies, Magnum is aided by a bookish estate manager and his two best friends as he solves crimes and helps the little guy.
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 1 (1980) - 6 discs

Season 1 of the hit 1980s series explains how laid-back Vietnam vet Thomas Magnum took on the role of debonair detective-in-residence at the lush Hawaiian estate of the mysterious Robin Masters.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this hit 1980s crime drama -- which has a healthy dose of humor, too -- is full of tropical beaches, beautiful women, and lots of sexual innuendo (not to mention Tom Selleck in short shorts). But most of the racier stuff will probably go over kids' head. There's some violence, including the use of guns, but it's mild by today's standards, and blood is rarely seen. Some episodes are heavier than others, but overall it's a lighthearted throwback that still entertains.

Sexual Content

Definitely some flirting and sexual innuendo, but much will go over younger viewers' head. Magnum's wardrobe includes tight blue jeans, short shorts, and tank tops (Selleck was a big sex symbol when the show originally aired). He's sometimes seen wearing only boxer shorts. Women in bikinis are consistently visible.


Frequent punching and physical fighting, often leading to black eyes and broken limbs. Guns are frequently seen and fired, but blood is rarely visible. Magnum only uses a gun as a last resort. Some deaths, but not graphic (especially compared to today's shows).


Later episodes sometimes include the word "damn," but it's rare.

Social Behavior

Magnum genuinely wants to help people and has a close friendship with his Vietnam buddies. While Higgins and Magnum argue, it's clear that they respect each other. Some of the issues raised as part of Magnum's investigations include adultery and post traumatic stress disorder. People of Polynesian and other diverse Asian racial/ethnic backgrounds are visible; T.C. is African-American.


The show prominently features a GT 380 Ferrari and highlights some Hawaiian attractions.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults frequently drink wine, beer, and hard alcohol (Magnum is often seen with a beer bottle in hand). Visible cigarette and cigar smoking. Occasional references to drugs and drug smuggling (generally related to investigations).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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