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The Best Episodes of Magnum, P.I.

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There are so many heart-pumping episodes of Magnum, P.I., that have you solving mysteries in a beautiful setting, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Did You See the Sunrise?" the best, or is "Home From the Sea" your favorite episode of Magnum, P.I.? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Magnum, P.I. are, let's rank these Magnum, P.I. episodes from best to worst.

Magnum, P.I. is an American crime drama. It stars Tom Selleck as the title character and features a talented cast which includes John Hillerman and Larry Manetti. Magnum, P.I. premiered on CBS on December 11, 1980. A reboot series of Magnum, P.I. premiered on CBS in 2018.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Magnum, P.I., and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be tough to put one Magnum, P.I. episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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    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...  ...more
    • Original Airing: Sep 30 1982
    • Season: Magnum, P.I. - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Series: Magnum, P.I.
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    Home From the Sea

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    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
    • Original Airing: Sep 29 1983
    • Season: Magnum, P.I. - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Series: Magnum, P.I.
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    Death and Taxes

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    It is almost the 4th of July, and Higgins heads to Maui for an annual writers conference, and Rick and T.C. take a trip away, leaving Thomas on the Estate to face the horror of his tax audit. But that's nothing compared to the terror yet to come when Magnum becomes the focus of a crazed, obsessed killer, who repeatedly phones him with cryptic nursery rhyme riddles of upcoming killings. At first he thinks it is a crank caller, but the full reality of the sitution hits home when a prostitute is murdered in circumstances reflecting the clues given, and the menacing calls continue, with the deranged killer boasting about his crimes and giving clues of the next one...
    • Original Airing: Oct 29 1986
    • Season: Magnum, P.I. - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 6
    • Series: Magnum, P.I.
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  • 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...  ...more
    • Original Airing: Sep 30 1982
    • Season: Magnum, P.I. - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Series: Magnum, P.I.
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