Magnum P.I. (2018 TV series)

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Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I. (2018 TV series).jpg
GenreCrime drama
Based onMagnum, P.I.
by Donald P. Bellisario
Glen A. Larson
Developed by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • John Davis
  • John Fox
  • Eric Guggenheim
  • Peter M. Lenkov
  • Justin Lin
  • Danielle Woodrow
Producer(s)Craig Cannold
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution[1]
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) – present (present)
External links

Magnum P.I. is an American crime drama television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim. It is a reboot of the series of the same name created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson, which aired from 1980 to 1988. It stars Jay Hernandez as the title character alongside Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill,[2] Amy Hill, and Tim Kang. The pilot was directed by Justin Lin.[3] It was ordered to series on May 11, 2018, and premiered September 24, 2018, on CBS. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had received a full season order from CBS.[4]



  • Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a former Navy Seal who works as a security consultant for the successful novelist Robin Masters and a private investigator
  • Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins, a former MI6 agent who is major-domo to Robin Masters, she and Magnum bicker but become allies
  • Zachary Knighton as Orville "Rick" Wright, a Marine and former door gunner, who runs his own bar and is also a playboy
  • Stephen Hill as Theodore "TC" Calvin, a Marine and former helicopter pilot who runs helicopter tours of Hawaii and is a member of Magnum's team
  • Amy Hill as Teuila "Kumu" Tuileta, the cultural curator of Robin Masters' estate
  • Tim Kang as Detective Gordon Katsumoto, Magnum's ally




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"I Saw the Sun Rise"Justin LinPeter M. Lenkov & Eric GuggenheimSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)MPI1018.12[6]
2"From the Head Down"Karen GaviolaPeter M. Lenkov & Eric GuggenheimOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)MPI1026.23[7]
3"The Woman Who Never Died"Sylvain WhiteJoe GazzamOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)MPI1036.08[8]
4"Six Paintings, One Frame"Antonio NegretAshley GableOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)MPI1045.48[9]
5"Sudden Death"David GrossmanDavid FuryOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)MPI1065.63[10]
6"Death is Only Temporary"Duane ClarkGene Hong & Scarlett LaceyOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)MPI1055.69[11]
7"The Cat Who Cried Wolf"Eagle EgilssonNeil TolkinNovember 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)MPI1075.27[12]
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.
8"Die He Said"Peter WellerJoe GazzamNovember 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)MPI1085.50[13]
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.
9"The Ties That Bind"Ron UnderwoodAshley GableNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)MPI1095.39[14]
After a 16-year-old kidnap victim, Amanda (Lyrica Okano), escapes her captors, her parents hire Magnum, who experienced similar trauma as a POW, to find who took her.
10"Bad Day to Be a Hero"[15]Lin OedingAshley CharbonnetDecember 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)MPI110TBD



On October 20, 2017, CBS announced a pilot commitment for a remake of the original series to be written by Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim. The pilot would be co-produced by CBS Studios and Universal Television, the latter of which holds the rights to the original series.[16] In February 2018, CBS announced that pilot production had been greenlit. Justin Lin was set to direct.[17][18]

On May 11, 2018, the network picked up the series.[19] Co-creator and executive producer Peter M. Lenkov will serve as the showrunner. On May 16, 2018, CBS released a first video trailer for new series. The pilot episode was aired as a special preview prior to the series San Diego Comic-Con panel.[20]

On July 19, 2018, Lenkov announced that multiple crossovers have been planned with the ninth season of Hawaii Five-0. Lenkov confirmed that Kimee Balmilero and Taylor Wily will make guest appearances as their Hawaii Five-0 characters, medical examiner Noelani Cunha and entrepreneur Kamekona Tupuola respectively. Balmilero is set to appear in episode one while Wily is set to appear in episode two. Meanwhile, Alex O'Loughlin's character, Steve McGarrett, is set to cross paths with Hernandez's character later in the season.[21][22]

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, with the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 hurricane, in Hawaii CBS reported that they "were closely monitoring the situation" but that production would continue as planned.[23][24] The following day CBS temporarily shut down production of both Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 until further notice.[25][26]


On February 20, 2018, Jay Hernandez was announced as the new Magnum.[27] It was announced on March 2, 2018 that Perdita Weeks will play Juliet Higgins.[28] According to a May 16, 2018 announcement, Magnum's best friend from U.S. Marines, Rick Wright, will be portrayed by Zachary Knighton.[29] Three days later, it was announced that another one of Magnum's friends, Theodore "T.C." Calvin, will be played by Stephen Hill.[30] On July 20, 2018, it was announced that Tim Kang would join the cast as Honolulu PD detective Gordon Katsumoto, who will develop a friendly rivalry with Magnum as they work cases.[31] Finally, it was announced on July 25, 2018 that Amy Hill had been cast in a recurring role.[32] Hill and Kang both debuted in the series' third episode.


Following production of the pilot earlier in the year, filming for the first season began on July 23, 2018 with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.[33]


Critical response[edit]

Magnum P.I. has been met with mixed reviews. On review aggregation Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 53% with an average rating of 5.88/10, based on 15 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "The rebooted Magnum P.I. may not be quite distinctive enough to hold up to comparisons with its source material, but a charismatic star, slickly staged action, and a handful of modern twists hint at greater potential."[34] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 47 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[35]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "I Saw the Sun Rise" September 24, 2018 1.2/5 8.12[6] 0.7 3.86 1.9 11.99[36]
2 "From the Head Down" October 1, 2018 0.9/4 6.23[7] 0.6 2.90 1.5 9.14[37]
3 "The Woman Who Never Died" October 8, 2018 0.9/4 6.08[8] 0.5 2.76 1.4 8.84[38]
4 "Six Paintings, One Frame" October 15, 2018 0.9/4 5.48[9] 0.4 2.28 1.3 7.77[39]
5 "Sudden Death" October 22, 2018 0.8/3 5.63[10] 0.5 2.32 1.3 7.95[40]
6 "Death is Only Temporary" October 29, 2018 0.8/3 5.69[11] 0.5 2.47 1.3 8.17[41]
7 "The Cat Who Cried Wolf" November 5, 2018 0.8/3 5.27[12] 0.5 2.65 1.3 7.87[42]
8 "Die He Said" November 12, 2018 0.8/3 5.50[13] 0.3 2.12 1.1 7.62[43]
9 "The Ties That Bind" November 19, 2018 0.8/3 5.39[14] 0.4 2.40 1.2 7.79[44]


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