Ranking the best (and worst) Magnum PI Seasons

With Magnum PI ending its run on NBC, here's a look at how each season of the reboot series ranks.

"Dead Inside" - When Katsumoto suspects that one of his fellow cops is dirty and has stolen evidence, he begrudgingly asks Magnum and Higgins for help. Also, Rick and TC help Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald when his tablet, that contains the Rams' playbook is stolen, on MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Oct. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins and Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum Photo: CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights
"Dead Inside" - When Katsumoto suspects that one of his fellow cops is dirty and has stolen evidence, he begrudgingly asks Magnum and Higgins for help. Also, Rick and TC help Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald when his tablet, that contains the Rams' playbook is stolen, on MAGNUM P.I., Friday, Oct. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins and Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum Photo: CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 3
Next

4. Season 4 got the show back on track

After the rough Season 3, the show got nicely back on track the following year. It opened with Higgins returning from abroad only to find Magnum now dating cop Kaleo, with Higgins also handling a threat from her past. Rick also handles a friend's murder connected to a past adventure amid other cases. There were also touches like Gordon questioning being a cop in the modern world. 

There is some good stuff, like a classic plotline of Magnum being poisoned and only hours to save his life. There's more on the personal aspects, and the exciting finale has Gordon risking his career for his family. It also ends with Magnum and Higgins finally sharing that kiss that could have been the end of the show, yet the CBS run did close out better than the previous season. 

3. The first season set the tone for Magnum PI

The first season of the show nicely set the tone for things from the start. You have a good setup for Magnum and Higgins, and the rest of the characters are introduced in a smart way. It also pointed out differences, like why the Tom Selleck mustache wouldn't work on this Magnum and other nods to the past. 

The cases are great, everything from kidnappings to murders and some smart turns while building up the supporting cast. It ended on a grand finale with Jordanna Brewster as Magnum's former flame, pulling him into a CIA adventure and capping off a show that hit the ground running and paved the way for the fun series we know.