Trivia: Magnum, P.I.

  • Actor Allusion: One episode is an Affectionate Parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark, a movie Tom Selleck was considered to do the lead in, but gave up to do this show instead.
  • The Danza: Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum.
  • Edited for Syndication: In addition to Title Sequence Replacement, some episodes lack scenes originally seen in the network airings (such as the opening scene of "Basket Case"). But that's nothing compared to the DVDs...
  • Fake Brit: John Hillerman, a native Texan, playing a retired British Army Sergeant Major — and playing him so convincingly even British viewers thought he was a genuine Brit.
    • In "Luther Gillis, File #001", Higgins insists on accompanying Gillis into a cowboy bar. When Gillis says they won't talk to a "limey", Higgins grabs Gillis by the lapels and intones "Who you callin' a limey, boy?" in a broad Texas drawl. He played the whole bar scene this way.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • The daughter of T.C.'s friend in "A Sense Of Debt" is Brenda Walsh.
    • Why is the Fifth Doctor serving as a (very inept) majordomo at Robin's Keep in England?
      • And when did the Master become a mortuary attendant?
    • It seems Mr. Kopechne finally went right round the bend in "Death and Taxes".
    • Ying-Ying St. Clair is quite reasonably the classy curator of a museum in "Torah, Torah, Torah", which also has Rabbi Mendel.
    • Al Swearengen is a movie producer, then a member of Higgins' old army regiment. Neither episode ends well for him.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Simpsons fans will recognize the newsreel narrator in "The Legacy of Garwood Huddle" as the late Phil Hartman.
  • Real-Life Relative: Tom Selleck's ex-wife Jacqueline Ray and current wife Jillie Mack each appear in two episodes.
    • Tom's father Bob Selleck plays Magnum's Grandpa Everett in the home movies seen in the opening of "Going Home".
    • Larry Manetti's wife Nancy DeCarl appears in two episodes.
  • The Other Darrin: DA Carol Baldwin was played by Patty McCormick in the character's first appearance and by Kathleen Lloyd in twenty episodes.
    • Walter Chotzen played Icepick in his first appearance, before being replaced by Elisha Cook Jr. for the rest of the series.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The producers actually planned to reveal Orson Welles as Robin Masters when the series ended. Unfortunately, though, Welles died in 1985 before the storyline could materialize.
    • Don Bellisario's later show Quantum Leap was going to have a crossover episode, but unfortunately the Magnum series was established as existing within that show's universe, and he preferred to avoid the Celebrity Paradox.
    • Jack Lord was approached several times to appear on the series, but he never did (in fact, once Hawaii Five-O ended he never acted againnote ).
  • Written By Cast Member: Roger E. Mosley co-wrote "Missing Melody," one of the few episodes of the series to focus on his character of T.C.