YMMV / Magnum, P.I.

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Magnum good or evil? The show plays with both, as Magnum is a hero, but can be ruthless.
    • Is Higgins a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or just a Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk? He doesn't really seem to like Magnum and doesn't really try to help that much (see "Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too" and "Tropical Madness").
      • Higgins more slowly warmed up to Magnum. After all, he is very British and Magnum is an American Surfer Dude.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme music by Mike Post.
    • The original theme by Ian Freebairn-Smith is also pretty catchy.
  • Complete Monster: Colonel Ivan in "Did You See the Sunrise?", arguably the worst in the show's history. Not only did he torture Magnum, Rick, and T.C. in Vietnam, but he comes back years later simply to finish the job, eventually brainwashing T.C. to kill the others. Is it any wonder Magnum does what he does in the end?
  • Crossover Ship: Almost a canon example. The end of the Murder, She Wrote crossover teased Higgins and Jessica Fletcher, although it never went past Higgins quite obviously crushing on Jessica, to her (and Magnum's) amusement.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The bad guy in "Don't Say Goodbye" is played by Ted Danson, several years before he and Tom Selleck were two of those Three Men and a Baby. Unfortunately Steve Guttenberg never appeared on the show to complete the set.
  • Ho Yay: Between Rick and T.C.
  • The Scrappy: While intentionally written to be annoying, Cassie Yates' characters in "Kiss of the Sabre" and "Photo Play" aren't well-liked by fans.
    • To a lesser extent, some fans aren't fond of Luther Gillis and Carol Baldwin for similar reasons.
  • Throw It In: "Don't Say Goodbye": Magnum pushing Amy Crane into the water then jumping in himself once confronted with Stewart's boat hook was ad-libbed by Tom Selleck. It wasn't part of the script, but was left in at Selleck's insistence.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Subverted. In "Blind Justice", Magnum discovers that the man on trial for murdering his wife is actually innocent (she had committed suicide after years of his abuse), but that he had also gotten away with a different murder years earlier. When confronted with this fact by Magnum, the wife's mother, while her reasons are totally sympathetic, coldly defends her cover-up of the suicide to get her son-in-law on trial. What even the episode itself doesn't touch on, however, is that the person whom the husband did murder likely had a family themselves and who would be denied justice by the mother-in-law's actions, though the episode ends before the trial's verdict.
  • Values Dissonance: Even though it was an homage to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, there is no way in hell Patrick MacNee in yellowface disguise would fly on television today.
    • Ivan calling T.C. by the "N" word in flashbacks was controversial even for the 1980s, but it certainly won't be said on U.S. network television now.