Everything about Magnum P.I. was amazing. The fact it was set in Hawaii, the cars, the caps, the shirts, the lay-deeeees, the characters…and, of course, Tom Selleck. *swoon* And would you believe the first ever episode aired in 1980? Just to make you feel old. But we still miss Magnum P.I., so we decided to give you some Magnum P.I. secrets. So take a pew, and have a read (while daydreaming about Tom Selleck)…
Iconic facial hair
Of course, we’re talking about Tom Selleck’s facial hair. Selleck is known for his mustache,
and it even has its own Facebook Page, it’s own Twitter page and has been entered into the International Mustache Hall of Fame (that’s a thing?). When Selleck met with producers for Blue Bloods, he suggested to the producers that he shave it off *gasp*. Thankfully, the producers told him he needed to keep it.
The final episode of Magnum P.I left a few tears in our eyes. How would we go on? What would we watch? But when the episode first aired in 1988, it broke records. With 50.7 million viewers, the episode is number sixth in the most-watch TV finales ever watched. Well, that is a very big achievement. Well done, Magnum P.I. And well done for making us cry.
Ol’ Blue Eyes
Hardcore fans of Magnum P.I. may have noticed a familiar face in season 7. Yes, Frank Sinatra appeared on the series. He appeared in the ‘Laura’ episode as a retired police detective who tries to find the murderers who killed his granddaughter. It has been said that this appearance was Sinatra’s idea, and was his last on-screen role before his death.
A hit with the ladies
On-screen, Magnum was a hit with the ladies, and always got the girl. But in real life, his co-star seemed to have done a lot better than him. And we mean a lot better. Roger E. Mosely had apparently fathered so many children that he had to make sure that all of them met each other, so they knew who they were, and wouldn’t fall in love with each other when they got older. True story.
He could have been Indiana
We all know Harrison Ford as the Raider of the Lost Ark. But that role was originally meant to be Tom Selleck’s. However, his commitments with Magnum P.I. meant he had to turn the role down. We’re not quite sure how we feel about that. On the one hand, he could have been Indiana Jones. On the other hand…Magnum P.I. Mustache.
What a wardrobe
When Magnum P.I. came onto our screens, it soon became the epicenter of Hawaiian shirts. Magnum just loved wearing his flamboyant shirts almost as much as we loved his mustache. And one of his most famous shirts, the Crimson Jungle Bird shirt, has even been preserved in the Smithsonian Museum. Because people really do care that much. His Tiger cap and his ring were also donated.
Have you ever wondered where these Hawaiian shirts came from? Or why the whole thing was set in Hawaii? Well, Magnum P.I. took over the production office of Hawaii Five-O after that series finished, just because of convenience. In other words, they were cheapskates. But it worked.