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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2018
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  • Summary: The reboot of the 1980s series finds ex-Navy SEAL Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) using the skills he used in Afghanistan to become a private investigator in Hawaii with the help of ex-Marine helicopter pilot Theodore "TC" Calvin (Stephen Hill) and ex-marine-now-nightclub-owner Orville "Rick"The reboot of the 1980s series finds ex-Navy SEAL Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) using the skills he used in Afghanistan to become a private investigator in Hawaii with the help of ex-Marine helicopter pilot Theodore "TC" Calvin (Stephen Hill) and ex-marine-now-nightclub-owner Orville "Rick" Wright (Zachary Knighton), as well as dealing with his guesthouse landlord, estate caretaker Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 24, 2018
    70
    Hernandez is fine as Magnum: He pulls off the character’s essential charm as a man of action who’d prefer to come across as a good-natured beach bum. Assiduous fans of the original will note other careful details carried over here. ... The new Magnum P.I. is perfectly fine, but in an era when so much television is first-rate, is “perfectly fine” enough to keep a show on the air?
  2. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Sep 21, 2018
    63
    [The death of someone close to Magnum is] a decent enough mystery to keep your action sweet tooth satisfied. Advances in special effects and stunt work since the 1980s are on display, and at least in this first episode, CBS spares no expense at highlighting them, from a HALO (high altitude) jump that opens the episode to the explosions that end it. The show's biggest weakness lies in its woefully surface-level characters, especially (and crucially) Magnum and Higgins. Hernandez is charming but bland, and the writers give him few other identifiers.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 25, 2018
    55
    It’s fine, escapist fare but lacking in much imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 20, 2018
    50
    So much less fun than than the original. ... Hernandez gives off the natural charisma needed to carry a procedural, and his cohorts (including “Happy Endings'” Zachary Knighton) are given brief moments to shine (albeit less brightly than the central star). The action scenes are fine, even if their special effects leave a lot to be desired, and the pilot is perfectly serviceable.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 24, 2018
    50
    The pilot script's banter is, at the very least, better than the pervasive voiceover. That's more product of very solid supporting casting than writing, as Hill and Knighton slide easily into TC and Rick's shoes and will probably make a strong case for this becoming more of a true ensemble than a star vehicle. ... Hernandez isn't bad. At all. He just isn't Tom Selleck.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 21, 2018
    50
    The premiere hour includes heavy lay-of-the-land narration by Magnum, perhaps in part because the character dialogue can be pretty clunky at times. ... The Hawaiian scenery remains gorgeous and crossover episodes with the Hawaii Five-0 guys are inevitable. This time around, the new Magnum also will have romantic possibilities with Higgins, who’s already sending some signals.
  7. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Sep 21, 2018
    0
    The pilot for the new Magnum, full of explosions, car chases and frivolous relationships, is kitsch designed for mass appeal. It shares nothing with its predecessor because it has no heart. This show is “Magnum P.I.” in name only, which is a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 16 out of 21
  1. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    as long as the show stays clean without that LGBT propaganda cram down your throat which has nothing to do with good television. If they keepas long as the show stays clean without that LGBT propaganda cram down your throat which has nothing to do with good television. If they keep it clean from what I've seen so far it will be a huge hit!

    Magnum is cool, Higgins is really wonderful Rick and TC excellent support. The filming and the wit in the writing is already coming through. I'm talking 10 out of 10 just don't blow it whoever is making the show. Please everybody give it good ratings because television is so dark these days. It's so corrupted please allow the show to make it. That's of course if they don't do anything stupid.

    I love the show it must succeed. Were running out of decent television and were sick of it
    so there. Dragon 444 in full support so far
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  2. Oct 21, 2018
    9
    I seriously don't get what people are smoking when they watch this show I love it yet it gets so many terrible reviews one of the good actionI seriously don't get what people are smoking when they watch this show I love it yet it gets so many terrible reviews one of the good action series this fall while not the absolute best it still is not as bad as people say it's one of the best of the fall I love magnum Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    5
    So this is the new edition of Magnum p. I
    On the one hand there are many connections with the original series but most of it is new.
    There
    So this is the new edition of Magnum p. I
    On the one hand there are many connections with the original series but most of it is new.
    There are two beautiful cars but they are destroyed. Did that have to be?
    Then the cast. Average as you look. Are you serious?
    The stories are all flat and only on action. That was not as bad at the original as here.
    Who wants to watch this series should hide the original and put the head on thread.
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  4. Oct 2, 2018
    0
    We tried really hard but i fell asleep during the first one, found myself doing other things during the second. It's forced, no chemistry,We tried really hard but i fell asleep during the first one, found myself doing other things during the second. It's forced, no chemistry, too pat, just not at all interesting. I'm sure it will go away all by itself. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2018
    0
    Oh man I wish I had said Magnum PU first but it bears repeating nonetheless. This one is totally JABR - Just Another Boring Reboot. I give itOh man I wish I had said Magnum PU first but it bears repeating nonetheless. This one is totally JABR - Just Another Boring Reboot. I give it a score of 1 only because Higgins is kind of hot. Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2018
    0
    I cant believe how they ruined Magnum P.I. The original is one hundred times better if you are going to remake something dont steer away toI cant believe how they ruined Magnum P.I. The original is one hundred times better if you are going to remake something dont steer away to much from the original . Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2018
    0
    The star of this reboot is bland and generic and lacks Tom Selleck's charm, beguiling goofiness, and great good looks. And why on earthThe star of this reboot is bland and generic and lacks Tom Selleck's charm, beguiling goofiness, and great good looks. And why on earth gender-flip Higgins, just to stuff a "strong woman" (which to simplistic writers can only mean a "kick-ass" woman) into the series? To check off a box on the diversity menu? The Dobermans are the only actors worth watching. Other than them, this show proves that big explosions do NOT a good series make. I only hope Tom Selleck never sees what's been done to his legacy. Shame on you, CBS. Expand

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