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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: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 19 out of 29
  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. Sep 26, 2018
    8
    Not bad. I thought they should have made an effort to find an actor resembling Tom Selleck but maybe they wanted someone different. I likedNot bad. I thought they should have made an effort to find an actor resembling Tom Selleck but maybe they wanted someone different. I liked that Selleck played Magnum as often doubting his actions. Hernandez is too cock sure! I really hated the Ferraris being trashed! They should have a cross-over of Robin Masters paying for Commissioner Reagan and his Blue Blood' family to vacation in Hawaii and Magnum helping them with one of their enemies who show up. Reagan & Magnum keep saying "You look familiar but I can't think why!"! I always thought Jim Rockford should have visited Magnum. ;)
    ~ Ay-Wun
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  4. Oct 2, 2018
    1
    There’s few shows of the 80s that you hear the theme song and instantly recognize the show, locations and characters. One of those is Magnum,There’s few shows of the 80s that you hear the theme song and instantly recognize the show, locations and characters. One of those is Magnum, P.I. From the rompy disco chords of its theme you knew you were in for adventure with Magnum.

    Fast forward to 2018, the reimagining of this show has new cast in the old characters with slight differences. Of course. Higgins is now female, Magnum is Latin. There’s a cliche of sexual chemistry that’s sorts like Tony Danza/Judith Light type from Who’s the Boss? (Please don’t remake). But what really is the miss on this show, which what made the original amazing, is the sexy charm,the campiness of the stories, the voice overs from Selleck were engaging and drew you in.

    What the show does well is it’s in Hawaii. Sexy locales and cars. Yup for some this maybe enough. But the acting is plastic and one dimensional. After watching two episodes I’ve deleted from my PVR. The second episode I got distracted by YouTube videos of the original. Hernandez’s portrayal of the iconic character probably was a tall order to live up to. The supporting cast TC and Rick were okay. Of the four, the standout would be Rick, but watching Juliet Higgins as the majordomo of the estate and forced love interest to Magnum was enough to stop and look for a rerun of Seinfeld.

    There is something nostalgic of seeing Hillerman’s Higgins at the top of the stairs in Magnum’s apartment wearing a one piece safari suit with belt and the signature cowlick. That’s a character that you can’t replace even if it’s the other gender. Alas, there’s the reruns avaialment on a streaming service. And while the new Magnum is sans moustache in this incarnation, the trend of facial hair is prevalent and it could have been something the producers imposed.

    Moustache or not, it’s identifiable as Magnum is Hawaii.
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Sep 24, 2018
    0
    OMG! This is Magnum PU.

    It stinks worse than Pepe Le Pew. We did not need a Magnum mini me!! 8 inches shorter than the REAL Magnum!!
    OMG! This is Magnum PU.

    It stinks worse than Pepe Le Pew.

    We did not need a Magnum mini me!!

    8 inches shorter than the REAL Magnum!! (Height wise....the other ratio is probably much worse [for Jay boy]!)

    This show is pure crapola!!
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