Parents' Guide to

Magnum, P.I.

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

1980s heartthrob solves cases in Hawaii.

TV Syndicated Drama 1980
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

A good "starter" detective series for kids of an appropriate age, particularly if they're already interested in detective series.

Even with the presence of guns this series is tame and nongraphic, and blood is rarely shown. All that is good all by itself. Magnum also solves very difficult cases, often with the help of TC and Rick. Solving cases is good all by itself. Even better is that teamwork is shown. But the show's most important quality is that it puts Vietnam veterans in a positive light without taking a stand on the actual war. This forces viewers to see that those who served in the Vietnam War are good people who wanted to help the country, regardless of their actual view on the war.

Is It Any Good?

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With its combination of drama, humor, action, and sex appeal, is it any wonder that MAGNUM P.I. was a mega hit in the '80s? The Hawaiian setting -- combined with Magnum's tight jeans, short shorts, and unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts -- makes for an ideal tropical fantasy that plays up the private eye's sex appeal. The splashy series also reflects the longing for economic excess that characterized the '80s.

But Magnum's biggest cultural contribution may very well have been its willingness to openly examine some of the troubling long-term issues that Vietnam veterans faced as they transitioned back into civilian life after the war.

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