Magnum, P.I. Quiz


By: Allie T.

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Magnum P.I." followed private investigator Thomas Magnum and his escapades in Hawaii. Despite spending a lot of time running, jumping and hobbling through the show's eight seasons, he is most well known for driving his Ferrari. But do you know the real reason why he always drove with the top down? Well, it has little to do with filming or visualization. 

For its first five seasons, "Magnum P.I." ranked as one of the top twenty TV shows each year. One unique aspect of the show was that Magnum lived on the estate of a long-time friend, or perhaps a client, Robin Masters, who was a famous ________. While you may have never seen Robin Masters appear on the show, he did lend a voice to a few episodes every year. Do you know which famous movie and radio producer and director lent his voice to the character?

If you couldn't take yourself away from the TV in the '80s thanks to Thomas Magnum and Higgins, then this is the quiz for you. Digging into the dynamics of the show, its popularity and of course fun facts you will find yourself as excited as you were each week when you saddled up for a new episode. 

It's time to take a spin in that Ferrari and see how much you can recall from the epic PI series, "Magnum P.I."

Magnum was played by _____?

Tom Selleck was offered the part of Indiana Jones but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with filming Magnum P.I.


'Magnum P.I.' was filmed on the ________?

The native name for the Hawaiian Islands: Mokupuni o Hawai‘i.


Magnum lived in the guest house of the ______

The guest house of a posh, 200-acre beachfront estate.


Who ran the Robin's Nest?

Higgins ran Robin's estate with an iron fist.


What were the dogs names on the estate?

The "Lads", Zeus and Apollo were Doberman pinschers, played by six different dogs over the span of the series.


What network ran the show in its first-run?

Founded on September 18, 1927, by William S. Paley.


Thomas was known for wearing _______?

Thomas wore many Aloha shirts, but the one he wore most often was a paradise found jungle bird red shirt.


Why did Magnum usually drive the Ferrari with the top down?

The Ferraris used in the show had to be specially modified to accommodate Tom Selleck, who stands 6'4" tall.


Who were Magnum's two main partners on the island?

Magnum, T.C., and Rick served in Vietnam together.


Johnathan Quayle Higgins III was an ex _______?

Regimental sergeant major (RSM) is an appointment held by warrant officers class 1 in the British Army, the British Royal Marines, and in the armies of many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth nations.


Who ran Island Hoppers?

T.C. found himself persuaded to help Magnum on cases with hopes of being reimbursed for gas, which Thomas rarely paid.


What was Rick's real first name?

His full name was Orville Wilbur Richard "Rick" Wright. He refused to go by Orville.


Magnum would _______ with Higgins for use of items at Robin's Nest other than the guest house and car.

Magnum was known to barter for cigars, wine, and the tennis courts.


Other than Magnum's Aloha Shirts, what two other items was he always wearing?

It was a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and his father's treasured Rolex GMT Master wristwatch.


In the pilot episode, Rick owned a local bar called ________?

The bar was inspired by Casablanca, with Rick appearing in suitable 1930's attire.


After the pilot episode, what establishment did Rick run?

The studio executives thought that the audience could better relate to the King Kamehameha Club instead of a 30's themed bar.


Magnum kept a mini-fridge at the guest house that appeared ot have an endless supply of _________.

The beer was Old Dusseldorf in a long neck.


Robin's Nest is located on which Hawaiian island?

Oahu is also known as "The Gathering Place", and is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands; however, it is home to about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaii.


Magnum owned a rubber _______?

Along with the rubber chicken he had a gorilla's mask.


"Magnum, P.I." did a crossover show with ______?

It happened in season 7, episode 8, titled, "Novel Connection," as an attempt to improve 'Magnum, P.I." ratings. It failed to do so.


Who was Higgins' English lady friend?

Agatha had a crush on Higgins that he didn't or couldn't return her feelings.


How many seasons was the show on-air?

The show aired from 1980 to 1988.


Why did they add an 8th season?

At the end of season 7, it is assumed that Magnum is dead and walked off into heaven. Fans demanded a better conclusion ot the series, and they got it in the form of an 8th season with a better conclusin.


Who was the doughnut-munching Navy Intelligence Agency lieutenant who always helped Magnum gather intel?

Mac was killed by a car bomb planted by "Ivan", a Russian KGB officer and nemesis of Magnum.


Who was the love of Magnum's life?

Magnum had believed that Michelle was killed during the 1975 evacuation of Saigon.


Magnum was ex-navy ______?

Established in 1882, ONI is the nation’s longest-serving intelligence agency.


What was Magnum's favorite movie?

Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their group is an informant.


'Magnum, P.I.' had a two-part crossover with what show?

On Magnum, the episode was named "Ki'is Don't Lie" with the plot's conclusion on Simon & Simon in the episode "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend".


What was Magnum's full name?

His father was Thomas Sullivan Magnum III who was killed in the Korean War.


Who was Magnum's daughter?

Lily was raised by Michelle's second husband, as his daughter.


In the last episode Higgins admitted to Magnum that he______?

However, Higgins later recanted that admission at Rick's wedding.


Who gets married in the last episode in the series?

Rick married an ex-prostitute named Cleo Mitchell.


Magnum quit Robin's Nest and returned to his career in Naval Intelligence to________?

The audience realized Magnum's return to the Navy when he walked into Rick's wedding in his dress whites.


Robin Masters was a renowned ________?

Robin was talked about but never seen by name on screen.


Who voiced Robin Masters?

Orson Wells voiced all of Robin's "appearances" except the last one (he died), which was voiced by Reid Crandell.


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