Renowned director Wes Anderson has always voiced his admiration for “Magnum P.I..” He was such a fan that he even modeled the helicopter seen in his film Fantastic Mr. Fox after the Island Hoppers chopper in the show!
Anderson even shared that that helicopter was based on the character T.C. in “Magnum P.I.,” that’s his helicopter. They needed a good helicopter [to model off of] and he thought that’s a memorable one. And well, nobody told them they couldn’t use it.
Gillian’s 15 Minutes Of Fame
Though there were a number of recurring characters throughout the series, the one who appeared the most was Agatha Chumley, Higgins’ friend played by Gillian Dobb. Her character was a perfect complement to Higgins as she was English and seemed to have some admiration for him.
Apparently, Gillian actually had no professional experience prior to her role on the show. She was given the opportunity of portraying Agatha for a total of five seasons.
The gun that Magnum used throughout the show was actually a Government model Colt 1911 A1 .45 cal. Pistol, contrary to popular belief. During the Vietnam War, this gun was apparently the standard issue sidearm.
Thus, it made sense that Magnum would carry such a gun from his days spent in the Navy. This gun also appeared in some of Magnum’s flashbacks of his time in Vietnam.
Out With A Bang
The show truly ended with a bang as their last episode became the sixth most watched finale in television history with over 50 million watching! There were many events that happened in the course of the episode, from Magnum’s reunion with his long-lost daughter to quitting his private eye job to joining the navy.
However, many other things weren’t exactly left with the closure, such as Rick’s possible marriage and if Higgins was actually Robin Masters all along. These ambiguous moments were ultimately left to the audience’s interpretation.
Starring Tom Selleck’s Mustache
As you already know, Magnum’s mustache made Tom Selleck one of the most prolific custodians of a mustache in television history. It was so legendary that fans even made a Facebook page and a Twitter account for it!
This iconic facial hair was definitely set to build its own fanbase, even contributing to the creation of the Mustache Hall Of Fame.