Friday, February 29, 2008

Mystery TV Themes: MAGNUM, P.I.

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

MAGNUM, P.I. (CBS, 1980-88)
Developed to make use of the facilities built on location for Hawaii Five-O, this post-hardboiled detective series became a top-rated show in its own right. Tom Selleck played Thomas Magnum, a former Navy SEAL and Vietnam vet who lived in the guest house of a lush 200-acre beachfront estate owned by celebrated (but unseen) author Robin Masters. Magnum regularly butted heads with estate manager Higgins (John Hillerman), an ex-British Army Sergeant Major, and got into a variety of adventures with war buddies T.C. Calvin (Roger E. Mosley) and Rick Wright (Larry Manetti). The Museum of Broadcast Communications notes that Magnum, P.I. was one of the first series to explore "the impact of the Vietnam War on the American cultural psyche." Several memorable episodes grew out of Magnum's past war experiences.

The theme was composed by five-time Grammy-winner Mike Post, who started out in pop music as an arranger of such hits as "Classical Gas," "I Got You Babe," and "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Writing for TV since the '70s, his lengthy resume includes themes written or co-written for The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues, Greatest American Hero, Law and Order, and many more.

Buy Magnum, P.I. on DVD

More Magnum info:
TV Guide
TV.com
Wikipedia

Mike Post Biography

CLASSIC THEME


ORIGINAL (AWFUL) THEME


More themes:
MANNIX
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
MOD SQUAD
MONK
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE

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