Growing up I watched a lot of Hawaii Five-O and I watched a lot of Magnum P.I. Yet, despite them both being Hawaii-based shows, it didn’t once occur to me that the shows might operate within the same universe.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted something that stated that they obviously were. Obviously? Digging deeper, I found the Poobala website and a page detailing just how close the shows were. In a late episode called Skin Deep, Magnum contacts a helicopter tower and, pretending to be from the police, utters “Billy, this is McGarrett of Five-Oh. Is David Norman armed?”.
So, either this was Magnum pretending to be a fictional character from a TV show (!), or in the Magnum universe, there was an officer called McGarrett working for the Five-O. Apparently Magnum referred to the Five-O often throughout the series so it is plausible that the shows were meant to co-exist? After all, Magnum also crossed over into the world of Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote too!
And what of the Hawaii Five-O remake? Well, the video above is a nice little nod to it’s history with Magnum, don’t you think?