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Missing Magnum P.I.? Watch These 15 Shows Next

With Thomas Magnum now officially off duty, hit up Peacock to arrest those post-Magnum TV blues.

By Benjamin Bullard

The Hawaiian sun has set for good on Magnum P.I., with our favorite Ferrari-driving detective striking a happy balance between life as he knows it and life as it could be — probably beneath some tropical palm grove — with longtime flame Juliet Higgins at his side. 

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Watch Magnum P.I. on NBC and Peacock.    

The sweeping series finale that capped the show’s fifth and final season (streaming on Peacock here) pleasingly settled a handful of lingering mysteries, though none was bigger than that final moment of unity when Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) at last cleared the air about maybe — just maybe — getting married. It was a romantically sweet ending for a show that’s seen more than its share of danger and go-fast action, which of course leaves us wondering where to turn to fill the void that Magnum’s series-ending absence has left in our action-chasing hearts. 

RELATED: The Biggest Questions Fans Have About the End of Magnum P.I.

As luck would have it, there’s no need to let those kind of cravings get too far out of hand. After a quick Peacock scan (and maybe an unplanned binge or two along the way), we’ve tallied no fewer than 15 series that capture some of the same magic mix of action, mystery, and even chilled-out sleuthing in exotic locales that made Magnum P.I. must-watch weekly viewing for fans. Best of all, they’re all streaming on Peacock right now — which means the cure for those post-Magnum blues is only a quick click away. 

15 shows to watch on Peacock to cure those post-Magnum P.I. blues

Covert Affairs

Front-loaded with a neat team-of-two cop dynamic, Covert Affairs sent CIA agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) fresh into the spy field with only the advice of ex-Special Forces mentor Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) — sidelined after being blinded in the line of duty in Iraq — to rely on. Through five seasons, Annie transformed from a green field newbie to a seasoned and intrepid operator in a series (like Magnum) that knew not to take all the cloak-and-dagger stuff too seriously… after all, we’re talking about a show where each breezy season named its rockin’ episodes after songs by the likes of R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, and The Pixies. 

Stream Covert Affairs on Peacock here.

Chicago P.D. 

Ruzek Gets Held Up at a Poker Game | Chicago P.D. | NBC

Sprung from the success of Chicago Fire, NBC’s long-running hit cop drama Chicago P.D. has taken nearly as many twists and turns at this point as Law & Order, its classic network counterpart — which isn’t exactly surprising when you consider that both shows bear the creative stamp of prolific police-procedural series mastermind, Dick Wolf. Now in its 11th season, Chicago P.D. has amassed a huge ensemble cast since first introducing us a decade ago to Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), the tough-but-fair Intelligence Unit chief holding things down at the center of the Chicago story-verse’s crime-fighting urban maelstrom. Thankfully, it’s easy for first-timers to get up to speed fast: Every single Chicago P.D. episode (including premiere-fresh installments from the still-unfolding Season 11) are available to stream on Peacock. 

— Stream Chicago P.D. on Peacock here.

Las Vegas

Danny Mccoy and Mike Cannon on Episode 101 of Las Vegas

Though its fifth and final season aired all the way back in 2008, there’s nary a dull or dated vibe to be found anywhere in sunny Las Vegas. Cool, clever, and comedically on point, it’s a series that shares more than a little in common with Magnum, P.I.'s sweet blend of episodic intrigue unfolding across beautifully exotic places. The show’s killer cast, which boasted the late, great James Caan (as the security boss of the show’s fictional Montecito hotel) and Josh Duhamel (as an on-the-rise security successor) in leading roles, lends Las Vegas a fun, Ocean’s Eleven type of serious-party vibe, bolstered by all the glitz and glamour that people pay good money to bathe themselves in while enjoying the original City of Sin.

— Stream Las Vegas on Peacock here.

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The Irrational

How to Catch a Gambling Cheater at a Las Vegas Casino | The Irrational | NBC

As behavioral specialist Alec Mercer, Law & Order veteran Jesse L. Martin wades into the deep and murky minefield of the criminal human psyche as the star of The Irrational, NBC’s still-fresh crime drama that tackles some truly out-there cases with sky-high stakes to match. There’s something fun and original about watching Alec approach the show’s dastardly weekly doings not by following the standard police operating blueprint, but by weighing suspects’ emotional and, well, irrational sides, all  while thinking well outside the cop-blueprint box. Even as the current first season winds down this month, The Irrational is definitely worth getting invested in now; with a Season 2 green light already in full effect, there’s no rational reason not to confidently binge away. 

— Stream The Irrational on Peacock here.

Poker Face

We can’t wait for Season 2 of creator Rian Johnson’s Poker Face, a Peacock-original series that offers all the right kind of homages to Columbo and other classic TV whodunnits of the past. Natasha Lyonne brings a delightfully blithe energy to her role as Charlie Cale — an endlessly resourceful Las Vegas washout who’s learned to spin her near-supernatural gift for knowing when someone’s lying into a bootleg detective gig. Poker Face follows a larger story arc that follows Charlie’s flight from some Vegas baddies, but the real joy is the show’s always-fresh episode-of-the-week format, which assures our hero’s always off on new adventures… even if they usually involve murder. 

— Stream Poker Face on Peacock here.

The Continental: From the World of John Wick

Looking for somewhere to rekindle the smack-’n’-pow of Magnum P.I.’s awesome action slant? Look no further than John Wick spinoff series The Continental, which tracks the up-and-coming years of eventual assassin’s hotel proprietor Winston Scott (played by Ian McShane in the John Wick movies, and by Colin Woodell — channelling all of McShane’s stoic big-screen mannerisms — in The Continental). Mel Gibson costars as a 1970s-vintage sleazeball who’s been running the iconic organized-crime hangout straight into the ground. His feral desperation to hang onto the place at all costs ignites some of the most explosive TV fisticuffs this side of an actual Keanu Reeves action flick. 

— Stream The Continental: From the World of John Wick on Peacock here.

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The Resort

The Resort checks off two of the biggest must-have ingredients on any Magnum P.I. fan’s list: It’s set in a tropical paradise, and it sucks its two main heroes into an intriguing head-scratcher of a missing-persons mystery. Stars William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) make an inspired pairing as a vacationing husband-and-wife couple trying to keep their relationship from coming apart at the seams — an endeavor that takes on darkly comedic meaning after the duo gets drawn into solving the case of two missing teens who vanished from the resort years ago. 

— Stream The Resort on Peacock here


Psych ran for eight seasons on USA, a testament to the cult-classic mystery series’ clever take on how detectives follow their crime-solving instincts. James Roday Rodriguez starred as mental wunderkind Shawn Spencer, a guy so endowed with perfect memory and insight that everyone else thinks he possesses some kind of supernatural gift. His best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) is just about the only one in on the secret that Shawn’s actually just a super-intelligent guy and not an actual psychic, a secret that the show plays for great comic effect every time our hero awes people with a burst of uncannily accurate sleuthing brilliance. 

— Stream Psych on Peacock here.


Sir Will Never Let Gabi Go | Found | NBC

Fresh off its recently-concluded Season 1 finale, NBC’s Found already has collected an entourage of well-engrossed mystery fans as it swings toward a second season. Starring Shanola Hampton as missing-persons specialist Gabi Mosely, Found tweaks the conventional TV-detective formula by giving its hero a past that carries some seriously twisted baggage. A former kidnapping victim herself, Gabi totally understands the kind of missing-persons cases whose victims tend to fall through the justice system’s cracks… not least because she's turned the tables by abducting her own kidnapper, all the better to pick his brain for clues on how a criminal abductor thinks. Ironically, that’s just the kind of insight that Gabi probably doesn’t have to try quite that hard to find. 

— Stream Found on Peacock here

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Andy Samberg might’ve anchored Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Jake Peralta, the beloved cop comedy’s centerpiece crime-solving loon. But from Terry Crews to Stephanie Beatriz to the late, great Andre Braugher (as Cpt. Raymond Holt, a leader cursed to endlessly suffer the show’s gang of good-natured fools), every actor on Brooklyn Nine-Nine elevated the series by stubbornly refusing to be anyone but their quirky, maladjusted selves. Magnum P.I. fans who get down with a side of humor to go with their more serious TV sleuthing wills find tons of it inside Brooklyn’s (totally fictional) 99th Precinct — a place where the good guys usually have the baddies beat when it comes to hilarious character traits. 

— Stream Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Peacock here.

Twisted Metal

Demented clowns, wasteland hooligans, and tons of pedal-to-the-metal action! Twisted Metal definitely gets that adrenaline surging, and thankfully there’s a new season heading to Peacock in the aftermath of the Anthony Mackie-starring series’ successful high-octane debut. Based on the classic crash-and-burn Twisted Metal video game series, Season 1 of Peacock’s original small-screen adaptation somehow managed to please both longtime gaming fans and total first-timers by paying live-action tribute to the spirit of the games’ insane post-apocalyptic mayhem. Mackie’s lost-soul hero (who goes simply by “John Doe”) has a deep family mystery to solve in Twisted Metal… if only he could keep a crazed cop (Thomas Haden Church) off his back long enough to fix his eyes firmly on the long road ahead. 

— Stream Twisted Metal on Peacock here.

Quantum Leap

Ian Is a Leaper | Quantum Leap | NBC

NBC revived an early-1990s sci-fi classic with the fresh arrival of the new Quantum Leap, which picks up decades after Dr. Sam Beckett (played in the original series by Scott Bakula) vanished with his mysterious time (and body) switching machine. Now in the hands of Dr. Ben Song (Raymond Lee), new mysteries surround Project Quantum Leap as Song goes missing, just like his predecessor, in the nebulous reaches of time and place. This time around, it’s up to Ben’s fiancée and faithful holographic advisor Addison Augustine (Caitlin Bassett) to yank him back from the past with answers about what happened… both to Ben and to Dr. Beckett. The present-day series is perched at the precipice of what’s sure to be a climactic Season 2 finale, even as all already-aired episodes from both Quantum Leap seasons are there to catch you up with the series on Peacock. 

— Stream Quantum Leap on Peacock here.

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If you like your cop drama with a sneaky side of CIA spycraft, then Treadstone, the action series that shares its creative universe with the Bourne film franchise, has you covered. Starring Jeremy Irvine (Great Expectations) as a rogue agent from the early days of the same assassin-shaping black ops program that kept Jason Bourne on the CIA’s rogue radar, Treadstone marches to its own beat, diving deep into the early days of the covert Operation Treadstone outfit that underpins the broader Bourne mythology. The action’s on point and there’s oodles of deep Bourne lore to explore if you’re a fan of the Robert Ludlum novels that launched the franchise — but at a tight 10 episodes, Treadstone makes for an easily accessible binge even if you’re not highly trained in the delicately deadly assassins’ arts. 

— Stream Treadstone on Peacock here.

FBI: Most Wanted 

Spun from Dick Wolf’s popular FBI small-screen series, FBI: Most Wanted dials in on the high-stakes chase games played by the bureau’s New York Fugitive Task Force. Julian McMahon (as team leader Jess LaCroix) leads an ensemble cast as they track some of the FBI’s highest-priority criminal targets — a mission whose dangers end up hitting especially close to home as later seasons of the series take some truly unexpected and dramatic turns. FBI: Most Wanted is all about capturing the adrenaline surge that goes with taking high-level enforcement work out into the field of duty, making it easy to get hooked into the show’s police-procedural loop. 

— Stream FBI: Most Wanted on Peacock here.


If there’s a P.I. anywhere on TV who wouldn’t blink at trading their conventional gumshoe cases for a gig stalking perpetrators of a far more supernatural kind, it’s probably Thomas Magnum. After all, he’s seen some pretty strange stuff while whipping around the Hawaiian isles in his free-use Ferrari… though none of it quite measures up to the darkly enchanted backwoods Wesen, the mythically monstrous beasts who inhabit the outer Oregon wilds that serve as the horror-tinged backdrop for murder-mystery series Grimm. The show’s title also serves as the descriptive title for Portland homicide detective Nicholas Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), the present-day heir to a long line of hunters — known as “Grimm” —  tasked with fighting a souped-up strain of forbidden beasts and demi-human creatures found in the 19th Century classic scary collection Grimms' Fairy Tales

— Stream Grim on Peacock here.