Fan faves Magnum PI and SWAT return

12 October 2023
Explosive viewing for action-drama fans.
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Viewers should buckle in for serious action and adventure because Magnum PI and SWAT are returning for their fifth and sixth seasons respectively, and they're bringing all the heat. Magnum PI will premiere on Friday 13 October at 19:00 and SWAT will premiere on Wednesday 25 October at 20:00.

Magnum PI has been a crowd-pleaser since its kick-off in 2018. A reboot of the iconic '80s show, it follows Thomas Magnum (Javier Manuel "Jay" Hernandez), a decorated former Navy SEAL who heads to Hawai'i to work as a private investigator. With the help of his friends and fellow veterans, Magnum takes on the island's most challenging cases, from high-stakes corporate espionage to complex murder investigations.

In this fifth and final season, Magnum and his team will be facing off against new challenges, including a mysterious serial killer and a corrupt defense contractor. They’ll also be dealing with personal issues, such as Magnum's growing relationship with Higgins and TC's struggle with PTSD.

Magnum mega facts:

  • The Magnum in this reboot doesn’t have a moustache, unlike in the original where Tom Selleck sported this iconic facial hair.
  • Magnum drives a red Ferrari 308 GTS, just like his predecessor in the original series.
  • The theme song is a cover of the original theme song, performed by country singer Kip Moore.
  • The show has featured several guest appearances from celebrities, including Cyndi Lauper.

SWAT follows the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team. Led by Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore), a lifelong Angeleno and decorated LAPD officer, the SWAT team is tasked with handling the city's most dangerous and high-stakes situations. Like Magnum PI, SWAT is a reboot. It’s based on the original 1975 TV series and 2003 movie of the same name.

In the new season of SWAT, Hondo and his team will be facing off against new threats, such as a Mexican cartel and a white supremacist group. They will also be dealing with personal issues, such as Hondo's relationship with his father and Chris's struggle with addiction.

Speedy SWAT facts

  • The show's producers consulted with real-life SWAT team members to ensure that the action was as realistic as possible.
  • Stunts are performed by professional performers, but the actors also do some of their own stunts.
  • SWAT lead Shemar Moore is also known for his role as Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless and Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds.
  • SWAT has been praised for its diversity and for its portrayal of positive male role models.

Catch Magnum PI and SWAT only on M-Net – the home of the best in international entertainment. The shows will air on M-Net ( DStv Channel 101), as well as live-stream on DStv Stream. They’ll also be available on DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Join the conversation on FacebookXInstagram, and TikTok.