Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

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The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Det. Steve McGarrett / ... (281 episodes, 1968-1980)
 Dan Williams / ... (259 episodes, 1968-1979)
Kam Fong ...
 Chin Ho (241 episodes, 1968-1978)
Herman Wedemeyer ...
 Duke / ... (155 episodes, 1968-1980)
Harry Endo ...
 Che Fong / ... (115 episodes, 1969-1977)


Five-0 was a special state police unit answering only to the Governor of Hawaii. It worked with Honolulu police to fight the underworld in the island state. Sooner or later virtually all the bad guys heard Steve McGarrett grunt "Book 'em, Danno!" though chief bad guy Wo Fat was caught after MacArthur left the series. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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His beat: the whole state. His badge: Hawaii Five-O (season 1)


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26 September 1968 (USA)  »

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For the ninth season, the Five-O offices moved out of the Iolani Palace and into an office building down the street, partly because the Iolani Palace was getting a facelift, and partly because CBS was building a new studio for the series, which wasn't ready in time for the early episodes. The Five-O office scenes were filmed in the office building, which was introduced in each episode that season by showing the Iolani Palace with scaffolding over its facing, then quickly panning down the street to the office building. Sometimes an exterior shot of the office building would show McGarrett pacing in front of his "new" office window. They moved back for the tenth season. See more »


In the opening title sequence, a hand loads a .38 snub nosed revolver, then spins the cartridge. The gun is loaded with bullets that have already been fired. The depression where the firing pin strikes the cartridge is clearly visible on all of the shells loaded. See more »


[repeated line]
Det. Steve McGarrett: Book him, Danno. Murder one.
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14 March 2000 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Arguably the greatest of all the American cop shows of the seventies, Hawaii Five-0 ran throughout this decade, though actually started and finished its run outside of this era (1968 and 1980 respectively). At its peak (season five, in my opinion) it was unbeatable entertainment. Though entertainment it was and always will be if you learn not to take the show too seriously and realism isn't your bag! Seasons one to six represent the show's golden age, seasons seven, eight and nine show a noticeable deterioration in quality and the final three seasons aren't worth setting the video for! One of the primary reasons for the show's success can be attributed to Jack Lord's inimitable portrayal of tough no nonsense cop Steve McGarrett. From its inception in the 1968 pilot movie 'cocoon', McGarrett pitted wits with villain 'Wo Fat' and continued to do so on numerous occasions until the series ended in 1980. Other regulars included James MacArthur as Danny 'Danno' Williams (1968-1979) and Chin Ho Kelly played by Kam Fong (1968-1979) The show exuded coolness in every frame shot, the opening title sequence today looks as fresh and as exciting as it ever did - thirty years on! Morton Stevens' pulsating theme tune without doubt is one of the most vibrant pieces of music to ever accompany a television series. In short, the show is pure escapism that has never and may never be rivalled again. Notable episodes are: Over Fifty? Steal (episode #59); No Bottles.....No Cans......No People (episode #74); and the Vashon trilogy from season 5 (episodes #105, #106 and #107).

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