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Hawaii Five-O 

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:
Jack Lord ...  Det. Steve McGarrett / ... 281 episodes, 1968-1980
James MacArthur ...  Danny Williams / ... 259 episodes, 1968-1979
Kam Fong ...  Chin Ho 241 episodes, 1968-1978
Herman Wedemeyer ...  Duke / ... 155 episodes, 1968-1980
Harry Endo Harry Endo ...  Che Fong / ... 115 episodes, 1969-1977
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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McGarrett See more »

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(284 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Al Harrington and Herman Wedemeyer appeared in different roles on the show before assuming the roles of Ben and Duke respectively. Wedemeyer was in the first episode, playing Honolulu Police Lieutenant Balta. See more »

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In the now-famous scene from the opening credits, Jack Lord is shown from a helicopter shot on a balcony atop the Ilikai Hotel, then turns to the interior of the suite. The scene cuts to an interior shot making it appear that he turns directly from the balcony to face the camera after the cut. Actually, based on the scenery behind him, the interior shot had to have been made in a suite on the opposite side of the hotel. See more »

Quotes

Det. Steve McGarrett: Aloha. Aloha, suckers.
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Who needs Magnum anyway?
11 June 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

The longest-running cop show on American TV until "Law & Order"'s thirteenth season, "Hawaii Five-O" still has a long life in reruns and probably will continue in that vein long into the future.

Admittedly it did go downhill towards the end (the last season's episodes, ironically, seem even more dated than those from the '68 run) and no one can really claim that the acting was on a par with your Bochcos or your Levinsons, but it worked - yes, the scenery was a plus, along with Reza S. Badiyi's title sequence (still one of the all-time greats), but ultimately the glue that held it together was the late Jack Lord. He clearly thought the show revolved around him, and he was right - stiff, yes, but the man WAS Steve McGarrett; you never doubted for a second that he was in charge.

The show also had more than a few decent stories to go with the Hawaiian setting; that's the main reason this show was popular enough to run for more than 10 years (and more than twice that length in reruns). That and Morton Stevens's theme music, of course - all these years and that still hasn't worn thin yet either. I doubt "Miami Vice" will hold up so well.

The Stephen J. Cannell-backed pilot shot in '97 (and which brought back Chin Ho, killed off in "A Death In The Family") was judged so bad by CBS that to this day it hasn't aired, and probably never will. Like I'm weeping...


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