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All the lists looks good, but no one has mentioned the possibility of CBS including some ISOLATED SCORES for the episodes.

Some of the titles I would like to add, which includes this music only option include:

PILOT (Cocoon)
SAMURAI
FORTY FEET HIGH AND IT KILLS
A THOUSAND PARDONS, YOU’RE DEAD ( Stevens Emmy Winner)
SINGAPORE FILE
TROUBLE IN MIND
OVER 50? STEAL
HIGHEST CASTLE, DEEPEST GRAVE
DEATH IS A COMPANY POLICY
I’M A FAMILY CROOK - DON’T SHOOT
HOOKMAN (Stevens Emmy Winner)
THE 100,000 NICKEL (Broughton Emmy Nomination)
HOW TO STEAL A MASTERPIECE
MURDER - EYES ONLY
RETIRE IN SUNNY HAWAII - FOREVER
HONOR IS AN UNMARKED GRAVE
TURKEY SHOOT AT MAKAPUU
NINE DRAGONS
ASSAULT ON THE PALACE
UP THE REBELS
WOE TO WO FAT

At the VERY LEAST, including the music option for THE PILOT, SAMURAI, A THOUSAND PARDONS, HOOKMAN and WO TO WO FAT is a must. At least the two Emmy Winning scores by Morton Stevens would be included.

Perhaps, Mike, you could pass this along to CBS to be considered for
a possible Blu Ray release....thanks:)


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I've tried to list my 24 favorites (I think there are more than 24 here). It was not an easy task and I kept thinking of other episodes that I should add and I didn't want to delete any. Sigh. Just so much good material. But here is my list:

Hookman
Vashon Trilogy
Cocoon
Yesterday Died and Tomorrow May Never Be Born
Cry, Lie
Draw Me a Killer
Full Fathom Five
Rest in Peace Somebody
The Singapore File
The Ransom
The Young Assassins
Beautiful Screamer
Engaged to be Buried
And they Painted Daisies on His Coffin
Blind Tiger
Jinn Who Clears Way
Journey Out of Limbo
Skinhead
The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney
Three Dead Cows at Makapuu
To Kill or Be Killed
Trouble in Mind
The Clock Struck Twelve
For a Million, Why Not?
The Guarnerius Caper


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Really, Chick? I always thought season 3 was next after season 1 for you. And then maybe 5 or 6. But yeah season 9 sure was a winner!! And don’t forget “Blood Money is Hard to Wash”. Dane Clark as Victor Jovanko sure was one persistent cat in trying to take out McGarrett. But Steve-O sure showed him up at the end in the hospital in a major way! Showed him that Hawaii ain’t no Cleveland with coconuts.

Right on about the cats here dissin “The Box”. Like, blew my mind!! Oh man, oh man, like oh man!! Looks like we need to inspect their Five-O membership cards. ;)

Did you just con me, McGarrett????


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Season 9 pretty epic indeed, brudda Ringfire. No Doubt! Is actually Chicken’s fave Season outside a the groundbreaking inaugural one. And is really Five-O’s last great hurrah.

Yeah theyse had some good eps after but nothin like the Season 9 line-up a Bells Toll at Noon, Target-A Cop, Steel Frame, 9 Dragons and Double Exposure. Arguably each All-Timers!

And speakin a season one, can’t believe wees the only cats that select The Box for the tops. Wassup wit dat? Well, Ain't no big thing. :D

Chah-lee – they’ll spit on your demands. A con can’t change anything!


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Surprised no one else mentioned "A Capitol Crime". A fantastic story, with an Emmy-worthy performance by Barnard Hughes, not to mention Sharon Farrell at her absolute crazy best! Ditto Dick Davalos as George Hawley and his "oink oink" at McGarrett lol.

"Target-A Cop" is another dynamite episode which no one else mentioned. Throw in "Bells Toll at Noon" and "Man in a Steel Frame" and you have some of the very best in the entire series!! Just those 4 alone make season 9 pretty epic!


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Mr. Mike: I would care to cast a vote for "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave". This has been a favorite of mine from the moment I first saw it as a first-run prime time episode. Drama, casting and screenplay at its highest art form for the series, in my opinion

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Honor Is An Unmarked Grave is a classic mystery and a masterpiece. It's a definite FAV of mine. Outstanding photography and writing. It succeeds for many reasons to me. Travis Marshall is a colorful character. He's intelligent and sharp discovering the grave of the missing Brian Henderson. Marshall an author and lawyer definitely has a story. Agatha Henderson is a matriarch type who has some wealth and trying to keep a secret. However, the discovery of Brian's remains means a Five O investigation. The acting is excellent by entire cast Agatha, Travis, McG, Paul, etc. Marshall investigates and digs closer to the truth. Too bad he's silenced B4 he can write the book. Probably somewhere in the Number 12 to 20 range in FAV Classic HFO episodes all time. JC

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Review of “Honor Is An Unmarked Grave” (Season 8)

Jack Lord’s knowledge of the arts showed throughout “Honor is an Unmarked Grave.” He applied the principles of photography to achieve rich, full, and deep scenes. Consider these principles and how he used them:

Framing. In the following picture, the camera has panned from the ocean to the cemetery. A shot of a Japanese structure set the scene for the Japanese influences in the episode. And, then, we saw the grave diggers framed between a stand of tall grasses and a tree with additional greenery before and behind the grave diggers. That told us that this was where we needed to focus, because this was where the story began.

Use of Color. In a play that was basically film noir, the flowers flanking the sidewalk in the Henderson garden added startling contrast. Similarly, Agatha Henderson's sunny yellow hat was a striking contrast to the black mourning clothes she wore throughout the episode, except in the flashback. As an aside, the hat belonged to Marie Lord, Jack's wife, in real life.

The use of color returned when McGarrett visited Agatha Henderson on her lanai, as she arranged flowers. Now, instead of flanking the characters, the flowers stood between McGarrett and Mrs. Henderson as if they were (1) showing the emotional and philosophical divide that existed between the two characters, (2) warding off the unpleasantness his visit represented to her, and (3) representing her lofty position over everyone and everything around her, including him.

Establishing viewpoint through camera angles. We saw this best illustrated at Koji's funeral. At first, we saw Agatha Henderson standing with another woman, who clearly was grieving. When Chin Ho arrived, however, Mrs. Henderson turned her head as though she were wondering why Five-0 was there. A shot taken from an elevated corner in the crypt shows that, while other mourners were stricken with grief, Agatha Henderson seemed determined to remain in control.

These principles from among the twelve basic principles for creating photographs provide an example of just how much attention Jack paid to detail. His use of symbolism worked together with these principles to create an episode that was nothing short of expertly crafted by an artist who strove for perfection.

Written by H50 1.0 FOREVER
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The Bells Toll at Noon is 4; Draw Me a Killer is 5.

Neither of these totals change the top 24 which includes some 3-star episodes where a choice has to be made as to which ones will be in the final list. But maybe all these 3-star ones could be included. I dunno how many episodes you can get on a Blu-Ray disc. A review of the Rockford Blu-Rays suggests you can put 5 or even 6 episodes on one disc, I think if you use double-layer discs. But whether the quality would suffer is another question. There is a prominent review of the Rockford Blu-Ray set at blu-ray.com which is extremely negative.

I agree about Honor is an Unmarked Grave. To quote from my own review: "The script by Bud Freeman is not only very funny at times, but also structured in such a way that you don't know what is really going on until the end, when several plot issues are finally revealed and summed up. ... The excellent score by Morton Stevens sounds at times like Bernard Herrmann and adds to the sense of unease; the color photography is also outstanding." It also includes an exceptional performance by Eileen Heckart, who gives Jack Lord a run for the money in the acting department, and Elissa in a bikini! But I did not include this in my selection; it would definitely be in a subsidiary selection like "Other shows that you should pay attention to."

I too think that Over Fifty? Steal! is overrated. I don't think I would give this four stars any more. I included that in my 24 because that was the last one to choose and I was grabbing at straws. I think I will demote this and put in The Ransom, because we need a Zulu-centric episode (at least one). Other episodes which would also be demoted on my review pages would be A Lion in the Streets, Number One With A Bullet and (yes) Nine Dragons (it has some issues, though it is still my favorite show).

I also agree with the comments on The Bells Toll at Noon. The ending of this is exactly right. I don't know why there was a huge kerfuffle over this show when a poll on the ninth season was done at IMDb. Wasn't this even chosen as the WORST episode of the season in that poll?


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"The Bells Toll at Noon" is included in both lists. Does that raise its count from 4 to 5?

I'm surprised "Honor is an Unmarked Grave" hasn't received more votes. Jack's artistic elements in it really push it over the top. I need to write a review of it.


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Mike, you have Draw Me a Killer listed twice, and it actually LOST votes somehow!

I think the correct total is 6. Or at least 5.

Disappointed that no one else listed "The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild". I thought that was an excellent episode.

I was never a huge fan of Over 50? Steal! It was okay, but I thought it was overrated.


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"That, at the end of the episode, he segues from a reasonably sane man into an impersonation of Jimmy Cagney's performance of "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" from the movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) and then freezes in an almost catatonic state shows just how sick Johnny Kling really is."

:!clap: Quite possibly the best ending in the entire series! Superb stuff! Why some people have an issue with that scene just baffles me. It's pretty clear that the man is seriously sick. I mean he watches old movies and then goes out and re-enacts those murders while doing voice impersonations. Is he sick? Of course he is. There's definitely more than just revenge at play here.


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Perhaps, the most notable aspect of all in “The Bells Toll at Noon” is the logical progression as McGarrett works through the case. A torn ticket stub is found atop the roof from which Johnny Kling (Rich Little) shot Charlie Hazard (Kevin O’Connor). Is it evidence or a red herring? We don't know until we see Johnny Kling completely absorbed in the movie "The Roaring Twenties" (1939) at the Varsity Theatre. And, then, McGarrett visits Kling's apartment and sees the movie posters on the walls and, of course, the rifle that was used to kill Hazard. That leads McGarrett and Danno to the theater, where they watch the ending of "White Heat" (1949) and know where Johnny Kling and Paul Thayler (Don Knight) are going -- the Aloha Refinery.

And, then, there are the human interactions: Kwan Hi Lim is miffed by the police intrusion into his projection booth. To have him and Jorie Remus in the same episode is extra special. Jorie Remus plays wonderfully kooky women, and she outdoes herself in "The Bells Toll at Noon." I think she remembered every detail but didn't want to play all her cards when she was questioned. That she really did remember the details comes through when she works with the police artist. Even so, Danno says she made several bad starts before she was able to give an accurate description of the man who had rented the cabin.

Johnny Kling is allowed to show off Rich Little's talent as an impersonator. His impersonation of Sydney Greenstreet discussing Humphrey Bogart’s appearance in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) at Start Anew is excellent. That, at the end of the episode, he segues from a reasonably sane man into an impersonation of Jimmy Cagney's performance of "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" from the movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) and then freezes in an almost catatonic state shows just how sick Johnny Kling really is.

As for the conflict between such insanity and the fact that he possesses enough mental ability to plan the three murders, that will be for the court to decide. All McGarrett can do is discover the facts of the case. About the only way anyone could solve this case would be to watch the movies that inspired Kling's actions, and McGarrett and Danno did just that. That allowed us to watch a bit of those old movies and to listen to a bit of the old music.

The main thing I like about this episode is the artistry that went into it. First, it draws from three Jimmy Cagney movies. Then the 78 rpm recording of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" is played on an old Victrola. The record player's ending needle sound continues as the scene ends and the Five-0 wave comes up. Kling wraps up James Kellman (Milton Selzer) as a mummy and has him fall through a doorway, just as happened in “Public Enemy” (1931). McGarrett and Chin Ho are baffled, at first, and McGarrett likens the disjointed evidence to hieroglyphics, which cannot be read without the Rosetta Stone. In the projection room, when McGarrett needs to learn how the next movie ends, he uses an old Moviola to fast forward through the first part of the reel and reach the scene atop the oil storage tank at the oil refinery and learn that Kling intends to blow up himself and Paul Thayler.

Very artistic, but then, that's what makes episodes directed by Jack Lord unmistakably his.


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The whole list...

9 Hookman
9 Vashon Trilogy
7 Over Fifty? Steal
6 Cocoon
6 Nightmare in Blue
6 Yesterday Died and Tomorrow May Never Be Born
5 Forty Feet High & it Kills
5 Nine Dragons
4 Cry, Lie
4 Deathwatch
4 Draw Me a Killer
4 Full Fathom Five
4 I'll Kill 'Em Again
4 Just Lucky I Guess
4 One Big Happy Family
4 Rest in Peace Somebody
4 The Bells Toll at Noon
3 Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
3 I’m a Family Crook - Don’t Shoot!
3 Retire in Sunny Hawaii - Forever

(24 hours worth of shows ends here. Maybe they can get more than 4 shows per Blu Ray disc, though? There are still some more 3-rated shows below…)

3 Singapore File
3 The Ransom
3 The Second Shot
3 The Young Assassins
3 We Hang Our Own
2 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
2 And a Time to Die
2 Beautiful Screamer
2 Engaged to be Buried
2 How to Steal a Masterpiece
2 Man in a Steel Frame
2 Mother’s Deadly Helper
2 Murder - Eyes Only
2 The Box
2 The Listener
2 The Singapore File
1 A Bullet for McGarrett
1 A Capitol Crime
1 A Gun for McGarrett
1 A Lion in the Streets
1 A Time to Die
1 A Touch of Guilt
1 And I Want Some Candy and a Gun that Shoots
1 And they Painted Daisies on His Coffin
1 Bells Toll at Noon
1 Blind Tiger
1 Charter for Death
1 Computer Killer
1 Descent of the Torches
1 Didn't We Meet At A Murder?
1 Double Exposure
1 Draw Me a Killer
1 East Wind, Ill Wind
1 FOB Honolulu
1 Good Help is Hard to Find
1 Honor is an Unmarked Grave
1 Jinn Who Clears Way
1 Journey Out of Limbo
1 Killer at Sea
1 King Of The Hill
1 Loose Ends Get Hit
1 McGarrett is Missing
1 Most Likely to Murder
1 Murder is a Taxing Affair
1 Odd Man In
1 They Painted Daisies
1 Pig in A Blanket
1 Skinhead
1 Steal Now--Pay Later
1 Sweet Terror
1 Target - A Cop
1 Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart
1 The 90 Second War
1 The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney
1 The Case Against Philip Christie
1 The Devil and Mr. Frog
1 The Grandstand Play
1 The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild
1 The Late John Louisiana
1 Three Dead Cows at Makapuu
1 To Kill or Be Killed
1 Trouble in Mind
1 Wednesday, Ladies Free
1 You Don't See Many Pirates Anymore


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Examining The Bells Toll At Noon. I think this is a good episode but outside my Top 20. Richard Little is larger than life as Johnny Kling the comedian. A former addict getting his life back on track. He starts eliminating those involved with the death of a young woman he secretly loved. They got her hooked on drugs again and she died. Kling shoots a drug dealer Hazard who sold the drugs to Makameha. The shot disguised by the noon bells at the Church. Kellman is later killed who distributed the drugs to Hazard and whose drugs killed the young woman. He's later wrapped up and falls out of a hotel closet in an incredible scene. Thayler is later kidnapped by Kling. Thayler is the businessman type behind the drug operation. Plenty of good here but a few things bother me. Tommy (Jimmy Borges) at Start Anew talks about Johnny Kling as a once addict but he's getting back on track. Will be on top again. Killing these guys Hazard, Kellman and kidnapping Thayler will lead to HFO involvement. It will undo all his work getting sober now that he will be arrested for the crimes. The old woman hotel owner gives a perfect description of Kling thanks to the sketch artist. This is hard to believe because Danno talks about how the old woman not sure of a description. I also thought the ending was disappointing. Kling goes from his regular self to other characters. McG is able to talk Kling down from the big oil drums. Thayler is lucky to survive. Maybe, a good lawyer could convince a jury Kling was crazy. However, Kling meticulously planned the killings and things. I would give The Bells Toll At Noon 5 stars out of 6. What do you think? JC

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"21. Charter for Death"

I feel like we're playing a game of which of these doesn't belong ;)

Anyway it's my least favorite from season 6 so I definitely wouldn't place it on any best-of list. Rats, bubonic plague, quarantine? Yeah not my idea of classic Five-O. The season 1 episode "Face of the Dragon" was a better episode that dealt with the bubonic plague (at least it has some Red Chinese espionage involved) but even that one I was never crazy about.

But, to each his own...


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My "Best-of" Blue Ray List:

1. Hookman
2. The Vsshon Trilogy
3. Pilot ("Cocoon")
4. The Bells Toll at Noon
5. Forty Feet High & it Kills
6. Rest in Peace Somebody
7. Over Fifty Steal
8. Nightmare in Blue
9. The Ransom
10. A Touch of Guilt
11. Full Fathom Five
12. Just Lucky I Guess
13. Retire in Sunny Hawaii Forever
14. Yesterday Died and Tomorrow May Never Be Born
15. A Time to Die
16. And they Painted Daisies on His Coffin
17. The Listener
18. Murder Eyes Only
19. The Late John Louisiana
20. Blind Tiger
21. Charter for Death


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Thanks, John! FLY, EAGLES, FLY... ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY........ (I think I'll stop here before Mr. Mike kicks me out). But yes I am super excited!!! We worked so hard this year and totally deserved it. It's history in the making! :)

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Good to see some more voting for the 50th Anniversary Classic HFO episodes Blue Ray. The 3 Vashons, Hookman, and Over Fifty? Steal are some of the best in the series. Happy to see they will be included. Pretty good lead. It should be interesting if there's a run off for the last few episodes. Mr. Mike giving it another 5 days to Feb 9th. Eminently fair. Everybody has had plenty of time to vote if they are a Classic HFO fan. Congrats Ringfire! Fly Eagles Fly! JC

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“And for those who picked The Box in they top eps, let me say that is "A true Co-mmand decision, Charlie" ”

Thanks, Chick! Chah-lee gotta take a stand against those old smart ones, the homosexuals! :)


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Too easy...

http://www.metv.com/quiz/can-you-name-these-characters-from-hawaii-five-o/11-correct


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I just watched "The Bells Toll at Noon" -- again! It is so well done! Between James Breig's outstanding story and Jack's outstanding directing, it's first class all the way.

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Latest results. There are actually 25 hours worth of shows in this list, would have to be a run-off for the "3" items.

I am going to run this poll until next Friday (February 9).

8 Hookman
8 Vashon Trilogy
6 Over Fifty? Steal
5 Cocoon
5 Draw Me a Killer
5 Nightmare in Blue
5 Nine Dragons
5 Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
4 Cry, Lie
4 Deathwatch
4 Forty Feet High & It Kills!
4 I'll Kill 'Em Again
3 Full Fathom Five
3 Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
3 Just Lucky, I Guess
3 One Big Happy Family
3 Rest in Peace, Somebody
3 Singapore File
3 The Bells Toll at Noon
3 The Young Assassins
3 We Hang Our Own


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Here's my 24 best (in no real order):

Cocoon (2)
V For Vashon (3)
One Big Happy Family
Draw Me a Killer
I'll Kill 'Em Again
Nightmare in Blue
One Born Every Minute
Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
Nine Dragons (2)
Steal Now--Pay Later
The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild
Hookman
The Young Assassins
I'm a Family Crook-Don't Shoot
Mother's Deadly Helper
Just Lucky, I Guess
Computer Killer
The Grandstand Play
Three Dead Cows at Makapuu
The Devil and Mr. Frog


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Hey Maureen - sound like you did some vital and challengin work. Hope you enjoyin retirement, and catchin up on yo Five-O eps on DVD.

And I agree, Chicken seen a bit a that new Five-Zero and It Ain't pretty.:D

Hey John C, thanks for the shout out. Definitely hard to pick them top 24 eps. I think on any given day, I coulda come up with different variants a the top episodes. There are that many exceptional eps! Speakin a Toomey & Lew, coulda included The Payoff, which is almost perfect in it's noir, heist-go-wrong elements or The Listener which have Cerberus, one a Five-O's most memorable psychos. John Louisianna or Target-Cop coulda made it, with the great, great Don Stroud.

But, yeah, I agree Just Lucky, Skinhead and 10K Diamonds are all-timers. Chicken think you can screen em for any newbie to show them just what the Five-O be about.

And for those who picked The Box in they top eps, let me say that is "A true Co-mmand decision, Charlie" :D


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Here is the latest update in the Five-O Blu-Ray sweepstakes:

7 Hookman
7 Vashon Trilogy
6 Over Fifty? Steal
4 Cocoon
4 Cry, Lie
4 Draw Me a Killer
4 Forty Feet High & It Kills!
4 Nightmare in Blue
4 Nine Dragons
4 Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
3 Deathwatch
3 Full Fathom Five
3 Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
3 I'll Kill 'Em Again
3 Rest in Peace, Somebody
3 Singapore File
3 The Second Shot
3 We Hang Our Own
2 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
2 And a Time to Die
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2 Beautiful Screamer
2 Engaged to be Buried
2 How to Steal a Masterpiece
2 Just Lucky, I Guess
2 Man in a Steel Frame
2 Retire in Sunny Hawaii - Forever
2 The Bells Toll at Noon
2 The Box
2 The Ransom
2 Singapore File
2 The Young Assassins
2 I’m a Family Crook-Don’t Shoot!
2 One Big Happy Family

All other shows have 1 vote. The line above represents 24, so there will probably have to be a run-off with the 2-rated episodes to see which ones will fill the gap.


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If I were to include a season 12 episode (in an attempt to cover the entire 12-year run) it could only be "Woe to Wo Fat". Not only is it the series finale but it's the perfect way to bookend the Blu-Ray set if the first episode included is the "Cocoon" pilot. We can't include too many Wo Fat episodes because there are too many other great episodes but these might be the 2 to include. Plus let's face it - it's one of the better season 12 episodes, certainly more worthy of inclusion than "Good Help" or "Lion in the Streets".

But here I'll just list my 24 favorites (in chronological order):

1. Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
2. Deathwatch
3. The Box
4. A Bullet for McGarrett
5. The Singapore File
6. The Second Shot
7. The Ransom
8. Over Fifty? Steal
9. The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney
10. ...And I Want Some Candy and a Gun that Shoots
11. Rest in Peace, Somebody
12. Journey Out of Limbo
13. V for Vashon: The Sonny
14. V for Vashon: The Padre
15. V for Vashon: The Grandpappy
16. The Listener
17. Hookman
18. Draw Me a Killer
19. Nightmare in Blue
20. The Young Assassins
21. I'll Kill 'Em Again
22. Target - A Cop
23. The Bells Toll at Noon
24. A Capitol Crime

Just missing the cut:

Tiger by the Tail
Beautiful Screamer
Wednesday, Ladies Free
Secret Witness
McGarrett is Missing
Deadly Persuasion
Man in a Steel Frame


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Hi guys,
You asked, so here's a bunch of votes from me -

1 Over Fifty? Steal
2 Hookman
3 Wednesday, Ladies Free
4 One Big Happy Family
5 And a Time to Die
6 Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
7 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
8 The Second Shot
9 Nightmare in Blue
10 Just Lucky, I Guess
11 Vashon Trilogy
12 Odd Man In
13 Full Fathom Five
14 Deathwatch


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Blu-Ray poll results after 3 days.

Come on, other people, I want your contribution! You don't have to do 24, just don't go over 24! I have had to make exceptions for some people who were already cheating by a couple.

5 Cry, Lie
5 Hookman
5 The Vashon Trilogy (3)
4 Cocoon (2)
4 Forty Feet High and It Kills!
4 Nine Dragons (2)
4 Over Fifty? Steal
3 Draw Me a Killer
3 Singapore File
3 We Hang Our Own
3 Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
2 Beautiful Screamer
2 Deathwatch
2 Engaged to be Buried
2 Full Fathom Five
2 Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
2 How to Steal a Masterpiece
2 I'll Kill 'Em Again
2 I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot
2 Man in a Steel Frame
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(24 actually ends here)

2 Nightmare in Blue
2 Rest in Peace, Somebody
2 Retire in Sunny Hawaii - Forever
2 The Bells Toll at Noon

All other choices had 1 vote only)


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BIG CHICKEN.
Some inspired choices for the Blue Ray. I like the Just Lucky,I Guess, Skinhead, and Ten Thousand Diamonds And A Heart choices. As Mr. Mike and the Classic HFO forum regulars have opined, it's difficult to narrow it down to 24. So many excellent episodes. I forgot FOB Honolulu on my 1st list. That's a JC FAV. I'm a big fan of East Wind, Ill Wind. Mrs. Sananarek was a beautiful and classy woman. Great photography and story. I enjoy A Lion In The Streets and Number One With A Bullet. However, it's tough to slide a Season 10-12 episode in the Top 24. Hopefully, Toomey and Lew will give you a stack of those Silver Certificates. They have cooled off by now. They say Seattle might get an NHL team soon. JC


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Yeah only in their minds are they pretty. Actually not.

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Darn right, Big Chicken. Before I retired, I worked graveyard in an urban emergency room. I am both tough and gentle. In other words, one hell of a woman.

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Maureen Elise Brockmann say: "The characters in the "old" Five 0 were men - in the new five o they are little boys."

Right on, Maureen! Them Five-Zeros Mo’ like pretty boys. And to par-phrase baller Steph Curry: 'Fightin crime's a Man's Game!' :D

Hey Ringfire - I agree wit u bro - other than maybe "Up the Rebels" (which feel like season 9) hard to see season 10-12 eps bein included in tops cept’ for the sake a 'completeness.'

That said, I’d be cool with 'Descent of the Torches' in the set. Good choice, Jeff! Would be great to catch in B-ray for Big Isle scenery, an Chicken dig that's is really bout Hawaiian myth n history and is heavy on the McGarrett Dee-tectin vibe. Probably Chicken's fave late season ep.

Hey John from Pitt - look likes Columbia House got Big Chicken in they top eps, man. Can't deny that Big Chicken is Big Time, brudda! An witout no further ado, here’s the top 25:

Cocoon
Nine Dragons
Vashon – Son
Vashon – Pops
Vashon – Granddad
Just Lucky, I Guess
Hookman
Trouble in Mind
Painted Daisies
Deathwatch
Nightmare in Blue
Singapore File
The Ransom
Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
Rest in Peace, Somebody
Jinn Who Clears Way
Engaged to be Buried/Cry, Lie
Skinhead
The Young Assassins
Man in a Steel Frame
Bells Toll at Noon
Pig in A Blanket
Draw Me a Killer
The Box

Though I did lean on some faves, also tried to select the All-timers and eps that represent the real essence a the show.

"Nightmare in Blue" was a great select by you Mr. Mike, so Ise include it as well. That was actually the 1st Five-O ep, Chicken ever caught. And as Ringfire's man Jerry Parks would say: It really flipped me, babeey! (or does Allan actually say that).

Lastly, H50 FOREVER - thanks for the additional scene locales, will look to hit Bellows & Lanikai Beaches when I back in the Islands.

Aloha!


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You're right, Ringfire. My mistake. I must have been thinking of NCIS, which also pays homage to H50.

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The difference between the old and the new H50 is a question of maturity. The characters in the "old" Five 0 were men - in the new five o they are little boys.

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Donald Bellisario produced MAGNUM but not BLUE BLOODS. That’s Leonard Goldberg, who worked on a whole slew of cops shows with partner Aaron Spelling back in the day.

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Great lists Mr. Mike and HFO forum regulars. I forgot to place FOB Honolulu and And A Time To Die on my list. There are so many excellent Classic HFO episodes. I think The 90 Second War Part I is one of the best and a FAV. The 2 McGarrett scene is a classic plus the beginning with McG in the accident. All that $ in the car. That was an incredible frame. Like many Classic HFO regulars have stated, Part 2 is like its own episode. They have to find out what the 90 seconds are needed for and McG and the military work together. I would also have loved to have squeezed To Kill Or Be Killed on the list. The final scenes listening to the truth on tape are emotionally gripping. Exemplary! JC

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By any name, television programs are very difficult to remake successfully. As with the original H50, by the time they end, they've been so thoroughly explored that it is difficult to find anything new to do. At that point, they might as well start over with a new show that is no more than inspired by an old show. But, then, it should have a new title and new characters and character names, as well as a whole new slant on things.

H50 was followed by MPI (not Mid-Pacific Industries, in case you were wondering), but the two shows are as different as day and night, even though the beachfront estate used in 12 episodes of H50 suddenly became known as Robin's Nest. Jack was wise not to accept the invitation to appear on MPI. It needed to stand on its own, and it did. Now, that is good television.

Similarly, Blue Bloods pays all kinds of homage to H50. Character names, from Danny and Jack to Jameson and from similar case scenarios (e.g., robbery of a diamond exchange) to the Irish Catholic cop background show just how much Donald Bellisario liked H50. But, again, Blue Bloods is its own show, as it should be.

Frankly, I don't think I can accept a female Higgins bossing Magnum around. That's too much women's liberation for me -- the unpleasant side of women's liberation. And I know I've seen more of Murphy Brown, already, than I can bear. No more remakes / reboots, please!


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That picture is fake as far as JL's presence is concerned. It is based on a pix of Selleck and Frank Sinatra. In fact, you can see Sinatra's head over JL's left shoulder and Sinatra's left hand is on Selleck's shoulder (I thought this was part of his shirt collar).

There is a big question as to why there is a box around Sinatra's head in the small pix here, though. If you search Google Images with "Frank Sinatra" and "Tom Selleck" (including quotes), you will find other pix taken from the same session.



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I remember, when I first saw that picture, that it struck me as odd. Why would Tom Selleck be beaming from ear-to-ear, while Jack Lord looked thorough confused?

Then, of course, there is that face under JL's ear that you mentioned. Looks like pretty bad photoshopping to me.


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Interesting article. This guy goes into the definition of "reboot," "rework," and "reimagine":

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/masked-scheduler-its-a-reboot-world-in-tv-from-abc-to-netflix/amp/


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Ringfire, you don't have to include 24, you could include less. The problem is, there are more than 24 4-star ratings (and not just my ratings, either), and the further problem is trying to edit that number down to just 24!

There are also shows which I would like included because they show off the outstanding photography of some episodes, i.e., The Late John Louisiana, Strangers in Our Own Land, etc. and would benefit from a Blu-Ray presentation.


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Here are a couple of mindless lists, one is all shows from best to worst, the other is from worst to best.

http://fiveohomepage.com/ratings/ratings-best-to-worst.txt
http://fiveohomepage.com/ratings/ratings-worst-to-best.txt

Two-part shows are combined into one, most of these are the same rating for both parts, though the 90-Second War was an exception (not dealt with here).

They are sorted first on the rating, then on the name of the show alphabetically, there isn't any other "rating" implied than the actual rating out of 4 stars.

Someone was asking about this kind of list recently, I think in e-mail, hopefully they are reading the forum.


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Is this a real photo?

https://twitter.com/fiveohomepage/status/958720079847288832


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Here is another view of what to include in the "best of," but cutting this down to 24 shows is difficult. The first bunch is from the Columbia House VHS videos, which supposedly represented the "best." This would be combined with Wo Fat shows, but some of those aren't particularly good...

COLUMBIA HOUSE SHOWS:

King of the Hill
The Box
Cry, Lie
Over Fifty? Steal
Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
Rest in Peace, Somebody
Skinhead
The "Vashon" trilogy (3)
Pig in a Blanket
Hookman
One Big Happy Family
I'll Kill 'Em Again
How to Steal a Masterpiece
Retire in Sunny Hawaii -- Forever

(Total of 16 shows. This selection also included The jinn who clears the way, Cocoon and Nine Dragons, which are below):

WO FAT SELECTION:

Cocoon (2)
Forty feet high, and it kills
And a time to die...
F.O.B. Honolulu (2)*
The ninety-second war (2)*
The jinn who clears the way
Presenting...in the center ring...murder
Murder--eyes only (2)*
Nine Dragons (2)
Woe to Wo Fat
(15 in total)

I'm not including Bullet for McGarrett in the Wo Fat shows. Problem with most of the Wo Fat shows, they are 2 hours long. If you remove the three shows with * in the Wo Fat selection above, you still have 16 + 9 = 25 which could probably be accommodated on 6 Blu-Rays. But then there are still some other shows which could be included like Draw Me A Killer, etc. If you leave off Woe to Wo Fat as well, then you are at 24 exactly.


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I’m a big defender of the later seasons of Five-O (when the competition was Charlie’s Angels, Hart to Hart, CHiPs, Dukes of Hazzard, Vega$, Quincy, Barnaby Jones, etc. - I know I’d rather watch Five-O then any of those) but I really don’t see anything post-season 9 that belongs in the top 24. Maybe “Skyline Killer” but that’s it. Certainly nothing from season 12. That’s why I’m surprised by the inclusion of 2 episodes from season 12, unless this is an attempt to somehow cover the entire series - from season 1 to season 12.

I’ll have to think hard what my 24 would be. It’s difficult to select just 24 from the “classic seasons” so I won’t even bother picking anything from the last 3 seasons.


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Hey Mr. Mike - do I read you right? Instead of a Sam Green style junket to Hawaii - you wanna do a Vic Rawlings cruise deal?

Just remind everyone to steer clear a Reverend Holloway when they on the ship's deck, huh. :D

Be back with my B-Ray 24 shortly....


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Only 24 out of 284? That's tough! Okay. Here goes:

Cocoon
Yesterday Died, and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
Forty Feet High, and It Kills
Singapore File
Cry, Lie
Over Fifty? Steal
Vashon Trilogy
Killer at Sea
Hookman
How to Steal a Masterpiece
We Hang Our Own
A Gun for McGarrett
Murder - Eyes Only
Honor is an Unmarked Grave
Loose Ends Get Hit
The Bells Toll at Noon
You Don't See Many Pirates Anymore
The Case Against Philip Christie
A Lion in the Streets
Good Help is Hard to Find


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My choices for representing a Best-Of set for the 50th on blu-ray:

Full Fathom Five
Deathwatch
Forty Feet High—and It Kills
Sweet Terror
And a Time to Die
The Second Shot
Over 50? Steal
FOB Honolulu (2)
Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
Rest In Peace, Somebody
V for Vashon (3)
I’m a Family Crook-Don’t Shoot!
Hookman
Murder is a Taxing Affair
Mother’s Deadly Helper
We Hang Our Own
McGarrett is Missing
Nine Dragons (2)
Man in a Steel Frame
Descent of the Torches


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Good list Mr. Mike! 3 Vashon Episodes & The Pilot Cocoon definitely. That's 5 right off the top. In no particular order: 6.Engaged To Be Buried 7.King Of The Hill 8.The 90 Second War Part I 9.Over Fifty? Steal 10.Double Exposure 11.Hookman 12. Nine Dragons 13.Draw Me A Killer 14.Cry, Lie 15. Highest Castle, Deepest Grave 16.Didn't We Meet At A Murder? 17.Beautiful Screamer 18.Forty Feet High & It Kills! 19.Retire In Sunny Hawaii Forever 20.The Singapore File 21.East Wind, Ill Wind 22.Yesterday Died And Tomorrow Won't Be Born 23.Full Fathom Five 24.I'll Kill'Em Again. Bonus 25: Woe To Wo Fat. I guess HFO fans would like to see the last episode. Narrowing it down to 24 is a difficult task but necessary for the final DVD set. Sorry Big Chicken...No Chicken episodes made Top 24. JC

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