“Would you convey to all -- and there
are so many -- who still are fans of the show that I am so very appreciative of
It’s truly amazing to me that so many years have passed since Len produced the first show and fans still remember.”
-- The late Mrs. Rose Freeman, whose husband Leonard created Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O aired from September 1968 to April 1980, one of the longest continuous-running police series in U.S. television history. With few exceptions, it was filmed entirely on location in Hawaii.
Its fans list the authenticity and beauty of the scenery as its number one draw; second come the actors and the characters they portrayed. Another attraction is the series’ intelligent writing and intriguing plots, and its title sequence and musical theme (regarded by one critic as “the greatest TV theme of all time”). Its authenticity was further enhanced by the use of many local Island residents in supporting roles, which for some led to further parts in other series like Magnum, P.I., also filmed in Hawaii after Five-O ended.
Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett, head of an elite state police unit investigating “organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type.” James MacArthur played his second-in-command Danny (“Danno”) Williams, with local actors Kam Fong, Zulu, Al Harrington, Moe Keale and Herman Wedemeyer as well as Sharon Farrell and William Smith playing members of the Five-O team over its 12 years. The series was notable for the guest actors who appeared in episodes, including Hume Cronyn, Patty Duke, Helen Hayes, Robert Loggia, Herbert Lom, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Nielsen, Geraldine Page, Eleanor Parker, Jean Simmons, Robert Vaughn, and many more. McGarrett’s nemesis, the evil Wo Fat — “a Red Chinese agent in charge of the entire Pacific Asiatic theatre” — was played by Khigh Dhiegh.
A “reboot” of Hawaii Five-O started showing in North America in September, 2010 on CBS in the USA and Global in Canada as well as in other countries. Named Hawaii Five-0 with a zero to distinguish it from the original series, it originally starred Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) and Scott Caan (Danny Williams), Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua). Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park left the show after the seventh season, to be replaced by Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey) and Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns). At the end of February, 2020, CBS announced that the current (tenth) season of the reboot would be the show’s last.
WHAT IS NEW?
I am redoing reviews for Classic H50 because many of the reviews on my site date back over 20 years from when I first started doing this site and have never been updated. Seasons 1-4 are finished, I am working on others. How many more re-views to do?
I have added the Quick Index to all Classic H50 seasons. Videos on the site are being converted to MP4s.
Thanks to Bobbi for her help with plots, casualty lists, and lists of license plates and numbers!
Also: check out my X-Files page with new video clips!
A collection of facts and trivia about Five-O, usually combined with “turgid anal-ysis.” Some of this information may not be considered “politically correct” — there are words which will be objectionable to certain sensitive individuals, so if you might be offended, then read no further! There are also plenty of spoilers. The late Mrs. Rose Freeman, wife of the creator of Hawaii Five-O, described this guide as an “outstanding presentation.” Enjoy! Copyright ©1994-2020 by Mike Quigley. No reproduction of any kind without permission.
★★★★ = One of the very best episodes, a must-see.
★★★ = Better than average, worthy of attention.
★★ = Average, perhaps with a few moments of interest.
★ = One of the very worst, a show to avoid.
Click here to see ratings for both shows all in one place.
CLASSIC FIVE-O EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
Complete list without plot descriptions
Complete list in production order (no links)
Complete list in alphabetical order (no links)
The oldest version of this site at www.archive.org from 1998
Very early versions of the site from 1994-1995: Seasons One-Four — Seasons Five-Eight — Seasons Nine-Twelve
NEW FIVE-0 EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
CBS SYNDICATION “SHOW BIBLE”:
Complete listing with various options
JUMP TO A SEASON:
Classic Five-O (Oh) (1968-1980):
New Five-0 (Zero) (2010-2020):
| 1st Season (Episodes 1-24) |
o Interesting article about the Five-O theme and composer Morton Stevens
o Composers for the Five-O episodes
o Check the CBS Collection at the UCLA Library for Five-O scores (search for either specific composers or just under “Hawaii Five-O”).
o Photo of Morton Stevens, composer of the Five-O Theme and numerous episode scores.
o Lyrics to the Five-O theme ... hard to believe.
o “You Can Count on Me,” vocal version of the main theme, done by Sammy Davis Jr., MP3.
o Another vocal version of the main theme, sung by Don Ho, MP3.
o Lyrics to “It Ain’t No Big Thing,” heard numerous times during the series.
o The Five-O theme song in MIDI format, 10K in size (for those with slow connections)
o Music for the opening credits for all twelve seasons.
o Main theme for the failed TV pilot movie (1997) (MP3).
o First version of the main theme from the 2010 revival of the show (later discarded).
o Five-O theme, performed by Brian Setzer and his band, 7/25/1999 - Woodstock 99 East Stage (YouTube).
o Aloha Steve and Danno, tribute song, played by Radio Birdman (YouTube).
o Classic version of the title music played by The Ventures (YouTube).
o Five-O theme (and other music), performed by Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band (YouTube).
o Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer sings the Five-O theme on Saturday Night Live (MP3).
o The Quebec group Les Baronics has recorded a version of the Five-O main theme (MP3).
o A song called This is McGarrett, created by Craig A. Little, using samples from the show (MP3).
o “Hawaiian”-sounding song (possibly composed for the show), first heard in the episode Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
o Theme from the CBS Special Presentation banner, that opened all of the CBS special programming during the 1970s and 1980s, composed by Morton Stevens, from the music he did for “Hawaii Five-O” (it’s on the Capitol Records soundtrack LP) (MP3).
o Home page of Don Ray, who scored or was music supervisor for numerous episodes of the show.
o Music tracks from the soundtrack, including dialogue and sound effects.
o More music tracks from the soundtrack, including dialogue and sound effects.
o 1990’s Lotto 649 commercial (uses Five-O theme).
o A blatant plug for my own music!!
o From 1969 — TV Guide article about Jack Lord.
o From 1969 — TV Guide article about why James MacArthur got the role of Danny Williams.
o From 1971 — Infamous TV Guide article: “Jack Lord, Superstar”.
o From 1971 — Photoplay article: Jack Lord & Jim MacArthur — Working Together, Keeping Apart”
o From 1973 — TV Guide article on a press agent’s frustration in dealing with Five-O.
o From 1973 — TV Guide article on James MacArthur.
o From 1975 — Amusing story about an appearance that Jack Lord made in a Honolulu courtroom regarding a Five-O issue.
o From 1975 — “Lord of the Islands,” a total shaft job on Jack Lord from Playgirl Magazine.
o From 1977 — “Hawaii Five-O nine years later”
o From 1979 — Photoplay article about Five-O’s twelfth season stars.
o From 1989 — Chapter on Five-O from Murder on the Air, book by Ric Meyers.
o From 1993 — Hawaii Magazine article Five-O Forever.
o From 1996 — National Perspirer article on Jack Lord’s health with an alleged picture of Lord.
o From 1997 — James MacArthur writes about the new Five-O pilot.
o From 1999 — December 7 Star tabloid photo spread of James MacArthur at home in Palm Desert, CA.
o “Book ‘em” (McGarrett to Danno — 17K)
o “Book ‘em ... murder one, two counts” (McGarrett to Danno — 117K)
o McGarrett tells the punk who killed Chin Ho Kelly not to give him any mouth! (44K)
o McGarrett doesn’t like to be called “pal”
o “No deals!” (McGarrett to a suspect — 17K)
o “Aloha, suckers!” (McGarrett to a planeload of crooks — 40K)
o McGarrett says “Book him” and tells the Feds to get off his case! (from pilot movie, 715K)
o Che Fong to McGarrett: “Very clever, and you’re not even Chinese!” (36K)
o The Five-O Drinking Game (Sirah style)
o Five-O parodies by SCTV and Paul Hogan/Benny Hill.
o Click here to see the SCTV parody.
o Click here to see the Paul Hogan/Benny Hill parody.
o Jay Leno comments on the 1996 Five-O Convention in Burbank (with video).
o Outakes from the 11th season episode Number One With A Bullet -- Complete List or selected highlights:
§ #1 - McGarrett (Jack Lord) whistles and claps for Sally (Melveen Leed) as she finishes a song.
§ #2 - Sally talks to McGarrett; Melveen breaks up laughing.
§ #3 - Some very funny moments between Jack Lord and Melveen Leed. Jack Lord forgets his lines.
§ #4 - Melveen Leed as Sally forgets her line, recovers and continues with the scene.
o The 13th Season (Some “lost” episodes I have uncovered)
o “Book Off, McGarrett!” -- Chin Ho tells what he really thinks about his boss. “Dan Williams” replies.
o TV Guide cover with Jack Lord as Stoney Burke, November 1962
o First page from the Stoney Burke story in the above TV Guide issue.
o Stoney Burke comic book cover (one of two published).
o TV Guide cover featuring Jack Lord, September, 1971
o TV Guide cover featuring Jack Lord, September, 1973
o Five-O on location (the episode is Not That Much Different, #21).
o A badge allegedly used by Jack Lord on the show, donated to a charity (140K photo).
o News of the 1996 Five-O Conventions (out of date, but has some cool graphics and facts).
o McGarrett’s car was for sale. (The car has since appeared on the new H50 and John Nordlum, its owner in this story, has passed away.)
o An adult appreciation of Five-O in the column “Honolulu Lite”.
o A young adult’s response to his first viewing of Five-O.
o A plug for Karen Rhodes’ Hawaii Five-O book.
o Killer on the Loose by Deana Lisi
o A SHADO on Paradise by Pamela McCaughey, based on Five-O, UFO and Magnum, P.I.!
o Pau Hana — excerpts from Five-O fan fiction.
o A sneak preview of Bill Koenig’s Five-O/Man From U.N.C.L.E. crossover story.
o Vancouver Sun article on the Five-O Home Page.
o CBC interview about the Five-O Home Page.
o The Five-O Home Page featured on CBS News Up To The Minute (with video).
o This site was the winner in the Vancouver Province Super Site contest (November 6, 1997). They wrote: “Talking about sheer work, takes us to the next winning site — The Hawaii Five-O Home Page ... created by Mike Quigley of Vancouver. As he said in his description of the site, it’s ‘more than you ever wanted to know about the TV show’ but it’s still a lot of fun. Quigley has to be a fanatic on this. Who else would put up the lyrics to the song ‘It Ain’t No Big Thing,’ which he says was heard numerous times during the series?”
o 1997 feature on Jack Lord, containing interviews with his wife Marie and others from American Journal (with video).
o Honolulu TV news coverage of the 1996 Five-O convention (with video).
o Marie Lord talks about life with husband Jack, taped at the 1999 Five-O convention (with video).
o Jack Lord statue is dedicated on June 19, 2004 at Kahala Mall in this clip from Hawaii TV news broadcast.
o Read the Hawaii Five-O Usenet newsgroup alt.fan.hawaii-five-o
(selected postings from the 1990s, the group eventually got polluted with tons
of spam) at
o The Beau van den Ecker List, compiled by Inglewolf.
o Interview with guest actor Michael Anderson Jr., who talks about Jack Lord, Stoney Burke and Five-O.
o Interview with Sharon Farrell, who played Lori in the 12th season and guest starred in others.
o Nice things people have said to me about the Five-O Home Page in e-mail.
o The Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum Archives.
o Fred’s pictures of Five-O locations revisited in 2014.
o Five-O actors and the Oscars — who’s been nominated, who won.
o Covers of two Signet paperback novels by Michael Avallone, Hawaii Five-O and Terror in the Sun, published in 1968 and 1969
o Covers of two hardcover Whitman books (intended for kids!), Top Secret by Robert Sidney Bowen, published 1969 and The Octopus Caper by Leo R. Ellis, published 1971.
o Covers of two Five-O novels published in England, The Angry Battallion, depicting a macho McGarrett and Serpents in Paradise.
o Early review of the show from TV Guide, December, 1968.
o Five-O Machine Pistol
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