THE HAWAII FIVE-O HOME
SITE ON THE WWW SINCE 1994; #H50 ON TV SINCE 1968!
"Would you convey to all -- and
there are so many -- who still are fans of the show that I am so very
appreciative of their comments.
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.
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 guest roles, which for some led to further roles in other
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 playing members of the Five-O team. The series
was famous for the stellar guest actors who appeared in episodes, including
Helen Hayes, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Nielsen, Herbert Lom, Hume Cronyn, 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
"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 Megan Rath (Tani Rey) and Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns). As of
September 2018, Five-Zero will be in its ninth season.
WHAT IS NEW?
I am redoing
reviews for the original Five-O because many of the reviews on my site date
back over 20 years from when I first started doing this and have never been
updated. Click here to read reviews of the first and second season shows.
Bobbi Baker's analysis of Classic H50 license
As of the end of
October, 2018, I am no longer doing reviews for the current version of Five-0.
Guest reviews of recent shows may appear.
Review of S09E05 (2018 Hallowe'en
This site covers both the original
Hawaii Five-O (seasons 1-12) and its "reboot."
See links below
for "turgid anal-ysis" of the two series.
What do you think about the new
Five-0? Leave comments in the Discussion Forum.
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for your favorite actor or show!
Quick Frequently Asked Questions
GUIDE — GOOFS, TRIVIA AND MORE...
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 ©1994-2018 by Mike Quigley. No
reproduction of any kind without permission.
★★★★ = One of the very best episodes,
★★★ = Better than average, worthy of
★★ = Average, perhaps with a few moments
★ = One of the very worst, a show to avoid.
here to see ratings for both shows all in one
FIVE-O EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
Complete list without plot descriptions
Complete list in production order (no
Complete list in alphabetical order (no
FIVE-0 EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
SYNDICATION "SHOW BIBLE":
listing with various options.
TO A SEASON:
Five-O (Oh) (1968-1980):
| Pilot Movie (Episode "0") |
| 1st Season (Episodes 1-23) | | 2nd Season (Episodes 24-48) | | 3rd Season (Episodes 49-72) | | 4th Season (Episodes 73-96) | | 5th Season (Episodes 97-120) | | 6th Season (Episodes 121-144) | | 7th Season (Episodes 145-168) | | 8th Season (Episodes 169-191) | | 9th Season (Episodes 192-214) | | 10th Season (Episodes 215-238) | | 11th Season (Episodes 239-259) | | 12th Season (Episodes 260-278) | | 13th Season |
New Five-0 (Zero) (2010-?):
| 1st Season (Episodes 1-24) | | 2nd Season (Episodes 1-23) | | 3rd Season (Episodes 1-24) | | 4th Season (Episodes 1-22) | | 5th Season (Episodes 1-25) | | 6th Season (Episodes 1-25) | | 7th Season (Episodes 1-25) | | 8th Season (Episodes 1-25) | | 9th Season (Episodes 1-??) | | "Next" Season |
FIRST I WANT YOU TO TURN THESE WEB PAGES INSIDE OUT:"
FIGURE OUT THE BASIC M.O.:
HO, YOU'RE IN CHARGE OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS:
PURCHASE THE HAWAII
FIVE-O SOUNDTRACK (OR INDIVIDUAL TRACKS) FROM AMAZON.COM
BUY THE SOUNDTRACK ON CD (FIRST TIME!) FROM SCREEN
about the Five-O theme and composer Morton Stevens
- Composers for the Five-O episodes
the CBS Collection at the UCLA
Library for Five-O scores (search for either specific composers or
just under "Hawaii Five-O").
of Morton Stevens, composer of the Five-O
Theme and numerous episode scores.
was a Five-O soundtrack album ... and some other music which should have been on a soundtrack
music to the main theme -- page one and page two.
to the Five-O theme ... hard to believe.
Can Count on Me," vocal version of the main theme, done by Sammy Davis Jr., MP3 format.
vocal version of the main theme, sung by Don
Ho, MP3 format.
to "It Ain't No Big Thing," heard
numerous times during the series.
Five-O theme song in MIDI format, 10K in size
(for those with slow connections)
Five-O main theme and end
titles from TV broadcast, both MP3 format
for the opening credits for all twelve seasons.
theme for the failed TV pilot movie in
MP3 format, about 900K in size.
- First version of the main theme from
the 2010 revival of the show (later discarded).
- Re-recorded complete main theme
from the 2010 revival arranged and conducted by Brian Tyler.
Five-O main theme, taken from the Capitol
total kick-ass version of the main theme, played by Gary
theme, performed by Brian
Setzer and his band, live in Japan (.MP4 format).
Steve and Danno, tribute song, played by The
version of the title music played by The Ventures
theme (and other music), performed by Debbie Curtis Radio Big
Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer sings the Five-O theme on Saturday Night Live (WAV format, 458K).
Post-Industrial-Acoustic-Counterpunk band Hookahman
from Edmonton, Canada is proud to have recorded the
worst version of the classic Five-O theme song. It's on
one of their albums (WAV format, about 600K).
Quebec group Les Baronics has
recorded a version of the Five-O main theme UPDATED
-- now in MP3 format.
song called This is McGarrett,
created by Craig A. Little, using samples from the show.
themes from the show (all in MP3 format): "Memories";
The "military" theme;
The "violin" theme;
The "trombone interval" theme
(extended version from Vashon Part 2); The "marimba"
song (possibly composed for the show), first
heard in the episode Kiss the Queen Goodbye.
examples of music for "the wave" composed by Don Ray (MP3
format): #1, #2.
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) -- requires MP3
page of Don Ray, who scored
or was music supervisor for numerous episodes of the show.
- Music tracks from the soundtrack, including dialogue
and sound effects.
- More music tracks from the soundtrack, including
dialogue and sound effects.
commercial (uses Five-O theme).
- A blatant
plug for my own music!!
ANALYZE THESE NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND BOOKS FOR CLUES:
FONG, RUN THESE SOUNDS THROUGH THE OSCILLOGRAPH...
SOMEONE IS TRYING TO MAKE FIVE-O LOOK SILLY...
- The Five-O Drinking Game (Sirah style)
- Five-O parodies by SCTV and Paul Hogan/Benny
here to see the SCTV parody (requires
QuickTime -- iPod compatible).
here to see the Paul Hogan/Benny
Hill parody (requires QuickTime -- iPod compatible).
NOTE: Revised - video lifted from YouTube (better quality and more
complete than the one I had before).
- Jay Leno comments on the 1996 Five-O
Convention in Burbank (requires QuickTime -- iPod compatible).
MAD Magazine Five-O parody — pages one, two, three, four, five, six (each around 250K)
Cracked Magazine Five-O parody — pages one,
six (each around 250K)
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.
13th Season (Some "lost" episodes I
- "Book Off, McGarrett!" -- Chin Ho tells
what he really thinks about his boss. "Dan Williams" replies.
I WANT THE POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER OVER HERE ON THE DOUBLE!
GET EDDIE SHERMAN TO LOOK IN THE STAR-BULLETIN'S BACK ISSUES!
SOME PEOPLE WANT TO WRITE ABOUT OUR "OTHER" CASES...
comic from "TV Action", England, 1973 — pages one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight (each
plug for Karen Rhodes' Hawaii Five-O book.
- Killer on the Loose
by Deana Lisi
- A SHADO on Paradise
by Pamela McCaughey, based on Five-O, UFO and Magnum, P.I.!
- Pau Hana — excerpts from Five-O fan
- A sneak
preview of Bill Koenig's Five-O/Man From
U.N.C.L.E. crossover story.
CHECK OUT WHY WE'RE IN THE NEWS AGAIN...
- Vancouver Sun article on the Five-O Home
- CBC interview about the Five-O Home Page.
Five-O Home Page featured on CBS News Up To The
Minute. NOW WITH VIDEO!
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?"
feature on Jack Lord, containing interviews with his wife Marie and
others from American Journal.
TV news coverage of the 1996 Five-O
Lord talks about life with husband Jack, taped at the 1999 Five-O convention.
Lord statue is dedicated on June 19, 2004 at Kahala Mall in this clip from Hawaii TV news broadcast.
(requires QuickTime -- iPod compatible).
- Read the Hawaii Five-O Usenet newsgroup. If
your Internet service provider doesn't carry it, you can read it at Google
HERE IS SOME MATERIAL THAT SHOULD BE FILED, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE...
Beau van den Ecker List, compiled by
with guest actor Michael Anderson Jr., who
talks about Jack Lord, Stoney Burke and Five-O.
for two actors who appeared in multiple Five-O episodes: Jimmy Borges and Elissa Dulce.
NOW WITH VIDEO CLIPS!
- Nice things people have said to me about the Five-O
Home Page in e-mail.
Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum Archives.
pictures of Five-O locations revisited in
actors and the Oscars — who's been nominated,
of two Signet paperback novels by
Michael Avallone, Hawaii Five-O and Terror in the Sun,
published in 1968 and 1969
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.
of two Five-O novels published in England, The
Angry Battallion, depicting a macho McGarrett and Serpents in
of German editions of two of the above Five-O books: #1 and #2.
review of the show from TV Guide, December,
Guide tributes to Jack Lord: Feb 21-27,
1998; Dec. 26, 1998-Jan. 1, 1999.
of the Five-O game -- #1, #2,
#3 and #4.
Periscope Dart Gun, Dart
Gun Set (with badge and billy club), Cork
Gun (with binoculars and badge) and Handcuffs
(with key and "cop gun").
devoted to bad words, "yellowface" actors and gay
characters in Classic Five-O.
GENTLEMEN, MAKE THESE WEB SITES A TOP PRIORITY:"
FINALLY, CHECK OUT THIS 'MR. MIKE' CHARACTER ... WHY IS HE SO OBSESSED WITH OUR
OPERATION? WHAT ARE HIS OTHER INTERESTS? WHAT MAKES HIM TICK?"
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"I'm pleased to say that no
Internet site has ever frightened me more than yours. Congratulations. When I
found yours, especially the episode by episode breakdown, allowing me to look
up my particular favorite — the bubonic plague hits Five-O — I knew the
Internet had gone out of control." — a visitor
"The fact that you have managed to
not only capture every moment of 5-0 for 12 years, but catalog it to near
perfection leaves me with no hope for civilization. Every bad plot line,
including my favorite which consisted of evil 5-0 imposters, who even managed
to construct a fake 5-0 office in an abandoned office to try an infiltrate
McGarrett and his bunch, is covered."
"Mindless dedication. Inspiring.
Delightful." - My pal Bob Smith, on Facebook