THE HAWAII FIVE-O HOME PAGE
THIS SITE ON THE WWW SINCE 1994; #H50 ON TV SINCE
Because 2018 is the 50th
anniversary of the original Five-O, I am redoing reviews for the first season
shows (1968-1969). Many of the reviews date back over 20 years from when my site
first started. Click here to read these reviews as
well as that for the pilot episode "Cocoon."
"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
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 Dhiegh.
"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.
Review of October 19, 2018 episode (On the Slope of the Cliff, Not One Jutting Rock Is Hidden from Sight).
site covers both the original and the new Hawaii Five-O.
Click here to read reviews of the new shows starring Alex
O'Loughlin, and Scott Caan. There
is also a preview of the "next season"
See links below for "turgid anal-ysis"
of the original series.
What do you
think about the new Five-O? Leave comments in the Discussion
Search the site for your favorite actor or show!
Frequently Asked Questions
EPISODE GUIDE — GOOFS, TRIVIA AND
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 ©1994-2017 by Mike Quigley. No reproduction of any kind
★★★★ = 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.
FIVE-O EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
Complete list without plot
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:
Classic 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 |
"GENTLEMEN, 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
- Interesting article
about the Five-O theme and composer Morton Stevens
- Composers for the Five-O
- Check the CBS Collection at the UCLA
Library for Five-O scores (search for either
specific composers or just under "Hawaii Five-O").
- Photo of Morton Stevens,
composer of the Five-O Theme and numerous episode scores.
- There was a Five-O soundtrack
album ... and some other music which should
have been on a soundtrack album...
- Sheet music to the main theme -- page one and page
- Lyrics to the Five-O theme
... hard to believe.
- "You Can Count on Me,"
vocal version of the main theme, done by Sammy Davis
Jr., MP3 format.
- Another vocal version of the main theme, sung by Don Ho, MP3 format.
- Lyrics to "It Ain't No Big Thing," heard numerous times
during the series.
- The Five-O theme song in MIDI
format, 10K in size (for those with slow connections)
- The Five-O main theme and end titles from TV broadcast, both MP3 format
- Music for the opening credits for
all twelve seasons.
- Main 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).
complete main theme from the 2010 revival arranged and conducted by Brian Tyler.
- The Five-O main theme, taken from the Capitol
- A total kick-ass version of the main theme, played by Gary
- Five-O theme, performed by Brian Setzer and his band, live in
Japan (.MP4 format).
- Aloha Steve and Danno,
tribute song, played by The
- Classic version of the title music played by The Ventures
- Five-O theme (and other music), performed by Debbie Curtis Radio Big
- Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer sings the Five-O
theme on Saturday Night Live (WAV format,
- The 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).
- The Quebec group Les Baronics has recorded a version of the Five-O
main theme UPDATED -- now in
- A song called This is McGarrett,
created by Craig A. Little, using samples from the show.
- Musical 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" theme.
- "Hawaiian"-sounding song
(possibly composed for the show), first heard in the episode Kiss the
- Two examples of music for "the wave"
composed by Don Ray (MP3 format): #1, #2.
- 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) -- requires MP3 player.
- Home page of Don
Ray, who scored or was music supervisor for numerous episodes of the
- Music tracks from the
soundtrack, including dialogue and sound effects.
- More music tracks from the
soundtrack, including dialogue and sound effects.
- 1990's Lotto 649 commercial
(uses Five-O theme).
- A blatant plug for my
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 Hill.
- Click here to see the
SCTV parody (requires QuickTime -- iPod compatible).
- Click 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
- The MAD Magazine Five-O parody — pages one, two, three, four, five, six (each
- The Cracked Magazine Five-O parody — pages one, two,
(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
- #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.
- The 13th Season (Some
"lost" episodes I have uncovered)
- "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...
- Five-O comic from "TV Action", England, 1973
— pages one, two,
five, six, seven, eight (each
- A plug for Karen Rhodes' Hawaii
- Killer on the Loose by Deana Lisi
- A SHADO on Paradise by Pamela McCaughey, based on Five-O, UFO and Magnum,
- Pau Hana — excerpts
from Five-O fan fiction.
- 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 Page.
- CBC interview about the
Five-O Home Page.
- The Five-O Home Page featured on CBS News Up To The Minute.
NOW WITH VIDEO!
- 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?"
- 1997 feature on Jack Lord, containing interviews with
his wife Marie and others from American
- Honolulu TV news coverage of the 1996 Five-O convention. UPDATED!
- Marie Lord talks about life with husband Jack, taped
at the 1999 Five-O convention.
- Jack 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...
- The Beau van den Ecker List,
compiled by Inglewolf.
- Interview with guest actor Michael
Anderson Jr., who talks about Jack Lord, Stoney Burke and Five-O.
- Pages for two actors who appeared in multiple Five-O
episodes: Jimmy Borges and Elissa
Dulce. NOW WITH VIDEO
- Nice things people have said
to me about the Five-O Home Page in e-mail.
- The Hawaii Five-O Discussion
- Fred's pictures of Five-O locations
revisited in 2014.
- Five-O actors and the Oscars
— who's been nominated, who won.
- Covers of two Signet
paperback novels by Michael Avallone, Hawaii
Five-O and Terror in the Sun, published in 1968 and 1969
- 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
- Covers of two Five-O novels
published in England, The Angry Battallion,
depicting a macho McGarrett and Serpents in
- Covers of German editions of two of the above Five-O
books: #1 and #2.
- Early review of the show from TV Guide, December, 1968.
- TV Guide tributes to Jack Lord: Feb 21-27, 1998; Dec. 26, 1998-Jan. 1, 1999.
- Photos of the Five-O game -- #1,
#2, #3 and #4.
- Five-O Periscope Dart Gun, Dart Gun Set (with badge and billy club), Cork Gun
(with binoculars and badge) and Handcuffs
(with key and "cop gun").
- Five-O Machine Pistol
- Pages devoted to bad words,
actors and gay characters in Classic Five-O.
"THEN, GENTLEMEN, MAKE THESE
WEB SITES A TOP PRIORITY:"
"AND FINALLY, CHECK OUT THIS
'MR. MIKE' CHARACTER ... WHY IS HE SO OBSESSED WITH OUR OPERATION? WHAT ARE HIS
OTHER INTERESTS? WHAT MAKES HIM TICK?"
Send some e-mail to me,
But first, see if your question is answered in our Quick
NOTE: Since I have been on the Internet
for over 25 years, my e-mail is very heavily filtered because of all the spam I
Make sure your e-mail has the words "Hawaii Five-O" in the subject
If you don't get a reply, try posting in the Discussion Forum.
Be warned -- your question might end up
on a special page.
"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