THE HAWAII FIVE-O HOME PAGE
THIS SITE ON THE WWW SINCE 1994; #H50 ON TV SINCE
"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.
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. This has resulted in changes to some of the "star" ratings,
though I am thinking of just removing these ratings altogether like I have done
in some of my other TV show review sites.
Click here to read the review of the pilot episode
"Cocoon" and here for the first season
shows. I am currently working on reviews for the second
As of the end of
October, 2018, I am no longer doing reviews for the current version of Five-0,
but guest reviews of episodes may appear on my site.
Bobbi Baker's analysis of Classic H50 license plates.
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
Search the site for your
favorite actor or show!
Quick Frequently Asked Questions
EPISODE GUIDE —
GOOFS, TRIVIA AND MORE...
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 ©1994-2018 by Mike Quigley. No reproduction of any kind without
★★★★ = 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
Complete list in production order (no
Complete list in alphabetical order (no
NEW FIVE-0 EPISODE LIST:
Complete list with plot descriptions
CBS SYNDICATION "SHOW BIBLE":
listing with various options.
JUMP 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 |
FIRST I WANT YOU TO TURN THESE WEB PAGES INSIDE OUT:"
- DANNO, FIGURE
OUT THE BASIC M.O.:
- CHIN 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
- 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
music to the main theme -- page one and page two.
- Lyrics 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.
- Lyrics 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
- Music 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
- A 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
- Bill 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
- A song
is McGarrett, created by Craig A. Little,
using samples from the show.
themes from the show (all in MP3 format): "Memories";
theme; The "violin"
theme; The "trombone
interval" theme (extended version from Vashon Part 2); The "marimba" theme.
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
- Home 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.
- 1990's Lotto 649 commercial
(uses Five-O theme).
- A blatant plug for my own music!!
ANALYZE THESE NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND BOOKS FOR CLUES:
- CHE FONG,
RUN THESE SOUNDS THROUGH THE OSCILLOGRAPH...
SOMEONE IS TRYING TO MAKE FIVE-O LOOK SILLY...
- The Five-O Drinking Game (Sirah
- Five-O parodies by SCTV and Paul Hogan/Benny
- 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 compatible).
- The 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)
- 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
- #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
- "Book Off, McGarrett!" -- Chin Ho tells what he really
thinks about his boss. "Dan Williams" replies.
- BEN, I
WANT THE POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER OVER HERE ON THE DOUBLE!
- LORI, GET
EDDIE SHERMAN TO LOOK IN THE STAR-BULLETIN'S BACK ISSUES!
- KIMO, 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
- A 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!
- 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?"
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.
- Jack Lord
statue is dedicated on June 19, 2004 at Kahala
Mall in this clip from Hawaii TV
news broadcast. (requires QuickTime -- iPod
- 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.
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 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,
- 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 1971.
- Covers of
two Five-O novels published in England, The
Angry Battallion, depicting a macho McGarrett and Serpents in Paradise.
- Covers of
German editions of two of the above Five-O books: #1 and #2.
review of the show from TV Guide, December,
- 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
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?"
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 get.
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.
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."
dedication. Inspiring. Delightful." - My pal Bob Smith, on Facebook