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Woe to Wo Fat
1980-04-05
In a desperate move to locate three world-famous scientists who have vanished, Steve McGarrett sets himself up to be kidnapped by assuming the identity of a fourth eminent scientist -- and is shocked to find himself once again locked in mortal combat with his eternal adversary, Wo Fat. The sinister Wo Fat has been a thorn in McGarrett's side since the series began.

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The Moroville Covenant
1980-03-29
Paul Burke guest stars as attorney David Lawrence, a political candidate whose promising bid for the U.S.

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17
A Bird in the Hand
1980-03-22
Someone is waging a bloody vendetta against a band of innocuous birdwatchers. Although Steve McGarrett feels certain that slaughter will continue, he can't comprehend the "who" and "why" of the killer.

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16
Clash of Shadows
1980-03-08
The murder in Hawaii of a famous Nazi-hunter and the discovery on his bullet-riddled body of a rare World War II German medal pulls Steve McGarrett and Five-O into the search for a Nazi war criminal. McGarrett learns from an Israeli government official that the dead man, Yuri Bloch, came to Hawaii on the trail of Emil Klaus, a fugitive Nazi mass killer.

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15
The Flight of the Jewels
1980-03-01
Three bright young graduate students use radio-controlled airplanes and some homemade scientific creations to pull off the " impossible": the theft of the priceless royal jewels of Liliuokalani, the last reigning queen of Hawaii. On public display, the gems are protected by an intricate mechanical security system -- and augmented by armed guards -- the even cautious Five-O boss Steve McGarrett concedes is virtually impenetrable.

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14
The Golden Noose
1980-01-15
From his gut reaction to Jonas Halloran, a brittle, clever aide-de-camp to Premier Lon Tho of Baradak, and to Nadira, a beautiful troubled girl, Steve McGarrett senses evil in the wind. Halloran arrives in Hawaii with Lon Tho to retrieve the Baradak Treasury's $150- million in gold, which has been held for safekeeping in arrangements surrounding the transfer of the gold.

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13
For Old Times Sake
1980-01-08
Counterfeiter Willie McFee reluctantly returns to his old game for a worthy cause, but he fails to foresee the luck that gives Steve McGarrett an inkling of his move.

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12
School for Assassins
1980-01-01
Assigned to handle security for an important energy conference in Hawaii -- one that could determine America's energy sources for the next decade -- Steve McGarrett and his Five-O agents encounter international forces who will stop at nothing -- including murder by schooled assassins -- to try to insure the failure of the meeting.

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Labyrinth
1979-12-25
Steve McGarrett and his Five-O crew try to solve the kidnapping of a wealthy socialite, Mrs. Christine Ames, and at the same time, accommodate her husband, who declares that if the police are involved, the criminals will kill his wife.

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The Kahuna
1979-12-18
When the inhabitants of a privately owned Hawaiian island dig up the remains of two young people and bury them at sea to insure that autopsies will not be performed, Steve McGarrett launches an investigation into the reputedly accidental deaths.

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9
A Shallow Grave
1979-12-11
Steve McGarrett finds himself dealing with apparent psychic phenomena as he tries to trace the whereabouts of a jewel cache worth $2 million. John Ireland guest stars as thief Phil Coleman, whose release after twenty years in prison prompts McGarrett to keep watch to see whether or not Coleman attempts to recover from their hiding place, the jewels he claims to have lost after heisting them so many years before.

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8
Voice of Terror
1979-12-04
Tension, barely controlled fury and gut-numbing fear -- it's all there as Steve McGarrett confronts a pair of political terrorists who are threatening to kill their policewomanhostage unless their demands are met.

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7
Use a Gun, Go to Hell
1979-11-29
In a powerful episode playing upon the easy availability of handguns, McGarrett and his Five-O unit follow the trail of pain and death left by one of the weapons, hoping to recover it before it can wreak yet more havoc. The wounding of a florist by a pistol-wielding bandit results in the first break for McGarrett in his stymied search for the assassins of an Hawaii state senator.

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6
Image of Fear
1979-11-08
Someone apparently is trying to convince Joan Carter and everyone she knows that she is mentally ill and only imagining the frightening attacks on her life, but one of those people -- Five-O boss Steve McGarrett -- isn't buying it. Apparently, Joan's antagonist -- if, indeed, that's what he is -- is a mysterious, very-much alive man named Kwan, who, according to the confused Joan, she once shot to death.

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5
Good Help is Hard to Find
1979-11-01
Is the Five-O crew as foolish and inept as they are beginning to appear to the public?

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Sign of the Ram
1979-10-25
Jayne Meadows guest stars as an astrologer whose ominous warnings tempt the skeptical Steve McGarrett to follow her clues in his investigation of a murder. The dead man, gambler Toby Wesson, was a friend of boxer Pete Shore, and owned a share of the promising young heavyweight's contract.

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Though the Heavens Fall
1979-10-18
McGarrett goes after a unique secret ring of high-society vigilantes who are determined to see that justice is done -- even if they have to do it themselves.

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Who Says Cops Don't Cry?
1979-10-11
Honolulu policewoman Lori Wilson is on the scene when her husband, Honolulu cop and Five-O recruit, Kevin Wilson, is gunned down by bandits. McGarrett brings Five-O into the search for Wilson's killer, meanwhile, trying to dissuade grieving Lori from waging a risky personal crusade to find the fugitives.

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A Lion in the Streets (Part 1+2)
1979-10-04
McGarrett finds himself caught in the crossfire as a faction of embattled Hawaiian natives take on the Island's underworld. The prize -- control of a labor union and the 50th state's rich tourist business.

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Hawaii Five-O, created by Leonard Freeman, was a pioneering police drama series that aired on CBS network from 1968 to 1980. This groundbreaking series was set in the breathtaking locales of Hawaii and was one of the longest-running cop shows in television history during its time. It set the stage for future police enforcement programs, putting a spin on the conventional, fact-based, black-and-white portrayals of law enforcement that had dominated the screen up until that point.

The show was named after Hawaii's designation as the 50th state of the United States. The unique title used the numeral 0 instead of the letter O for artistic emphasis. The program was renowned for its distinctive opening sequence, including a voice-over by Jack Lord stating, "Book 'em, Danno." which eventually became one of TV's most famous catchphrases.

Far from the mainland's grey cityscapes and dark alleys, Hawaii Five-O takes place in the mesmerising tropical paradise of the Hawaiian islands, incorporating the state's alluring beaches, lush vegetation, and vibrant culture into the narrative. The natural beauty of the islands provided a unique backdrop to the gritty crime stories, creating an intriguing contrast that helped the series stand out.

The show primarily circled around its principal character, Steve McGarrett, played brilliantly by Jack Lord. As the head of a special state police task force, he was an astute, impassive, and dedicated leader, committed to protecting the idyllic paradise from the harsh reality of crime. His famous catchphrase, "Book 'em, Danno," is directed at his second-in-command, Danny "Danno" Williams, portrayed by James MacArthur. The chemistry between the cast members, including Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly and Zulu as Kono Kalakaua, captivated audiences, creating a familial camaraderie that persisted throughout the series.

Every episode of Hawaii Five-O presents a new case, demonstrating the team's strategic methods to crack them. The narrative involves sophisticated crime plots including espionage, political intrigue, murder mysteries, and even international secret agents set against Hawaii's serene setting. The plot also brings in elements of local culture, incorporating local superstitions and traditions, making the show a complex and enriching viewing experience.

The combination of fast-paced action, solid character development, engrossing mystery elements, coupled with the rich, tropical scenery was innovatively refreshing at the time. Moreover, the incorporation of Hawaiian culture, people, and locales not only helped to boost tourism in the state but also introduced American viewers to the unique charm and customs of the region.

Additionally, Hawaii Five-O was known for its stirring, surf-rock theme music by composer Morton Stevens. The exciting beats and rhythm instantly catch the attention of the viewers, acting as an ideal precursor to the thrilling episodes and became popular enough to be covered by several artists over the years.

Despite its procedural formula, Hawaii Five-O goes beyond mere crime-solving. The show delves into the personal lives and interactions of its characters, blending drama and action with interpersonal relationships. It incorporates the moral and ethical complexities associated with law enforcement and the justice system, thus adding another layer of depth to an otherwise straightforward genre.

Preceding its time, Hawaii Five-O was also revolutionary in its use of realistic sound effects, innovative cinematography, and attention to detail in the crime-solving aspects of the script. Despite the limited technology of its time period, the show managed to impress with its well-executed action and thrilling chases set in unique locations.

In conclusion, Hawaii Five-O was much more than a police drama series. It was a remarkable blend of crime-solving, action, family, and culture, delivered with a level of sophistication and intricacy that were innovative for its time. Its elaborate plots, fully-rounded characters, unique setting, and layers of complexity transformed the television landscape, setting a benchmark for future police procedural shows. With its atmospheric theme music, unforgettable catchphrases, and picturesque Hawaii setting, Hawaii Five-O left an indelible mark in the field of television. Even decades after its original run, the show's influence can be seen in its successful reimagined version and the ubiquity of its genre in modern television programming.

While Hawaii Five-O is undoubtedly a product of its era, it also transcends it. The series' enduring popularity shows its ability to tap into universal themes and timeless appeal, making it a must-watch for any fan of crime dramas or classic television.

Hawaii 5-0 is a series categorized as a ended . Spanning 12 seasons with a total of 280 episodes, the show debuted on 1968. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.4.

Channel
CBS
Rating
7.4/10
Cast
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong
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