|Theme music composer||Morton Stevens|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||93 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||K/O Paper Products
CBS Productions (2010–2012)
CBS Television Studios (2012–)
101st Street Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||September 20, 2010– present|
|Related shows||Hawaii Five-O|
Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street Television in association with CBS Productions, originally an in-name-only unit of but folded into CBS Television Studios, which produce the series since the beginning of season three. The title of the new show uses a zero instead of the letter "O" in the original title.
Hawaii Five-0 debuted on CBS, the same network that aired the original version. Like the original version, it follows an elite state police unit/task force set up to fight crime in the state of Hawaii. It premiered on Monday, September 20, 2010, 42 years to the day from the premiere of the original show. On October 21, 2010, CBS announced Hawaii Five-0 had been given a full season order of 24 episodes.
On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season.
- 1 Cast and characters
- 2 Production
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Broadcasts
- 5 Reception and impact
- 6 Syndication
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Cast and characters
|Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett||Alex O'Loughlin||Lieutenant Commander, USNR||Five-0 Task||Main|
|Daniel "Danny" (or "Danno") Williams||Scott Caan||Detective Sergeant, HPD||Five-0 Task||Main|
|Chin Ho Kelly||Daniel Dae Kim||Detective Lieutenant, HPD||Five-0 Task||Main|
|Kona "Kono" Kalakaua||Grace Park||Officer, HPD||Five-0 Task||Main|
|Dr. Max Bergman||Masi Oka||Chief Medical Examiner||City of Honolulu||Recurring||Main|
|Lori Weston||Lauren German||Special Agent, DHS||Five-0 Task||Main|
|Catherine "Cath/Cat" Rollins||Michelle Borth||Former Lieutenant, USN||Five-0 Task||Recurring||Main|
|Lou Grover||Chi McBride||Former Swat Commander (HPD)||Five-0 Task||Main|
- Alex O'Loughlin as Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett, USNR, a former Navy SEAL with time spent in Office of Naval Intelligence. He is named after his grandfather, a USS Arizona casualty. McGarrett's father John is murdered in the pilot episode, and this forms the basis for the series' first story arc. (In Season 1 episode 4, "Lanakila", it was revealed that John McGarrett was born on March 15, 1942, and died September 20, 2010.) Steve McGarrett is both physically and intellectually capable, being able to speak Hawaiian and Chinese fluently while also being able to engage a person in hand to hand combat as well as using fieldcraft when needed. McGarrett utilizes close quarters combat as his primary means of taking down suspects, something he was taught during SEAL training. He is an experienced Navy SEAL, as the governor once outlined his resume "Annapolis, five years Naval Intelligence, six years with the SEALs. Your superiors say that you are the best they have ever seen." McGarrett utilizes the same weapons he used as a SEAL including a Sig P226R as his sidearm as well as MP5K submachine guns and HK 416 Rifles.
- Scott Caan as Detective Sergeant Daniel "Danny" (or "Danno") Williams, a Honolulu Police Department (HPD) detective, who transferred from the Newark Police Department when his ex-wife, Rachel, moved to Hawaii with their daughter Grace. Williams' "by-the-book" style contrasts with McGarrett's more impulsive "the ends justify the means" approach, and is a source of friction (and banter) between the two. Regarded as a haole for wearing a tie on the island during the first season, Williams is a loyal cop who is married to his job first and life second. As a consequence, he is often at odds with his ex-wife Rachel for sometimes not being on time. He is a loyal cop and friend, once refusing to believe that his former police partner was corrupt even when pitted against overwhelming evidence after the partner was found dead (season 1, episode 8). His pistol is an H&K P30 although he carried a P226 in the pilot. He barely avoided being murdered during a botched drug sting on September 11, 2001, escaping only after the criminals ran off at the sound of sirens thinking the police were coming for them, when in fact they were headed to Manhattan to assist with 9/11).
- Daniel Dae Kim as Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, a former member of the HPD (reinstated in finale of season 1) and protégé of McGarrett's father, who left the force after being falsely accused of corruption. It is later revealed that his uncle, a retired cop, took the money to pay for medical bills for his aunt. Despite insistence that he come clean, Kelly is willing to take the blame to prevent his uncle from going to jail. He is eventually cleared of the corruption charges and reinstated to the HPD as a Lieutenant, but returns to the task force. Kelly and McGarrett attended the same high school, with Kelly likely having been a senior when McGarrett was a freshman, based on comments made in several different episodes. Kelly was a standout quarterback on the football team, but McGarrett broke all of his records the following year, when Kelly was training for his HPD career under McGarrett's father. The younger McGarrett was sent off to join the Navy after that football season ended. In “Hana Lokomaikaʻi”, Chin's Father Kam Tong Kelly was murdered 15 years ago by Malia's brother, Gabriel Waincroft, who was part of a Mexican drug cartel business
- Grace Park as Officer Kono Kalakaua, a recent HPD academy graduate and former professional surfer, who is also Chin Ho Kelly's cousin. She is detained and questioned by the HPD, having been accused of stealing $10 million from an HPD asset forfeiture locker. While on suspension, she helps Kelly and Williams go after Wo Fat, who was responsible for framing Steve McGarrett for the murder of the Governor. To the members of the Five-0 task force and to the general public, Kalakaua had been stripped of her badge by the Internal Affairs Department of the HPD, but it was later revealed to be a ploy for her to go undercover to bust a string of dirty ex-cops. She later began a relationship with Hiro Noshimuri's son, Adam. When Adam's brother, Michael, is released from prison he kills someone with Kono's gun to frame her. She is cleared, but Adam has to kill Michael to protect her and Kono goes into hiding with Adam.
- Masi Oka as Dr. Max Bergman (Season 2–present, season one recurring), an American-born Chief Medical Examiner. He also plays the piano and is a science fiction fan. In the season 2 episode Ha'alele, it is revealed that his biological mother was murdered by the notorious "Trashman", a serial killer in Hawaii as of the 1980s.
- Lauren German as Special Agent Lori Weston (Season 2 episodes 2–4 recurring, Season 2 episodes 5–16 main), a former Homeland Security (and FBI) profiler assigned by the new governor to keep an eye on Five-0 to make sure they are following the rules. Weston is forced to resign from Five-0 after an incident involving the Russian consulate in Honolulu.
- Michelle Borth as former Lt. Catherine Rollins, USN, (Season 3–4, season 1–2 recurring), a former intelligence officer who has done three tours in Kabul, an expert in hand-to-hand combat and Steve McGarrett's on-and-off lover, who earlier in season 1-2 (recurring) and 3 (regular) has helped Steve and his team for intel on various cases. In season 3, she started digging for information on Doris McGarrett based on Steve's request. In season 4, She was hired by her ex-boyfriend, Billy after she retired to assist him in his private security firm. In the Season 4 episode, Kupu'eu, she and Billy were shot while on a stakeout. Even though she survived her injuries, Billy succumbed to his injuries leaving Catherine devastated. She became a member of Five-0, after the events of Season 4 episode 7 in which she discovered intel on the whereabouts of Adam Noshimuri and his supposed captor named Sato. In the season 4 finale, Steve says that her mission to rescue Najib, a member of a family in Afghanistan who saved her life years ago, will prevent her from returning to Hawaii.
- Chi McBride as Former HPD SWAT captain Lou Grover, (Season 4–present, recurring season 4, 1–9), who has a love/hate relationship with McGarrett after being held-up at gunpoint along with his SWAT team to free three prisoners in order to rescue Catherine in the season 4 premiere. He is later forced to work with McGarrett on an assignment ordered by Governor Denning to serve a warrant for a computer hacker, where he and McGarrett become friends. He has a daughter who moved from Chicago to Hawaii with him to start a new life. His past is revealed in "Pale 'la" ("Buried Secrets") where he blames himself for having failed to save a boy who was taken hostage by his father, which ultimately results in a murder-suicide. In the season 4 finale, Grover's actions to rescue his daughter results in forced early retirement from HPD, but also allows McGarrett to recruit him to be part of the 5-0 team, which he accepts.
- Taylor Wily as Kamekona, proprietor of Waiola Shave Ice, Kamekona's shrimp truck and helicopter tours. He is a confidential informant.
- Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat, a crime lord and mastermind with ties to the Yakuza, arms merchants, terrorists, even high-ranking government officials, and possibly behind the murders of both of McGarrett's parents. He is also responsible for setting up Steve McGarrett for the assassination of Governor Pat Jameson, and ordering Victor Hesse to kill McGarrett to prevent him from investigating further, before murdering Hesse himself. He is later arrested by McGarrett in "Ua Hopu" and is eventually transported to a federal prison in Colorado. He escapes in the season 4 finale and returns to Hawaii.
- James Marsters as Victor Hesse, the murderer of McGarrett's father, and an associate of Wo Fat. He is killed by Wo Fat in Halawa Correctional Facility, but not before assisting Steve McGarrett and his team.
- Will Yun Lee as Sang Min, a Snakehead busted by Five-0, and later used by the team as a source of criminal intelligence. He later escapes from prison.
- Teilor Grubbs as Grace Williams, Danny's daughter. She is named after Danny's former partner, who was murdered during a botched drug bust in New York City on September 11, 2001.
- Dennis Chun as Sgt. Duke Lukela, HPD officer. His father, Kam Fong Chun, played Chin Ho Kelly on the original Hawaii Five-O.
- Claire van der Boom as Rachel Edwards, Danny's ex-wife.
- Mark Deklin as Stan Edwards, Grace's stepfather and Rachel's second husband.
- Taryn Manning as Mary Ann McGarrett, Steve's ne'er-do-well sister.
- Terry O'Quinn as Lieutenant Commander Joe White, USN, Steve McGarrett's mentor and Navy SEAL instructor. He comes to Hawaii at the request of Danny Williams to help clear Steve's name after he is framed by Wo Fat for the murder of Governor Pat Jameson. He is discharged from the Navy with full pension after rescuing Steve in an illegal operation, and has secrets of his own.
- Larisa Oleynik as ex-CIA analyst Jenna Kaye, assistant to Five-0. She is later revealed to have an association with Wo Fat. At the end of an episode, she is seen driving Wo Fat away after he murdered Victor Hesse. She leaves to follow-up on a lead that her fiancé, Josh, whom she claimed had been killed by Wo Fat, might in fact be alive and asks Steve to go with her to North Korea to get him. It turns out to be a trap for McGarrett, from Wo Fat telling Jenna he would release Josh if she brought him McGarrett, explaining her association with him. Jenna later discovers that Josh had been dead the entire time and that it was also a trap for her. She is able to tell McGarrett she is sorry for setting him up, and gives him a pin from Josh's leg to help him escape, moments before Wo Fat shoots and kills her (season 2, episode 10).
- Ian Anthony Dale as Adam Noshimuri, Kono's boyfriend, who becomes head of the Hawaii Yakuza after Wo Fat murders his father. He has been trying to legitimize and clean up his organization. After killing his brother Michael to protect Kono, he and Kono leave Hawaii and go into hiding. He comes out of hiding after his brother's loyalists are no longer a threat.
- Daniel Henney as Michael Noshimuri, Adam's brother who was released from prison during season three, and appears apprehensive about any plans to remake the Yakuza. He attempted to frame Kono for a murder he committed. In the season 3 finale he was killed by his brother Adam.
- Jean Smart as Governor Pat Jameson who forms the Hawaii Five-0 task force and who is later revealed to be in league with Wo Fat. She is assassinated by Wo Fat at the end of the first season. He frames McGarrett for Jameson's death.
- Kelly Hu as Laura Hills, Gov. Jameson's public safety liaison, killed by a car bomb at the end of first season.
- Richard T. Jones as Gov. Sam Denning, who stepped up from Lieutenant Governor and replaced Gov. Jameson following her assassination at the hands of Wo Fat.
- Tom Sizemore as Vince Fryer, a HPD internal affairs captain who ostensibly has Kono terminated from the unit, but really has her working a case for him. Kono is shot during Fryer's case, which leads to her being revealed as Fryer's undercover officer. McGarrett quickly disapproves of Fryer and his tactics. He is later promoted to Chief of Detectives, but is killed in season two finale by a female assassin.
- Reiko Aylesworth as Malia Waincroft, Chin Ho's wife. She marries Kelly in the episode "Alaheo Pauʻole", but dies in "La O Na Makuahine", the third season premiere episode from injuries sustained after she was shot, leaving Chin devastated. She had a brother named Gabriel Waincroft who was responsible for the murder of Chin's father 15 years ago.
- Brian Yang as forensic scientist Charlie Fong, who often analyzes evidence for Five-0, and was a childhood friend of Kono's.
- Al Harrington as Mamo Kahike, owner of a surf rental stand at Waikiki Beach, and a longtime friend of the McGarrett family. He played Det. Ben Kokua on the original Hawaii Five-O.
- Martin Starr as Adam "Toast" Charles, a computer expert who assisted Five-0 on a couple of cases.
- Christine Lahti as Doris McGarrett, Steve's ex-CIA mother who was believed to have been dead, with whom Steve and Mary reunited. She often does not tell the full story when Steve asks questions, leading him to believe she is hiding something.
- Autumn Reeser as Dr. Gabrielle "Gabby" Asano, Danny's Ex-Love interest
- David Keith as Wade Gutches, CO of SEAL Team 9 and friend of Cmdr. White.
- Kala Alexander as Kawika, leader of the Kapu gang/civic pride group.
- Melanie Griffith as Clara Williams, mother of Danny Williams.
The idea to bring Hawaii Five-O back to television had been under consideration well before the 2010 version was announced. The first attempt was a one-hour pilot for a new series that was made in 1996 but never aired, although a few clips were found years later and are available online. Produced and written by Stephen J. Cannell, it was intended to star Gary Busey and Russell Wong as the new Five-0 team. Original cast member James MacArthur briefly returned as Dan Williams, this time as governor of Hawaii, with cameos made by other former Five-O regulars. Another attempt was made to turn the project into a film by Warner Bros. but that also was scrapped.
On August 12, 2008, CBS announced that it would bring Hawaii Five-O back to the network schedule for the 2009–2010 television season. The new version would be an updated present-day sequel, this time centering around Steve McGarrett, who succeeds his late father Steve (Jack Lord's character in the original series) as the head of the unit. Ed Bernero, executive producer and showrunner of Criminal Minds, was to helm the new take, which he described as "Hawaii Five-O, version 2.0". It was also to incorporate most of the iconic elements from the original, including the "Book 'em, Danno" catchphrase, into the remake. Bernero, who was a fan of the original, and had a ring tone of the series' theme song on his cell phone, had always wanted to bring the series back to TV. This version did not go beyond the script stage.
In October 2009, it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci had signed on to script a pilot episode, and that Peter M. Lenkov would serve as the series showrunner. Kurtzman and Orci decided to reboot the original concept similar to their work on the 2009 Star Trek film, rather than a sequel to the original series. Production on the pilot was shot in and around Honolulu from February to April 2010.
On May 17, 2010, the Hawaii Five-O remake was picked up by CBS, which scheduled it for Monday nights in the 10–11 pm timeslot. The news was good for the state of Hawaii, which hopes that the remake will pump new life into the economy. Production of the remainder of the first season started in June 2010. On June 24, 2010, the producers announced that it will use the warehouse at the former Honolulu Advertiser building as the official soundstage studio for the series starting in July 2010. Exteriors representing Five-0 headquarters in the series are located at the Judiciary History Center of the Supreme Court Building in Honolulu, directly across the street from Iolani Palace, which represented Five-O headquarters in the original series.
This revival series uses a zero as the last character in its title instead of the letter "O" that is used in the title of the original series. According to The Los Angeles Times, a CBS insider said that the disambiguation was necessary because of search engine results. When Variety conducted its own search engine test on Google, it found that "Hawaii Five-0" (with the zero) had 263,000 results while "Hawaii Five-O" (with the letter O) had over 1.7 million.
On August 18, 2011, CBS announced that Hawaii Five-0 would cross over with NCIS: Los Angeles by having Daniela Ruah guest star as Kensi Blye from the latter series. The crossover aired on October 24, 2011, in episode 6 of season 2. A two-part crossover was aired on the April 30, 2012 episode of Hawaii Five-0 and the May 1, 2012 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, with two characters from each show visiting the other (Callen and Hanna from NCIS: Los Angeles and Danny and Chin Ho from Five-0).
Online voting by viewers determined the ending of the January 14, 2013 episode "Kapu" ("Forbidden"), with two zones, Eastern and Central Time Zones, and Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, each getting their own result. Each alternative ending could be seen online after the episode aired.
In February 2010, it was announced that Daniel Dae Kim had been cast to play Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-cop trained by Steve McGarrett's father. He was the first actor cast for the remake. Several days later, Alex O'Loughlin was cast as Steve McGarrett, the son of ex-cop John McGarrett (portrayed by William Sadler). The producers pay homage to the original series throughout the first year, by making one of Steve's hobbies restoring his father's 1974 Mercury Marquis, which is in fact the actual car driven by Jack Lord in the latter half of the original series' run. Actress Grace Park was later cast as rookie detective Kona "Kono" Kalakaua, and Scott Caan was cast as Danny "Danno" Williams. In the recurring cast are Jean Smart as Governor Pat Jameson and Masi Oka as the medical examiner Max Bergman. Oka was upgraded to series regular for the second season.
Of note, several recurring roles have been filled by surviving members of the original cast. Al Harrington, who played Det. Ben Kokua in the original series, now plays a friend of McGarrett's, Mamo Kahike. Dennis Chun, who had various guest roles in the original series and is the son of Kam Fong Chun (the actor that portrayed the original Chin Ho), has a recurring role as HPD Sgt. Duke Lukela in the remake. James MacArthur, the last surviving main cast member from the original series, agreed to guest star in a first season episode; however, he died on October 28, 2010, before filming his appearance.
Larisa Oleynik was cast as Jessica Kaye (changed to Jenna Kaye in the episode broadcast), scheduled to join the Five-0 task force in the show's 19th episode. Oleynik appeared on a recurring basis for the remainder of the 2010–11 season, with an option to become a regular in season 2; however, her character was killed off in season 2, episode 10. It was also announced that Terry O'Quinn would be joining the cast of the show in season two, along with Lauren German, who would play Lori Weston, a former Homeland Security (and FBI agent) official assigned by the new governor to keep an eye on the team.
For season three, Christine Lahti has been cast in a recurring role as Doris McGarrett, the thought-to-be-deceased mother of Steve McGarrett. Also, Michelle Borth who plays Lt. Catherine Rollins became a main cast member for season 3.
After appearing as a guest star in several season four episodes, Jorge Garcia who plays the character of Jerry Ortega (a conspiracy theorist and high school classmate of Chin's) will be promoted to series regular commencing season five.
Hawaii Five-0 uses the original show theme song composed by Morton Stevens. Critics received an early copy of the pilot with a synthesizer and guitar-based version of the theme. After negative reaction to the reworked song spread quickly online, Kurtzman said he and others realized that changing the music was a mistake, and arranged for studio musicians, including three who had worked on the original from 1968, to rerecord the theme "exactly as it was", except shortened to 30 seconds from its original length of about 60 seconds. Original instrumental music is composed by Brian Tyler and Keith Power.
|Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series|
|Soundtrack album by Various|
|Released||October 4, 2011|
Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series is a soundtrack album featuring music used in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0. The first volume in the series received attention for how show producers integrated these new and previously unreleased tracks from major-name artists into the second season episodes. This method contrasted with the norm for TV soundtracks, which tend to be compilations of previously released music that is already available individually or on other albums. Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series was released on October 4, 2011.
|1.||"Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme"||Brian Tyler||1:47|
|2.||"World Upside Down"||Jimmy Cliff||3:09|
|3.||"Best of Me"||Goo Goo Dolls||4:00|
|4.||"Out of Control"||Switchfoot||4:10|
|5.||"Should We Believe"||Train||3:46|
|6.||"Closer"||Corinne Bailey Rae||4:16|
|7.||"Don't Ever Take Yourself Away"||Bob Dylan||3:30|
|8.||"Ukulele Five-0"||Jake Shimabukuro||2:44|
|9.||"Love That's Bigger"||The Swell Season||2:47|
|10.||"Pass It On"||Ziggy Marley||3:28|
|12.||"Book 'Em Danno (Suite From Hawaii Five-0 2010)"||Brian Tyler & Keith Power||6:45|
|Song||Artist||Season||Episode||Original air date|
|"S&M"||Rihanna||Season 1||"Powa Maka Moana"||February 14, 2011|
|"Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)"||Flo Rida||Season 1||"Powa Maka Moana"||February 14, 2011|
|"Coming Home"||Diddy – Dirty Money||Season 1||"Hoʻopaʻi"||April 18, 2011|
|"Hit the Lights"||Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne||Season 1||"Hoʻohuli Naʻau"||May 2, 2011|
|"We'll Be Alright"||Travie McCoy||Season 1||"Hoʻohuli Naʻau"||May 2, 2011|
|"Out of Control"||Switchfoot||Season 2||"Kameʻe"||October 3, 2011|
|"Well Thought Out Twinkles"||Silversun Pickups||Season 2||"Kameʻe"||October 3, 2011|
|"Move a Little Faster"||Dionne Bromfield||Season 2||"Lapaʻau"||November 7, 2011|
|"Lonely Boy"||The Black Keys||Season 2||"Ike Maka"||November 14, 2011|
|"We Found Love"||Rihanna||Season 2||"Pahele"||December 5, 2011|
|"Drive By"||Train||Season 2||"Puʻolo"||January 16, 2012|
|"Everybody Talks"||Neon Trees||Season 3||"Lana I Ka Moana"||October 8, 2012|
|"What Makes You Beautiful"||One Direction||Season 3||"I Ka Wa Mamua"||November 12, 2012|
|"I Cry"||Flo Rida||Season 3||"Ohuna"||November 19, 2012|
|"Runaway Baby"||Bruno Mars||Season 3||"Ha'awe Make Loa"||December 3, 2012|
|"King of Hearts"||Cassie||Season 3||"Huakaʻi Kula"||December 10, 2012|
|"Spectrum (Say My Name)"||Florence and the Machine||Season 3||"Hana I WaʻIa"||January 21, 2013|
|"C'Mon"||Kesha||season 3||"Kekoa"||February 11, 2013|
|"Wings"||Little Mix||Season 3||"Imi Loko Ka 'Uhane"||April 29, 2013|
|"This Kiss"||Carly Rae Jepsen||Season 3||"Hoʻopio"||May 6, 2013|
|"Come & Get It"||Selena Gomez||Season 4||"Kaʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko"||October 11, 2013|
|"Radioactive"||Imagine Dragons||Season 4||"Akanahe"||November 15, 2013|
|"Do It"||Pitbull Feat. Mayer Hawthorne||Season 4||"Pe'epe'e Kanaka"||November 22, 2013|
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release dates|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||24||September 20, 2010||May 16, 2011||September 20, 2011||September 26, 2011||December 1, 2011|
|2||23||September 19, 2011||May 14, 2012||September 18, 2012||September 24, 2012||September 5, 2012|
|3||24||September 24, 2012||May 20, 2013||September 24, 2013||September 30, 2013||September 25, 2013|
|4||22||September 27, 2013||May 9, 2014||September 16, 2014||September 15, 2014||September 17, 2014|
|5||25||September 26, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
The series covers the actions of a small special state task force created by the Governor of Hawaii, Gov. Pat Jameson, to investigate serious crimes throughout the Islands, as Hawaii does not have a conventional state police force. The team is headed by Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett, USNR as it investigates crimes ranging from terrorism to kidnapping. McGarrett chooses as his partner Honolulu PD Detective Danny "Danno" Williams. He fills out the team by selecting Chin Ho Kelly, and Chin's cousin, a rookie HPD cop named Kono Kalakaua. The task force does not follow the normal chain of command and instead reports directly to the Governor's office. One unexplained part of the story concerns the name "Five-0". Taken from a shirt worn by the young Steve McGarrett in a video that the team watches, Kono decides that "Five-0" would be a good name for their task force. It is not explained how everyone (including tourists) seems to know what Five-0 is, despite it being an unofficial name coined in a private meeting, although the name appears to have been made official in later episodes. Five-0's headquarters are apparently located in Aliiolani Hale, site of a famous Kamehameha Statue, which features prominently in the series; in real life Aliiolani Hale serves as the central headquarters of the Hawaii State Judiciary and where the Supreme Court of Hawaii regularly convenes.
Each episode typically begins with a crime being committed or a body being discovered (although in one episode the team was assigned to provide protection for a foreign dignitary), and assignment of the subsequent criminal investigation to the unit by either the governor herself or her representative. The task force uses the authority of the governor's office to gain access to crime scenes and investigations involving the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) when they cross paths. To assist them in their investigations, the team is granted immunity from prosecution for actions committed in the line of duty, although this immunity is revoked by the lieutenant governor following the governor's assassination.
A major character arc set up in the pilot episode revolves around the murder of McGarrett's father, who was working on a corruption case even after retiring from the HPD. After the terrorist responsible for his father's murder is apprehended, a mysterious figure interrogates him about Steve's investigation into his father's old cases. This figure is later revealed to be Wo Fat, a criminal with ties to the Japanese Yakuza, and is possibly connected to the suspected car-bomb murder of Steve's mother (a death originally ruled an accident). When his father investigated this as the head of the HPD Organized Crime Task Force, he began to dig too far into the corruption, forcing him to lay off the investigation. He nonetheless saved all his evidence in a toolbox, all of which was left to his son in the hope that he would someday conclude his father's work.
Another character arc involves the reasons behind Chin Ho's departure from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) after being accused of stealing cash from the HPD asset forfeiture locker. McGarrett accepts Chin Ho onto the task force, as he was his father's protégé. As the series progresses, it is revealed that a mole within HPD framed Chin Ho for the theft, and that this mole was also possibly connected to McGarrett Sr.'s old corruption probe.
In the season one finale, the Five-0 task force is disbanded after McGarrett is arrested for Governor Jameson's murder. In the second season, the new governor, Sam Denning, reinstates the task force after McGarrett is proven innocent; but the team no longer has absolute immunity and must follow the Governor's rules. Governor Denning appoints Lori Weston from the Department of Homeland Security to the Five-0 task force in episode 2 to monitor the team; she resigns after the task force is involved in a diplomatic incident at the Russian consulate.
In season two, Masi Oka's Dr. Max Bergman, M.E. works, more closely than usual, with Five-0 on a case involving a serial murderer who has begun killing again; Max's biological mother was a victim of the killer during his original killing spree. There was a cooling of relations between Rachel and Danny to the point, by the end of the season, where Danny was about to fight Rachel and her current husband Stan's plan to take Danny's daughter Grace with them on their move to the mainland. Kono is involved in an undercover assignment, for five episodes, where she appeared to have lost her badge, but was actually working undercover with HPD Internal Affairs Capt. Vincent Fryer, who was investigating a group of former cops engaged in illegal activities. Chin Ho and his former fiancée reunite and marry, with the Five-0 task force and Kamekona as members of their wedding party.
McGarrett continues to try to learn more about the death of his father and the mysterious Shelburne. His former SEAL Commander, Joe White (who was also a friend of McGarrett's father), arrives in the islands and appears to be helping McGarrett at times and getting in his way at others. Wo Fat returns and is involved in a series of murders, including the leader of the Yakuza, Hiro Noshimuri, and is being hunted down by them.
While Steve is in Japan, searching for Shelburne and Joe White, the Hawaii Five-0 team under Danny's control later form a temporary partnership with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to stop a possible smallpox outbreak which begins in the Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 episode, "Pa Make Loa" and later concludes in the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 episode, "Touch of Death".
At the end of the season, Joe takes McGarrett to see Shelburne in Japan; Shelburne turns out to be his mother, who was presumed dead for 20 years which leaves Steve stunned.
The series premiered in the U.S. on CBS on September 20, 2010. Canada's Global TV and NTV premiered the show at the same time as the United States premiere. Hawaii Five-0 has been syndicated for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany,Greece, Norway, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Middle East, the Netherlands,.Russia, Poland, South Africa, Serbia, and Belgium.
Reception and impact
The show has received mostly positive reviews. Metacritic gave season 1 of the show a score of 65 out of 100 aggregate score based on reviews from 22 critics. On May 19, 2010, The Honolulu Advertiser offered an opinion about the new version: "A smart script, slick production values and maybe a splash of nostalgia got the remake of Hawaii Five-O placed on the CBS prime-time lineup this fall, but it will take more than beefcake and a remixed theme song to keep the show on the air." The piece also pointed out that times have changed since the original left the air, citing other shows that were set in Hawaii which have come and gone. It expressed a hope that the producers will succeed in bringing a new life to the title with this remake. The show also has a large, hugely devoted fanbase, often called an "ohana". Hawaii Five-0 was also in the Guinness World Records 2012 for Highest-Rated New Show in the U.S. with a record 19.34 million viewers for its January 23, 2011 episode (Kai eʻe).
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Awards and nominations
Series star Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Danny on Hawaii Five-0. Hawaii Five-0 also won the "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 37th People's Choice Awards on January 5, 2011.
The "Five-0 Effect"
Hawaii Five-0 made several positive effects on the state's economy since it began airing. Known as the "Five-0 Effect" by Hawaii News Now reporter Steve Uyehara, various Hawaii-based businesses saw an increase in sales after they were featured in episodes of the show. Visitor numbers to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, after being featured in some of the episodes, increased 25 percent, helping the site achieve a record year in 2010. Waiola Shave Ice, the business run by Kamekona on the show, saw a 20 percent increase in shave ice sales, along with a 30 percent rise in t-shirt sales. Kona Brewing Company also saw a 60 percent increase in sales after their beers were featured as McGarrett's favored alcoholic beverage in several episodes. In addition, residents from other states visit Hawaii based on viewing the series.
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