Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV series, season 1)

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Hawaii Five-O Season 1
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 1968 (1968-09-20) – March 19, 1969 (1969-03-19)
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List of Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV series) episodes

The first season of Hawaii Five-O, an American television series, began September 20, 1968, and ended on March 19, 1969. It aired on CBS. The region 1 DVD was released on March 6, 2007.[1]


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Cocoon" Paul Wendkos Leonard Freeman September 20, 1968 (1968-09-20) 1310-5246-2669
Stephen Aloysius "Steve" McGarrett (Jack Lord) is embroiled in a tale of espionage and murder in this story, which marks the first appearance of villain Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh). Andrew Duggan, Leslie Nielson, Soon-Tek Oh and Nancy Kwan guest stars. Only appearance of Tim O'Kelley as Danny "Danno" Williams.
2 2 "Full Fathom Five" Richard Benedict Ken Kolb September 26, 1968 (1968-09-26) 1729-0202

The governor of Hawaii assigns McGarrett to break a ring of con artists swindling/killing visiting rich widows.

NOTE: First appearance of series regulars James MacArthur and Richard Denning. Kevin McCarthy (actor) guest stars.
3 3 "Strangers in Our Own Land" Herschel Daugherty Story by: John Kneubuhl
Teleplay by: John Kneubuhl & Herman Groves
October 3, 1968 (1968-10-03) 1729-0203
An official's death involves strange clues, including a woman with a camera and a man with a briefcase. Simon Oakland and Milton Selzer Guest star
4 4 "Tiger by the Tail" Richard Benedict Sy Salkowitz October 10, 1968 (1968-10-10) 1729-0206
A publicity stunt by a rock singer (Sal Mineo) to stage his own kidnapping backfires when ransom is offered. Harold J. Stone and Sam Melville (actor) guest stars.
5 5 "Samurai" Alvin Ganzer Story by: Jerome Coopersmith
Teleplay by: Jerome Coopersmith & Mel Goldberg
October 17, 1968 (1968-10-17) 1729-0201
McGarrett must protect an underworld kingpin (Ricardo Montalban) he is trying to convict of racketeering activities.
6 6 "…And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin" John Peyser John D. F. Black November 7, 1968 (1968-11-07) 1729-0204
The Five-O team works overtime when Danny is indicted for the murder of an apparently unarmed teenage boy. Gavin MacLeod guest stars.
7 7 "Twenty-Four Karat Kill" Alvin Ganzer David P. Harmon November 14, 1968 (1968-11-14) 1729-0205
The owner of a tuna boat uses his craft to smuggle gold bars into the islands. Includes for the first time McGarrett saying, "Book 'em, Danno."
8 8 "The Ways of Love" Charles S. Dubin Laurence Heath November 21, 1968 (1968-11-21) 1729-0207
McGarrett goes under cover in a California prison to find the connection between a girl's death and the theft of a gem collection. Don Knight guest stars.
9 9 "No Blue Skies" Herschel Daugherty Herman Groves December 5, 1968 (1968-12-05) 1729-0209
A singer (Tommy Sands) turns to cat burglary when his musical efforts fail to satisfy his mounting gambling debts.
10 10 "By the Numbers" Seymour Robbie Mark Rodgers December 12, 1968 (1968-12-12) 1729-0215
After his best frined is killed by the brother of a racketeer after a winning ticket in a numbers game that he had turned out to be a loser, an Army Private (Johnny Crawford), obsessed with finding out who murdered him, is tricked by a rival racketeer (of which the brother who committed the crime is also working for) by having his girlfriend take him to a house to set him up for the murder of his rival. Now the Five-O team must find the falsely accused Private and hopefully clear his name before the racketeer does.
11 11 "Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born" Herschel Daugherty John D. F. Black December 19, 1968 (1968-12-19) 1729-0211
Danny directs a methodical search for the unknown assailant who critically wounded McGarrett.
12 12 "Deathwatch" Herschel Daugherty Shirl Hendryx December 25, 1968 (1968-12-25) 1729-0213
Five-O fights to save the life of a gangster so that he can testify against his boss.
13 13 "Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember" Richard Benedict Story by: Leonard Freeman
Teleplay by: John D. F. Black
January 1, 1969 (1969-01-01) 1729-0216
When a young Indonesian student is murdered, McGarrett searches for the prime suspect.
14 14 "King of the Hill" Jack Shea Story by: Leonard Freeman
Teleplay by: John D. F. Black
January 8, 1969 (1969-01-08) 1729-0208
A Marine Vietnam veteran (Yaphet Kotto) suffers a breakdown and, believing he is back in Vietnam, takes Danny hostage in a hospital ward.
15 15 "Up Tight" Seymour Robbie Story by: David Harmon
Teleplay by: Mel Goldberg
January 15, 1969 (1969-01-15) 1729-0210
McGarrett attempts to get the goods on David Stone (Ed Flanders), a professor-turned-guru who introduces young people to drugs, but does not use them himself.
16 16 "Face of the Dragon" Richard Benedict Robert C. Dennis January 22, 1969 (1969-01-22) 1729-0221
A man carrying bubonic plague arrives in the islands the same time as plans for a top-secret weapon vanish. Soon-Tek Oh guest stars/
17 17 "The Box" Seymour Robbie Story by: Leonard Freeman & John D. F. Black
Teleplay by: John D. F. Black
January 29, 1969 (1969-01-29) 1729-0220
McGarrett offers himself as a hostage in an attempted prison break by two "lifers" (Gavin MacLeod).
18 18 "One for the Money" Paul Stanley Story by: Robert Stambler
Teleplay by: Palmer Thompson
February 5, 1969 (1969-02-05) 1729-0219
Five-O receives an anonymous letter promising to go on a killing spree, a promise kept (with each victim numbered).
19 19 "Along Came Joey" Richard Benedict Story by: Jerry Ludwig
Teleplay by: Jerry Ludwig & Mel Goldberg
February 12, 1969 (1969-02-12) 1729-0214
A successful young boxer is murdered, and McGarrett has to find the murderer before the grieving father (a policeman himself) does. Jessie White guest stars.
20 20 "Once Upon a Time (Part 1)" Michael Caffey Leonard Freeman February 19, 1969 (1969-02-19) 1729-0212
McGarrett travels to Los Angeles to help his sister (Nancy Malone) deal with her child's cancer and make the correct decision about a faith-healer/quack (Joanne Linville).
21 21 "Once Upon a Time (Part 2)" Michael Caffey and Abner Biberman Leonard Freeman February 26, 1969 (1969-02-26) 1729-0212
McGarrett continues his quest to put an end to the faith healer. (Other than the pilot, this is the only non-season 12 episode in which James MacArthur does not appear.)
22 22 "Not That Much Different" Abner Biberman Mark Rodgers March 5, 1969 (1969-03-05) 1729-0222
A murder rocks the tight-knit group of hippies running "Peace" magazine. Law and order triumphs.
23 23 "Six Kilos" Seymour Robbie Meyer Dolinsky March 12, 1969 (1969-03-12) 1729-0217
McGarrett goes undercover as a safe-cracker to join a gang planning a robbery at sea, with a mastermind who delivers instructions by tape.
24 24 "The Big Kahuna" Herschel Daugherty Story by: Leonard Freeman
Teleplay by: Gilbert Ralston & Norman Hudis
March 19, 1969 (1969-03-19) 1729-0218
A beloved millionaire (John Marley) believes that he is being haunted by a malevolent spirit.


  1. ^ Hawaii Five-O - The Complete First Season. "Hawaii Five-O - The Complete First Season: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Harry Endo, Gene Nelson: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

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