Booking Hawaii Five-O

An Episode Guide and Critical History of the 1968–1980 Television Detective Series


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About the Book

On September 26, 1968, Hawaii Five-O premiered on CBS. The show’s exotic locale and quality writing and acting made it a fixture in the network’s line-up for the next 12 years. Today the detective series continues to be very popular in syndication. The show’s history is covered first, focusing on its development and its stars. Complete casts and credits for all regulars are provided for each season; the episode guide gives the title, original air date, director, producer, guest stars a detailed synopsis of each show, and information on Honolulu residents who appeared in it.

About the Author(s)

A former librarian, Karen Rhodes is a genealogical writer and lecturer and lives in Middleburg, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Karen Rhodes
Foreword by Rose Freeman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 341
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3108-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8666-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword (by Rose Freeman)      1
Preface      3

Chapter 1: In the Beginning      7
Chapter 2: In Context
The Real World: Five-O and Society      12
The “Reel” World: Five-O and the Police-Detective Genre      17
Episode Guide
The Pilot Movie      25
Jack Lord      26
Zulu      28
Kam Fong      29
Pilot Film Cast and Credits      29
Summary      30
Regular Cast, 1968–80      32
First Season      33
James MacArthur      34
Season Credits      35
Episodes      36
Second Season      52
Season Credits      54
Episodes      55
Third Season      73
Season Credits      75
Episodes      76
Fourth Season      90
Season Credits      92
Episodes      92
Fifth Season      108
Herman Wedemeyer      110
Al Harrington      110
Season Credits      110
Episodes      112
Sixth Season      128
Season Credits      130
Episodes      130
Seventh Season      147
Season Credits      148
Episodes      149
Eighth Season      167
Season Credits      168
Episodes      168
Ninth Season      185
Season Credits      187
Episodes      187
Tenth Season      203
Season Credits      204
Episodes      205
Eleventh Season      221
Season Credits      223
Episodes      223
Twelfth Season      236
Season Credits      238
Episodes      238
Hawaii Five-O in Syndication      251
Chapter 3: The Series in Retrospect
The Secrets of Success      253
McGarrett’s Car      254
Food in Five-O      256
Eluding the Censors      257
The Economics of Filming in Hawaii      258
Villains and Victims: Myth and Fact      259

Appendix A: Collectibles and a Cultural Icon      263
Appendix B: Glossary of Hawaiian Words and Phrases Used in Hawaii Five-O      267
Appendix C: Episodes in Order of Filming      275
Index      283

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “insightful…Rhodes’s prose is crisp and elegant”—ARBA
  • “a season-by-season look…even details the collectibles available from the series”—Burlington County Times