Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force which was based on an actual unit that existed under martial law in the 1940s. The theme music composed by Morton Stevens became especially popular. Many episodes would end with McGarrett instructing his subordinate to “Book ’em, Danno!“, sometimes specifying a charge such as “murder one“.
The CBS television network produced Hawaii Five-O, which aired from September 20, 1968 to April 4, 1980. The program continues to be broadcast in syndication worldwide. In the U.S., it airs on Me-TV, and via on-demand streaming media from CBS Interactive. (CBS had uploaded every episode of this show via its YouTube account, but later removed them.) Created by Leonard Freeman, Hawaii Five-O was shot on location in Honolulu, Hawaii, and throughout the island of Oahu as well as other Hawaiian islands with occasional filming in other locales such as Los Angeles, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Hawaii Five-O was named in honor of Hawaii’s status as the 50th State. Although the show’s name has always ended with the numeral “0,” the soundtrack album, released in the late 1960s, used the letter “O” instead of the numeral zero. The letter “O” is sometimes used to differentiate the original series and the revival which premiered in 2010, and always uses the numeral zero. The show centers on a fictional state police force led by former U.S. naval officer Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord) a Detective Captain, who was appointed by the Governor, Paul Jameson (played by Richard Denning, though Lew Ayres played the Governor in the pilot).
Helen Kuoha Torco
The Tahitian dancer shown in the opening credits in the original Hawaii Five O series
Slang term for police
The phrase “Five-O” (or any variation, such as “5-0”, “5-o”, and “five O”, all usually pronounced “five oh”) has come to refer to the police in the United States.