Hawaii Five-0
H50 Cast (2017)
Background Information
Genre: Police procedural, action, drama
Based on: Hawaii Five-O by Leonard Freeman
Developed by: Peter M. Lenkov

Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci

Cast: Alex O'Loughlin

Scott Caan
Daniel Dae Kim
Grace Park
Taryn Manning
Masi Oka
Lauren German
Michelle Borth
Chi McBride
Jorge Garcia
Ian Anthony Dale
Meaghan Rath
Beulah Koale
Taylor Wily
Kimee Balmilero
Dennis Chun

Country of origin:

United States

No. of Seasons:


No. of Episodes:



Honolulu, Hawaii

Camera Setup:


Production company(s):

K/O Paper Products 101 Street Television
CBS Productions (2010–2012)
CBS Television Studios (2012–present)


CBS Television Distribution

Original network:


Picture format:

480i (SDTV)

Original release:

September 20, 2010 – present


Hawaii Five-0 is an American procedural crime drama television series and a re-imagining of the original 1968–1980 television series.

Hawaii Five-0 debuted on CBS, the same network that aired the original series.


Like its namesake, 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 date from the premiere of the original show which happened on September 20, 1968.

On October 21, 2010, CBS announced that Hawaii Five-0 had been given a 24 episode full season order.

The show has just finished airing its fifth season and on May 11, 2015, CBS renewed Hawaii Five-0 for a sixth series which is due to premiere in September 2015.


Main article: Cast

Main Cast



Recurring Cast


Main article: Episode Guide
Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Season 1 24 September 20, 2010 May 16, 2011
Season 2 23 September 19, 2011 May 14, 2012
Season 3 24 September 24, 2012 May 20, 2013
Season 4 22 September 27, 2013 May 9, 2014
Season 5 25 September 24, 2014 May 8, 2015
Season 6 25 September 25, 2015 May 13, 2016
Season 7 25 September 23, 2016 May 12, 2017
Season 8 25 September 29, 2017 May 18, 2018
Season 9 22 September 28, 2018



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 2009–10 television season. The new version would be an updated present-day sequel, this time centering on Steve McGarrett, who succeeds his late father Steve (Jack Lord's character in the original series) as the head of the unit. Edward Allen 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 p.m. time slot. 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.

On October 21, 2010, CBS announced that the first season had been given a full season order of 24 episodes. Subsequent seasons have consisted of between 23 and 25 episodes.

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 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.

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 October 2013 it was announced that the show was planning a fan built episode. Fans of the show were able to vote on several elements of the show including scene of the crime, victim, murder weapon, suspect and take down. Once production began fans were also able to vote for props, cast wardrobe, music, and the episode title. The episode aired on April 4, 2014, and was titled "Hoʻi Hou" ("Reunited")


The show has received mostly positive reviews. Metacritic gave season one of the show a 66 out of 100 aggregate score based on reviews from 29 critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave season one a score of 74% based on 23 reviews. The site's consensus calls it: "A brisk, slick reboot of an old favorite, Hawaii Five-0's picturesque locales and attractive cast make for pleasurable viewing."

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. 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 e'e).

Broadcast and streaming

New episodes currently air on Friday nights at 9/8c pm on CBS. All previous 7 seasons are available for streaming on Netflix as well as purchase on DVD. The most recent five episodes are available for free on and the CBS app. All episodes are also available with CBS All Access including new episodes which stream live.


TNT has acquired the off-network rights to air the series. Episodes began airing on the cable channel in August 2014.

DVD Release

Cover Art DVD Name Release Date Ep #
Hawaii-5-O-Wikia Season1 poster 01 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 1) September 20, 2011 23
Hawaii-5-O-Wikia Season2 DVD 01 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 2) September 18, 2012 24
Hawaii 5-0 Season 3 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 3) September 24, 2013 23
Hawaii 5-0 Season 4 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 4) September 16, 2014 22
Hawaii 5-0 Season 5 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 5) September 1, 2015 25
Hawaii 5-0 Season 6 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 6) September 13, 2016 25
Hawaii 5-0 Season 7 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 7) September 5, 2017 25
Hawaii 5-0 Season 8 Hawaii Five-0 (Season 8) September 4, 2018 25

External links

  Seasons of Hawaii Five-0
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