Top 5 favorite Hawaii-filmed TV series ever: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Derek Paiva
posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 10:48 AM
How could America not have been hooked by Hawaii Five-O the moment it premiered on CBS in 1968? That percussive, hard-driving and über groovy Morton Stevens opening theme washing over shots of a monster North Shore Oahu wave, aerial views of Honolulu and Waikiki, sunsets, the gyrating hips of a Tahitian dancer and Jack Lord—who with one turn toward the camera and poker-faced stare communicated all you needed to know about just how badass Det. Steve McGarrett was before you even met him. We still get goosebumps.
Once an episode of the classic Aloha State crime drama unfolded, dark, no-nonsense plotlines took over, with McGarrett's fictional Hawaii state police department special “Five-O” unit exposing then ridding the Islands of murderers, mafia thugs, drug lords and the occasional rogue Chinese secret agent. And all of it filmed against the exotic backdrop of a growing, ever-changing 1970s urban Oahu landscape over 12 seasons and 278 episodes.
We could go on. But judging by the amount of votes Hawaii Five-O received in our Facebook ohana poll, you already know why the series is a bona fide TV classic.
Perhaps you’ve read somewhere that come the new fall TV season a whole new Steve McGarrett, Danno, Chin-Ho and Five-O unit will be back on the Honolulu streets fighting the good fight? We’ve got four words for the new Five-O’s producers: Huge. Shoes. To. Fill.
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