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Five Reasons To Watch Hawaii Five-0

Updated on March 5, 2012

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The biggest hit show of the fall 2010 primetime season is Hawaii Five-0, a remake of the popular 70's show starring Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Zulu Kauhi, and Kam Fong.

The modern reboot is a slicker, sexier show, starring Australian hottie Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight, The Shield) as Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett, Scott Caan (Ocean's Eleven, Gone in 60 Seconds) as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as Detective Chin Ho Kelly, and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica) as Detective Kono Kalakaua as members of an elite polite force given "immunity and means" by the governor of Hawaii to rid her islands of bad guys once and for all.

I usually write more about underdog shows such as the CW's Supernatural and SyFy's Merlin, but Hawaii Five-0 is such sheer fun to watch that I couldn't resist!

So, without further ado, here are my top five reasons to watch Hawaii Five-0:

Emmanuelle Vaugier. Hey, at least you'll die looking at something pretty...
Emmanuelle Vaugier. Hey, at least you'll die looking at something pretty...

#5 Guest Stars

Hawaii Five-0 has so many well known and talented guest stars and supporting cast members that every episode becomes a fun game of Guess That Actor.

A few of my favorite (so far) include:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters as baddie Victor Hesse
  • Masi Oka (Heroes, Get Smart) as medical examiner Max Bergman
  • Jean Smart (24) as Governor Pat Jameson
  • Adam Beach (Walker, Texas Ranger) as an ex Navy SEAL accused of murdering his wife
  • Michelle Borth, familiar to my fellow Supernatural fans as Carmen in "What Is and What Should Never Be," as Lieutenant Catherine Rollins
  • Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laura Hills, Governor Jameson's Public Safety Liaison
  • Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) as Carlton Bass, a surfing mogul
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier, another Supernatural alumna, as Erica Raines, a sexy assassin

#4 Action

I love a great character drama or romantic comedy as much as the next girl, but sometimes it's fun to just settle down to a good fist-fight or exploding car. Hawaii Five-0 has slick, fast-paced action scenes a-plenty, from flying tackles to cliff-top car chases to exploding buildings. Sweet!

Feminist that I am, I also like that Kono is getting as many great action scenes as the boys. Girl has a mean punch. :D

#3 Banter

I love a good bickering couple. Romance, "bromance," or mortal enemies - it doesn't really matter to me, as long as there is snark.

Hawaii Five-0 has banter, bicker, and snark in spades thanks to a script that crackles with energy and vitality. I hesitate to call it a truly "smart" script, because some of the plots are so ridiculous they might qualify more as sci-fi than crime procedural, but so far the show is consistently fun ridiculous rather than dumb ridiculous, and doesn't insult your intelligence as some other tv shows and movies do.

Regardless, the dialogue is great, from the famous line "Book 'em, Danno" - a carryover from the original series - to the remake's hit exchange "Ever make it to double pretzel level?" "Triple banana, bitch," which is already available on t-shirts.

More Funny Hawaii Five-0 Quotes

Steve: That is your cousin?
Chin: Choose your next words carefully.

Steve: This is densely layered ballistic glass, laminated onto a shield of resilient polycarbonate.
Danny: Why can't you just say "bulletproof?"

Danny: First you have to seek to understand before you can be enlightened.
Steve: I will literally pay you cash to stop talking.

Danny: I love pancakes in the afternoon.
Steve: I like pancakes.
Danny: You do? You seem more like napalm in the morning kind of guy.

Danny: Roads have asphalt and two lanes; this is dirt on a cliff.
Steve: Scared?
Danny: No, I'm not scared, I am rationally concerned!

Steve: I thought I told you to stay put.
McKay: Hmm. I'm an old man. I don't always hear so good.

Danny: So, if things go bad, which one do you want?
Steve: I'll take the ugly one.
Danny: That's good. They're both ugly.

#2 Eye Candy

Okay, I'm not even going to pretend not to be shallow here. Alex O'Loughlin, as you Moonlight fans already know, is a beautiful, beautiful man, and he looks much better with his short hairstyle here than he did in Moonlight.

Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim are also fine looking specimens of manhood, and Grace Park is a former model for a reason.

I could go on about this at some length, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words...

Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin
Scott Caan
Scott Caan
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim
Grace Park
Grace Park

For more Alex O'Loughlin-y goodness, be sure to check out embitca's hub: Alex O'Loughlin. If you like tats, you may also enjoy her Alex O'Loughlin Tattoos hub, for pictures of the many real (and fake) tattoos adorning that fine body. ;)

Bonus Eye Candy: Hawaiian Scenery

Hawaii Five-0 is so gorgeously shot it might as well be a Hawaiian tourist brochure. If, like me, you've never been, you'll soak up the gorgeous blue water, lush hillsides, and tanned beach bodies, and dream. If you have been, you'll start saving up those pennies for a return trip!

Oh yeah, the music is good, too! ;)

#1 Chemistry

Great guest stars, amazing action sequences, witty dialogue, and a cast that's hot like burning... it's all good, but for me the number one reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 is chemistry. No, not the kind with beakers and bunsen burners, although if you've ever wanted to learn how to detect metal atoms with iodine or mix up a Molotov cocktail, Hawaii 5-0 might just be your show. (Burn Notice is an even better bet, though.)

I'm talking about cast chemistry, character chemistry, team chemistry. For all their bickering, it's obvious to anyone with eyes that Steve and Danno are well on their way to heterosexual life partnerhood. There's also some nice moments between Chin and Kono, devoted cousins who stand by each other through thick and thin. The great chemistry between the four main characters hooked me on the show and will hopefully keep me coming back for many seasons of fun in the Hawaiian sun!

And there we have it...

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    • nicolas-ray profile image

      Nicolas Ray 

      3 years ago from Stamford, CT

      Great Hub and one of my new all time favorite shows. Action, tons of humor, and beautiful location, perfect mix for success. Love the interaction between all the characters, just seems very natural and well done. Thanks

    • Edward J. Palumbo profile image

      Ed Palumbo 

      4 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      I can't watch the show regularly because of other time commitments, but I enjoy the series for its locations, for the chemistry between the actors in the story lines (and the fact the Grace Park bears a striking resemblance to a lovely young lady that I was very fond of as a young Marine - 46 years ago - doesn't hurt!). And, yes, I enjoyed Oahu but I really enjoy my visits to Maui.

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      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      "The reboot is slicker and sexier" The original series was slicker and sexier than any other show on at that time.

      One of the best things about the original is often Hawaiian history and culture played a part in the story lines. In Magnum P.I. the show could have been set in Los Angeles.

    • SUSIE42 profile image


      7 years ago

      I watch this show and really enjoy it.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Love this HUB. If for the music and scenery only, I would watch the show but Hawaii Five-O has a great cast and excellent storyline, too.

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I am really enjoying Hawaii Five-O. Thanks for putting it altogether and pointing out the best parts of the show, especially the pictures - oh, yeah! Great hub.

    • scifikathie profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for the good hub.

      I've been watching the show and find it entertaining, especially for Scott Caan's Danno. However, I liked Alex O much better in Moonlight. He's much more one diamentional on Hawaii 5-O. I'm also kind of disappointed that Masi Oka (who was great on Heroes) didn't work very well as the new medical examiner. The character didn't work at all and I'm not surprised we haven't seen him since that one time.

      That said even though the series is as light as a kite, the scenery is beautiful, the high octane action is fun and Danno is a stitch.

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Okay, you convinced me, I had no interest in the show, now I have to try it. Good hub and loved the video clips.

    • Austinstar profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Love the theme song, love the old and the new show! Love that Alex O'loughlin! He's a dream. I lived on Maui for a couple of years and boy is this show making me miss the islands.


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