Hawaii Five-O follows a pretty similar pattern to your typical CBS drama show; the team finds a crime at the beginning, they investigate it, they find a new lead, and they solve it by the end (all while having character development and a main story line that runs through all the episodes). Still, this is not the reason I enjoy watching the show; instead, I mostly enjoyed watching it because of the 2 main characters, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny Williams (Scott Caan).
While there are some main supporting actors/actresses as well, most of the story line revolves around Steve and Danny. They have a great, funny relationship throughout the show, and they are developed well as the show goes on. I would say that the first 5-6 seasons or so are the most interesting (they also change the supporting characters starting in season 8). It was sad to see them shift away from Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim’s characters, but they had a contract dispute they could not resolve.
Overall, there are 240 episodes in the series, which is just an incredible amount of volume. Each episode is about 45 minutes or so, so that’s about a week or so of continuous binge watching.
Another thing I really enjoyed about the show though is that it takes place in Hawaii (obviously). This is the one show that I can really understand and know where every scene is shot. It is always fun to see scenes that take place close to my house or close to where I always go. Even if you are not from Hawaii though, it is a great chance to see the island. They go to a lot of spots throughout the island, and this makes the scenery a lot better than in other TV shows.
I have never personally watched the original Hawaii Five-O (it ran in the 1960s-1970s), but I heard they still did a pretty good of replicating the charm of the first one (although people always like to say the original was better).
If you have never watched the new Hawaii Five-O though, I would definitely give it a chance!
Hawaii Five-O Recommendation Rating: 3
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for