Show Toppers: ‘Hawaii Five-O’ (1970s)

'Hawaii Five-O' TV title, 1973

‘Hawaii Five-O’ TV title, 1973

Hawaii Five-O originally ran on CBS from September, 1968 through April of 1980. Therefore, it’s one of the quintessential 1970s shows – having aired new episodes across the entire decade.

The police drama focuses on Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord, who runs a special police task force in Honolulu, Hawaii. Episodes often ended with McGarrett’s catch phrase “Book ’em, Danno.”

Jack Lord is Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett - the only man on the beach in suit, tie and fancy shoes. ('Hawaii Five-O,' 1973)

Jack Lord is Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett – the only man on the beach in suit, tie and fancy shoes. (‘Hawaii Five-O,’ 1973)

Hawaii Five-O co-stars included; James MacArthur (Dan Williams aka “Danno”), Kam Fong (Chin Ho), Herman Wedemeyer (Duke), Al Harrington (Ben), Harry Endo (Che Fong), Richard Denning (Governor Jameson) and Zulu (Kono).

‘Hawaii Five-O’ TV Intro, 1973

‘Hawaii Five-O’ TV Outro, 1973

Hawaii Five-O Wiki, IMDb

Previously on Show Toppers: ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’ (1971)

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4 Responses to Show Toppers: ‘Hawaii Five-O’ (1970s)

  1. Steve H. says:

    One of the best, if not THEE best, TV theme of all time. I’ve heard that the building that Jack Lord is standing on the roof of in the opening credits is where he lived (in the penthouse) in Hawaii.

    • David Moore says:

      Agreed. I love the end title too. How it comes rolling in dramatically after the episode concludes. Classy.

  2. FilmFather says:

    Also agreed. The theme and opening credits perfectly encapsulate the atmosphere of the show.

    For what it’s worth, the current version of H50 is really good as well.

    • David Moore says:

      I have yet to watch the new series. Now, I may have to re-think my assumption that it probably sucks. =)