The BEST Episodes of Hawaii Five-O

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2020

Network: CBS

The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.

The Payoff

#1 - The Payoff

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 9, 1970

McGarrett must apprehend two abductors who are on the run with the proceeds of their crime in order to protect the lives of their co-conspirators.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Ken Pettus
F.O.B. Honolulu (1)

#2 - F.O.B. Honolulu (1)

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 27, 1971

Wo Fat and other top international agents converge on Hawaii to place bids on printing plates for twenty dollar bills, which are in the possession of a former friend of McGarrett.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Eric Bercovici, Jerry Ludwig
Murder Is A Taxing Affair

#3 - Murder Is A Taxing Affair

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1973

A corrupt federal agent who is tracking a man under indictment for tax evasion kills him for the $600,000 he is carrying, and then loses the money.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Jerome Coopersmith
The Golden Noose

#4 - The Golden Noose

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 15, 1980

McGarrett is suspicious of an aide who arrives in Hawaii to retrieve millions of dollars held in trust for a Southern Asian state and he must prevent a daring gold robbery.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: George F. Slavin
Woe To Wo Fat

#5 - Woe To Wo Fat

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 5, 1980

The series concludes with the final showdown between McGarrett and Wo Fat. Three scientists have gone missing. They have one thing in common: they all attended a symposium that discussed a possible space-based, laser defense system. McGarrett impersonates a fourth scientist, Dr. Elton Raintree, who attended the same gathering and is soon abducted. Wo Fat is behind it all and wants the scientists to complete their work and produce such a device.

star 9.90
29 votes
Directors: Barry Crane
Writers: Frank Telford
Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember

#6 - Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 1, 1969

When a young female student is found murdered on campus, suspicions fall on her boyfriend but McGarrett senses that something is not right.

star 9.35
37 votes
Writers: John D.F. Black
Deathwatch

#7 - Deathwatch

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 25, 1968

McGarrett must protect a protect a mob underboss so he is able to testify against his superior, Joe Matsukino. However, Matsukino has many tricks up his sleeve to silence his former colleague permanently.

star 9.16
43 votes
Writers: Shirl Hendryx
Killer Bee

#8 - Killer Bee

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 21, 1970

A psychiatric worker, George Loomis, is trying to drive a fellow Vietnam veteran Ted Frazer crazy in order to cover up the fact that he massacred his own platoon during an action. Loomis kidnaps boys and drugs Frazer to make it look like Frazer is mad and to blame for the tragedy. McGarrett and the team must unravel this web of lies and clear Frazer.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Anthony Lawrence
Most Likely To Murder

#9 - Most Likely To Murder

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 11, 1970

Lew Morgan and his wife are friends of Danno, but she is murdered, and Morgan sets out to find the culprit. However, his wife seems to be hiding secrets that may have caused her death.

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Robert Hamner
The Last Eden

#10 - The Last Eden

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 18, 1970

Five-O search for the criminals who have set up Hawaiian singer and ecologist Jimmy Nuanu as the fall guy for a sewage plant bombing.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Eric Bercovici, Jerry Ludwig
The Grandstand Play (1)

#11 - The Grandstand Play (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 3, 1971

A baseball player, Lon Phillips, brings his backward son to Hawaii to escape threats on his life on the mainland.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Adrian Spies
The Grandstand Play (2)

#12 - The Grandstand Play (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 10, 1971

The son of the baseball player becomes the vital witness in a murder, but he is reluctant to tell either his father or Five-O of the crime.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Adrian Spies
The Odd Lot Caper

#13 - The Odd Lot Caper

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 30, 1973

A senior partner in a stock exchange firm comes up with a foolproof plan to rob the Honolulu Stock Exchange.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky, Norman Lessing
Little Girl Blue

#14 - Little Girl Blue

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 13, 1973

Two simple criminals kidnap a young girl, and hide out in a bunker at Diamond Head. McGarrett must unravel the reason why they are there and get the girl safely away from them.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Mel Goldberg
Tsunami

#15 - Tsunami

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 22, 1977

A gang of university students plan a hoax tidal wave in order to steal priceless jewellery.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Don Balluck
A Lion In The Streets (2)

#16 - A Lion In The Streets (2)

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 1979

Labouring under a ban on cooperation by native Hawaiians because of a Kahuna, McGarrett must try to prevent war on the streets...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Robert Janes
King of the Hill

#17 - King of the Hill

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1969

Danno is taken hostage by a Vietnam veteran who is suffering delusional flashbacks and sees everyone as forces sent to kill him.

star 8.81
63 votes
Writers: John D.F. Black
F.O.B. Honolulu (2)

#18 - F.O.B. Honolulu (2)

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 3, 1971

Five-O must deal with treason, murder and double-crosses in order to solve the case and prevent the U.S. from being flooded by fake currency.

star 8.80
5 votes
Writers: Eric Bercovici, Jerry Ludwig
Sweet Terror

#19 - Sweet Terror

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1969

McGarrett must counter a threat by international terrorist Erich Stoss to use a fungus to wipe out Hawaii's sugar cane, half of the world's supply.

star 8.67
9 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
The Waterfront Steal

#20 - The Waterfront Steal

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 21, 1975

When Five-O fail to prevent a series of thefts at dockside warehouses, an influential owner creates trouble for McGarrett.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Allen Reisner
Writers: Albert Aley
East Wind -- Ill Wind

#21 - East Wind -- Ill Wind

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 29, 1977

When an Asian ex-leader dies in a seemingly accidental swimming incident, his wife is convinced that he was murdered by forces from their home country.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Edwin Blum
For A Million - Why Not?

#22 - For A Million - Why Not?

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 1971

Five seemingly good citizens with different motives band together to steal $6,000,000 while McGarrett is away on Maui at a trial.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Jerome Coopersmith
Murder - Eyes Only (2)

#23 - Murder - Eyes Only (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 12, 1975

McGarrett must try his utmost to foil Wo Fat's plans which include hostages and brainwashing.

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Jerome Coopersmith, Orville H. Hampton
Shake Hands With The Man On The Moon

#24 - Shake Hands With The Man On The Moon

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 1977

McGarrett must deal with an astronaut turned real-estate salesman in order to crack the case of a murdered reporter.

star 8.50
6 votes
Writers: Robert Janes
The Descent Of The Torches

#25 - The Descent Of The Torches

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 1977

Five-O must find out whether the death of an archaeologist is linked to his supposed desecration of tomb of King Kamehameha.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Douglas Green
Writers: Alvin Sapinsley