The BEST Episodes of Hawaii Five-O

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2019

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

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

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: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
Murder Is A Taxing Affair

#3 - Murder Is A Taxing Affair

Season 6 - Episode 6

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

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
Killer Bee

#5 - Killer Bee

Season 2 - Episode 18

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

#6 - Most Likely To Murder

Season 2 - Episode 21

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

#7 - The Last Eden

Season 3 - Episode 10

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: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
The Grandstand Play (1)

#8 - The Grandstand Play (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23

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)

#9 - The Grandstand Play (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24

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

#10 - The Odd Lot Caper

Season 5 - Episode 18

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

#11 - Little Girl Blue

Season 5 - Episode 20

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
Love Thy Neighbor -- Take His Wife

#12 - Love Thy Neighbor -- Take His Wife

Season 8 - Episode 23

Ben Tanaka, a well-known ecologist, seems to be behind the kidnapping of a wealthy land developer's wife, but all is not as it seems and a conspiracy gradually reveals itself.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: James L. Henderson
Woe To Wo Fat

#13 - Woe To Wo Fat

Season 12 - Episode 20

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 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Barry Crane
Writers: Frank Telford
F.O.B. Honolulu (2)

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

Season 3 - Episode 19

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: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
Sweet Terror

#15 - Sweet Terror

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 Double Wall

#16 - The Double Wall

Season 3 - Episode 14

When a convicted murderer, Harry Kellem, hears a dying man say he committed the crime that Kellem was jailed for, he takes a doctor hostage and McGarrett must negotiate his way out of the situation.

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
For A Million - Why Not?

#17 - For A Million - Why Not?

Season 4 - Episode 8

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)

#18 - Murder - Eyes Only (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2

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

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Orville H. Hampton, Jerome Coopersmith
You Don't See Many Pirates These Days

#19 - You Don't See Many Pirates These Days

Season 10 - Episode 2

When a sea-freighter is hijacked, the wealthy millionaire owner calls in Five-O, but all is not how it seems...

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Bill Stratton
Run, Johnny, Run

#20 - Run, Johnny, Run

Season 2 - Episode 17

Two military policeman spot John Mala, a man who McGarrett has helped in the past, but who has gone AWOL. One of the policemen is shot, and tensions rise as Five-O and the army police clash in their techniques of investigation and their treatment of the local population.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Mel Goldberg
The Bomber And Mrs. Moroney

#21 - The Bomber And Mrs. Moroney

Season 3 - Episode 22

Danno's past comes back to haunt him when the brother of a young boy he shot is released and wants revenge. The brother takes Chin Ho, Jenny and others hostage in McGarrett's office and threatens to blow them up, and Danno must resolve the tense situation.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
The Descent Of The Torches

#22 - The Descent Of The Torches

Season 10 - Episode 5

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

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Douglas Green
Writers: Alvin Sapinsley
Death Mask

#23 - Death Mask

Season 11 - Episode 7

When a street robber claims that he stole King Tutankhamun's mask for fun, McGarrett suspects there is more to the case than simple robbery.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Ralph Levy
Writers: Robert I. Holt
Leopard On The Rock

#24 - Leopard On The Rock

Season 2 - Episode 11

When a dictator's plane is diverted to Hawaii as part of a plan to kill him, McGarrett must deal with the complex politics of the situation and protect the hated leader.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Palmer Thompson
A Bullet For McGarrett

#25 - A Bullet For McGarrett

Season 2 - Episode 6

A university professor, Dr. Paul Farrar, is using hypnosis to programme students into becoming assassins. McGarrett uses a policewoman as bait for Dr. Farrar, but the plan goes wrong and her life is put in danger.

star 8.25
8 votes
Writers: Anthony Lawrence