There are so many good episodes of Hawaii Five-0, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Oia'i'o" the best, or is "Hai'ole" your favorite episode of Hawaii Five-0? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Hawaii Five-0 are, let's rank every Hawaii Five-0 episode from best to worst.
Hawaii Five-0 is a modern reboot on CBS of the 1968-1980 series Hawaii Five-O. The series centers on Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett (Alex O'Laughlin), who leads the DPS task force, an elite team that only answers to the state's governor. Hawaii Five-0's original cast included Scott Caan (as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams), Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Taryn Manning. In its first year, Hawaii Five-0 was named "Favorite New TV Drama" at the People's Choice Awards and Caan was nominated at the Golden Globes for his work. It's not really a serialized show, so you can pick and choose which episodes to watch.
Vote up your favorite episodes of Hawaii Five-0, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Hawaii Five-0 episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
Ki'ilua Season 2 Episode 10: McGarrett finds himself in need of the Five-0's help when he goes to North Korea with Jenna Kaye to deliver a ransom to rebels who are holding her fiance hostage.
Ua Hala Season 2 Episode 23: Five-0 is in hot pursuit of a shooter who guns down one of their own, while another team member is forced to choose which of their kidnapped loved ones will live.
Ka No'eau Season 5 Episode 4: When a Detroit hit man is taken out by one of his colleagues on the streets of Oahu, Five-0 is shocked to learn the killer's surprising motives.
Oia'i'o Season 1 Episode 24: After one of governor Jameson's assistants is killed, McGarrett discovers that the governor may have been working with Wo Fat and may have been the target of his father's investigation.
Ina Paha Season 5 Episode 7: When McGarrett is kidnapped by Wo Fat, he experiences what would have happened to the team if they had taken a very different path. William Sadler returns as McGarrett's father, and musician Gavin Rossdale guest stars as the nefarious Johnny Moreau.
Hai'ole Season 2 Episode 1: While McGarrett sits in prison awaiting trial for the murder of the governor, Danny brings him a surprise visitor to help clear him.
Ho' onani Makuakane Season 4 Episode 10: The attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran leads Five-0 to use decades old evidence to investigate a deadly crime committed within the internment camps on Oahu during World War II.
I Ka Wa Mamua Season 3 Episode 6: When Danny is forced to remain completely still while bomb technicians disarm a bomb, McGarrett distracts him by getting his partner to tell the story about his toughest and most emotional case from his days as a cop. Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Terrence Howard, rapper T.I., and Kendall Jenner guest star.
Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi Season 4 Episode 1: After McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam's secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own in order to find a kidnapped Catherine. Chi McBride and Henry Ian Cusick guest star.
Kahania Season 5 Episode 19: McGarrett and Odell come under siege in Odell's barbershop when they try to protect a young man who is being hunted down by a gang. Michael Imperioli returns.
Pono Kaulike Season 5 Episode 18: McGarrett enlists Joe's help after Danny and Chin are arrested for deadly past transgressions. Terry O'Quinn and Jimmy Buffett return.
E Malama Season 1 Episode 16: When the sole witness in a high-profile murder case disappears, Five-0 must head into the jungle to locate and protect her from assassins who are closing in fast.
Ku I Ka Pili Koko Season 4 Episode 19: Five-0 is set up when a bad tip leads them to an abandoned building that is rigged to explode with McGarrett and Danny trapped inside. Xzibit guest stars.
O ke Ali'l Wale No Ka'u Makemake Season 6 Episode 25: In order to stop a meth epidemic on the Island, McGarrett and Danny go undercover as pilots, but when McGarrett is seriously wounded, Danny is forced to break their cover in order to save his partner's life.
Ke Kinohi Season 1 Episode 13: When McGarrett's sister is kidnapped and his father's Champ box stolen from his apartment, Steve and Five-0 discover new clues in his mother's murder, including possible ties to the Japanese Yakuza.
Ua Hopu Season 2 Episode 22: Just as McGarrett finally gets his hands on his arch nemesis Wo Fat in a special ops raid, he's blindsided when he finds that the Japanese Yakuza is hot on their trail and wants them both dead.
Ho'oilina Season 5 Episode 5: On the fourth anniversary of his father's death, McGarrett meets a woman who helps him reopen the last unsolved case his father worked on before his death.
Ha'alele Season 2 Episode 20: A murder case hits close to home for Max when he is convinced that The Trashman, a serial killer with ties to his past, is on the loose.
Aloha. Malama Ponoa Season 3 Episode 24: As the CIA tasks Five-0 with finding a dangerous killer loose on the island, Kono goes on the run for a murder she did not commit. Christine Lahti, Ian Anthony Dale, Daniel Henney and Autumn Reeser guest star.
Lana I Ka Moana Season 3 Episode 3: McGarrett and Danny's relaxing day at sea takes a deadly turn when their boat is hijacked and they are left to die in the middle of the ocean.
Akanahe Season 4 Episode 8: McGarrett and Grover must work together to protect national security after they are tasked by the Governor to serve a warrant to a young computer hacker. Nick Jonas guest stars.
Hana 'a'a Makehewa Season 1 Episode 12: It's Christmas in Hawaii, but instead of celebrating, Five-0 is negotiating a hostage situation when Victor Hesse, the man who killed McGarrett's father, threatens to detonate an explosive that he's strapped to Chin Ho's chest.
Kai e'e Season 1 Episode 15: Five-0 struggles to stay a step ahead of a major tsunami that has the island evacuating its shores as they investigate the disappearance of the head of the Tsunami Warning Center.
A Make Kaua Season 5 Episode 25: On the eve of Kono's wedding to Adam, Five-0 learns that a stolen nuclear bomb is somewhere on the island and about to be detonated.
A' ale Ma'a Wau Season 4 Episode 2: A Five-0 murder investigation leads the team to help a Texas Ranger who comes to the island to find his missing daughter. Tim Daly guest stars.
Olelo Ho'opa'I Make Season 3 Episode 13: When Chin is kidnapped in the night and dropped in the middle of Halawa Prison dressed as an inmate, he must fight for his life. Lindsay Price guest stars.
La O Na Makuahine Season 3 Episode 1: Following McGarrett's mother's (Christine Lahti) surprise return and Chin's gut-wrenching decision in last season's finale cliffhanger, the team is determined to track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family.
Ka Pono Ku'oko'a Season 6 Episode 21: Five-0 goes on a manhunt when a deliberate chemical spill enables six dangerous inmates to escape, including Kono's husband, Adam (Ian Anthony Dale).
Ma'ema'e Season 2 Episode 5: The teams investigation into the murder of the state's women's volleyball coach leads them to find out more bad news about Kono, and Chin Ho reconnects with his former fiancee, Malia.
Ka 'oia'i'o ma loko Season 4 Episode 3: A conspiracy theorist helps Five-0 when a missing artifact is the key to solving a double murder. Jorge Garcia guest stars.
Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau Season 1 Episode 23: Danny is exposed to sarin while Five-0 tries to track down Wo Fat, and Chin Ho's plan to quietly return the money his uncle stole hits a snag.
Na hala a ka makua Season 4 Episode 14: McGarrett and Danny are kidnapped by an escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence.
Ua 'aihue Season 5 Episode 11: When a tourist is killed after unknowingly transporting a stolen Van Gogh, an undercover Kono and Chin enter the world of black market priceless art and are taken hostage. Celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Sam Choy guest star as themselves.
Ho'apono Season 1 Episode 7: When a Navy SEAL, who's on the run for a murder he swears he didn't commit, takes hostages and safe haven aboard the U.S.S. Missouri memorial battleship, McGarrett must use every SEAL skill in his arsenal to diffuse the situation.
A'ohe Kahi E Pe'e Ai Season 5 Episode 1: The island of O'ahu goes on lockdown when Five-0 hunts a terrorist who starts using weaponized drones on civilians.
Heihei Season 1 Episode 10: Five-0 is baffled when a highly skilled ring of thieves pulls off a heist of an armored car, killing two security guards but leaving the money behind.
Pahele Season 2 Episode 11: McGarrett and the Five-0 search for a busload of kidnapped school children as well as the people responsible.
Pukana Season 4 Episode 11: Chin's life is put in danger when a murder investigation reveals that the person behind the crime may be a serial killer. Meanwhile, Danny and Grace find a mysterious puzzle box washed up on the shores of Oahu. Heather Dubrow guest stars.
He Kane Hewa'ole Season 1 Episode 14: Five-0 joins the Honolulu Police Department in a high-speed police chase that ends with the driver fatally injured, and a gruesome discovery by the team.
Malama Ka Po'e Season 6 Episode 19: A case from 15 years ago forces Grover to take his family on the run when a dangerous mob boss tracks him down to seek revenge.
Huaka'I Kula Season 3 Episode 10: An Aloha Girls camping trip with Grace turns deadly when an armed man takes McGarrett and a little girl hostage. Tom Arnold guest stars.
Ho' opio Season 3 Episode 22: When the body of a young girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier is discovered, Five-0 must hunt down the kidnappers who have now taken their next victim. Mare Winnigham and Henry Rollins guest star.
Makaukau 'oe e Pa'ani? Season 7 Episode 1: When the bodies of two serial killers are found on Five-0 property with chess pieces in their mouths, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilante as fear grows that tourists aren't safe in Hawaii.
Po'ipu Season 1 Episode 9: When a member of the security detail for an upcoming Aid Summit is murdered before he can reveal the details of an assassination plot, Five-0 is brought in to investigate the murder and protect the target, a ruthless dictator.
Lekio Season 2 Episode 18: Five-0 crosses paths with Tony Archer (Guest Star James Caan), a retired NYPD bomb expert who is now a private investigator on Oahu, when they investigate the death of famous talk radio DJ Bobby Raines (Guest Star Dennis Miller).
I Helu Pu Season 2 Episode 16: When Five-0 nearly causes an international incident while on a case, Lt. Governor Denning tells them one of the team members will pay for it with their job.
Ka Hakaka Maika'i Season 2 Episode 6: The FIVE-0's investigation into the murder of a wealthy restaurant owner causes McGarrett to take part in a charity MMA fight to the finish.
Alaheo Pau'ole Season 2 Episode 12: On the eve of Chin Ho's wedding to Malia, the Five-0's investigation into a man left for dead in an abandoned WWII bunker crosses paths with Capt. Fryer's case of a Jane Doe.
Mana'o Season 1 Episode 8: The body of a dead cop, who is Danny's ex-partner from the Honolulu P.D., is found in the barbecue pit of a luau. Five-0's investigation into the murder matches them against Internal Affairs, dirty cops and Hawaii's most powerful cocaine cartel.
Na Me'e Laua Na Paio Season 1 Episode 19: Five-0 must unravel the mystery of why a mild-mannered sci-fi fan wearing a cape was given truth serum before being tossed out of a 21st-story window.