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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hana Komo Pae Season 7 Episode 8: While Danny chaperones Grace’s winter formal, terrorists seize the venue and hold everyone hostage in order to kidnap a diplomat’s son.
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.
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.
Pilot Season 1 Episode 1: Upon returning to Hawaii to investigate his father's murder, decorated Naval officer Steve McGarrett is recruited by the Governor to head up an elite new police task force - his rules, her backing, no red tape.
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.
Pahele Season 2 Episode 11: McGarrett and the Five-0 search for a busload of kidnapped school children as well as the people responsible.
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.
E Mālama Pono Season 7 Episode 18: MacGarrett and Danny finally track down the missing Uranium, which has been used to build a bomb located in the middle of the jungle. Singer Darius Rucker Guest Stars as Desmond Abati, the Bomb Maker
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.
Hookman Season 3 Episode 15: Five-0 investigates when a mysterious man targets police officers for revenge and McGarrett is the next. Peter Weller, Max Weinberg, and Charlie Murphy guest star.
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.
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.
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.
Nā lā 'īlio Season 8 Episode 2: McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 '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.
Luapo'i Season 5 Episode 24: While Five-0 works the case of a murdered bounty hunter who apprehended a dangerous killer, Danny's ex-wife reveals a shocking secret to him that will change his life forever.
Mai Ka Wa Kahiko Season 2 Episode 15: A dirty cop from Danno's past comes to the island to exact revenge on Danno and his family for ruining his life, forcing the Five-0 to find a way to help their teammate.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ma Ke Kahakai Season 1 Episode 20: While hiking in a remote area of the jungle to see the famed petroglyphs, McGarrett and Danny instead find a homicide victim.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Hana Keaka Season 6 Episode 9: Five-0 goes back to school when a college professor is killed and Danny goes undercover as his replacement.
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.
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.
Powehiwehi Season 5 Episode 14: While Five-0 hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono must fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Michael Imperioli guest stars as a street-wise barbershop owner.
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.
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.
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.
Na Kama Hele Season 6 Episode 7: McGarrett's first date with Lynn (Sarah Carter) on a deserted island turns deadly when a mob boss hiding there hunts them down in order to keep his location a secret.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohana Season 1 Episode 2: Following the violent abduction of an ex-NSA cyber-terrorism expert in the middle of downtown Waikiki, Five-0 must race to rescue the man, and prevent a breach of national security.
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