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The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

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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 episodes from all ten seasons, 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.

  • 26

    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.

  • 27

    Aloha. Malama Pono

    May 20, 2013

    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.

  • 28

    The Long Goodbye

    February 21, 2011

    Season 1, Episode 18

    Danny gets an unexpected visit from his little brother, Matt, a fun-loving, Wall Street broker.

  • 29

    Kuka'awale (Stakeout)

    February 27, 2015

    Season 5, Episode 17

    McGarrett and Danny work on their relationship while they stakeout a woman's apartment after she escapes following a diamond robbery. Series star Daniel Dae Kim makes his directorial debut. Max Weinberg, Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman, Charlie Saxton, Jon Lovitz and Jessica Lowndes guest star.

  • 30


    November 1, 2010

    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.

  • 31


    March 19, 2012

    Season 2, Episode 19

    When McGarrett's sister is arrested for trying to smuggle $20 million worth of conflict diamonds, he and Chief Fryer reach out to August March (Guest Star Ed Asner), an ex-con who served 30 years for diamond smuggling, to help arrange a sting operation.

  • 32


    April 11, 2011

    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.

  • 33

    Season 6, Episode 5

    Five-0 must interrogate members of a stunt bikers gang to find a killer who escaped by jumping his motorcycle from one roof onto another. Robbie Knievel guest stars.

  • 34

    I Ka Wa Ma Mua, I Ka Wa Ma Hope (The Future Is in the Past)

    December 15, 2017

    Season 8, Episode 10

    When Danny is shot while quarantined in the hospital with McGarrett, Tani and Junior, he's left unconscious and clinging to life, imagining a future for everyone in Five-0.

  • 35

    Season 7, Episode 21

    McGarrett and Five-0 are captured and face certain death after tracking a dangerous nemesis to the Island of Lanai.

  • 36


    November 8, 2010

    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.

  • 37

    Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi

    September 27, 2013

    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.

  • 38


    December 5, 2011

    Season 2, Episode 11

    McGarrett and the Five-0 search for a busload of kidnapped school children as well as the people responsible.

  • 39

    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.

  • 40

    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.

  • 41

    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.

  • 42

    Season 7, Episode 2

    Five-0 must work with rogue MI-6 agent Harry Langford (guest star Chris Vance) to find a terrorist planning to cause nuclear reactors across Europe to meltdown. Claire Forlani also guest stars.

  • 43


    February 27, 2012

    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).

  • 44
    Sit down with Hawaii Five-0's Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan as they answer fans' most pressing questions.
  • 45

    The Siege

    November 15, 2010

    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.

  • 46

    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.

  • 47

    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).

  • 48

    Pe'epe'e Kanaka

    April 25, 2014

    Season 4, Episode 20

    The investigation of a murdered pool cleaner leads Five-0 to uncover a possible terrorist cell of radicalized students who are plotting an attack on U.S. soil.

  • 49

    Season 5, Episode 2

    Five-0 investigates when the young daughter of a Navy Seal currently on a top-secret mission is kidnapped.

  • 50


    October 18, 2010

    Season 1, Episode 5

    When the teenage daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines is found dead off the coast of Waikiki, the Governor tasks Five-0 with finding her sister, who was also abducted.