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.
Original Airing: May 13, 2016
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.
Original Airing: September 19, 2011
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.
Original Airing: November 7, 2014
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.
Original Airing: November 21, 2011
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.
Original Airing: May 9, 2011
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.
Original Airing: April 11, 2014
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.
Original Airing: November 11, 2016
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.
Original Airing: September 20, 2010
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.
Original Airing: May 16, 2011
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.
Original Airing: October 8, 2012
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.
Original Airing: January 20, 2013
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.
Original Airing: November 12, 2012
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.
Original Airing: February 4, 2013
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.
Original Airing: December 10, 2012
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.
Original Airing: March 6, 2015
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.
Original Airing: December 13, 2010
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.
Original Airing: May 7, 2012
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.
Original Airing: February 6, 2012
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.
Original Airing: December 13, 2013
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.
Original Airing: February 24, 2017
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
Original Airing: March 13, 2015
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.
Original Airing: May 14, 2012
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.
Original Airing: January 23, 2011
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.
Original Airing: May 12, 2017
Season 7, Episode 25
McGarrett risks his life when Five-0 attempts their most dangerous rescue yet of young girls trapped in the sex trafficking ring they have been tracking this year.
Original Airing: October 6, 2017
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.