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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

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  • Summary: The re-imagining of the 1968-80s classic has Alex O'Loughlin as detective Steve McGarrett, who returns to Hawaii after his father's death and heads up the new task force to clean up the islands of crime.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. The remake of "Hawaii Five-0" is the best kind of throwback--to the buddy cop films of the 1980s. Think "Lethal Weapon" with a tropical twist.
  2. So far, O'Loughlin has come most alive when he's engaged in the premiere's close-quarters, elbow-chopping fight scenes. But it's clear that, like other CBS shows from NCIS to CSI, the team byplay is going to be the heart of Hawaii Five-0. Thank goodness Caan is here to provide gruff humor, and Kim and Park play off each other nicely.
  3. O'Loughlin's by-the-book performance is buoyed by a fast-paced script and a splendid supporting cast, including and especially Scott Caan as Danno, that radiates enough hit-making energy to render even Oahu's azure waters and perfect sunsets superfluous.
  4. 70
    This remake keeps the scenery and action--exploding cars and AK-47 gunfights appear to be to Honolulu what thieving politicians and senile I-95 motorists are to Miami--but adds some compelling post-9/11 wrinkles.
  5. The story and the chemistry work, but periodically the action feels rushed, as if we all know the drill and we might as well get it over with. Future episodes may correct that, because they'll need less setup work.
  6. Yet despite the dude-tastic charisma that Caan brings to Danno, I can't quite see a reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 again, given that each week, the stories will probably feel like something we've already seen on 'NCIS,' 'NCIS Los Angeles' or any number of the 'CSIs.' Bad guys will be caught, the team shall be triumphant. Rinse and repeat.
  7. Some things are better than they were in the '60s--including the top tier of television shows. This just isn't one of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    10
    Love this show. What's not to like. There is plenty of action for the guys and great looking men for the ladies. Throw in beautiful HawaiiLove this show. What's not to like. There is plenty of action for the guys and great looking men for the ladies. Throw in beautiful Hawaii and a couple references to the former show and tadaaah grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy Monday night. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2012
    10
    This show is amazing! It's action packed, has interesting cases and great character chemistry! Love it without a doubt ;) (and that darnThis show is amazing! It's action packed, has interesting cases and great character chemistry! Love it without a doubt ;) (and that darn theme tune is just too catchy!) Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2010
    10
    Great show visually, fun music, and a funny cast that works together well. Although not the most complex or mind-bending show, definitely aGreat show visually, fun music, and a funny cast that works together well. Although not the most complex or mind-bending show, definitely a fun mix of action and comedy and something exciting for everybody this fall season. Hope it stays as good as the pilot and makes it longer than half a season Expand
  4. Fox
    Sep 21, 2010
    8
    Show is an amazingly cleaver blend of old and new. 42 years a long time; nothing is the same, including our heroes. But Five-0 keeps aliveShow is an amazingly cleaver blend of old and new. 42 years a long time; nothing is the same, including our heroes. But Five-0 keeps alive enough of the original hit to live again for us in 2010. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2011
    7
    A fun, light, active drama that can often keep a person's attention simply because of good character chemistry, dynamic and colorful scenesA fun, light, active drama that can often keep a person's attention simply because of good character chemistry, dynamic and colorful scenes and plot that takes little intellect. The perfect show to unwind and relax after a hard day at the office. Sure it's predictable, but it isn't scripted to hold a deep line. One of my surprise show highlights in a field full of dull, cliche dramas. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2014
    5
    There's no question that "Hawaii Five-0" has slick action, an attractive cast and a solid premise, but it's largely a headache thanThere's no question that "Hawaii Five-0" has slick action, an attractive cast and a solid premise, but it's largely a headache than excitement. Really disappointing. Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2016
    0
    I can not say enough BAD things about this show WOW. I mean blatant things wrong from the ships that appear out of nowhere to kidnapping yourI can not say enough BAD things about this show WOW. I mean blatant things wrong from the ships that appear out of nowhere to kidnapping your friend and his girlfriend so you can turn him in because he stole money, YEARS and YEARS ago and you don't get in trouble for kidnapping them and you get to use the evidence that you obtained illegally and the statute of limitations has expired. Great stuff her. I think it must be a 7 yr old writing for this show. Oh yeah what about the 460lb guy who becomes a helicopter pilot for tours LOL. Have you ever been in a helicopter, well I have and NOT gonna happen. Save yourself a few brain cells and put this one to bed. Expand

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