The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.
Season 1 Ep. 04: Tiger by the Tail
A struggling young singer plans his own kidnapping as a publicity stunt. After his unsuspecting wealthy father offers to pay any amount of money, the singer’s associates turn on him in an attempt to get the ransom.
Five-O was a special state police unit answering only to the Governor of Hawaii. It worked with Honolulu police to fight the underworld in the island state. Sooner or later virtually all the badguys heard Steve McGarrett grunt “Book ‘em, Danno!” though chief badguy Wo Fat was caught after MacArthur left the series.
Hawaii Five-O was created by Leonard Freeman as a series that not only featured law and order issues but also presented the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.
The original cast featured Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, head of Hawaii Five-O, with James McArthur playing Danny Williams (replacing Tim O’Kelley from the pilot), Zulu as Kono Kalakaua and Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly. At the end of the 1971-72 season, Zulu left the series after a disagreement and was replaced by Al Harrington as Ben Kokua, smaller in but no less of a character. After Leonard Freeman died, Al Harrington’s appearances became infrequent in the 1974-75 season, and then he was dropped altogether with no reason given. Douglas Mossman filled in the ‘Ben’ role in later episodes as Frank Kemana. By the 1976-77 season, supporting character Duke Lukela, played by Herman Wedemeyer, was so popular that he was given star billing on the show, following Kam Fong. It was a shock for fans when, at the end of the 1977-78 season, in the episode “A Death In The Family”, Chin Ho was murdered and dumped on the steps of the Iolani Palace, Five-O’s base. When CBS delayed making a decision on the show’s future at the end of the 1978-79 season due to falling ratings and tired stories, James MacArthur took the opportunity to leave the series after 11 years. The 1979-80 season saw major changes in the show. William Smith as James ‘Kimo’ Carew was bought in to replace James MacArthur, and the producers also added a new female Five-O member, Sharon Farrell as Lori Wilson. Completing the new line-up were existing Five-O member Duke, and Moe Keale as Truck Kealoha. However, the of this new season was very different and the stories were often of an inferior quality, so it came as no surprise when CBS finished Hawaii Five-O’s prime-time run on April 5 1980, with McGarrett vanquishing his nemesis Wo Fat.
Cast and Crew:
Jack Lord, James MacArthur and Kam Fong
Creator: Leonard Freeman
Production Company: Leonard Freeman Production, CBS Television Network
Original Air Date: 1968
Audio & Video: Mono – Color
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