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Hawaii Five-O (Classic)

12 Seasons

Season 8
4.6 out of 5 stars (116) IMDb 7.4/10

Dedicated detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) and his No. 1 lieutenant "Danno" Williams (James MacArthur) fight crime and bring down the bad guys on the mean streets of the Hawaiian Isles in the eighth season of this enduring classic crime drama.

Starring:
Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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Season 8

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1. Murder: Eyes Only ( Part 1 + 2)

Five-O Chief Steve McGarrett's annual change of pace -- his active duty cruise with the naval re-serve -- takes on a familiar feel when he draws orders to investigate the murder of a naval intelligence officer by letter bomb.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes Release date: September 12, 1975
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2. McGarrett is Missing

Five-O chief McGarrett finds himself with a serious leg wound, and at the mercy of an armed and dangerous escaped convict, Charlie Bombay. After collaring the escapee, McGarrett escorts him to the state prison aboard a police aircraft that crashes during a severe storm.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: September 19, 1975
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3. Termination With Extreme Prejudice

Steve McGarrett's Five-O unit searches for Lord Charles Danby, a missing English tourist who apparently has drowned in the Waikiki Beach surf, and unmasks a British intelligence agent also eager to find Danby.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: September 26, 1975
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4. Target? The Lady

After Curt Anderson, a man with gambling connections, is found murdered in his Honolulu apartment, Steve McGarrett and his Five-O team hunt for a female courier for a Las Vegas casino, and discover that a hit man is racing to beat them to her.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 3, 1975
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5. Death's Name is Sam

Someone, somewhere in Hawaii is plotting to shoot down an airplane, utilizing a Russian-made surface-to-air missile (a "SAM"). That much seems clear to Five-O chief Steve McGarrett. But who, where, and when and which plane?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 10, 1975
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6. The Case against McGarrett

McGarrett is tried for murder by a group of dangerous convicts led by his sworn enemy, Honore Vashon, after he turns himself over to them in return for their release of nine hostages.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 17, 1975
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7. The Defector

McGarrett locks horns with the overbearing and hardboiled Dr. Grant Ormsbee, a scientist who is conducting top-secret research for the U.S. Navy. At issue is Chiang Lee, a brilliant physicist, who has defected from an Asian nation to seek asylum in the U.S. and was forced to kill a man in self-defense upon arriving in Hawaii.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 24, 1975
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8. Sing a Song of Suspense

McGarrett and Five-O must protect singer Chelsea Merrimam (guest star Lois Nettleton) from assassination by Hawaii racketeering kingpin Koko Apaleka, on whom Chelsea can pin a murder rap with her eyewitness testimony. Apaleka is determined to eliminate Chelsea to save himself, while McGarrett is equally determined to save Chelsea and to nail Apaleka by doing so.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 31, 1975
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9. Retire in Sunny Hawaii Forever

Famed actress Helen Hayes guest stars in the role in Danny William's visiting Aunt Clara. Five-O becomes involved when a murder in Hawaii of an elderly gentleman, Clara Williams' seatmate on the plane, puts McGarrett on the trail of a small band of crooks who are stealing from abandoned bank accounts large quantities of money that rightfully belongs to the state of Hawaii.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 7, 1975
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10. How to steal a Submarine

Jack Cassidy guest stars as a narcotics smuggler and pusher who, unknown to Five-O Chief Steve McGarrett, is McGarrett's prime target in his investigation of a large-scale smuggling operation.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 14, 1975
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11. The Waterfront Steal

While Joao Mendoza, influential owner of warehouses in Honolulu, is creating a civic uproar by damning the police for their failure to halt a wave of warehouse burglaries, McGarrett and Five-O quietly joins in the search for the burglary gang.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 21, 1975
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12. Honor is an Unmarked Grave

A publicity-hungry crime writer with a reputation for sensationalism discovers the remains of a youth missing for seven years, and ballyhoos the mystery as the subject of his next book, while publicly branding Five-O as incompetent for never having solved the case.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 28, 1975
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13. A Touch of Guilt

Stabbed critically, a college football star is brought to a hospital by two other stars of the team, instigating a Five-O investigation involving the son of a well-known U.S. Senator and a cold-blooded cover-up of a gang rape.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: December 4, 1975
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14. Wooden Model of a Rat

While trying to smash a smuggling ring trafficking rare and valuable oriental art objects, Five-O boss McGarrett is suddenly mortified to find himself under public attack and indicted on a charge of possessing one of the contraband articles.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: December 11, 1975
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15. Deadly Persuasion

Five-O officer Danny Williams, a European royal family visiting Hawaii and potentially many other people are periled by a deranged youth who is using a stolen vial of super lethal nerve gas in an attempt to avenge his dead father.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: December 18, 1975
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16. Legacy of Terror

Steve McGarrett's Five-O force seeks the killer of an aged importer who was a Japanese spy in Hawaii before the Pearl Harbor attack. The importer was reputed to be the only person to know the hiding place of a fortune in gold, missing since World War II.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: January 1, 1976
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17. Loose Ends Get Hit

McGarrett watches with stunned realization as the state's rock-solid murder case against Islands racketeer Kum Chi suddenly vaporizes because McGarrett has been suckered by the prosecution's star witness.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: January 8, 1976
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18. Anatomy of a Bribe

Honolulu's soaring new Global Trade Center is devastated by a deadly fire, and investigation reveals that sub-standard building materials were responsible for the rapid spread of the flames. A crooked building contractor and a building inspector, both "on the take", become the targets for McGarrett and Five-O.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: January 15, 1976
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19. Turkey Shoot at Makapuu

Steve McGarrett and Five-O search for the killers of a girl and then of a hang-glider pilot. McGarrett is making painfully slow progress identifying and tracking down the killers until one of the victims' roommate, driven by grief and overwhelming guilt feelings, impulsively puts her own life on the line in an attempt to assist McGarrett.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: January 29, 1976
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20. A Killer Grown Wings

Three criminals threaten to destroy the entire Hawaiian cane sugar industry by using imported larvae of a strain of militant borer moth for which there is no known insecticide or natural enemy. Their plan: to devastate the land so that it becomes useless for planting, whereby one of the three can then snatch up the land at a fraction of its true value.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 5, 1976
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21. The Capsule Kidnapping

After a pretty but ruthless female Japanese terrorist, with the aid of two gullible American scientists, kidnaps the son of Japan's biggest industrialist and demands $1,500,000 in ransom, McGarrett and his Five-O crew search frantically for the boy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 12, 1976
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22. Love Thy Neighbor-Take His Wife

As Steve McGarrett and Five-O search for the kidnapper of the wife of a wealthy land developer, McGarrett can't quite persuade himself that the obvious abductor -- militant ecologist Ben Tanaka, who was "caught in the act" on videotape by a hidden television camera -- is, in fact, the criminal.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 26, 1976
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23. A Sentence to Steal

Trying to identify and bag the burglars who have been heisting a fortune in gold stored at various dental-supply warehouses, McGarrett sends an undercover agent into a rehabilitation institution for delinquent youths in hopes of securing a lead.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: March 4, 1976
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Amazon suggests that reviewers tell what we would have wanted to know before we purchased this product. Well, I'll tell you: For the past few years, I have heard that, after Season 6, Five-0 really fell off. In my opinion, that simply is NOT true. Granted Five-0 changed after Season 6. It became more mature, taking a more intellectual look at issues and details. We certainly wouldn't have spent an hour in Season 1, learning about the art world, yet we did in Season 7 ("How to Steal a Masterpiece"), and we are all the better for it.

In Season 8, we continue to learn. In "Death's Name is Sam," we learn about heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles - hand-held ones, in fact. This was brand new technology in 1975, when this was filmed. Even now, it is fascinating to watch as McGarrett tries to divert the missile with flares in order to keep the aircraft from being shot down. Fortunately, the experimental effort was successful. But Season 8 isn't all about technology and learning.

Steve has a new love interest in Season 8 ("Sing a Song of Suspense"). She is Chelsea Merriman, and she is a professional singer. After witnessing a brutal murder, she is taken to Steve's beach house for safekeeping. Oh, how the romantic sparks fly between them. As he leaves for work, she tells him to "Call if you're going to be late tonight, dear." I had to wonder whether Lois Nettleton, who portrayed Chelsea, didn't ad lib some of those lines.

The Five-0 Team has settled in nicely with McGarrett, Danno, Chin Ho, Duke, Jenny, Che Fong, and Doc - and the Governor, of course. Sadly, Season 8 was Doc's last on the show. He will be missed.

All the way through, not a single dud came to light. Not every episode was bottle rockets and roman candles, but every one was good and held my attention from beginning to end. Don't miss it. McGarrett and the Five-0 Team are still right on top. Be there. Aloha!
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Without a doubt, Hawaii Five-0 was one of the top 10 television shows that was ever produced for all-time. They certainly don't make TV shows like that any more. The quality of the previous 7 Seasons of Five-0 was always great, and I would certainly expect that Season 8 will follow in the same tradition. However, even if they produced it in Black and White, I'd still give it 5 STARS. By the time Season 8 had rolled around in 1975, some of the plots were not quite up to par like they were in some of the earlier Seasons, but I still love watching every one of them. A few years ago I previously purchased all 12 Seasons of Five-0 which were mainly just old copies that were probably made directly from TV broadcasts, which even included the commercials. And I've even enjoyed watching those old versions, no matter how poorly they were copied. As I'm sure you can tell I am huge fan of Hawaii Five-0 and I am now on Amazon.com's list to receive my copy of Season 8 when it finally comes out on March 16th of 2010. I'll be patiently awaiting the UPS truck as soon as I get up that morning. I guess you can say that "I've got my copy booked".
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I must admit, Season 8 was the season that I started to tune out of Five-0. I'm a big fan of the first six seasons - for me, these seasons represent superb escapist television at its very best. In these early years, Jack Lord was coolness personified and the show was a no nonsense gritty AND entertaining drama.

Unlike in the latter years, in those early seasons, McGarrett's anger never appeared contrived or forced - you really felt this man's rage! Circa 1974 this changed and McGarrett's spontaneous outburst against life's injustices became elongated rants to whoever was within ear shot.

Additionally, the big attraction of the show was how one week you could see a light-hearted episode and the next you'd see a hard hitting thought provoking instalment - season 4 demonstrates this nicely, `Odd Man In' and then `Skinhead' could hardly be more different, but they were encompassed together within the same season. This kind of contrast was rife in the early years and, more importantly, superbly executed. With Season 7 there were signs of wear and I'm afraid that this increased with during season 8. It's really a paradox that the earlier episodes seem fresher and less dated than anything post 1974. What's the saying, quit whilst you're ahead, sadly this wasn't heeded, however, that said, there are still some very good episodes within this eighth season.

The opener, `Murder - Eyes Only' is a feature length special and is pretty good - this is how i'd have liked to have seen the show continue, i.e. as two hour long specials, maybe 6 or 7 in a season - that way we'd have kept quality over quantity. Unfortunately this wasn't to be and the remaining 22 episodes are the usual 50 minute affair.
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I grew up watching this series. I was 6 years old when it first aired and both my parents and I watched it religiously. I was never so happy as when I found out this series was available on DVD... whoo hooo! :D I honestly think this was one of the greatest shows to ever air on US television. It's always interesting, always good. Not every show is a diamond, but no show is. I just received Season 8 and am on the second disc now and just love it. Some of the shows I DO remember oddly enough and some I don't. The particular episode I'm watching now stars James MacArthur's mother, Helen Hayes and it's very cool to see them act together. I reccommend Hawaii 5-O to anyone who likes crime drama without all the gore and language in today's shows. Like my review title says..'McGarrett Rules!' ..and always will! This show ran from 1968 until 1980. It starts with Wo Fat and ends with Wo Fat.. :D who is a great actor himself..but I can't think of how to spell his name right now..lol Buy this with confidence and enjoy!
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