Hawaii 5–0 bids aloha
A decade is a long time to do anything, including a TV show. That’s where “Hawaii 5–0” is as it wraps up its 10th and final season tonight. The decade-spanning, 240-episode run is quite the achievement, especially considering no one knew what to think when it was first announced.
“Hawaii 5–0” debuted in the Fall of 2010, and it hardly seemed like a lock. It is a re-make of the classic detective tale that kicked off in 1968 and itself spanned 12 years and 281 episodes. But it wasn’t just the theme song and characters that were re-imagined here, the new series felt like something different and something contemporary.
Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov did a great job of providing a template that was fun, fast-paced, and action-packed. And it was a re-make template that’s been followed a number of times by CBS and others as they’ve sought to recapture, and update, titles from the past. In fact, CBS currently has updated versions of “McGyver,” “Magnum P.I.” and “S.W.A.T.” that form its staple of dramas, and that’s largely a credit to “Hawaii 5–0” and its success.
The re-booted series was long a staple anchoring Monday nights before moving to Fridays, where it’s continued to soar despite cast changes and evolving stories. At the heart is the partnership between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny Williams (Scott Caan). The actors have had great rapport and play off each other well. That’s what’s helped make the series work, and what’s helped make it a lot of fun over the last decade.
But there is a season for everything, and “Hawaii 5–0” has had its season in the sun. Fittingly it is one of the few shows during the 2019–2020 season that will get a proper ending since it filmed a full season before the television landscape was changed by the Covid-19 outbreak. And it’s final bow will come tonight.
It was never my favorite show or the greatest show, but it was always solidly entertaining. And it’s fair to say Friday nights won’t be the same after tonight.