So You Think You Know "Hawaii Five-0"?

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So You Think You Know "Hawaii Five-0"?
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About This Quiz

It was one of the most successful cop dramas in TV history. How much do you remember about the action-packed TV series "Hawaii Five-0"? Can you nail all the major differences between the classic and the reboot? Test your book-'em smarts and see if you can "Murder One" this quiz.
In which year did the show debut?
1978
1968
The show first appeared in 1968, becoming one of the strongest police dramas in TV history.
1974

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For how many seasons did the show air?
six seasons
eight seasons
12 seasons
With a whopping 12 seasons, "Hawaii Five-0" lasted far longer than most TV shows. Its longevity wouldn't be topped for years.

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Which TV show finally eclipsed "Hawaii Five-0" as the longest-running crime drama?
"Magnum P.I."
"NCIS"
"Law & Order"
In 2003, "Law & Order" finally surpassed "Hawaii Five-0" as the longest-running crime drama. The former ran for 20 seasons and 456 episodes.

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Which major network aired the show during its run?
NBC
CBS
The show had consistently high rankings that made it a winner for CBS.
ABC

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To what does the "Five-0" in the show's title refer?
police code for murder
Hawaii was the 50th state.
The "Five-0" refers to Hawaii's statehood -- the island was the 50th state added to the U.S.
slang for cops

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Which actor played the role of Detective Capt. Steve McGarrett?
Al Harrington
James MacArthur
Jack Lord
Jack Lord was McGarrett. Lord also had a role as Felix Leiter in the first "James Bond" movie.

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McGarrett is the head of which department?
state police force
McGarrett leads a small team of state police officers who investigate a wide variety of crime scenes.
Oahu Police Department
Honolulu Police Department

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In 1970, for what did the show win an Emmy Award?
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Outstanding Musical Composition
It won for Outstanding Musical Composition, thanks to the hard work of Morton Stevens.
Drama Series

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Why did the crew sometimes struggle with their roles during filming?
inexperience
In the late 60s and early 70s there was very little filming being done in Hawaii, meaning that the locals who were hired to help often had no clue as to what they were supposed to be doing.
heat
distractions

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Which character often repeats the phrase, "Book 'em, Danno"?
Steve McGarrett
McGarrett often uttered the phrase at the end of episodes, in a sign that the team had done its job by catching and jailing the bad guys.
Daniel Williams
Duke Lukela

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Where were most of the episodes filmed?
Hawaii
True to the show's name, almost all of the shooting was done on location in Hawaii.
Los Angeles
San Diego

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In what year did a reboot of the TV series debut?
1998
2010
The relaunched series debuted in 2010 and proved successful -- 2016 marked the beginning of the seventh season.
2012

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Kono Kalakaua played the character with which name?
Zulu
Kalakaua was Zulu, who was a prominent character during the first four seasons of the show.
Danno
Chin Ho Kelly

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Which actor starred in a never-aired 1996 pilot for a potential reboot of the show?
Jack Nicholson
David Hasselhoff
Gary Busey
The wild-eyed Busey was a star of the pilot, and James McArthur returned to play the governor. The pilot never hit broadcast TV.

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Which actor was originally offered the part of Steve McGarrett?
Robert Brown
Richard Boone
Richard Boone, who made a name for himself in dozens of Western films, was the first choice, but he turned down the role.
Gregory Peck

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In Season 5, which character did Ben Kokua replace?
Kono Kalakaua
Kokua replaced Kalakaua; Kokua lasted for Seasons 5, 6 and 7.
Chin Ho Kelly
Danny Williams

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How many different secretaries appeared in the show?
one
three
five
As the show lasted for more than a decade, the casting director went through five different women who played five secretaries.

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What is the name of Steve McGarrett's nemesis?
the Joker
Tiny
Wo Fat
Wo Fat is a spy from the People's Republic of China, and he gives McGarrett fits for years.

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What was Kam Fong Chun's job before he appeared on the show as a detective.
fast food
police officer
He'd been a police officer for nearly two decades before he decided to become an actor.
janitor

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How many total episodes were there in the original series?
279
During the 12-season run, the cast and crew managed to churn out 279 episodes.
321
346

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What is Che Fong's job?
sheriff's deputy
forensic specialist
Fong is the forensic specialist who is trained to examine evidence from a scientific perspective.
crime scene cleanup

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Which of the show's crew died during the sixth season?
writer
director
executive producer
Executive producer Leonard Freeman died from heart problems. The rest of the crew had to find a way to fill his considerable shoes for six more seasons.

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What happened to the character named Chin Ho Kelly?
He was simply written out during a contract dispute.
He was murdered.
Actor Kam Fong got tired of the role and wanted to move on with his career. He asked that his character be murdered during an investigation.
The actor died.

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Richard Denning came out of retirement to play which character?
Frank Kamana
Gov. Paul Jameson
Denning gave up the easy life of retirement to play the governor. Denning's career started in 1937 and lasted until at least 1980.
Duke Lukela

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In how many seasons did "Danno" appear?
11
Danno appeared in 11 of the 12 seasons, after which actor James MacArthur went back to his roots in theater.
10
All of them.

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In which season did Jim "Kimo" Carew make his first appearance?
Season 12
Carew didn't appear until the 12th and final season. The characters named Truck and Lori Wilson also didn't appear until the 12th season.
Season 10
Season 8

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Why was one episode from the second season never rebroadcast?
It was politically incorrect.
It featured a suicide scene.
One person who watched the episode apparently tried to copy a suicide technique featured in the episode; it was never played again.
It had accidental nudity.

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In the rebooted show, which actor plays McGarrett?
Scott Caan
Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin is McGarrett. The actor has also had roles in "Three Rivers" and "Moonlight," among other productions.
Daniel Dae Kim

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What does McGarrett wear in nearly every episode of the show?
suspenders
dark suit and tie
His formal suit and tie are unusual in laid-back Hawaii, meaning that McGarrett stands out in a crowd.
Hawaiian shirts

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In the rebooted show, Kono Kalakaua has what job before she becomes a police officer?
accountant
pro surfer
Kalakaua, played by Grace Park, is a former professional surfer who gives up the beach bum lifestyle to become a cop.
prostitute

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