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Old 08-25-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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You're right. Some people are talking about the original as if it was the Mad Men (or other critically acclaimed show) of its day, and it wasn't.
People are not praising the original like the critics praise Mad Men. Mad Men is not as great as the critics make it out to be. Just because a show is not critically-acclaimed, it doesn't mean it can't be praised as much as a show that was or is. Mad Men, while a good show, isn't minute-to-minute articulate and intelligent dialogue, either. The original Five-O had dialogue that was articulate and intelligent, though not in every line or scene.

As far as crime dramas go, the original set the standard for future cop shows. Every show after it was influenced by it in some way. It is a police procedural, so they are going to follow how police solve crimes, which would include routine types of dialogue, but that was not the bulk of the writing or interactions characters had with one another.

It was groundbreaking and memorable in that it dealt with themes and issues that were very controversial for television in that time - rape, racism, drugs, serial killing, eco-terrorism, Vietnam, prostution, pornography, mental health, the struggle of native Hawaiians to maintain their land against development, techology-assisted crimes, juvenile delinquency, and espionage by the Chinese. Many of the episodes read like things that could have happened today.

All the praise viewers have given to the original Hawaii Five-O are not without merit.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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They need to get David Caruso to leave CSI Miami to play the McGarrett part; he is the only person with an ego as huge as Jack Lord.
Believing rumors? Jack's ego was no bigger than anyone else's. Where you affected in any way by this allegedly huge ego Jack had? I think the answer is no. Those stories about him being egotistical were made up by nasty people who worked with him, and had inflated egos of their own.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The original Hawaii 5-0 doesn't look like much now, but in its day it was a very high-quality program. So few shows then were shot on any location other than a Hollywood studio lot. They had a big budget and they spent it on photography and good guest stars. Actors who became staples of 1970s and '80s TV dramas had their first big roles on H5-0 and many old-time movie stars had their first small-screen roles on that show.

While we don't think anything today of cop shows focusing on the "why" of crime, Hawaii 5-0 was one of the first shows to include such things as a criminal psychologist and a forensics specialist. It was certainly the first time in my young life I had ever seen crimes like arson and drug abuse pictured on a cop show as possible psychological problems. On a medical series, maybe, but not a law-and-order shoot 'em up. They also had multiple shows that were sympathetic to issues surrounding the then-hot-button situation in Vietnam.

If you pay close attention to how many of today's popular crime dramas (CSI Miami and NCIS, for example) are filmed -- not to mention how their lead actors behave -- you can see the stylistic debt they owe to Hawaii 5-0.

As a result of his TV success, plus family wealth, Jack Lord had a huge fortune. His only child predeceased him and he left the bulk of his estate to a scholarship fund for Hawaiian youth. He might not have been much of an actor, but he was a well-educated man who also painted. He spent much of his life in Hawaii and apparently his love for the islands wasn't faked.

I think the major difference between old and new Hawaii 5-0 will be the number of things that are going to get "blowed up real good," as they used to say on SCTV. And let's hope this Danno has more than two expressions.
From the comments you make about Hawaii Five-O's originality, the show was and still is a lot by today's standards. It may seem like an ordinary police procedural, but the forensic and psychological angle, plus focusing on how and why crimes are committed and not just who committed them, are elements of the show that were uncommon then, and all over the place in crime dramas now. When the show was originally on, it was one of the few crime shows to do all those things, enabling it to stand out from the rest.

Jack was much of an actor. Maybe you're not familiar with his other roles or paid close attention to his role as Steve McGarrett, but he had range and depth. I notice it from watching the original on DVD now, and I noticed it when I saw it as a child in reruns twenty years ago.

James MacArthur also had more than two expressions, which is more than what I can say for Scott Caaan.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Medina Co., TX
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I couldn't be happier! Unless, of course, they bring in more of my favorite actors!
Terry O'Quinn on 'Hawaii Five-0' first trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Inside TV | EW.com
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Book'em Danno...
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Medina Co., TX
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I liked it...having those two actors added to the storyline really seemed to work well. Especially Terry O'Quinn...I had really missed seeing him on TV! Good show!
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I don't watch much TV aside from Fringe and maybe a rerun of T&1/2M - once in a blue moon.

I just can't tolerate cop and law programs.

But I like the few episodes that I have seen.

Tonight's was quite good.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I've gotta say this show went from ok-cute actors, enjoyed hearing the redone theme song to being really good! Love the two new characters and the season 1 finale and season two's premiere episodes have really kicked this show up a few notches.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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What do you think of the new female Five-O cop? She is a stunningly beautiful actress, but I am having a hard time buying her in that role.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: texas
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What do you think of the new female Five-O cop? She is a stunningly beautiful actress, but I am having a hard time buying her in that role.


I like her to a degree.....role is ok, but they could do a better job of expanding it.
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