So, here they are… your season rankings.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to play along in our fun poll. And remember, there is no right or wrong favorite.
I think season one got so many votes because people remembered that back then everything was new, and therefore not repetitive and at times annoying. Personally, I think they hadn’t found their place back then. And I enjoyed later seasons way more due to more character development.
I voted for Season 3 as my favorite one, followed by, gasp, yes, Season six. I rounded out the trio with Season four.
My least favorite one was actually Season two. First, because of the way too long and predictable story of Kono working for IA. That was just stupid. And second, because of AOL’s illness. That was so hard to watch from episode 5 onward. There were some really, really good episodes in that season though. The season opener was one of the best, if not the best so far. 2.10, of course, and also 2.22, the Wo Fat episode. Also 2.16 was great, wonderful timeshift editing. But watching Alex getting sicker and sicker took a lot of joy out of that episode, as with many others.
The cross-over was one of the worst episodes ever. The Max one was good, but the episode lacked of drive due the missing leader. Five-0 cannot exist without its lead actor. That was painfully clear in season two.
Season 5. Well, I don’t think there is a lot of disagreement that it was a rather poor season. It had one of the best episodes ever, and some really good ones. But as a whole season it was just bad.
Season one had the brilliant Pilot, and the best season finale a show can wish for. 1.07 with the SEAL as a hostage taker was great, also the Nick Taylor episode was quite good, and the introduction of Wo Fat. But all the rest was just meh. Some very good scenes, but in my eyes, not good episodes.
When it first aired, it was great. But looking back at it I must admit that I think it had a lot of lame episode. And just the ‘being new factor’ isn’t enough for me to vote for it.
Season four I truly enjoyed until about mid-season. Before the mom from hell came for a visit. And no, I’m not talking about Doris. I loved the development between McGarrett and Grover. That was just a joy to watch. And I loved Steve and Cath living together, boy was I happy. There were some really good episodes in season 4. Some incredible performances by most of the cast. And nothing that totally annoyed me, well, at least not more than the usual stuff. So, yeah, season four was, for me well rounded and I had a lot of fun watching it.
Season 6 might be a big surprise, but even though many episodes were easy to forget, there was a lot of good stuff in it. And compared to earlier seasons I enjoyed where the characters were going. Yes, there was also quite a bit to complain about, but overall, I truly enjoyed the season.
There are way too many great episodes in season 3 to mention them all. I loved it from the first to the last one. I think this is the season that has something for everyone. No matter who you ship, or not ship, who your favorite is. Everyone got his/her fair share of screen time and stories.
Let’s hear what Cokie has to say about her favorite episodes.
I’m going to add my two cents in here although it really isn’t much different from what Sam said. But my first choice was Season 1. And really because of what Sam said: it was new. I was floundering, looking for a new TV show to love. I had been adrift with nothing really catching my eye for a couple of seasons and then that summer, I saw Alex O’Loughlin in The Back Up Plan. Yeah, it was a rather silly movie, but I smiled all the way through it because of Stan. My friend leaned over to me in the theater and said (a) I told you to watch Moonlight… you would have known him long ago; and (b) I hear he’s going to be the new Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0.
I went out the next day and bought Moonlight on DVD and watched them that day. Then began gathering everything else I could find in anticipation of the beginning of Five-0. Maybe the episodes weren’t the absolute best, but I remember devouring them every week and I still love that feeling of how new it was and the anticipation I had each Monday, just waiting for the evening.
So, Season 1 has to remain my favorite, even with its flaws.
Season 3 is my second best. Consistently, it was the best, I think. And my third is Season 6. I liked it, even though I probably screamed more at the TV during Season 6.
Season 2 had some absolutely great episodes in it. I loved 2.01 and I think it was one of the best. 2.10 … words can’t really describe that one. It was great, with the exception of Lori. And, as Sam said, Alex wasn’t a hundred percent in that season. But when he came back, episode 2.22, I think, that was so good. I agree… that cross-over was one to just forget. But I didn’t like the Kono/IA plot line or the Lori plot. I have nothing against her, but she just didn’t “fit in”.
Season 5 was OK to me. And yes, it did have the absolutely best episode of all. They pulled out all the stops for the 100th episode. But some of the others weren’t so great.
Season 4 was great with Cath there. Not to start up the arguments again, but I loved them living together. All the mom stuff (with both moms) was too much. The introduction of Grover was great. I really have enjoyed him on the show.
OK, I can sum it up… I LOVE this show. Yeah, I yell at the TV a lot, but after six seasons, I still get a thrill when I know it is coming on. And yes, I complain about it on here. But this is the place we can come and speak our peace and voice our opinions. We’ve made friends here.
All because of a reboot of a TV show. Whoever would have thought?
Thank you CBS, Mr. Lenkov and all the rest. And a huge thank you to Sam. You don’t know how badly I needed all this.