Hawaii Five-0 (2010)

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Name: Hawaii Five-0
Abbreviation(s): H50
Creator: Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov, Roberto Orci
Date(s): 2010 - 2020
Medium: television series
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: on IMDB, official CBS website
Original cast
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Hawaii Five-0 is the 2010 re-imagining of the 1968 series. (The shows' titles can be differentiated by the fact that the 2010 version uses a zero as the final character, where the original series used a capital letter.) The creators include Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-wrote and produced the fannishly popular and financially successful movie reboot of the original Star Trek. They are also widely known (and hated) for ruining Xena, and they co-wrote and produced Lost.


The show quickly garnered an online fandom, particularly among slash fans. The slash potential was further enhanced by official promos that proclaimed "not just a bromance" and "the honeymoon is over". The overwhelmingly popular pairing is Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams, who function on the show as part of an elite law enforcement team. The other two team members were Kono Kalakaua and Chin Ho Kelly. Pairings or threesomes involving Kono or Chin were also written, and they are often a part of stories where the romantic focus is on Steve and Danny.

In fandom the term Core 4 or Core Four is often used to indicate fanworks focusing on the group consisting of Steve McGarrett, Danny Williams, Kono Kalakaua and Chin Ho Kelly, especially after actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park left the series.

Trends and Controversy

Effect of Steve/Danny on H50 Fandom

Many people have complained that Steve/Danny is a Two White Guys ship and that its popularity leads to a lack of diversity in fanworks. This has been mentioned both in the context of authors overlooking the other characters and in the context of fic styles and content being boringly uniform. Some fans also blame the popularity of this ship for perceived misogyny in H50 fandom. These views are particularly prevalent on anon memes like Fail Fandom Anon and h50-anon.


Many fans have come to H50 from Stargate Atlantis fandom, and a number of them have likened Steve/Danny to McKay/Sheppard... much to the annoyance of lots of other fans not previously in SGA fandom.

Fan Favorite Actors

Many of the actors on H50, both leads and guest stars, have prior credits in shows and movies with fanwork-producing fandoms. These roles influence both the popularity of H50 and, in some cases, the reaction to their H50 characters.


Recurring Characters

  • Larisa Oleynik, star of The Secret World of Alex Mack, has been cast as a major recurring character on H50.
  • Will Yun Lee (recurring bad guy Sang Min) was previously on Witchblade and the 2007 Bionic Woman as well as appearing in a Bond movie.
  • James Marsters was Spike from Buffy and has had roles on Torchwood and Smallville, among other shows.
  • Masi Oka (Max the M.E.) previously played Hiro Nakamura on Heroes.
  • Mark Dacascos is known for a number of cornball roles from one of the The Crow movies to Crying Freeman to Iron Chef.
  • Kelly Hu has appeared on many popular shows, especially crime dramas.

Actors from the original Hawaii Five-O like Al Harrington have also appeared, and many other fan-favorite actors have appeared as non-recurring characters.


Some fans feel that H50 disproportionately casts people of color as villains, whitewashes the Hawaiian setting, and gives too much screen time to the white leads at the expense of the Asian ones. Other fans have been impressed by the large number of fan-favorite Asian American actors featured on the show. Many people have noted that the treatment of the Asian leads has improved over the course of the first season.

The show has also been criticized for casting actors of other ethnicities as native Hawaiian characters.


Some fans think that the show downplays or even glorifies violence and torture committed by law enforcement officers. Giandujakiss made a songvid about this issue, Shock the Monkey.

Example Fanworks


See also Category:Hawaii Five-0 Fanfiction
See also Category:Hawaii Five-0 Steve/Danny Fanfiction


See also Category:Hawaii Five-0 Vids
See also Category:Hawaii Five-0 Steve/Danny Vids

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