For 20 years, CBS served as the unofficial network for the state of Hawaii. The network first began airing Hawaii Five-O in 1968. When that show ended in 1980, CBS filled the void with another prime-time drama set in the Aloha State, Magnum, P.I.

I guess the suits at CBS hope to recapture the magic as a modern version of Hawaii Five-O is in the 2010 fall lineup. But it’s the original version that is the focus of this week’s trivia. Did you know?:

  • The Hawaii Five-O pilot first aired Sept. 20, 1968. The series began the next week at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 1968.
  • The last Hawaii Five-O aired April 5, 1980.
  • Leonard Freeman created Hawaii Five-O.
  • The name of the show is a reference to the fact that Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union.
  • Morton Stevens composed the iconic theme song for Hawaii Five-O. Stevens’ television credits also include Police Woman, Gunsmoke and The Wild, Wild West.
  • Hawaii Five-O won two Emmys during its time. Both were won by Morton Stevens for his music scores.
  • Actor Gavin MacLeod appeared on the show as a drug dealer named “Big Chicken.” MacLeod would later earn fame as Capt. Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat.
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