Hawaii Five-0: So, Is it “Five-Oh” or “Five-Zero?” CBS Says…

Hawaii Five-oCBS released a very brief press release today to clarify the title of one of the network’s new fall shows. No, they aren’t changing $#*! My Dad Says. It relates to Hawaii Five-0 and addresses something that’s been debated among fans of the original Jack Lord series for years. Here it is…


EDITORS NOTE: The “0” in HAWAII FIVE-0 is a zero, not a capital O.

Many have assumed it’s an “O” because that’s the way it’s pronounced but of course, the zeros in James Bond’s 007 are pronounced the same way. Viacom, the distributor of the original, has long maintained that it was indeed a zero but have been inconsistent in their materials.

The title of the series comes from the fact that Hawaii is the 50th state in the union and the show revolves around their fictional police unit.

The CBS website is inconsistent and official videos for the show use “O” on YouTube. Wikipedia, IMDB, and Amazon are also incorrect. If you thought it was “O,” you’re obviously not alone.

If you don’t care, I suspect you’re likely part of an even bigger group.

What do you think? Did you always think it was a “O” or a zero?

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9 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    Crap! When will present day studios and producers ever learn? We don’t need “Yuck, yucks” to make a series. Instead of reprising the old characters the producers would have been better to just start with an entirely new team and at some point explain what happened to the previous team(s), even if that included “killing off old characters through natural causes, et al”. This is NOT Five-0! Like The Glades, it’s resorting to the schtick formula of “shoot ’em up” and “character in-fighting”, not to mention changing out Kono for a girl just so they could have the modern-day requirement of the “pretty face and gorgerous body”! Come on, guys! It was horrible. Not even close to the mark!

  2. says

    Hawaii is the 50th state. Does anyone really need Five-0 explained? It’s pronounced “Oh” the way you’d say the number.

    • O-face says

      It’s a zero, as in the number. The number zero is pronounced “zero”. Why do you pronounce a number as if it were a letter? Just because that is how you grew up hearing it or that’s how everyone else says it, doesn’t make it correct.

  3. Jeff says

    I knew it was a zero but grew up pronouncing it “oh”. It seems weird to call it Hawaii Five Zero.

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