From 1968 through the '70s, I thought Hawaii Five-O (the original, with Jack Lord) was one of the coolest shows on TV. Watching it now in “strip” form five days a week, I can see just how bad most episodes were, in virtually every way—writing, acting, plots, continuity, editing, and so on. In spite of all this, I still love it and join in with McGarrett when he says “Book him, Danno. Murder One!” at the end of each episode.
The biggest disappointment, though, was watching the original Mission: Impossible five days a week. The ridiculousness of almost every story was just laid bare, especially after 1972 or so. “William Shatner thinks the last 30 years were just a dream? Vic Morrow thinks he’s forgotten the last 30 years with World War III? Steve Forrest thinks a band of aliens is going to give him immortality? Come on, guys, tell me something more believable—like ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’”