|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||47 (list of episodes)|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
Sony Pictures Television
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||November 2, 2017 –|
|Related shows||S.W.A.T. (1975)|
S.W.A.T. is an American crime drama television series, based on the 1975 television series of the same name created by Robert Hamner and developed by Rick Husky. The new series was developed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan, and premiered on CBS on November 2, 2017. The series is produced by Original Film, CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
On March 27, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season which premiered on September 27, 2018. On May 9, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season by CBS, which premiered on October 2, 2019.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Production
- 5 Reception
- 6 Home media
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The series centers on Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson. A lifetime Los Angeles local and former Marine, Hondo has been tapped to lead a new “last stop” Special Weapons and Tactics unit. Because he is L.A. born and raised, Hondo feels deeply loyal not only to his “brothers in blue” but also to the people they serve. This makes him particularly qualified to lead the team and build a bridge between the force and the community.
Cast and characters
- Shemar Moore as Sergeant II Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, a Los Angeles native who was promoted to team leader in a blatant attempt to ease the tensions between the community and the LAPD. He knows everyone in the neighborhood and treats them with respect, and they usually give him information pertinent to his cases. He was in a clandestine relationship with Jessica Cortez but they were ultimately forced to break it off to protect their careers despite both mutually accepting their love for each other.
- Stephanie Sigman as Captain Jessica Cortez (seasons 1–2), Commanding Officer of the LAPD Metropolitan Division and Hondo's lover, and then former lover. She is a respected officer who has plans to improve the relationship between the LAPD and the citizens of Los Angeles, despite some resistance from the rank and file. In the second season finale, she accepts an offer for an FBI assignment and leaves the LAPD to go undercover. By the start of the third season, she has seemingly taken the assignment permanently.
- Alex Russell as Officer III Jim Street, a new transfer from the Long Beach Police Department. His mother Karen is in prison for murdering her abusive husband/Street's father; she was arrested by future SWAT Team Leader Buck Spivey.
- Lina Esco as Officer III Christina "Chris" Alonso, a former canine officer and (originally) the one of the two females assigned to SWAT.
- Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca, a third-generation SWAT officer.
- Peter Onorati as Sergeant II Jeff Mumford (season 1; recurring season 2), the team leader of another SWAT Team alongside Hondo's. He has been divorced three times; in "Payback", he gets engaged again after only a month-long courtship. In the conclusion of “Jack”, he announces his resignation from S.W.A.T. after being shot earlier in the episode.
- Jay Harrington as Sergeant II David "Deacon" Kay, a 10-year veteran of the SWAT Team who was passed over for promotion in favor of Hondo. He is the only member of the team to be married and have children. In "Shaky Town", it is revealed that he speaks fluent French. In "School", it is revealed that his daughter, Lila is named after a school shooting victim.
- David Lim as Officer III Victor Tan, a former officer with the LAPD Vice Squad. He joined SWAT three years prior to the series.
- Patrick St. Esprit as Commander Robert Hicks (season 2–present; recurring season 1), a senior LAPD official with the Special Operations Bureau. He is a widower, and a longtime friend of the Kay family. St. Esprit was promoted to a series regular for season 2.
- Amy Farrington as Lt. Detective Piper Lynch (season 3), an experienced detective from LAPD Hollywood Division appointed by the mayor as a tactical consultant to Hondo's team.
- Louis Ferreira as Sergeant II William "Buck" Spivey, the previous LAPD SWAT Team Leader who was fired after accidentally shooting an unarmed black teenager during a shootout; he was replaced as team leader by Hondo. Buck was regarded as SWAT's best negotiator.
- Aaron Bledsoe as Raymont Harris, the teenager shot by Buck. Hondo maintains contact with Harris after the incident.
- Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Sergeant II Donovan Rocker, a SWAT sergeant who is a member of Mumford's team. He is promoted to 50-David following Mumford's retirement.
- Sherilyn Fenn as Karen Street, Jim Street's estranged mother, who is in jail for killing Street's father. She is later paroled and lives with Street, until "Saving Face" in which he moves out for good. She is eventually arrested for parole violation and narcotics influence after Street reported her parole officer.
- Bre Blair as Annie Kay, Deacon's wife of 10 years.
- Michael Beach as Leroy, Hondo's childhood friend and father of Darryl, who is currently incarcerated.
- Peter Facinelli as Michael Plank, the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners who once worked with Captain Cortez on various initiatives designed to improve relations between the LAPD and the community. Commissioner Plank also serves on the Los Angeles Board of Education. He later runs for California Governor after the plan was completed.
- Deshae Frost as Darryl Henderson, the son of Hondo's friend who spent time in juvenile detention. He later lives with Hondo, and in "Invisible", Hondo reveals that he will attempt to become Darryl's legal guardian.
- Amanda Lowe-Oadell as Lila Kay, Deacon's daughter. In "School", it is revealed that she is named after a school shooting victim.
- Joseph Lee Anderson as Officer Tony Larmen, Street's patrol partner.
- Nikiva Dionne as Nia Wells, a Deputy District Attorney and Hondo's new love interest.
- Otis Gallop as Sergeant Stevens, a veteran SWAT member.
- Juan Javier Cardenas as Beni, a SWAT officer.
- Debbie Allen as Charice Harrelson, Hondo's mother
- Daniel Lissing as Ty, Chris' boyfriend in a polyamorous relationship.
- Bess Armstrong as Mayor Barrett, mayor of Los Angeles.
- Laura James as Molly Hicks, Commander Hicks's daughter and Street's possible love interest.
- Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Dr. Wendy Hughes, a psychologist who usually assists the SWAT unit.
- Obba Babatundé as Daniel Harrelson Sr., Hondo's father
- Gabrielle Dennis as Briana Harrelson, Hondo's half-sister
- Dominic Hoffman as Ben Mosley, former LAPD narcotics detective
- Larry Poindexter as Sergeant Boyer. Poindexter previously starred in S.W.A.T. as Captain Fuller.
- David Marciano as Steve Billings. Marciano reprises his role from The Shield, also created by Shawn Ryan.
- Angelica Scarlett Johnson as Kelly Stewart, a dyslexic girl whom Luca took under his wing.
- Steve Villegas as Marcos, a street gangster whom Luca sometimes buttheads with.
- Lissa Pallo as Detective Ferris.
- Miraj Grbić as Melvin
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||November 2, 2017||May 17, 2018|
|2||23||September 27, 2018||May 16, 2019|
|3||TBA||October 2, 2019||TBA|
Season 1 (2017–18)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Justin Lin||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas & Shawn Ryan||November 2, 2017||100||6.74|
|Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson is tasked to run an elite S.W.A.T. unit for the LAPD after his original team leader William "Buck" Spivey, was fired after accidentally shooting an unarmed black teenager during a shootout. To fill the void left by Spivey, a wild officer, Jim Street, is recruited into the team. Hondo must quickly establish his right to be leader, because the team realize that someone is manipulating both the Police and the public to increase the tension, but to what end?|
|2||2||"Cuchillo"||Billy Gierhart||Craig Gore||November 9, 2017||101||6.59|
|Hondo and Jessica are uncertain about how to proceed with their relationship as it violates department procedures. After multiple inmates escape a prison transport, the team must hunt down the fugitives including a psychopath called 'La Cuchillo' that Jessica caught before transferring to S.W.A.T. As Hondo and Mumford's teams round up the other 3 fugitives, Street's lone-wolf mentality causes tension as Hondo is pressured to either rein him in or cut him loose. In an effort to get through to him, Hondo puts Chris and Street on protection detail of the woman who put Cuchillo away before, and tells Chris to get Street to understand he needs to trust the team. When Cuchillo barricades himself inside a house with a teenage girl hostage and S.W.A.T. pinned down, Hondo must pull his most outrageous stunt to date to save the day. At the end of the episode, Jessica and Hondo both agree to maintain their relationship without letting anyone know.|
|3||3||"Pamilya"||Billy Gierhart||Sam Humphrey||November 16, 2017||103||6.26|
|S.W.A.T is tasked with tracking down drug smugglers who are using human trafficking victims as drug mules. After a bad break up, Luka is in need of a place to stay, but knowing what a bad houseguest he is, no-one on the team is willing to help. Meanwhile whilst doing a favor for his incarcerated mother, Street ends up attacking a civilian and puts both his career and Hondos ability to be a leader into question. Hondo discovers that Karen Street misled her son into attacking an associate of her smuggling operation, and tells her to leave her son alone before she destroys his career. As punishment for his actions, Hondo forces Street to take Luca in, which he assures him is worse than it seems.|
|4||4||"Radical"||Greg Beeman||Kent Rotherham||November 23, 2017||102||5.84|
|During a party to "celebrate" Hondo becoming a media sensation for his helicopter stunt, The S.W.A.T. team are called then a suspected homemade terrorist accidentally blows himself and most of his building up in a Highland Park explosion. Whilst the FBI use the explosion as a justification for arresting suspected terrorists on a watch list, Hondo learns that there are several explosives missing, and the Team must race against the clock to find the partner. Meanwhile, Cortez begins to panic when Deacon's wife Annie reveals gossip that Hondo is in a relationship, whilst Hondo reaches out for Buck who is isolating himself following his firing. S.W.A.T learns the two bombers are college students being manipulated by their bitter professor into committing these acts under the guise of "Patriotic Acts", and the partner ends up holding a classroom of students hostage with a bomb, and Hondo must play negotiator.|
|5||5||"Imposters"||Guy Ferland||VJ Boyd||November 30, 2017||105||6.71|
|The S.W.A.T. team deals with a gang of robbers posing as a S.W.A.T. officers, but the recently burglarized family is suspected of hiding something. Meanwhile, Deacon and Luca are assigned as security detail for Bobby Strock, a visiting professional hockey player who has been receiving death threats, but his troublemaking attitude complicates matters further.|
|6||6||"Octane"||Eagle Egilsson||Michael Jones-Morales||December 7, 2017||104||6.25|
|After being contacted by criminals reaching out for his old undercover alias, Street is forced to go back undercover into the world of high-end car theft in order to dismantle a ring he tried to earlier in his career. Things go bad when the paranoid mastermind behind the ring starts to question loyalty.|
|7||7||"Homecoming"||John Showalter||Alison Cross||December 14, 2017||106||6.45|
|Hondo's incarcerated friend Leroy asks him for a favor - to safeguard his son Daryl after he was witness to a drive-by shooting. Meanwhile, Luca's grandfather, original SWAT member Jack Luca, has died and Luca struggles to deal with the loss.|
|8||8||"Miracle"||Holly Dale||A.C. Allen||December 21, 2017||107||6.28|
|During Christmas Eve, a drug cartel's cache of gold bars was stolen, forcing the SWAT team to put their vacation on hold to apprehend the thieves. Meanwhile, Jessica's plan to improve the SWAT division attracts attention from the President of the Police Commissioner Board, Michael Plank.|
|9||9||"Blindspots"||Billy Gierhart||Michael Gemballa||January 4, 2018||108||6.21|
|During the investigation into an armed robbery, Deacon is temporarily placed in charge of the team when Hondo is taken off duty due to a strange misconduct complaint: an unknown male claiming Hondo used his police authority to rob him. Tan turns to an old CI which quickly gets out of hand. Hondo realises his alibi for the "incident" is Cortez, which would expose their secret relationship. Before either of them can sacrifice their careers, Cortez discovers the complainant incarcerated girlfriend is one of Karen Street's customers, forcing Hondo to come clean to Jim Street about his meeting with Karen.|
|10||10||"Seizure"||Larry Teng||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||January 11, 2018||109||6.38|
|The S.W.A.T. team is deployed for a hostage-rescue mission at a maximum-security prison. Meanwhile, Deacon's wife, Annie, suffers a seizure while visiting the precinct. During the aftermath of the operation, Hondo confronts the prison warden over the lack of procedural integrity.|
|11||11||"K-Town"||Omar Madha||Craig Gore||January 18, 2018||110||6.02|
|Hondo’s team participates in a joint LAPD-DEA Task force to apprehend local Korean drug smuggglers. During the height of the investigation, DEA Agent Katrina Walsh’s son is kidnapped, forcing Hondo to rescue him. During the rescue, they identify real estate mogul Jae Kim as the ringleader of the smuggling ring, but are unable to make the arrest so Hondo confronts Kim directly.|
|12||12||"Contamination"||Elodie Keene||Robert Wittstadt||February 1, 2018||111||6.23|
|Working again with FBI Agent DuBois, Hondo and the team are on the hunt for two Sovereigns who possess barrels of cyanide and are planning to use them to poison the city, but the only link they have to finding them is a wife who refuses to acknowledge that her husband is about to commit domestic terrorism.|
|13||13||"Fences"||Alex Graves||Sam Humphrey||March 1, 2018||112||5.32|
|An ICE raid leaves Street in hot water when he inadvertently violates LA's sanctuary city policy and a young man is faced with deportation. When the younger sister orchestrates a rally outside the police precinct, the team faces the daunting task of protecting her from a group of men looking to deport immigrants by any means, even though no one will let them near her. Meanwhile, after Jessica's tires are slashed in response to her plans, the president of the police commission finds out about Hondo and Jessica's secret romantic relationship. Unwilling to back her unless she acknowledges her hypocrisy, he gives them the ultimatum of choosing either their relationship or their careers. In the end, despite both agreeing they are in love, Hondo and Cortez decide to end their relationship to protect their careers.|
|14||14||"Ghosts"||John Showalter||Michael Jones-Morales||March 8, 2018||113||5.57|
|When a serial killer from Luca's past who was thought to have been killed in an explosion two years prior resurfaces, the SWAT team must capture him, this time for good. Meanwhile, Hondo grows more concerned about Buck as he begins to descend into depression following his firing. In order to stop his downward spiral, Hondo must orchestrate a meeting between Buck and Raymont Harris. Jessica gets a threatening letter personally delivered to her desk which, coupled with the attack on her car, forces her and Hicks to realise the suspect is a cop. Cortez publicly offers to let the event slide if the person responsible comes forward, but no one does. Hicks soon learns the person behind the letter is Rocker's wife, who was following his angry ramblings about Cortez's plans being bad. Rocker tells his wife that, after actually thinking about it, he agrees with Cortez but, unfortunately, Hicks is not willing to push this under the rug.|
|15||15||"Crews"||Hanelle M. Culpepper||V.J. Boyd||March 29, 2018||114||5.26|
|Hondo's good friend and trusted criminal informant Craig is killed while seeking information about a robbery crew that a joint SWAT and FBI task force is trying to capture. Things get complicated when Cortez begins to suspect FBI Agent DuBois, the agent in charge, has a drug problem which she refuses to admit. When DuBois makes a critical mistake endangering everyone's lives, Cortez removes her from Command and, with Hicks, informs the FBI of DuBois' drug problems. After Craig's daughter reveals her father was at a casino, which leads to them taking down the whole crew, Hondo makes good on a promise to Craig (who was worried financially) and gets the daughter signed up as an FBI CI, meaning she is set to earn a percentage of the money recovered from the takedown.|
|16||16||"Payback"||Billy Gierhart||Alison Cross||April 5, 2018||115||5.05|
|A young heiress is kidnapped for ransom; the team links up with her former Marine bodyguard and goes on a citywide search to bring her home before she is harmed. However, when the suspects turn out to be former members of the same private protection service as the bodyguard, they are forced to question whether the family were the targets. The team worries that Mumford is moving too fast when he announces he's getting married for the fourth time after only knowing his new lady friend for a month.|
|17||17||"Armory"||Rob J. Greenlea||Craig Gore||April 12, 2018||116||5.31|
|The SWAT team arrests a former gang member who has taken a family hostage, but the mission takes a dangerous turn when he escapes and takes Cortez and Plank hostage inside SWAT's armory. The former gang member wants the team to find his sister, who has been kidnapped because he refused to commit a robbery. With Hicks looking to end this matter with a bullet, Hondo must work fast to ensure that everyone comes out alive. Meanwhile after accidentally destroying a competition entry Quadcopter of the teenage son who is hoping to win a scholarship, Deacon, Luka and Tan make up by giving the kid access to SWATs hardware depot to help him rebuild it overnight, then give him a full police escort to make the entry deadline.|
|18||18||"Patrol"||Norberto Barba||A.C. Allen||April 19, 2018||117||5.32|
|In their monthly day of patrol, Chris and Mumford must deal with a psychiatric patient on a shooting spree, Deacon and Luca play host to a group of troubled children, in which Luca soon discovers that one of them has a case of dyslexia. Tan and Street must recover Tan's stolen radio from an opportunistic cheerleader. Meanwhile, Hondo travels to Oakland to help his half-sister convince their stubborn and ill father to move to L.A. with them.|
|19||19||"Source"||Doug Aarniokoski||Michael Gemballa||April 26, 2018||118||5.22|
|The S.W.A.T. team is assigned to protect a high-profile Russian journalist who is visiting Los Angeles from assassins, but when her unwillingness to cooperate results in a shootout, Hondo forces her to reveal she is on the verge of uncovering a massive weapons smuggling operation, and is trying to meet a source who will provide the final key. Whilst protecting her at a speaking event, Deacon and Luka discover that the hitmen have the components to a bio-terrorism attack, and one of the team throws themselves into the firing line to protect the journalist. Meanwhile, with only days left on her incarceration sentence, Street deals with a personal crisis over letting his mother live with him, which puts Luka once again looking for a place to stay. Desperate to avoid his unwelcome presence in their homes, the rest of the team try to find a place of his own, and why he refuses to commit to a permanent home.|
|20||20||"Vendetta"||Billy Gierhart||Kent Rotherham||May 3, 2018||119||5.09|
|Following up on what has transpired in the episode K-Town, Hondo’s clandestine surveillance on Jae Kim lands him in hot water by the L.A.P.D. commanding officers when he is the target of an assassination attempt. Hondo is benched whilst the team follows up his investigation, but trouble arises when former DEA Agent KC Walsh, Hondo's contact, is discovered with the dead body of the only man who could testify against Kim. In order to legally arrest Kim, Hondo gets the bank to cancel a $25M Loan to Kim, which forces him to find the money quickly, and then arranges a sting operation, but the plan unravels when Hondo learns that Commissioner Plank was the one who told Kim about Hondos investigation which resulted in the killing attempt. Cortez must force Hondo and Plank to put aside their adversities to each other when Plank is needed to go undercover.|
|21||21||"Hunted"||Nina Lopez-Corrado||Matthew T. Brown||May 10, 2018||120||5.54|
|When a gang of bikers starts brazenly killing their rivals, Deacon suggests a visit to his former patrol partner who used to be undercover in the gang, while Mumford's team tries to round up the gang's members. Upon arriving at the ex-cop's cabin, Deacon and Hondo are ambushed and forced to flee into the woods, learning that Deacon's former partner was genuinely in league with the gang. While trying to keep ahead of their pursuers, they have to face some unresolved issues between them. Meanwhile, Chris searches for the truth about a female S.W.A.T. candidate in order to help her pass selection.|
|22||22||"Hoax"||Billy Gierhart||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||May 17, 2018||121||6.03|
|After responding to a fake 911 call, the team must race against the clock to stop bomb threats throughout the city. In order to facilitate the search, Hondo enlists the aid of his childhood friends and his father to help identify their suspects. Meanwhile, Street’s relationship with the team is strained when he has to deal with a crisis involving his mother and uncle. During the aftermath, Street is kicked out from S.W.A.T. for lying to Hondo, and skips attending Deacon’s wedding renewal. Cortez also learns on a televised broadcast that Plank is running for governor.|
Season 2 (2018–19)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|23||1||"Shaky Town"||Billy Gierhart||Michael Jones-Morales||September 27, 2018||201||4.70|
|While attempting to arrest a known leader of a human-trafficking ring, the entire team runs into complications caused by an earthquake. Meanwhile, Street struggles with mending fences with the team.|
|24||2||"Gasoline Drum"||John Showalter||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||October 4, 2018||202||5.21|
|The S.W.A.T. team races against the clock to apprehend the leader of a Turkish drug cartel and a rogue Turkish law enforcement agent.|
|25||3||"Fire and Smoke"||Billy Gierhart||Alison Cross||October 11, 2018||203||5.40|
|The SWAT team works with District Attorney Nia Wells to protect the jurors of a high profile case when their families are being targeted with bombs. Meanwhile, Cortez learns that, due to budget cuts, members of S.W.A.T. will have to return to patrol, putting their careers, including Tan's, in jeopardy.|
|26||4||"Saving Face"||Bill Roe||A.C. Allen||October 18, 2018||204||5.49|
|The SWAT team works with Eric Wells, a U.S. Marshal who happens to be Nia's estranged husband to detain a fugitive who is robbing drug cargo shipments. Meanwhile, after Street caught his mother buying and keeping cocaine in her purse, he calls her out for being selfish and moves out immediately. At the end, Street express to Hondo his desire to be back on S.W.A.T., with Hondo deciding to enlist him in the S.W.A.T. academy.|
|27||5||"S.O.S."||Larry Teng||Andrew Dettmann||October 25, 2018||205||5.36|
|Hondo and Chris infiltrate a hijacked cruise ship in an effort to undermine the hijackers plan to flee to Mexico with drugs, while the rest of the team works from outside to determine the identity of the criminals. With the help of a passenger with a satellite phone and the ship's Chief of Security, they manage to find the ringleader and neutralize the threat. Meanwhile, Street endures his first day at S.W.A.T. academy which is proven difficult as Luca, who still bears a grudge, is one of the supervisors testing him, but they ultimately make up in effort to help him win a bet against Mumford. He also befriends fellow trainee Devlin.|
|28||6||"Never Again"||Marc Roskin||Craig Gore||November 1, 2018||206||5.22|
|A group of well-organized and heavily-armed robbers hit several diamond merchants across downtown Los Angeles. The S.W.A.T. team tries to determine the next dealer targeted. Cortez reveals that the three dealers are connected to the Israeli mafia and she reaches out to their top enforcer, who previously helped her against the Russian mob, to try to prevent a blood bath. After Hondo kills one of the suspects in a shootout, found to be a woman, they discover the suspects are Israeli women on student visas with a very personal motive. Afterwards, Hondo, emotionally affected by the suspect's death, seeks comfort from his mother, Charice (Debbie Allen). Also, while Street worries that Luca, his S.W.A.T. training academy instructor, has a personal vendetta against him, Chris contemplates an unorthodox proposition from the new woman she's dating: a triad relationship with her boyfriend.|
|29||7||"Inheritance"||Romeo Tirone||Kent Rotherham||November 8, 2018||207||5.13|
|When a young woman, daughter of an internet mogul, and her boyfriend are kidnapped by a group of criminals with similar motives and tactics as the Symbionese Liberation Army in Patty Hearst's kidnapping, the SWAT team reviews Luca's late grandfather's journal with the assistance from his father, Carl. Meanwhile, Hondo travels to Arizona with Nia for a SWAT training seminar and encounters apparent racial profiling by a state trooper. Though Devlin is chosen as new member of SWAT, Deacon, temporarily in charge, offers Street to come back for one day. The team manages to foil the criminal's plan and save the woman, though the kidnapper's themselves escape. Hicks and Hondo reinstate Street back on SWAT, on probationary period for 6 months, in the place of two senior officers who are retiring. At the end, the kidnappers broadcast a warning video, threatening to return if society doesn't change.|
|30||8||"The Tiffany Experience"||Guy Ferland||VJ Boyd||November 15, 2018||208||5.13|
|The team is dealing with a psychotic fan of a female vlogger who wants to be her boyfriend by killing anyone around her.|
|31||9||"Day Off"||Lexi Alexander||Sarah Alderson||November 29, 2018||209||5.20|
|During their day off, Street and Chris help Luca renovate his new home, though she has to resort to calling her builder uncle to solve the house's problems. Outside the house, they run into a trio of gangsters who have taken a children's park as their own. Deacon and Tan work with Mumford on a hostage situation, and Hondo searches for a serial rapist after rescuing his sister, Brianna, when she is drugged in a nightclub. During the hostage situation, Mumford discovers one of the hostages is a wanted suspect and they have to find him before he achieves his vengeance by murdering those he holds responsible. Hondo doesn't have proof to arrest his sister's would-be rapist and resorts to threatening him if he tries again. Afterwards, Nia breaks off with him.|
|32||10||"1000 Joules"||David Rodriguez||Craig Gore||December 6, 2018||210||5.34|
|When dozens of DNA kits and evidence from LAPD crime lab are stolen, injuring one of the technicians, Rebecca, who happens to be close friend to Hicks, the SWAT team goes on an all-out hunt to recover them. Though at first they think the thief was related to a criminal waiting for trial, they end up discovering the thief was someone wanting to profit from selling the evidence to the culprits. Thanks to Rebecca having the cool head to hide a shell while bleeding on the floor, they're able to capture the thief. Meanwhile, Deacon faces financial difficulties which makes him hard to focus as the leader of the SWAT annual holiday toy drive. When the department wouldn't give him a new credit, Luca offers to lend him the money he needs.|
|33||11||"School"||Billy Gierhart||Robert Wittstadt||January 3, 2019||211||5.99|
Hondo and the team are forced to relive the painful memories of the Riverhill High School Massacre six years ago as they hunt down a copycat who is planning to re-enact the same attack on a high school with a higher body count.Note: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco and Jay Harrington appeared in a public-service announcement alongside Lt. Aaron Pisarzewicz from Los Angeles School Police Department's School Safety Initiative Division.
|34||12||"Los Huesos"||Alex Kalymnios||Michael Jones-Morales||January 10, 2019||212||5.91|
Jessica and Chris go on an undercover mission in Mexico City, without any back-up, to rescue a US federal agent who has been kidnapped by a drug-dealing gang that Jess worked undercover in a few years ago. Meanwhile, Hondo engages in a small home renovation projects, which worries his mother, Charice, if he has something that is causing him emotional strain.Note: The episode is partially filmed in Mexico City, Mexico.
|35||13||"Encore"||Rob Greenlea||Munis Rashid||January 31, 2019||213||5.68|
|Hondo's emotional turmoil starts to get the best of him when he and the team raced to apprehend The Emancipators, the group they first encounter during the SLA-like kidnapping case.|
|36||14||"The B-Team"||Maja Vrvilo||VJ Boyd||February 7, 2019||214||4.96|
The SWAT team works with the FBI to stop a separatist who is trying to use the weapons-grade plutonium for a terrorist plot. Also, the team participates in a law enforcements annual charity competition against Los Angeles Fire Department.Note: NFL pro-football players Willie McGinest, James Harrison and Eric Dickerson guest stars as members of the LAFD.
|37||15||"Fallen"||Guy Ferland||Michael Gemballa||February 14, 2019||215||5.59|
|When two patrol officers were killed in a series of random shooting, The team goes on the hunt to find the perpetrator and discovers the two dirty cops are responsible. Also, Deacon and his wife, Annie prepare to welcome their fourth child.|
|38||16||"Pride"||Nina Lopez-Corrado||Matthew T. Brown||February 21, 2019||216||5.47|
|The team have their hands full on safeguarding the LGBTQ Pride event in Los Angeles, when a hate crime threatens to ignite more violence. As the case hits close to home for Chris, it also reunite Hicks with his estranged son, JP, a former drug-addict turned gay-rights activist. Meanwhile, Street worries his mother will be sent back to prison when she misses the last two parole meets. Deacon receives unexpected news regarding his newborn daughter, Victoria, who needs an operation. Unable to get a loan from a bank, Deacon has resort to a loan shark he once arrested, Mickey.|
|39||17||"Jack"||Larry Teng||Kent Rotherham||March 7, 2019||217||5.58|
|The team tries to zero in on a carjacking ring, but things went complicated when they discover heroin hidden in the cars. Meanwhile, Hondo decides to take in Daryl to stay with him and his mother. Deacon has problems returning the loan due to being on sick leave, and Mickey asks for a favor instead. Mumford juggles with his future in SWAT after being shot. After the case is resolved, Mumford decides to give his 30-day notice.|
|40||18||"Cash Flow"||Billy Gierhart||Andrew Dettmann & Amelia Sims||April 4, 2019||218||4.73|
|A case of a escape convict who is broken out of the prison by criminals using stolen military weapon reunites Hondo with a fellow Marine, Ruiz, with whom he served in Somalia 20 years ago. When the weapons turn out to have been stolen from Ruiz's base, he tries to take over, but they're forced to push away their differences to recover the weapons and stop the criminals. When Deacon can't fully pay his debt quota, Mickey asks for another favor instead. After almost stealing stolen cash in desperation, he finally comes clean to Hondo. He and Luca pay off the debt and warn Micky off Deacon. Meanwhile, Chris prepares for a difficult farewell to her former K-9 partner, Champ, when he falls terminally ill, which forces her to face some truths about her relationship with Ty and Kira.|
|41||19||"Invisible"||John Terlesky||A.C. Allen||April 18, 2019||219||5.09|
|Luca, Street and Chris responds to a potential abduction of their closest neighbor, Timo. After they find him, they discover he witnessed a kidnapping perpetrated by two ICE agent impostors who are gaining access to an upscale neighborhood by targeting domestic workers. Meanwhile, Hondo decides to adopt Daryl into his family, and the SWAT division prepares for a retirement send-off party for Mumford.|
|42||20||"Rocket Fuel"||Laura Belsey||Craig Gore & Ryan Keleher||April 25, 2019||220||5.01|
|The squad deals with the finding of PCP nicknamed "Rocket Fuel", which has been on the street for decades and kills many, including Tan's cousin. Meanwhile, Hondo struggles to encourage Daryl as he keeps getting rejected during his job interviews, and Street worries when his missing mother conducts a credit card fraud.|
|43||21||"Day of Dread"||Alrick Riley||Alison Cross||May 2, 2019||221||5.00|
|Hondo's leadership is called into question when the squad finds themselves under internal investigation after an attempt to capture the most wanted criminal inavertedly resulting in the death of a civilian. Also Daryl gets shot.|
|44||22||"Trigger Creep"||Oz Scott||Sarah Alderson & Munis Rashid||May 9, 2019||222||5.02|
|While Hondo searches for the person responsible of a near-fatal attempt on Daryl's life, the SWAT team tries to figure out the next location for a lone gunmen who was a father of a dead daughter will strike. Meanwhile, FBI agent Elle Benson approaches Cortez with another undercover assignment.|
|45||23||"Kangaroo"||Billy Gierhart||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas & Michael Gemballa||May 16, 2019||223||5.75|
|The SWAT team once again square off against The Emancipators when they hold a live-stream kangaroo court to publicly execute city politicians. Meanwhile, Deacon receives a LAPD Police Stars, which is something he feels unworthy of, Hondo tries to help Daryl with his recovery and Street finds his mother under the influence of drugs again and eventually calls in her parole officer to send her back to prison.|
Season 3 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|46||1||"Fire in the Sky"||Billy Gierhart||Michael Jones-Morales||October 2, 2019||TBA||4.03|
|The 20-David squad welcomes Lt. Piper Lynch from LAPD Hollywood Division as they race to stop a serial bomber using drones as a detonation devices. Meanwhile, Hondo's first day as a guardian for Darryl becomes complicated when his father unexpectedly moves in, and Street helps Molly and her client in a domestic violence dispute.|
|47||2||"Bad Faith"||Marc Roskin||Kent Rotherham||October 9, 2019||TBA||3.73|
|The SWAT team goes on a hunt for the unstable and dangerous fugitive leader of an infamous doomsday cult as Lt. Lynch enacts a departmental review per Mayor's request. Also, Luca reveals his latest passion project: a Guatemalan food truck and he ask the team to help invest it.|
|48||3||"Funny Money"||Alrick Riley||Alison Cross||October 16, 2019||TBA||TBD|
|49||4||"Immunity"||Jann Turner||Michael Gemballa||October 23, 2019||TBA||TBD|
|50||5||"The LBC"||Lin Oeding||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||October 30, 2019||TBA||TBD|
On September 26, 2016, it was announced that Shawn Ryan had decided to develop a television series based on a movie, and had teamed with Original Film to develop the concept. CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television was shopping the show to the American broadcast networks. On February 3, 2017, it was announced that CBS had greenlit production of a pilot episode written by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan and directed by Justin Lin.
The new series was ordered by CBS on May 12, 2017. Co-creator and executive producers Thomas and Ryan will serve as the showrunners. The series premiered on November 2, 2017. On November 17, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 20 episodes and on December 1, 2017, CBS ordered two additional episodes for the first season bringing the total to 22 episodes.
In February 2017, former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore was announced as the Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, alongside with new co-stars Kenny Johnson as Dominic Luca, who was originally named Brian Gamble, and Lina Esco as Christina "Chris" Alonzo, who also originally named Sanchez. Several additional cast members were announced in March 2017. Jay Harrington plays Officer Deacon Kay, Alex Russell is James "Jim" Street, and finally, Peter Onorati was cast as Jeff Mumford, are four member of the SWAT team of the Los Angeles Police Department in the original movie. On September 21, 2017, David Lim was cast in the role of Hondo's new co-member Victor Tan and was later promoted to series regular status for first season. On October 4, 2019, Stephanie Sigman announce her departure from the show and subsequently replaced by Amy Farrington as series regular beginning with season three.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 48% approval rating for the first season, with an average rating of 4.59/10 based on 27 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite a commanding, charming performance from Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T. remains a simple procedural overrun with clichés." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers
|1||Thursday 10:00 p.m.||22||November 2, 2017||6.74||May 17, 2018||6.03||2017–18||35||9.13||1.7|
|2||23||September 27, 2018||4.70||May 16, 2019||5.75||2018–19||38||8.34||1.5|
|3||Wednesday 10:00 p.m.||TBA||October 2, 2019||4.03||TBA||TBD||2019–20||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|1||"Pilot"||November 2, 2017||1.1/4||6.74||0.8||3.70||1.9||10.52|
|2||"Cuchillo"||November 9, 2017||1.0/4||6.58||0.9||3.69||1.9||10.27|
|3||"Pamilya"||November 16, 2017||0.9/3||6.26||0.8||3.22||1.7||9.48|
|4||"Radical"||November 23, 2017||1.1/4||5.84||0.9||3.32||2.0||9.17|
|5||"Imposters"||November 30, 2017||1.0/4||6.71||0.8||3.11||1.8||9.83|
|6||"Octane"||December 7, 2017||0.9/4||6.25||0.8||3.27||1.7||9.52|
|7||"Homecoming"||December 14, 2017||1.0/4||6.45||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|8||"Miracle"||December 21, 2017||1.0/4||6.28||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|9||"Blindspots"||January 4, 2018||1.1/4||6.21||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"Seizure"||January 11, 2018||1.1/4||6.38||1.0||3.96||2.1||10.35|
|11||"K-Town"||January 18, 2018||1.0/4||6.02||0.9||3.68||1.9||9.70|
|12||"Containment"||February 1, 2018||1.0/4||6.23||0.9||3.72||1.9||9.95|
|13||"Fences"||March 1, 2018||0.8/3||5.32||0.9||3.72||1.7||9.04|
|14||"Ghosts"||March 8, 2018||0.9/4||5.57||0.9||3.65||1.8||9.26|
|15||"Crews"||March 29, 2018||0.8/3||5.26||0.9||3.78||1.7||9.05|
|16||"Payback"||April 5, 2018||0.8/3||5.05||0.9||3.73||1.7||8.78|
|17||"Armory"||April 12, 2018||0.9/4||5.31||0.8||3.54||1.7||8.85|
|18||"Patrol"||April 19, 2018||0.8/3||5.32||0.9||3.66||1.7||8.98|
|19||"Source"||April 26, 2018||0.8/3||5.22||0.8||3.47||1.6||8.69|
|20||"Vendetta"||May 3, 2018||0.8/4||5.09||0.8||3.44||1.6||8.53|
|21||"Hunted"||May 10, 2018||0.9/4||5.54||0.8||3.29||1.7||8.83|
|22||"Hoax"||May 17, 2018||0.9/4||6.03||0.8||3.16||1.7||9.19|
|1||"Shaky Town"||September 27, 2018||0.7/3||4.70||0.8||3.46||1.5||8.16|
|2||"Gasoline Drum"||October 4, 2018||0.7/3||5.21||0.8||3.22||1.5||8.44|
|3||"Fire and Smoke"||October 11, 2018||0.8/4||5.40||0.7||3.03||1.5||8.43|
|4||"Saving Face"||October 18, 2018||0.7/3||5.49||0.7||3.15||1.4||8.65|
|5||"S.O.S."||October 25, 2018||0.7/3||5.36||0.7||3.14||1.4||8.51|
|6||"Never Again"||November 1, 2018||0.7/3||5.22||0.7||3.26||1.4||8.48|
|7||"Inheritance"||November 8, 2018||0.7/3||5.13||0.8||3.25||1.5||8.38|
|8||"The Tiffany Experience"||November 15, 2018||0.8/3||5.13||0.7||3.24||1.5||8.37|
|9||"Day Off"||November 29, 2018||0.8/3||5.20||0.7||3.48||1.5||8.68|
|10||"1000 Joules"||December 6, 2018||0.7/3||5.34||0.8||3.50||1.5||8.84|
|11||"School"||January 3, 2019||0.9/4||5.99||0.8||3.45||1.7||9.44|
|12||"Los Huesos"||January 10, 2019||0.9/4||5.91||0.8||3.39||1.7||9.30|
|13||"Encore"||January 31, 2019||0.9/5||5.68||0.8||3.60||1.7||9.28|
|14||"The B-Team"||February 7, 2019||0.8/4||4.96||0.8||3.71||1.6||8.72|
|15||"Fallen"||February 14, 2019||0.9/5||5.59||0.7||3.33||1.6||8.93|
|16||"Pride"||February 21, 2019||0.9/4||5.47||0.7||3.42||1.6||8.89|
|17||"Jack"||March 7, 2019||0.9/4||5.58||0.8||3.37||1.7||8.95|
|18||"Cash Flow"||April 4, 2019||0.7/4||4.73||0.7||3.32||1.4||8.06|
|19||"Invisible"||April 18, 2019||0.8/4||5.09||0.7||3.32||1.5||8.42|
|20||"Rocket Fuel"||April 25, 2019||0.7/4||5.01||0.6||3.06||1.3||8.02|
|21||"Day of Dread"||May 2, 2019||0.7/4||5.00||0.7||3.11||1.4||8.11|
|22||"Trigger Creep"||May 9, 2019||0.7/4||5.02||0.6||2.92||1.3||7.95|
|23||"Kangaroo"||May 16, 2019||0.9/5||5.75||0.6||3.22||1.5||8.98|
|1||"Fire in the Sky"||October 2, 2019||0.6/3||4.03||0.7||3.65||1.3||7.68|
|2||"Bad Faith"||October 9, 2019||0.6/3||3.73||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
The first season was released in Region 1, via Amazon's Manufacture on Demand (MOD) service, on August 28, 2018.
|DVD Name||Format||Ep #||Discs||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Special Features||Distributors|
|S.W.A.T. - Season 1||DVD||22||06||August 28, 2018||N/A||September 26, 2018||Deleted Scenes
|Universal Sony Pictures (Worldwide)|
|S.W.A.T. - Season 2||DVD||23||-||August 20, 2019||N/A||September 25, 2019||N/A||Universal Sony Pictures (Worldwide)|
- Flashpoint―Similar concept but focuses on a fictional elite tactical unit in Canada.
- S.W.A.T.—2003 movie also based on the original TV series
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