S.W.A.T. (TV series)
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|Created by||Robert Hamner
|Theme music composer||Barry De Vorzon|
|Opening theme||"Theme from S.W.A.T."|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||37 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Leonard Goldberg
|Running time||44 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Distributor||Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
|Original run||February 17, 1975– April 3, 1976|
|Related shows||The Rookies|
S.W.A.T. is an American action/crime drama series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team operating in an unidentified California city. A spin-off of The Rookies, the series aired on ABC from February 1975 to April 1976.
S.W.A.T. stars Steve Forrest as the unit's leader, Lt. 'Hondo' Harrelson, and Rod Perry as Hondo's second-in-command, Sgt. David 'Deacon' Kay. The show also featured early starring roles by Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street, James Coleman as Officer T.J. McCabe, and Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca.
The series is most famous for its fast-tempo theme song which became a number-one hit single in 1976 for Rhythm Heritage. The title sequence that used that piece was also familiar with the principal characters responding to a muster signal, grabbing their weapons and running to their specially-equipped transport van driven by "Sam," an uncredited, non-speaking role.
As with The Rookies, Starsky & Hutch, and a later Spelling/Goldberg cop series, T.J. Hooker, the setting was rarely, if ever, specified and the shoulder patch the team members wore on their uniforms said, "W.C.P.D.". Richard Kelbaugh, a former member of the LAPD's S.W.A.T. team, was the technical advisor for the series.
- Steve Forrest as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (team leader)
- Rod Perry as Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay (second in command)
- Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street
- Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca
- James Coleman as Officer T.J. McCabe (scout/sniper)
- Ellen Weston as Betty Harrelson (recurring role)
- Rose Marie as Hilda (recurring role)
The series premiered at a time when violence on television was becoming a subject of controversy, and the actual Los Angeles SWAT team on which the fictional team had been modeled was harshly critical of its depiction of such teams.
The first season of S.W.A.T. was released on DVD on June 3, 2003 to tie in with the release of the feature film. Season Two's episode "Time Bomb" was actually produced for Season One and, as such, "Time Bomb" is Episode 8 on the Season One DVD set. The Season One DVD set has a total of 13 episodes.
A film adaption of the series starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson was released in 2003. A direct-to-DVD sequel titled S.W.A.T.: Firefight, which has very little connection to either the series or the 2003 film, was released in 2011.
At the end of the film adaptation, Steve Forrest has a cameo role as the officer who drives the van. Rod Perry also has a cameo in the film, as the father of his old "Deacon" Kay character (played in the film by LL Cool J).
- Season 2, Episode 17, "Time Bomb"
- S.W.A.T. on Antenna TV