S.W.A.T. (2017 TV series)

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Based on
Developed by
ComposerRobert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes79 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Nicolas Bradley
  • Shemar Moore
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) –
present (present)
Related showsS.W.A.T. (1975)
External links

S.W.A.T. is an American action drama television series, based on the 1975 television series of the same name created by Robert Hamner and developed by Rick Husky. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan developed the new series,[1] which premiered on CBS on November 2, 2017,[2] and is produced by Original Film, CBS Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

On May 9, 2019, CBS renewed the series for a third season,[3] which premiered on October 2, 2019.[4] In May 2020, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on November 11, 2020.[5] In April 2021, the series was renewed for a fifth season.[6]

The show exists in a shared universe with the FX crime drama The Shield, which Ryan also created.[7]


The series centers on Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson. A lifelong 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[edit]

  • Shemar Moore as Sergeant II Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson Jr., 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),[8] 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 James "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 former S.W.A.T Team Leader Buck Spivey.
  • Lina Esco as Officer III Christina "Chris" Alonso, a former canine officer and (originally) one of the two females assigned to S.W.A.T.
  • Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca, a third-generation S.W.A.T officer. Johnson previously starred on The Shield, also created by Shawn Ryan.
  • Peter Onorati as Sergeant II Jeff Mumford (season 1; recurring season 2; guest season 4), the team leader of another S.W.A.T 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 retirement from S.W.A.T. after being shot earlier in the episode.
  • Jay Harrington as Sergeant II David "Deacon" Kay, a ten-year veteran of the S.W.A.T. 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 S.W.A.T. three years prior to the series.
  • Patrick St. Esprit as Commander Robert Hicks (recurring season 1; season 2–present), a senior officer with the LAPD 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.[9]
  • Amy Farrington as Lieutenant Detective Piper Lynch (season 3; recurring season 4), an experienced detective from LAPD Hollywood Division appointed by the mayor as a tactical consultant to Hondo's team.[10]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)
223September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)
321October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20)
418[11]November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11)May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)[11]



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[1] 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.[12] The series premiered on November 2, 2017.[13] On November 17, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 20 episodes[14] and on December 1, 2017, CBS ordered two additional episodes for the first season bringing the total to 22 episodes.[15] On March 27, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season[16] which premiered on September 27, 2018.[17]

On March 16, 2020, Sony Pictures Television has suspended the production of third season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] On May 6, 2020, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season[19] which was set to be a mid-season premiere.[20] However, on July 14 it was announced that it will switch places with Survivor, and premiered on November 11, 2020.[21][5] On April 15, 2021, CBS renewed the series was for a fifth season.[6]


In February 2017, former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore was announced as the Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson,[22] alongside new co-stars Kenny Johnson as Dominic Luca, who was originally named Brian Gamble,[23] and Lina Esco as Christina "Chris" Alonzo, who also originally named Sanchez.[23] Several additional cast members were announced in March 2017. Jay Harrington plays Officer Deacon Kay,[24] Alex Russell is James "Jim" Street,[25] and finally, Peter Onorati was cast as Jeff Mumford,[26] are four member of the S.W.A.T 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.[27] On October 4, 2019, Stephanie Sigman announced her departure from the show and was subsequently replaced by Amy Farrington as series regular beginning with season three.[28]


Filming on the fourth season began on August 4, 2020.[29][30]



Viewership and ratings per season of S.W.A.T.
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
Avg. viewers
Avg. 18–49
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Thursday 10:00 p.m. 22 November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) 6.74[31] May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17) 6.03[32] 2017–18 35 9.13[33] 1.7[33]
2 23 September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) 4.70[34] May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) 5.75[35] 2018–19 38 8.34[36] 1.5[36]
3 Wednesday 10:00 p.m.[11] 21 October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02) 4.03[37] May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20) 4.82[38] 2019–20 46 7.27[39] 1.2[39]
4 TBA November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11) 2.75[40] TBA TBD 2020–21 TBD TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

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."[41] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[42]

See also[edit]

  • 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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