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Based on
Developed by
ComposerRobert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes141 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Nicolas Bradley
  • Shemar Moore
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) –
present (present)
S.W.A.T. (1975)

S.W.A.T. is an American procedural action drama television series, based on the 1975 television series and 2003 film of the same name. 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. In April 2022, the series was renewed for a sixth season which premiered on October 7, 2022.[3][4] In May 2023, the series was canceled after six seasons at CBS,[5][6] only to be renewed for a seventh and final season at CBS a few days later.[7] The seventh season premiered on February 16, 2024.[8] In April 2024, the final season decision was reversed and the show was renewed for an eighth season.[9]

The show exists in a shared universe with the FX crime drama The Shield, which Ryan also created.[10]


The series centers on Los Angeles Police Department 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 of the LAPD. Because he is both black and L.A. born and raised, Hondo feels deeply loyal not only to his "brothers in blue" but also to the people they serve.

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Shemar Moore Daniel Harrelson Main
Stephanie Sigman Jessica Cortez Main Does not appear
Alex Russell Jim Street Main Guest Does not appear
Lina Esco Christina Alonso Main Does not appear
Kenny Johnson Dominique Luca Main Guest Does not appear
Peter Onorati Jack Mumford Main Recurring Does not appear Guest Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Jay Harrington David Kay Main
David Lim Victor Tan Main
Patrick St. Esprit Robert Hicks Recurring Main
Amy Farrington Piper Lynch Does not appear Main Recurring Does not appear
Rochelle Aytes Nichelle Carmichael Does not appear Recurring Main Recurring
Anna Enger Ritch Zoe Powell Does not appear Recurring Main
  • 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 after his former team leader shot an unarmed black teenager. He was demoted at the end of season 4 after leaking information of racism in the LAPD to the press before later regaining command early in season 5. As team leader, his callsign was 20-David but it changed to 27-David during his demotion. He knows everyone in the neighborhood and treats them with respect and they usually give him information pertinent to his cases. He once dated Elle Trask, an FBI Agent. He was then in a clandestine relationship with Jessica Cortez, but they were ultimately forced to break it off to protect their careers despite both mutually expressing their love for each other. He later dated Nia Wells, an Assistant District Attorney, but later broke up when he had threatened to go after a man, he accused of drugging his younger half-sister, Briana, at a nightclub to possibly take advantage of her. He then went onto dating Nichelle when they first cross paths helping an injured man following a pursuit of armed robbery suspects that Hondo was in. At the end of the fifth season, Hondo learns that Nichelle is pregnant with their first child. She gives birth to their daughter Vivienne in the sixth season and the two marry in-between seasons six and seven.
  • Stephanie Sigman as Captain Jessica Cortez (seasons 1–2),[11] 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, with the actress being confirmed as having exited the show.[12]
  • 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 in the aftermath of the Raymont Harris shooting. Although he takes the decision in stride, he later admits to Hondo he was resentful about being passed over, but made peace with it once he saw what an effective leader Hondo was. His callsign is 30-David. He acts as second in command of the team and serves as a mentor to his teammates, also serving as an instructor at the LAPD SWAT academy. He is fiercely dedicated to his job with SWAT and serving the city of Los Angeles, and was even awarded the LAPD Police Star at the end of Season 2. He is also fiercely loyal to his team, particularly Hondo, all of whom he considers family. In the event Hondo is unavailable, Deacon will become 20-Squad's temporary leader, giving orders at SWAT HQ and even in the field. His dedication to the team is only matched to that he has to his wife Annie (Bre Blair) and their three children: Matthew, Lila and Samuel. In "School," it is revealed that his daughter, Lila, is named after a school shooting victim. Midway into Season 2, Annie gives birth to another daughter, Victoria. In Season 3, he takes on a second job working for a private security firm. In Season 7, Deacon starts to see his work life conflict with his family life, leading him and Annie to have disagreements over when he is needed most. After some soul-searching and advice from Hondo and Hicks, Deacon makes the tough decision to retire in order to spend more time with his family and allow Annie to pursue her dreams of becoming an attorney.
  • Alex Russell as Officer III James "Jim" Street (seasons 1–6; recurring season 7), a new transfer from the Long Beach Police Department. His call sign is 26-David. His mother Karen (Sherilyn Fenn) was in prison for murdering her abusive husband/Street's father; she was arrested by former S.W.A.T Team Leader Buck Spivey. He initially has trouble adjusting to being part of the team due to his impulsiveness and for abandoning his duties to take care of his mother, which eventually got him removed from SWAT. He has since earned his way back on the team. He continues to have an up-and-down relationship with his mother until her death in the fifth season, as well as romantic tension throughout the series with teammate Chris Alonso, which finally blossoms into a relationship just before Chris leaves the team and the LAPD at the end of the season. In the Season 7 episode, "End of the Road", after helping the team stop a group of criminals, Street resigns from 20-Squad and LAPD to join Long Beach's SWAT team, becoming its new commanding officer after its previous leader died from injuries sustained in a gunfight. It is also revealed that Street is engaged to Chris.
  • Lina Esco as Officer III Christina "Chris" Alonso (seasons 1–5),[13] a former canine officer and (originally) one of the two female cops assigned to S.W.A.T. Her callsign is 24-David. She serves as the Squad's sniper and becomes close friends with Street. Openly bisexual, she enters a polyamorous relationship in the second season, but breaks it off later. Chris is the godmother to Deacan's fourth daughter, Victoria. At the end of the fifth season, after finally starting a relationship with Street, she leaves SWAT and the LAPD altogether to take over the duty of helping and housing illegal immigrant girls seeking asylum in the United States. Esco confirmed her departure from the series in order to pursue other job opportunities. But even after, Chris is still mentioned multiple times in season six, including being engaged to Street, so her character is currently alive.
  • Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca (seasons 1–6; recurring season 7), a third-generation S.W.A.T officer. His callsign is 22-David. He was originally the driver and mechanic of the team's vehicle "Black Betty" until an injury placed him temporarily in a tactical support role until he was allowed to be in the field again. Johnson previously appeared on The Shield, also created by Shawn Ryan.[14] In the last few minutes of the Season 7 episode, "Escape", while responding to a call concerning a robbery, Luca is shot, his fate unknown. In "Last Call", Luca is revealed to have survived the shooting but has suffered permanent damage to his hand and arm. Not wanting to be confined to a desk, Luca decides to retire from active duty as well as S.W.A.T. and the LAPD for good.
  • Peter Onorati as Sergeant II Jack Mumford (season 1; recurring season 2; guest seasons 4 and 7), the team leader of another S.W.A.T. team alongside Hondo's. His callsign was 50-David. He has been divorced three times; in "Payback," he gets engaged again after only a month-long courtship. In the conclusion of the second season episode "Jack," he announces his retirement from SWAT and the LAPD after being shot earlier in the episode, and makes his retirement official two episodes later. In the fourth season episode "Positive Thinking," Mumford returns to work a 15-year-old cold case.
  • David Lim as Officer III Victor Tan, a former officer with the LAPD Vice Squad. His callsign is 25-David. He joined S.W.A.T. three years prior to the series. Once on track for a prestigious career at the insistence of his parents, Tan instead decided to pursue his own path in life and chose to become a police officer instead. He is very knowledgeable of the drug trade in Los Angeles from his time on Vice and maintains several connections that he will use during cases. In the season four finale, he marries his longtime girlfriend Bonnie. They later split up halfway through the sixth season after Tan learns she had been cheating on him for months with a client.
  • Patrick St. Esprit as Commander Robert Hicks (seasons 2–present; recurring season 1), a senior officer with the LAPD Special Operations Bureau. He is a widower and a longtime friend of the Kay family. He has two grown children; a daughter named Molly and a son named J.P. St. Esprit was promoted to a series regular for season 2.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • Rochelle Aytes as Nichelle Carmichael (seasons 6–7; recurring seasons 3–5 and 8), a worker at the local community center and Hondo's on-and-off love interest since the third season. As of the end of the fifth season, she is pregnant with her and Hondo's first child. In the sixth season episode "Stockholm," she gives birth to their daughter Vivienne. In the sixth season finale, she married Hondo.
  • Anna Enger Ritch as Officer III Zoe Powell (season 7–present; recurring seasons 5–6), a new SWAT recruit who debuts during the fifth season and who takes Chris's place on the team on-and-off following her departure. She initially reminds Street of himself in the beginning due to her lone wolf attitude, recklessness, and disregard for protocol, but eventually opens up and becomes part of the team.


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)
418November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11)May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)
522October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)May 22, 2022 (2022-05-22)
622October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)May 19, 2023 (2023-05-19)
713February 16, 2024 (2024-02-16)May 17, 2024 (2024-05-17)



On February 3, 2017, it was announced that CBS had greenlit production of a pilot episode of a television series inspired by the 2003 film adaptation of the 1970s ABC series S.W.A.T..[17] The pilot was 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-creators and executive producers Thomas and Ryan would serve as the showrunners.[18] The series premiered on November 2, 2017.[19] On November 17, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 20 episodes[20] and on December 1, 2017, CBS ordered two additional episodes for the first season bringing the total to 22 episodes.[21] On March 27, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season[22] which premiered on September 27, 2018.[23]

On March 16, 2020, Sony Pictures Television suspended production of the third season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24] On May 6, 2020, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season[25] which was set to be a mid-season premiere.[26] However, on July 14 it was announced that it would switch places with Survivor, and premiered on November 11, 2020.[27][28] On April 15, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season which premiered on October 1, 2021.[29][30] On April 8, 2022, CBS renewed the series for a sixth season which premiered on October 7, 2022.[3][4] On May 5, 2023, CBS canceled the series after six seasons.[31] A few days later, CBS reversed its decision and renewed S.W.A.T. for a seventh and final season.[7] The seventh and final season premiered on February 16, 2024.[8] On April 11, 2024, CBS reversed its decision of the seventh season being the final season and renewed the series for an eighth season.[9]


In February 2017, Shemar Moore was announced as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson,[32] alongside new co-stars Kenny Johnson as Dominique Luca, who was originally named Brian Gamble,[33] and Lina Esco as Christina "Chris" Alonso, who also originally named Sanchez.[33] Several additional cast members were announced in March 2017. Jay Harrington plays Officer Deacon Kay,[34] Alex Russell is James "Jim" Street,[35] and finally, Peter Onorati was cast as Jeff Mumford.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] On January 26, 2024, Anna Enger Ritch was cast in the role of Zoe Powell and has later promoted to series regular status for the final season.[39]


Filming on the fourth season began on August 4, 2020.[40][41]

Broadcast and release[edit]

Sony Pictures Television distribute the series internationally. The show airs on Sunday nights on Sky Max in the United Kingdom.[42] The show made its We TV debut on November 12, 2023.[43] The show airs on Wednesday nights on AXN Asia in the Southeast Asia. The series streams on Netflix in the United States and the netherlands in the netherlands season 1 till 5


Critical response[edit]

Season One garnered a mixed response from critics, with the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 48% approval rating for the season, with an average rating of 4.6/10 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."[44] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[45]


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[46] May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17) 6.03[47] 2017–18 35 9.13[48] 1.7[48]
2 23 September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) 4.70[49] May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) 5.75[50] 2018–19 38 8.34[51] 1.5[51]
3 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. 21 October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02) 4.03[52] May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20) 4.82[53] 2019–20 46 7.27[54] 1.2[54]
4 18 November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11) 2.75[55] May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26) 3.17[56] 2020–21 42 5.96[57] 1.3[57]
5 Friday 8:00 p.m. (1–8)
Sunday 10:00 p.m. (9, 11–22)
Sunday 10:30 p.m. (10)
22 October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01) 4.86[58] May 22, 2022 (2022-05-22) 3.36[59] 2021–22 35 6.41[60] 0.8[60]
6 Friday 8:00 p.m. 22 October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07) 4.76[61] May 19, 2023 (2023-05-19) 4.65[62] 2022–23 28 6.41[63] 0.6
7 Friday 8:00 p.m. (1–4, 6–13)
Friday 9:00 p.m. (5)
13 February 16, 2024 (2024-02-16) 5.24[64] May 17, 2024 (2024-05-17) 4.39[65] 2023–24 29 6.17[66] 0.5


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 National Film and Television Awards, USA Best Actor in a TV Series Shemar Moore Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie Charlie Brewer (stunt coordinator) Nominated
Young Entertainer Awards Best Guest Starring Young Actor 10-12 - Television Series Evan Myles Horsley Nominated
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie Charlie Brewer & Austen Brewer Nominated
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination Charlie Brewer & Austen Brewer Nominated
Critics Choice Super Awards Best Action Series Nominated
Best Actor in an Action Series Shemar Moore Nominated

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.


  1. ^ Credited as CBS Television Studios from seasons 1–3
  2. ^ Credited as Sony Pictures Television Studios from seasons 4–6


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