S.W.A.T. (TV series)
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|Genre||Action, crime drama|
|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||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||February 17, 1975– April 3, 1976|
|Related shows||The Rookies|
S.W.A.T. was 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" McKay. 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 known for its 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.
The show's 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)
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||February 24, 1975||May 26, 1975|
|2||25||September 13, 1975||April 3, 1976|
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 version of the series, S.W.A.T. was released in 2003 starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson. Steve Forrest has a cameo role as a police truck driver and Rod Perry (the original TV series' "Deacon" Kay) plays the father of LL Cool J.
In 2011, a direct-to-DVD sequel titled S.W.A.T.: Firefight was released; it bore little connection to either the TV series or the 2003 film.
- Mitchell, Elvis (August 8, 2003). "S W A T (2003) FILM REVIEW; Working Up A S.W.E.A.T.". The New York Times.
- Season 2, Episode 17, "Time Bomb"
- S.W.A.T. on Antenna TV