S.W.A.T.: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)


Season 1

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Despite a commanding, charming performance from Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T. remains a simple procedural overrun with clichés.



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 240

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Air date: Nov 2, 2017

A S.W.A.T. leader is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he is tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Series premiere.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2017

Hondo and the SWAT team spread out across Los Angeles to capture four escaped convicts, including a violent criminal Jessica helped bring to justice. Meanwhile, Hondo's role as team leader is questioned when Street displays a flagrant disregard for SWAT protocol.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2017

Newcomer Jim Street jeopardizes his spot on Hondo's team when he agrees to do a favor for his incarcerated mother that endangers his SWAT career. Also, the SWAT team searches for the ruthless mastermind behind a drug trafficking ring that forces immigrants to be mules.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2017

After a domestic bomber dies in a Highland Park explosion, the SWAT team races to find the man's partner before more devices detonate. Also, Hondo reaches out to Buck, his former team leader, when he worries he is isolating himself after his recent firing.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2017

When a series of home invasions are committed by SWAT imposters in an upscale neighborhood, Hondo and the team suspect the burglarized families are all hiding something. Also, when Deacon and Luca are assigned to protect a visiting professional hockey player who is receiving death threats, his penchant for trouble becomes a complication.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2017

Hondo puts aside his misgivings about Jim Street's recklessness and allows the newbie to go undercover as a broker in a luxury car theft ring to bust a ruthless trafficker. Also, Hondo visits Raymont Harris, the teenager recently shot by a former member of the SWAT team, who is dealing with PTSD.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2017

When Hondo's imprisoned childhood friend asks him to protect his son from gang violence, the favor brings SWAT into contact with a new local crime outfit. Also, when Luca's grandfather, a SWAT legend, passes away, he struggles with his grief and a painful family secret.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2017

Hondo and the SWAT team are forced to work over their Christmas vacation when a drug cartel is out for blood after their cache of gold bars is stolen. Also, Jessica draws the attention of Michael Plank, president of the Police Commission, when she approaches him with her ideas on how to improve the SWAT division.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2018

When a misconduct complaint filed against Hondo gets him taken off active duty, Deacon steps up to lead the team in finding a robbery crew that is hitting marijuana dispensaries. Also, when Tan notices a similarity between the current robberies and a case from his time with Hollywood LAPD, he asks for help from an informant with whom he has a complicated history.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2018

As the SWAT team goes inside a prison riot to rescue civilian hostages, Hondo suspects the inmates have an ulterior motive behind the uprising. Also, when Deacon's wife, Annie, stops by headquarters to celebrate Deacon's 10th anniversary with the SWAT division, her visit takes an unexpected turn.

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The premiere season of "S.W.A.T." introduces audiences to Sgt. Daniel "Hondo" Harrison (Shemar Moore), the only black officer and born-and-bred Angeleno in his team. His life takes a sudden turn when his team leader, Sgt. Buck Spivey (Louis Ferreira), gets fired from the job for gunning down an innocent black teenager and Hondo gets promoted to replace him. Soon enough, Hondo realizes his promotion was a PR stunt and not really a recognition of his abilities. Nonetheless, Hondo tries to lead his team and get the job done despite the strain his promotion has put on his relationship with Capt. Jessica Cortez (Stephanie Stigman) and the hostility shown him by both his teammates and members of his community. "S.W.A.T." also stars Alex Russell as Officer Jim Street, Lina Esco as Officer Christina Alonso, Kenny Johnson as Officer Dominic Luca, Peter Onorati as Sgt. Jeff Mumford, David Lim as Officer Victor Tan, and Jay Harrington as Sgt. Deacon Kay.

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James Coleman
Officer T.J. McCabe
Ellen Weston
Betty Harrelson
Steve Forrest
Lt. Dan Hondo Harrelson
Rod Perry
Sgt. David Deacon Kay
Mark Shera
Officer Dominic Luca
Michael Harland
David Adams
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Critic Reviews for S.W.A.T. Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

S.W.A.T. had a chance to do something different, maybe even provocative. So far, the same old-same old.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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At a time when people are questioning the very systems of modern urban policing, a TV show with such a simplistic take on heroes and villains feels awkwardly out of step.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…
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... justice again is served simply and unadorned, like a basic Banquet TV dinner.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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[It's a] perfectly serviceable [form] of escapism that should hit that NCIS sweet spot for people who like shows anchored by tough guys who are just vulnerable enough partnered with vulnerable guys who are just tough enough.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

At times visually flat and with stilted scripts, this inclusion-rich series can be pretty routine, yet at the same time it delivers and sometimes exceeds genre expectation.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

If you've been wondering if Moore has what it takes to anchor a series, S.W.A.T. can give you your answer.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Not to be confused with SEAL Team or Valor comes S.W.A.T., the best of the bunch.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Utterly formulaic.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This is Moore's show - he's in almost every scene - and he has a commanding presence, whether running-and-gunning, consoling a victim or indulging in an (ahem) intradepartmental assignation.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Boilerplate police procedural has violence, kids in danger.

Nov 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If SWAT capitalizes on the charisma that oozes out of Shemar's pores, there's no telling where it could go.

Nov 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

S.W.A.T. just doesn't do enough with its premise to completely justify this update.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for S.W.A.T.: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2020
    The boss/subordinate personal relationship was an interesting side story. I like how Shemar Moore's character Hondo is looking out for all his teammates, especially the rookie. Kind of fatherly that way. I see an attempt to depict swat as good guys deserving respect and gives kids an example of an honorable ( but dangerous adrenalin causing ) career path to consider. I admire the intent. However...at least in this season I didn't see the reality that swat periodically makes mistakes, gets sent to the wrong house by a snitch, and there are too many real life stories of swat gone wrong, killing the wrong person by accident, terrorizing or shooting kids and other innocent relatives, destroying thousands of dollars of property without restitution, and so on. I don't use drugs and I'm allergic to about everything so I don't want to share walls and bathroom vents with druggies, but I don't want swat with guns taking down my apartment neighbors and maybe accidentally shooting my kids! in general I just disagree with swat tactics. Collateral damage is fine as long as it happens to someone else right? No. Just legalize drugs and regulate the gwcj out of them. You don't need swat to hunt your druggies when they're just going to rehabilitation vs prison, right? Perhaps my thinking is too simplistic, but in my mind it works.
  • Mar 11, 2020
    its great and i dont want to get to technical but its not boring
  • Mar 11, 2020
    Honestly one of my favourite shows to watch. Not only is the action exciting, the actors/actresses are amazing to watch. Covers real issues in today society. Each episode is well thought out. Lina Esco character especially stands out! Fingers cross we get more seasons.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    Great series. I recommend this to everyone!
  • Dec 14, 2019
    It's alright, nothing special about it. The devices they use are a bit unrealistic... wait am I writing a legit review? what have I become? I must have read a top critic's review, is this why I have lost touch with people?... get it? Comdian genius over here, i know I know. Relax. It's an okay series. If you are ever bored and want some action where nothing special happens, this is it. 3/5
  • Oct 16, 2019
    This show could have been very good if Hollywood hadn't repeatedly jammed their out of touch with most Americans, liberal agenda down our throats. Because of this, this show will never be an NCIS or Seal Team. The messages in these shows are way more in tune with the majority of Americans, and the cinematography in Seal Team is phenomenal. SWAT is just another show that will eventually die a painful death due to the arrogance of liberal Hollywood's self importance.
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Too much social justice warrior signaling but great action scenes
  • Aug 29, 2019
    If you want a show that is fun, easy and comfortable viewing then you probably will like this show. It's one of those cop shows that have a new case/villain every week but has main character storylines that can last several episodes. SWAT does suffer from the same problems that every show made in this format suffers from which is that the quality of the episodes range from bad to good and rarely stays consistent. Also, the political messages that this show pushes sometimes seems too forced. The characters in this show are mostly likeable and the action is pretty good. I really enjoy this show most of the time and even during the worst episodes I am never bored and enjoy watching this show every week. I think it's one of the better shows made in this format.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The plot and acting are all perfectly good. Plots are interesting and engaging. I take issue with the way the show addresses current events and the image of the police. Instead of offering informative entertainment that shows some of the reality of modern American policing which responds to social concerns, it perpetuates stereotypes and makes light of questionable practices. How can you have a scene in which police willfully lie to a man in custody to get information, basically justifying the practice, at the same time that the public has learned from the central park five just how traumatizing and damaging a lying police interrogator can be? The show also makes it seem as though people protest every single police shooting, not just the ones that are clearly malicious or negligent. I just wish the show were a little more aware that people beleive what they see on TV, even when it's fiction.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    From episode to episode going just worst. Even you think can't go worst they suprise you! Like I watching mexican TV show..TURN IT OFF!

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