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

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S.W.A.T.
SWAT TV Series Logo.png
Genre
Based on
S.W.A.T.
by
Developed by
Starring
ComposerRobert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes87 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Nicolas Bradley
  • Shemar Moore
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsS.W.A.T. (1975)
External links
Website

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 which premiered on October 1, 2021.[6][7]

The show exists in a shared universe with the FX crime drama The Shield, which Ryan also created.[8]

Premise[edit]

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 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. This makes him particularly qualified to lead the team and build a bridge between the force and the community. As such, the series is notable for its depiction of real-life tensions between police and the African-American 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 was demoted at the end of season 4. His callsign was 20-David a team leader it is now 27-David. 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 expressing their love for each other.
  • Stephanie Sigman as Captain Jessica Cortez (seasons 1 & 2),[9] 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.[10]
  • Alex Russell as Officer III James "Jim" Street, a new transfer from the Long Beach Police Department. His call sign is 26-David. 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. He initially has trouble adjusting to being part of the team due to his impulsiveness as well as having abandoned 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.
  • Lina Esco as Officer III Christina "Chris" Alonso, 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 Season 2, but breaks it off later. Alonso is the godmother to Deacon's children.
  • Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca, 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 in a tactical support role. 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. His callsign is 30-David. He acts as second in command of the team and serves as a mentor to his younger teammates. He is the only member of the team to have children. In "Shaky Town", it is revealed that he speaks fluent French. He has four children. 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. 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 joined S.W.A.T. three years prior to the series. He is very knowledgeable of the drug trade in Los Angeles from his time on Vice and maintains several connections that he’ll use during cases. In the season four finale, he married his longtime girlfriend Bonnie.
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]

Episodes[edit]

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)
5TBAOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)TBA

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 1970's ABC series S.W.A.T..[13] 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-creator and executive producers Thomas and Ryan will serve as the showrunners.[14] The series premiered on November 2, 2017.[15] On November 17, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 20 episodes[16] and on December 1, 2017, CBS ordered two additional episodes for the first season bringing the total to 22 episodes.[17] On March 27, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season[18] which premiered on September 27, 2018.[19]

On March 16, 2020, Sony Pictures Television suspended production of the third season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[20] On May 6, 2020, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season[21] which was set to be a mid-season premiere.[22] However, on July 14 it was announced that it would switch places with Survivor, and premiered on November 11, 2020.[23][5] On April 15, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season which premiered on October 1, 2021.[6][7]

Casting[edit]

In February 2017, former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore was announced as the Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson,[24] alongside new co-stars Kenny Johnson as Dominic Luca, who was originally named Brian Gamble,[25] and Lina Esco as Christina "Chris" Alonzo, who also originally named Sanchez.[25] Several additional cast members were announced in March 2017. Jay Harrington plays Officer Deacon Kay,[26] Alex Russell is James "Jim" Street,[27] and finally, Peter Onorati was cast as Jeff Mumford,[28] 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.[29] 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.[30]

Filming[edit]

Filming on the fourth season began on August 4, 2020.[31][32]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per season of S.W.A.T.
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Avg. 18–49
rating
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Thursday 10:00 p.m. 22 November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) 6.74[33] May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17) 6.03[34] 2017–18 35 9.13[35] 1.7[35]
2 23 September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) 4.70[36] May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) 5.75[37] 2018–19 38 8.34[38] 1.5[38]
3 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. 21 October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02) 4.03[39] May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20) 4.82[40] 2019–20 46 7.27[41] 1.2[41]
4 18 November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11) 2.75[42] May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26) 3.17[43] 2020–21 42 5.96[44] 1.3
5 Friday 8:00 p.m.[45] TBA October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01) 4.86[46] TBA TBD 2021–22 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."[47] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 45 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[48]

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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