The BEST Episodes of S.W.A.T. (2017)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Network: CBS

Los Angeles S.W.A.T. Lieutenant Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson is assigned to lead a highly-skilled unit in the community where he grew up. Torn between loyalty to the streets where the cops are sometimes the enemy, and allegiance to his brothers in blue, he strategically straddles these two worlds. Hondo encourages his team to rely on communication and respect over force and aggression, but when a crisis erupts, these unflinching men and women are prepared to put their tactical training to the test.


#1 - School

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 3, 2019

The SWAT team faces difficult reminders of a past school shooting when they receive a warning that a copycat plans to re-enact the crime. As the team races to stop the new threat, they flash back to the day of the tense first mission.

star 8.03
883 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Robert Wittstadt

#2 - Immunity

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2019

Deacon’s family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader, a former foreign rebel force leader running drugs in plain sight via a local flower market. Also, Hondo receives troubling news regarding his father, and Tan is forced to go before an internal review board due to his girlfriend’s indiscretion.

star 7.94
603 votes

#3 - The LBC

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2019

Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach PD when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles. Hondo finds himself at odds with his father over the elder man’s declining health. Luca is overwhelmed when the entire team reconsiders becoming investors in his food truck.

star 7.93
578 votes
Directors: Lin Oeding
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

#4 - Invisible

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 18, 2019

The abduction of Luca and Street’s neighbor sends the SWAT team in pursuit of a home invasion crew targeting domestic workers to gain entry into upscale homes. Also, the SWAT division prepares to help Mumford mark a major career milestone.

star 7.92
841 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: A.C. Allen

#5 - Kangaroo

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 16, 2019

The SWAT team goes in pursuit again of the militant group The Emancipators when the criminals hold a live stream kangaroo court to publicly execute city politicians. Also, Hondo fights to lift Darryl’s spirits; Deacon feels unworthy as he prepares to receive one of the LAPD’s highest honors; and Street catches a break in the search for his missing parolee mother, Karen Street.

star 7.92
803 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Michael Gemballa
Funny Money

#6 - Funny Money

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2019

The SWAT team bumps heads with Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents’ strained relationship becomes worse.

star 7.89
641 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Alison Cross
Day of Dread

#7 - Day of Dread

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 2019

The SWAT team finds itself under internal investigation after a civilian is killed as they attempted to bring in the city’s most wanted criminal. As the mission details are revealed, the force’s internal affairs team calls Hondo’s leadership into question.

star 7.88
801 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Alison Cross

#8 - Hunted

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2018

Hondo and Deacon must apply all their SWAT training and skills to evade a gang of armed mercenaries hunting them in the Angeles Mountains following an ambush. Also, Chris oversteps in an attempt to help a female SWAT trainee she suspects isn’t being evaluated fairly.

star 7.87
1,020 votes
Writers: Matthew T. Brown
Lion's Den

#9 - Lion's Den

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2019

The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis. Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture.

star 7.86
459 votes
Sea Legs

#10 - Sea Legs

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2019

The team joins forces with the Los Angeles Organized Crime division to recover an officer abducted during a failed undercover operation. Chris struggles with how to comfort the kidnapped officer’s parents when she is restricted from giving them certain details of the investigation.

star 7.86
462 votes

#11 - Hoax

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2018

A fake 911 call puts Hondo and the SWAT team on the hunt to stop a white supremacy group from executing bombing attacks on local communities. Also, Street’s relationship with his recently paroled mother, Karen, jeopardizes his career, and Jessica is thrown a curveball by her colleague, Michael Plank, president of the police commission.

star 7.86
1,020 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Aaaron Rahsaan Thomas

#12 - Seizure

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 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.

star 7.85
1,490 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
Fire in the Sky

#13 - Fire in the Sky

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2019

The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch, a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father unexpectedly moves in.

star 7.84
739 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#14 - Kingdom

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2019

The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo’s older sister, Winnie, begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. The SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist. Luca’s food truck business hits a snag. Street worries that dating Captain Hick’s daughter, Molly, will negatively impact his career.

star 7.83
528 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Sarah Alderson

#15 - Track

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2019

The SWAT team searches for thieves who are on the run with a high-tech thermal lance that can cut through almost anything. To find the thieves, SWAT works to identify their target. Also, Chris confronts an imbalance in her relationship with Kira and Ty.

star 7.83
506 votes
Bad Faith

#16 - Bad Faith

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 2019

Lynch pulls the SWAT team’s focus when the mayor tasks her with enacting a departmental review of the squad right as they pursue the unstable and dangerous fugitive leader of an infamous doomsday cult. Luca asks the team to invest in his new passion project—a Guatemalan food truck.

star 7.83
691 votes
Directors: Marc Roskin
Writers: Kent Rotherham

#17 - Vendetta

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2018

Hondo’s life and career are endangered when his bosses and his godson’s kidnapper, Jae Kim, discover he’s been secretly surveilling Kim with the help of retired DEA agent Katrina Walsh. Also, Street and his newly paroled mother, Karen, both have trouble acclimating to her prison release.

star 7.81
1,067 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Kent Rotherham
Trigger Creep

#18 - Trigger Creep

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2019

The SWAT team races to locate the next place a lone gunman will strike while he is at large in Los Angeles. Also, Hondo takes some time away from the team to pursue an investigation that hits close to home, and Jessica is presented with an unexpected opportunity.

star 7.80
735 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Munis Rashid, Sarah Alderson
 Cash Flow

#19 - Cash Flow

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 4, 2019

Hondo has a tense reunion with a fellow Marine, Ruiz, when the SWAT team hunts an escaped convict who was broken out of prison by criminals using stolen military weapons. Also, Chris prepares for a difficult goodbye when her former K-9 partner becomes ill.

star 7.80
819 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Amelia Sims, Andrew Dettmann

#20 - Jack

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 7, 2019

The SWAT team tries to zero in on the next target of a carjacking ring that’s using deadly force to boost luxury vehicles all over Los Angeles. Also, Hondo takes a big step to help his childhood friend’s incarcerated son, Darryl, and SWAT team leader Mumford weighs a major decision.

star 7.79
810 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Kent Rotherham
Rocket Fuel

#21 - Rocket Fuel

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 25, 2019

The SWAT team discovers a new version of PCP with ties to an escaped drug dealer who created a version that ravaged the city decades earlier. Tan’s personal ties to the case emerge when he brings in his mentor, Ben Mosley, the former lead detective on the original drug case, to help. Also, Chris weighs a major decision regarding her romantic relationship with Kira and Ty, and Hondo’s patience is tested by his new familial responsibilities.

star 7.78
817 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Craig Gore, Ryan Keleher

#22 - Crews

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 29, 2018

The job becomes personal for Hondo when his criminal informant friend is killed while seeking information about a robbery crew that a joint SWAT and FBI task force is trying to capture. Also, when the FBI task force leader acts erratically, Jessica worries the woman’s behavior will endanger the team in the field.

star 7.77
1,242 votes
Writers: VJ Boyd

#23 - Monster

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2019

The SWAT team's task to provide security for a warlord is threatened by assassins determined to take him out before he's extradited by the International Criminal Court. Also, Hondo's father, Daniel Sr. tries to make amends to his mother, Charice. Street's foster brother, Nate asks for his help with a corrupt boss and Deacon reluctantly explores therapy for his daughter, Lila.

star 7.77
384 votes

#24 - Radical

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 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, on S.W.A.T.

star 7.77
1,867 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Kent Rotherham
Saving Face

#25 - Saving Face

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2018

Hondo suspects an ulterior motive when Eric Wells, a U.S. marshal who is the estranged husband of his romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells, requests the S.W.A.T. team’s help with apprehending a fugitive who is robbing drug cargo shipments. Also, Jessica is forced to implement departmental budget cuts, and Street makes a heartbreaking discovery about his mother, Karen.

star 7.77
951 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: A.C. Allen