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

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2019

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

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
703 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
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#2 - Invisible

Season 2 - Episode 19

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 8.00
630 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: A.C. Allen
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#3 - Kangaroo

Season 2 - Episode 23

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 7.97
538 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Michael Gemballa
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Day of Dread

#4 - Day of Dread

Season 2 - Episode 21

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 7.94
589 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Alison Cross
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Trigger Creep

#5 - Trigger Creep

Season 2 - Episode 22

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 7.92
510 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Sarah Alderson, Munis Rashid
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#6 - Seizure

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.89
1,286 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
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#7 - Hunted

Season 1 - Episode 21

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 7.89
880 votes
Writers: Matthew T. Brown
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#8 - Hoax

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 7.88
876 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Aaaron Rahsaan Thomas
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 Cash Flow

#9 - Cash Flow

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 7.87
621 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Andrew Dettmann, Amelia Sims
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Rocket Fuel

#10 - Rocket Fuel

Season 2 - Episode 20

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 7.87
595 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Craig Gore, Ryan Keleher
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#11 - Jack

Season 2 - Episode 17

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 7.86
625 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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#12 - Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 15

The SWAT team pursues a group of unknown assailants responsible for a patrol officer’s death before tension in the city between the police and the community explodes. Also, as Chris reels from the revelation that she knew the patrol officer who was killed, Deacon and his wife, Annie, prepare to welcome their newest child.

star 7.83
609 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Michael Gemballa
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Never Again

#13 - Never Again

Season 2 - Episode 6

The SWAT team tries to determine the next diamond dealer to be robbed by a group of highly organized thieves executing heists across downtown Los Angeles. When Hondo is emotionally affected by a suspect’s death during the case, he seeks comfort from his mother, Charice. Also, while Street worries that Luca, his SWAT training academy instructor, has a personal vendetta against him, Chris contemplates an unorthodox relationship offer from the new woman she’s dating.

star 7.82
738 votes
Directors: Marc Roskin
Writers: Craig Gore
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#14 - Crews

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 7.82
1,057 votes
Writers: VJ Boyd
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#15 - Inheritance

Season 2 - Episode 7

The SWAT team hunts for a band of criminals re-enacting the crimes of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army, whose decades-old offenses made local and national news. Seeking expertise on the original crime spree in the 1970s, Luca and his father, Carl Luca, review the files of Luca’s late grandfather who worked for SWAT during the era of the original crimes. Also, Hondo experiences discrimination from a fellow officer during a SWAT training seminar for local law enforcement in Arizona.

star 7.82
688 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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1000 Joules

#16 - 1000 Joules

Season 2 - Episode 10

The SWAT team sets out to recover dozens of DNA evidence kits stolen from an LAPD crime lab and bring in the crew responsible, after a close friend of Captain Hicks is harmed during the theft. Also, financial strain at home makes it difficult for Deacon to focus on his role as leader of the SWAT division’s annual holiday toy drive.

star 7.80
690 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Craig Gore
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#17 - Pride

Season 2 - Episode 16

The SWAT team struggles to maintain peace on the eve of a Los Angeles LGBTQ pride festival after a hate crime sparks citywide anger that ignites further violence. As Chris grows anxious for her fellow LGBTQ community members calling for retribution, the festival reunites Commander Hicks with JP, his estranged gay son. Also, Street worries his mother will be sent back to prison after she fails to check in with her probation officer, and Deacon gets unexpected medical news regarding his newborn daughter.

star 7.80
617 votes
Writers: Matthew T. Brown
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#18 - K-Town

Season 1 - Episode 11

Hondo teams up with an old DEA friend, Special Agent Katrina “K.C.” Walsh, on a task force aimed at unmasking the secret leader of a fentanyl drug smuggling ring. Also, Jessica and Michael Plank, president of the Police Commission, begin implementing her new law enforcement community initiatives.

star 7.80
1,240 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Craig Gore
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#19 - S.O.S.

Season 2 - Episode 5

Hondo and Lina go undercover to infiltrate and take back a cruise ship that’s under siege by drug smugglers who will execute passengers if they detect police on board. Also, Street enters the SWAT Training Academy and finds the competition fiercer than he expected, with the applicants all vying for the one SWAT position available for the year.

star 7.79
754 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Andrew Dettmann
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The B-Team

#20 - The B-Team

Season 2 - Episode 14

Hondo reunites with an old flame, FBI Special Agent Elle Trask, when the SWAT team works with the FBI to bring in a separatist group with weapons-grade plutonium. Also, the SWAT team worries they will lose an annual law enforcement charity competition to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

star 7.78
643 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: VJ Boyd
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#21 - Vendetta

Season 1 - Episode 20

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 7.78
930 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Saving Face

#22 - Saving Face

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.78
780 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: A.C. Allen
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Shaky Town

#23 - Shaky Town

Season 2 - Episode 1

The SWAT team engages in a standoff with human traffickers holding child hostages when a major earthquake hits Los Angeles during their operation and compromises the takedown. Also, while Hondo forms an unexpected personal connection with Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells, Jim Street has trouble adjusting to his new life as a patrol officer.

star 7.77
800 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales
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#24 - Encore

Season 2 - Episode 13

The SWAT team races to find a militant group that escaped their capture months earlier, when the criminals take hostages in exchange for a $500 million ransom from five corporations they deem corrupt. Also, Hondo’s emotional turmoil begins to affect his team leadership.

star 7.77
676 votes
Directors: Rob Greenleaf
Writers: Munis Rashid
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#25 - Armory

Season 1 - Episode 17

As Hondo and SWAT work to de-escalate a hostage situation in which an ex-convict is holding a local family captive, the mission takes a dangerous turn that impacts the team. Also, when Street tires of his complicated romantic entanglements, he agrees to let Chris make over his online dating profile.

star 7.76
1,018 votes
Directors: Rob J. Greenlea
Writers: Craig Gore
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