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

Last Updated: Feb 18, 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.

School

#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
601 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
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Hoax

#2 - 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 7.90
829 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Aaaron Rahsaan Thomas
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Seizure

#3 - 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
1,246 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
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Hunted

#4 - 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 7.88
834 votes
Writers: Matthew T. Brown
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Fallen

#5 - 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 7.88
327 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Michael Gemballa
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The B-Team

#6 - 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 7.85
468 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: VJ Boyd
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Never Again

#7 - 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 7.83
675 votes
Directors: Marc Roskin
Writers: Craig Gore
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Inheritance

#8 - 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
613 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Crews

#9 - 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
1,015 votes
Writers: VJ Boyd
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Encore

#10 - 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 7.81
531 votes
Directors: Rob Greenleaf
Writers: Munis Rashid
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1000 Joules

#11 - 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 7.79
604 votes
Writers: Craig Gore
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K-Town

#12 - 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 7.79
1,205 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Craig Gore
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S.O.S.

#13 - 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
698 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Andrew Dettmann
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Shaky Town

#14 - 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 7.79
729 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales
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Saving Face

#15 - 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 7.79
729 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: A.C. Allen
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Payback

#16 - Payback

Season 1 - Episode 16

When a young heiress, Juliette Carlton, is kidnapped for ransom, Hondo and the SWAT team go on a citywide search to bring her home before she is harmed. Also, the team worries that Mumford is moving too fast when he announces he’s getting married for the fourth time.

star 7.77
990 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Alison Cross
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Vendetta

#17 - 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 7.77
879 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Gasoline Drum

#18 - Gasoline Drum

Season 2 - Episode 2

The SWAT team works together with their former member Jim Street to find a woman and her son who are running from an international drug cartel. Also, Hondo makes a distressing discovery about his incarcerated friend’s teen son, and Luca mulls over a government program that allows officers to buy homes in the at-risk neighborhoods they police.

star 7.77
707 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
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Armory

#19 - 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
974 votes
Writers: Craig Gore
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Fire and Smoke

#20 - Fire and Smoke

Season 2 - Episode 3

The SWAT team is enlisted by Hondo’s new romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells, to protect the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial, after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings.

star 7.76
684 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Alison Cross
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Radical

#21 - Radical

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.76
1,582 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Contamination

#22 - Contamination

Season 1 - Episode 12

Hondo and the SWAT team join forces with the FBI on a manhunt to find members of a militia group planning a domestic terror attack by weaponizing cyanide. Also, as Jessica’s new police initiatives with Michael Plank, president of the police commission, move forward, she braces herself for the negative impact the plans could have on her relationships within the department.

star 7.75
1,151 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
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The Tiffany Experience

#23 - The Tiffany Experience

Season 2 - Episode 8

The SWAT team races to find a stalker pursuing Tiffany, a social media star, after the online celebrity’s dangerous admirer turns a fan event into a shootout that endangers Jessica.

star 7.74
640 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: VJ Boyd
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Miracle

#24 - Miracle

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.74
1,293 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: A.C. Allen
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Ghosts

#25 - Ghosts

Season 1 - Episode 14

Hondo and the team go on the hunt for a serial killer who escaped justice two years prior by faking his death. Also, Hondo worries that Buck Spivey, the team’s former leader, is spiraling into depression in the aftermath of being fired from the department, on S.W.A.T.

star 7.73
1,027 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales
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