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

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2021

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.

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3 Seventeen Year Olds

#1 - 3 Seventeen Year Olds

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 11, 2020

Hondo, his father Daniel Sr. and his teen charge, Darryl confront the history of racial tension in Los Angeles between law enforcement and the Black community, through flashbacks to the city in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict. The team pursues El Diablo’s scattered drug cartel hiding in the city and a Jihadist group detonating bombs in coordinated attacks

star 7.53
580 votes

#2 - Fences

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 1, 2018

Hondo and Jessica’s secret relationship comes to a crossroads when Michael Plank, the president of the police commission, discovers their affair. Also, when Hondo and the team assist with the federal investigation to bring in an undocumented fugitive, they find themselves at the center of a citywide immigration debate.

star 7.58
1,459 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#3 - Patrol

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 19, 2018

Hondo confronts his long-held resentment towards his ailing father, Daniel Harrelson, Sr., when he and his sister, Briana, try to convince their dad he’s no longer well enough to live alone. Also, when the SWAT team works as patrol officers for a day, Chris is partnered with Mumford, who intends to make her a surprising offer.

star 7.60
1,309 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: A.C. Allen
Los Huesos

#4 - Los Huesos

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 10, 2019

Jessica and Chris go undercover in Mexico, alone and without back-up, to save a Mexican federal agent kidnapped by a drug-dealing gang that Jessica helped bring to justice years before. Also, Hondo’s mother, Charice, worries he’s under emotional strain when he engages in a series of small home renovation projects in her home.

star 7.61
966 votes
Directors: Alex Kalymnios
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#5 - Imposters

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 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.

star 7.62
1,882 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: VJ Boyd

#6 - Source

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 26, 2018

Jim Street debates whether or not his mother, Karen, should live with him upon her prison release after Hondo and Chris warn him against it. Also, Hondo and the team are assigned to protect Irina Zemanova, a high-profile Russian journalist visiting Los Angeles, from being assassinated.

star 7.62
1,230 votes
Writers: Michael Gemballa

#7 - Buried

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 3, 2021

As the SWAT team helps the LAPD search for the prime suspect in a woman’s disappearance, they’re joined in the field by a new team member. The personal strain between Chris and Street comes to a head as both await Hicks’ decision on who the winner is of a prestigious leadership competition.

star 7.62
453 votes
Directors: Paul Bernard
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
Hopeless Sinners

#8 - Hopeless Sinners

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 2020

Chris brings the team to help a teenager girl from a predatory religious cult. Hondo receives bad news about Darryl. Tan's wedding plans hit a snag.

star 7.62
498 votes
Directors: Cherie Gierhart
Writers: Alison Cross
Local Heroes

#9 - Local Heroes

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired May 5, 2021

The team tries to track down a media-savvy crew of bank robbers who consider themselves a band of modern-day Robin Hoods, funneling stolen cash back into their struggling neighborhood, before the mission turns deadly. Also, Hondo and Deacon clash over how to deal with a group of cops' racist views.

star 7.64
381 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Matthew T. Brown

#10 - Blindspots

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 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.

star 7.65
1,621 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Gemballa
West Coast Offense

#11 - West Coast Offense

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2021

When the team responds to a home invasion call, they uncover a murderous plot against a famous pro football quarterback. Also, Hicks gets a long-awaited lead on a Jane Doe case he worked 20 years ago.

star 7.65
303 votes
Writers: Kent Rotherham

#12 - Contamination

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 1, 2018

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 7.65
1,493 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
Sins of the Fathers

#13 - Sins of the Fathers

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 7, 2021

The team works together to hunt down a deadly band of mercenaries hired by a wealthy CEO trying to leave the country before he's arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme. Hondo is forced to confront his changing relationship with Darryl.

star 7.65
403 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Alison Cross, Munis Rashid

#14 - Ghosts

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 8, 2018

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 7.66
1,357 votes
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#15 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2017

A locally born SWAT sergeant, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, is newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.

star 7.66
2,400 votes
Directors: Justin Lin
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shawn Ryan

#16 - Stakeout

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 11, 2020

The SWAT team acts as a domestic surveillance unit for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced in Los Angeles after being off-grid for years. Tan’s mother is a victim of racial discrimination. Hondo encounters his ex-girlfriend for the first time since their breakup.

star 7.66
525 votes
Day Off

#17 - Day Off

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2018

When the SWAT team is called in to work on their day off to end a hostage situation, they discover one of the captives is a wanted felon. Also, when Hondo saves his sister, Brianna, after she’s been roofied at a nightclub, he uses his day off to hunt a serial rapist.

star 7.66
972 votes
Directors: Lexi Alexander
Writers: Sarah Alderson

#18 - Miracle

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 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.

star 7.67
1,620 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: A.C. Allen
Memento Mori

#19 - Memento Mori

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 25, 2020

The SWAT team searches for a rogue member of an extremist group planning to attack the memorial service of a famous musician who was outspoken about police brutality. Also, tension mounts between Hondo and Leroy, Darryl's father, when Leroy is released from prison early.

star 7.67
528 votes

#20 - Fracture

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 9, 2020

Hondo is conflicted when asked to be the face of a campaign for the LAPD to reach out to the black community. The team searches for a lone bomber which triggers childhood flashbacks for Tan.

star 7.68
508 votes

#21 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 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.

star 7.68
1,687 votes
Writers: Alison Cross

#22 - Sentinel

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2021

As the team races to stop a violent band of armed robbers, the search is complicated by civilians using a public safety app that encourages vigilantism. Street receives difficult news that alters his future.

star 7.69
313 votes
Directors: Cherie Gierhart
Writers: Ryan Keleher

#23 - Pamilya

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 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.

star 7.69
2,054 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#24 - Octane

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 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.

star 7.69
1,729 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales
Gasoline Drum

#25 - Gasoline Drum

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2018

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 7.69
1,058 votes
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas