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

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

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 - 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
1,380 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#2 - 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 7.59
1,240 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: A.C. Allen
Los Huesos

#3 - 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 7.59
886 votes
Directors: Alex Kalymnios
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#4 - 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 7.61
1,793 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: VJ Boyd

#5 - 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 7.61
1,156 votes
Writers: Michael Gemballa

#6 - 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 7.63
1,539 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Gemballa

#7 - 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 7.65
1,286 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#8 - 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
1,421 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Robert Wittstadt
Day Off

#9 - 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
896 votes
Directors: Lexi Alexander
Writers: Sarah Alderson

#10 - 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
2,293 votes
Directors: Justin Lin
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shawn Ryan

#11 - 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
1,537 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: A.C. Allen

#12 - Armory

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 12, 2018

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 7.67
1,249 votes
Directors: Rob J. Greenlea
Writers: Craig Gore

#13 - 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 7.68
1,957 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#14 - 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
1,641 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales

#15 - Payback

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 5, 2018

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 7.69
1,253 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Alison Cross

#16 - 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 7.69
1,599 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Alison Cross
Gasoline Drum

#17 - 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
978 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

#18 - K-Town

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 2018

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 7.70
1,450 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Craig Gore
The Tiffany Experience

#19 - The Tiffany Experience

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2018

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 7.70
906 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: VJ Boyd
1000 Joules

#20 - 1000 Joules

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2018

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 7.71
887 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Craig Gore

#21 - Pride

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2019

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 7.71
833 votes
Writers: Matthew T. Brown

#22 - Cuchillo

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 9, 2017

Hondo and the SWAT team spread out across Los Angeles in pursuit of four escaped convicts, including a violent criminal Jessica helped bring to justice, before department rival Mumford and his team beat them to the collars. Also, Hondo’s new role as team leader is called into question when Street displays a flagrant disregard for SWAT protocol.

star 7.72
2,167 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Craig Gore

#23 - Encore

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 31, 2019

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 7.73
899 votes
Directors: Rob Greenleaf
Writers: Munis Rashid
Fire and Smoke

#24 - Fire and Smoke

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 2018

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 7.74
960 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Alison Cross
Shaky Town

#25 - Shaky Town

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2018

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 7.74
1,029 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Michael Jones-Morales