Upcoming Airings of S.W.A.T.close
S.W.A.T. was a cop show ahead of its time.
Steve Forrest stars as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson, the hard-nosed leader of a Special Weapons And Tactics team in an unnamed Southern California City. Rod Perry is his first lieutenant, Sgt. David “Deacon” Kay. The three younger team members are former narc Dominic Luca (Mark Shera), marksman T.J. McCabe (James Coleman), and Jim Street (Robert Urich), an officer whose partner was killed in the line of duty.
Everything about S.W.A.T. is exciting, from it’s rousing theme (which became a radio hit), to its hard-hitting action and socially relevant stories. Early episodes focus on terrorism, organized crime, and assassinations of police, with unusually frank depictions of drug abuse for mid-1970s TV. But what made the series groundbreaking also placed S.W.A.T in the crosshairs of a backlash against TV violence.
Following a highly rated first season, the stories were toned down and the series was extensively marketed to younger viewers with a plethora of licensed products. ABC cancelled S.W.A.T in April of 1976, after two seasons and just 13 months on the air. It was revived (with a Steve Forrest cameo) as a 2003 feature film, two direct-to-DVD sequels, and a 2017 TV series.
Notable guest stars:
Leslie Nielsen, Farrah Fawcett, Carl Weathers, Tom Skerritt, Loni Anderson, Donna Mills, Robert Loggia, Frank Gorshin, Deidre Hall, Diana Muldaur, Elinor Donahue, Annette O’Toole, Elisha Cook Jr., Anne Francis, Michael Conrad, Rose Marie, Christopher George, Sal Mineo, Susan Dey, James Darren, Phil Silvers, Lesley Ann Warren, Simon Oakland, Lara Parker, William Windom, Peter Breck, James Shigeta
Created by Robert Hamner and Rick Husky. Produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. Theme by Barry De Vorzon.