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S.W.A.T. is an American TV drama that aired on the ABC network from February of 1975 to April of 1976. This show was produced by Leonard Golberg and Aaron Spelling. S.W.A.T. stands for Special Weapons and Tactics and they are a team that is part of the police force in American cities. The team on the show was in an California city that was never identified. The main star on this show was Steve Forrest. He played the leader of this team and the leader's name was "Hondo." Rod Perry played the second command on the team and went by the name of Sgt. David Kay. Other people on the show were Robert Urich, James Coleman and Mark Shera.

What made this show distinctive was the theme song. The theme song became number one hit single in 1976 as sung by Rhythm Heritage. The title sequence was also well-known. As the theme song played, the team runs to their transport, with their weapons drawn. The driver of the transport was "Sam," and he was never given credit for his prominent role in the title sequence.

2 Seasons, 42 Episodes
February 24, 1975
Cast: Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry, Mark Shera
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  • Is it murder or self-defense when Dom Luca shoots a hostage-holding gunman? Three people have three different versions of what happened and the future of S.W.A.T. is at stake unless Luca can clear himself, in "Officer Luca, You're Dead." Secretary Donna Izing is taken hostage by her estranged husband, Alan, after he shoots and wounds Donna's employer in a jealous rage. Using Donna as a shield, Izing seeks a way out of the office building as S.W.A.T. and newspaper photographers arrive. Luca encounters the Izings is a dark corridor. Three shots are fired, one by Alan Izing, two by Luca. There are also three versions of what occurred and Luca must prove to a police Board of Review that he acted in the line of duty after Donna files charges against S.W.A.T.

  • Time bombs are planted throughout a radio station by a group demanding the release of a mass killer and S.W.A.T. has two hours to devise a plan to rescue several hostages and dispose of the bombs in "Any Second Now." Militant leader Edward Stillman has designed a plan to free his brother, convicted of killing six people, from prison. He places highly sophisticated time bombs throughout a radio station, takes the staff as hostages and goes on the air to demand his brother's immediate release. Stillman ironically blows up the stairwell and elevator -- his only avenue of escape -- when police try to use them. Hondo and the S.W.A.T. team manage to get old friend Lt. Johnson, a demolitions expert, up near the final timed device. But Lt. Johnson is spotted by the gang and shot -- leaving captors, captives and S.W.A.T. stranded with the bomb set to explode and no way down.

  • S.W.A.T. goes after a gang of misfits who steal vans and attack beautiful women in "Dragons and Owls." Bible-quoting Maynard Hill and three other men have assaulted several young women whom they have abducted from taverns and cars spotted in "Lover's Lane." When Maynard sees a newspaper picture of Laurie Kendall, sister of a recent victim, he becomes obsessed with the thought of capturing her. Although Laurie has been as signed a protective guard by Hondo, Maynard and his men make plans to seize the young beauty at all costs.

  • Hondo and a Chinese-American police lieutenant team up to crack a highly organized, heavily armed and deadly drug and protection ring which is terrorizing the Chinese community in "The Chinese Connection." Lt. Eddie Chew is assigned to aid Lt. Hondo Harrelson when an elderly shop owner is fatally beaten by an illegal Chinese alien working as a shakedown man for Albert Parker, the Caucasian leader of what appears to be an all Oriental crime syndicate. Hondo begins to doubt Chew's integrity when it becomes obvious that Chinatown criminals are being given secrets of his investigation.

  • A young man, estranged from his wealthy father, is slain after helping a group of criminals burglarize his father's warehouse, containing a vast store of imported, unmarked weapons. Bud Haskins, disowned after marrying a girl of whom his father, John Haskins, disapproved, decides to help three "professionals" crack open the safe in the elder Haskins' warehouse. Bud is unaware that the thieves are actually after a huge arsenal of sophisticated, unmarked weapons that have been secretly imported for sale. Although S.W.A.T. is assigned to investigate the burglary-murder, John Haskins recruits members of a tough Eastern mob to find the killers of his son.

  • Dom Luca becomes romantically involved with a boarding school student who is unaware that she is linked with a pair of homicidal thieves and therefore in deadly peril. In "Lessons in Fear," Hondo Harrelson and his team are called upon to investigate robbery-homicides in which powerful drills and cutting equipment have been stolen. Meanwhile, Dom Luca is dating student Sharon Merlingdale, who is being carefully watched by Mark Worth, one of the killer-thieves. The more Sharon sees Dom Luca, the more convinced North becomes that the girl must be eliminated.

  • The SWAT team protects a key government witness against an organized crime boss.

  • An undercover government agent becomes the key witness in a trial that sends an underworld boss to prison for life, but is, himself, sentenced to death by the worldwide crime syndicate in "The Running Man." Lt. Hondo Harrelson and his team have been recruited by a government agency to arrest syndicate czar Vincent Alexander, whose trusted lieutenant, David Neal, is actually an investigator who has given four years of his life to nailing the chieftain and sending him to prison. Following Alexander's conviction, based on Neal's testimony, Neal attempts to drop out of sight and assume a new identity. But the syndicate grapevine is well connected and Neal soon realizes he must spend the rest of his life on the run. With a half million dollar bounty on Neal's head, S.W.A.T. finds itself in a small war facing a squad of syndicate hit men.

  • Anne Francis guest stars as millionairess Doris Bristol, whose bodyguard, Joe DeLeon is slain after he spots criminal Frank Malloy posing as a dying patient. Hondo and his men, who are at the hospital putting together a Christmas party is the children's ward, find themselves on duty when the discovery of DeLeon's body leaves Mrs. Bristol unprotected and in apparent jeopardy.

  • Hondo and his team go after a gang of arsonist killers who pose as firemen, evacuate the residents of posh hillside homes and then go on a looting spree, gathering jewelry, paintings and antiques in "Murder by Fire." Peter Breck guest stars as Marco, who engineers the fire during Southern California's dry season in the area's most affluent neighborhood. While looting the home of a wealthy couple, one of Marco's men kills a fireman. When S.W.A.T., is called is to locate a possible sniper, T.J. McCabe is shot and Marco escapes with a truckload of loot.

  • A tugboat hauling a barge laden with explosives is hijacked and its skipper slain by a gang who threatens to blow up the harbor and murder a famous marine biologist unless Lt. Hondo Harrelson arranges for the delivery of one million dollars in "Terror Ship." Diana Muldaur guest stars as attractive Noble Prize winning scientist Kate Darby, whose rejected suitor, Phil Garland, pirates the tug and its cargo of TNT. Garland and his aides plant charges throughout the harbor which can be detonated by remote controls. Then, with Kate as a hostage, Garland makes his demand for a million dollars in cash.

  • Lt. Hondo Harrelson and his team clash with a paramilitary group of racists, whose leader, a retired U.S. Army general, has been marked for extinction by other power-seeking extremists is "Strike Force." General James Woodward, backed by an elite corps of armed "troops," has built a dubious following by slurring Americans whose ancestors came from Asia, Africa and certain parts of Europe. When S.W.A.T. is ordered to provide special security for Woodward at two major appearances, Hondo's men and the Woodward "guard" come in conflict, especially when Hondo begins to suspect that Alicia Woodward, the general's attractive wife, and Capt. Paul Brenner, a trusted aide, are involved in plot to destroy Woodward.

  • Hondo and a talkative convicted dope dealer marked for execution by the syndicate are stranded in rugged terrain after surviving the crash of a sabotaged heli-copter in "Ordeal." Johnny Rizi has the names of about 100 "legit" enterprises doing business with the syndicate and the mob wants Rizi silenced before he reaches prison where he may exchange information for special treatment. Knowing this, authorities ask S.W.A.T. to guard Rizi. Hondo handcuffs himself to the gangster for the helicopter flight to the pen, but the chopper goes down. Stranded together, Rizi and Hondo fight for sur-vival, wondering who will reach them first -- the rescue team or the "hit men."

  • At the scene of a $2 million race track heist, Lt. Hondo Harrelson seizes one of the holdup men and rescues a female hostage. Those who escape immediately begin spending part of the fortune on guns and manpower to free their captured partner. Howard Wilson is jailed and his partners, Mike Simon and Frank Peterson, escape before S.W.A.T. moves in to combat a race track heist involving a hostage. Wilson is on the brink of revealing the names of his partners when a high-powered attorney, Jason Bridges, assures him that Simon and Peterson are planning to free him at all costs -- even if the price involves the lives of court personnel when Wilson goes to trial.

  • Officer Jason "Diesel" Brasgalla is called away from his daughters' birthday party when a barricaded gunman allegedly starts shooting off in a residential neighborhood.

  • Runaway teenager Kathy Benson, seeking shelter in the warehouse, calls police when several men break in. Before fleeing the scene, Kathy gets a clear look at the leader, Gregg Colby, a prominent citizen and former U.S. Senator, attempting to solve his money problems by stealing from his own warehouse, collecting the insurance, and later selling his own "stolen" merchandise. He pretends to offer assistance to police investigating the case so that he can silence the only eyewitness, Kathy.

  • Lt. Hondo Harrelson and a crooked property owner have something in common; both are marked for death by a pair of vengeance-seeking ex-cons who have figured out a way to pin the planned killings on two brothers fighting eviction from their family home in "The Vendetta. Mel Lang and Ralph Costa have served sentences in prison after being framed by one Carl Rigby and arrested by Hondo Harrelson. When S.W.A.T. is called upon to assist, police in evicting heavily armed brothers Will and Johnny Brewer from a home taken over by Rigby, Lang and Costa plan to execute Hondo and Rigby and create evidence pointing to the Brewer brothers.

  • An unemployed Hollywood stuntman plans the destruction of a major studio which he blames for all his personal problems.

  • Lt. Hondo Harrelson places Dom Luca and T.J. McCabe on special undercover assignment to track down the supplier of new, imported automatic weapons used in a series of holdups in "Dealers in Death." Ex-mercenaries Mike Shannon and Kurt Dietrich have collected an awesome inventory of automatic weapons and explosives, which they are selling to anyone who can meet their high prices. When the weapons are spotted is a series of crimes, police ask S.W.A.T. to step in. Because Luca was an undercover "narc" detail operative before joining S.W.A.T. Hondo sends the young officer and McCabe out to glean information from underworld contacts.

  • Hondo and his team close in on the gang that has been committing robberies using SCUBA gear.

  • Hondo and his team go after a gang of jewel thieves who make their getaways under water.

  • This week on an all new Dallas SWAT, negotiator J.D. Byas is called out in the middle of the night to a hotel where a man is holding a woman hostage.

  • Two Dallas SWAT units are called in to handle an unusually complicated and dangerous narcotics sting where they'll be hitting two neighboring homes of suspected drug dealers at the same time.

  • The Dallas SWAT team is on the run in a high-speed chase that takes them across three counties in pursuit of a man who has carjacked an 18-wheeler taking it's driver hostage.

  • Hondo and the team go on the hunt for a serial killer who escaped justice two years prior by faking his death.

  • It's Sergeant Eddie Fuller's last week with Dallas SWAT and Fuller must lead his team through a deadly narcotics and arms warrant that involves innocent children and women.

  • A gang of ex-convicts, led by their former parole officer, utilizing his familiarity with S.W.A.T. procedures, invades a heavily guarded rare coin auction and makes off with two million dollars is gold in "Sole Survivor." After making a careful study of S.W.A.T. methods, Frank Hunter, a recently dismissed parole officer, recruits a group of ex-convicts with special skills. Then, after setting off a series of false S.W.A.T. calls throughout the city, Hunter and his well-armed specialists help themselves to a fortune in rare gold coins.

  • Lt. Hondo Harrelson tries to conceal the fact that a superficial wound -- a bullet crease across his temple -- has affected his vision, but eventually he must be relieved of his command in "Blind Man's Bluff." While leading the team in the rescue of several women being held hostage by two known killers in a massage parlor, Hondo is grazed by a bullet. He refuses to take time off for tests until dizziness and blur-red vision force him temporarily to relinquish his command to Lt. Purcell, an officer whose methods and personality have a demoralizing effect on the S.W.A.T. team.

  • A national beauty pageant becomes a nightmare when three desperate men in a stolen armored car attempt to steal two million dollars worth of jewelry in "The Steel Plated Security Blanket." As Hondo Harrelson and the S.W.A.T. team investigate the theft of an armored car, T.J. McCabe is spending his lunch hour with his fiancĂ©e, Susan, who is public relations representative for the Miss American Beauty Pageant. As Miss New Mexico tries on the crown and scepter, the armored car thieves attempt to steal the jewels, taking Susan and Miss New Mexico as hostages.

  • SWAT takes its training to whole new heights when they learn extreme rope climbing and rappelling techniques which involve jumping out of a helicopter hovering 100 feet above the ground.

  • An unemployed Hollywood stuntman plans the destruction of a major studio which he blames for all his personal problems.

  • Lt. Hondo Harrelson and his team move into a sports arena to save the lives of members of a professional basketball team being held for a two-million-dollar ransom by a group claiming to advocate freedom for the oppressed in "Death Score." Posing as documentary filmmakers, terrorist group leader Doug McVea and his men are allowed free access to the Owls, a pro basketball team. During the halftime break of a major game, McVea and his gunmen capture the players and send word from the locker room that all of the athletes will be slain unless the U.S. State Department delivers two million dollars in cash and a plane capable of making a nonstop flight to the Middle East. Hondo's S.W.A.T. team and units dram other divisions are given the job of saving the hostages and capturing the terrorists.

  • When Sgt. "Deacon" Kay is wounded by gunfire from a jewel thief holding a woman hostage, Hondo temporarily replaces him with an old friend whose erratic, overzealous actions demoralize the team in "Jungle War." Bo Pritchard is a veteran police officer who also served with Hondo in Vietnam. Having completed S.W.A.T. training, Pritchard all but begs Hondo to give him a chance to work on the team until "Deacon" Kay recovers. But going into action with Hondo recalls memories of jungle warfare to Pritchard whose hostility and resentments eventually pull him into an emotional breakdown.

  • A big city hospital becomes a battleground as Lt. Hondo Harrelson and his team attempt to thwart a second assassination attempt on a mobster scheduled to testify before a Senate committee in "Hit Men." Vincent Ritchie, serving a prison sentence, agrees to expose the secrets of a crime syndicate when he learns of "family" plans to insure his permanent silence. As he is transported with a police escort from the penitentiary, Ritchie is gravely wounded in an ambush attack that claims the life of a police officer. While doctors fight to save the convict's life, Hondo's team and other S.W.A.T. units station themselves throughout the hospital, awaiting an expected attempt to finish Ritchie off.

  • After thwarting a food market heist involving hostages, preventing an attempted suicide-by-fire and launching a kidnapping investigation, Lt. Honda Harrelson is ordered to extend cooperation to a beautiful young magazine writer planning a series of articles on Special Weapons and Tactics in "Pressure-Cooker." Hondo and his men have been working around the clock when lady journalist Meredith Cooper reports, with police department approval, to spend several days with the S.W.A.T. team. Ms. Cooper's presence creates problems: Her beauty is distracting. Her manner is pushy and her opinion of policemen is anchored somewhere below sea level.

  • The team hunts down a sniper.

  • Sal Mineo guest stars as an escaped mass murderer who reassembles his followers in a plot to punish everyone responsible for his arrest and conviction, including S.W.A.T. leader "Hondo" Harrelson in "Coven of Killers." Three members of Joey Hopper's "family," including newcomer Judy Collins, engineer Hopper's escape from a prison's hospital ward. After executing an assistant District Attorney, Hopper sends a recorded message to "Hondo" that he will be the next victim and that he also intends to punish the jury that found him guilty of other homicides. Russ Collins, owner of an underground newspaper that has published sympathetic articles about Hopper, refuses to admit knowledge of Hopper's whereabouts until "Hondo" informs Collins that his daughter, Judy, has become a member of the treacherous cult.

  • A routine patrol turns tragic after a sniper opens fire.

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S.W.A.T. Video Clips & Extras

S.W.A.T - Death Trap Clip (01:33) S.W.A.T - Boom! Clip (02:57) S.W.A.T. - Cyanide Clip (02:11) S.W.A.T. - Storming The Militia Clip (02:25) S.W.A.T. - Real Bullets Clip (02:52) S.W.A.T. - GPS Switch Clip (03:06) S.W.A.T. - The Young and the Arrested Clip (01:30) S.W.A.T. - Ten Years of Being The Best Clip (02:09)