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In this drama series, a team of police special officers navigate the difficult cases that call for heavy weaponry and aggressive tactics. Produced by Aaron Spelling (Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat), the series is more soap opera than gritty cop drama.

ABC
3 Seasons, 54 Episodes
February 24, 1975
Drama
6.6/10
Cast: Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry, Mark Shera
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  • The SWAT team searches for thieves who are on the run with a high-tech thermal lance that can cut through almost anything.

  • The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo's older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades.

  • Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardict), to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach Police Department when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles.

  • Deacon's family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader, a former foreign rebel force leader running drugs in plain sight via a local flower market.

  • The SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Also, tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents' strained relationship becomes worse.

  • The mayor ask Lt. Lynch to enact a department review of the SWAT team while hunting down a fugitive leader of an infamous doomsday cult. Also, Luca ask the team to invest in his new passion project: a Guatemalan food truck.

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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.

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