|Genre||Action, crime drama|
|Created by||Robert Hamner|
|Developed by||Rick Husky|
|Theme music composer||Barry De Vorzon|
|Opening theme||"Theme from S.W.A.T."|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||37 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Aaron Spelling|
|Running time||50 mins|
|Production company||Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Original release||February 24, 1975 –|
April 3, 1976
S.W.A.T. is an American action-crime drama television series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team operating in an unidentified Californian city, although filming was done in and around Los Angeles. A spin-off of The Rookies, the series aired for two seasons on ABC from February 1975 to April 1976. Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg were executive producers. It was created by Robert Hamner and developed by Rick Husky.
S.W.A.T. stars Steve Forrest as the unit's leader, Lt. "Hondo" Harrelson, Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street, Rod Perry as Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay, Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca, and James Coleman as Officer T.J. McCabe. The opening theme was composed by Barry De Vorzon.
The pilot for the series was a two-part episode of The Rookies titled "S.W.A.T." (February 17, 1975).
The series is known for its instrumental theme song composed by Barry De Vorzon which became a number-one hit single in 1976 for Rhythm Heritage. The title sequence that used that piece was also familiar with the principal characters responding to a muster signal, grabbing their weapons and running to their specially equipped transport van driven by "Sam", an uncredited, non-speaking role.
The show's setting was rarely, if ever, specified and the shoulder patch the team members wore on their uniforms said, "W.C.P.D." Richard Kelbaugh, a former member of the LAPD's S.W.A.T. team, was the technical advisor for the series. WCPD stood for Western California Police Department.
Main article: List of S.W.A.T. (1975 TV series) episodes
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||February 24, 1975||May 26, 1975|
|2||25||September 13, 1975||April 3, 1976|
The first season of S.W.A.T. was released on DVD on June 3, 2003 to tie in with the release of the feature film. Season Two's episode "Time Bomb" was actually produced for Season One and, as such, "Time Bomb" is Episode 8 on the Season One DVD set. The Season One DVD set has a total of 13 episodes.
On February 10, 2012, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series; they subsequently released the second and final season on DVD on May 22, 2012.
On January 16, 2018, Mill Creek Entertainment released S.W.A.T.: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.
As of March 2009, the show can be purchased on iTunes.
The violent television series premiered at a time when violence on television began to become a subject of controversy, and the actual Los Angeles SWAT team on which the fictional team had been modeled was harshly critical of its depiction of such teams.
A film version of the series, S.W.A.T., was released in 2003 starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson. Steve Forrest has a cameo role as a police truck driver and Rod Perry (the original TV series' "Deacon" Kay) plays the father of LL Cool J's character Deacon "Deke" Kaye.
In 2011 and 2017, a direct-to-DVD sequels titled S.W.A.T.: Firefight and S.W.A.T.: Under Siege were released; they bore little connection to the TV series, the 2003 film or even each other.
On May 12, 2017, a new version of S.W.A.T. starring Shemar Moore as Hondo was ordered to series by CBS. The new series premiered on November 2, 2017. This remake series was far more successful with a seven season run and 120 episodes.