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1 | 2
Release Date:
17 February 1975 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The missions of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit. Full summary »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
70s' Hit Crime Drama See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Steve Forrest ... Lieutenant Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson (37 episodes, 1975-1976)

Robert Urich ... Officer Jim Street (37 episodes, 1975-1976)

Rod Perry ... Sergeant David 'Deacon' Kay (37 episodes, 1975-1976)

Mark Shera ... Officer Dominic Luca (37 episodes, 1975-1976)
James Coleman ... Officer T.J. McCabe (37 episodes, 1975-1976)
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Series Directed by
George McCowan (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bruce Bilson (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Harry Falk (3 episodes, 1975)
Bernard McEveety (3 episodes, 1976)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1975)
Phil Bondelli (2 episodes, 1975)
Gene Levitt (2 episodes, 1975)
Sutton Roley (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert Hamner (26 episodes, 1975-1976)
Rick Husky (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert I. Holt (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Walter Black (3 episodes, 1975)
Charles Eric Johnson (3 episodes, 1975)
Edward J. Lakso (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Herb Bermann (2 episodes, 1975)
Benjamin Masselink (2 episodes, 1975)
Bob Mitchell (2 episodes, 1976)
Esther Mitchell (2 episodes, 1976)

Lee Stanley (unknown episodes)
Shirley Ulmer (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer / producer (31 episodes, 1975-1976)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer / producer (31 episodes, 1975-1976)
Shelley Hull .... associate producer (29 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert Hamner .... producer (16 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gene Levitt .... producer (13 episodes, 1975-1976)
Barry Shear .... producer (3 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon (6 episodes, 1975)
Jack Elliott (2 episodes, 1975)
Allyn Ferguson (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tim Southcott (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
Clay Bartels (9 episodes, 1975-1976)
James Baiotto (8 episodes, 1975-1976)
Leon Carrere (7 episodes, 1975)
Richard Malek (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Jim Faris (3 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Casting by
Claire Newell (13 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Direction by
Tracy Bousman (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Raymond Paul (14 episodes, 1975)
Bob Signorelli (4 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Makeup Department
Les Berns .... makeup artist (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
Russel Wiles .... post-production supervisor (15 episodes, 1975)
Al Kraus .... production manager (13 episodes, 1975)
Wilbur D'Arcy .... production manager (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1975)
Wilbur D'Arcy .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1975)
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Chris Christenberry .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1975)
John Ashley Hamilton .... trainee director (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Art Department
Bob Henderson .... property master (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gordon Kirschbaum .... construction coordinator (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Sound Department
John Oliver .... sound engineer (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dutch Van Derbyl .... special effects (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1975)
Fred Waugh .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (5 episodes, 1975-1976)

Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty Jordan .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Casting Department
Claire Newell .... casting supervisor / casting (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Phelps .... costumes / costumer (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
Sylvia Liggett .... costumes / costumer (16 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Music Department
Steve Livingston .... music editor (37 episodes, 1975-1976)
Barry De Vorzon .... composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1975-1976)
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor (19 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Doris DeHerdt .... script supervisor (18 episodes, 1975-1976)
Rick Kelbaugh .... technical advisor (12 episodes, 1975)
John Robert Miller .... technical advisor (3 episodes, 1975-1976)

Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (34 episodes)
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Trivia:
T.j> McCabe was the marksman of the team. That is why he was always armed with a high powered rifle instead of an assault rifle.See more »
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Referenced in The Cookout (2004)See more »
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Theme from S.W.A.T.See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
70s' Hit Crime Drama, 17 December 2011
Author: Sparky48 from United States

"When you need help, you call the police. But when the police needs help, they call S.W.A.T." I vividly remember this tag used to advertise this then-new TV crime drama, which debut in 1974 when I was 13.

Having watched a number of detective and conventional police crime dramas on television, S.W.A.T. was indeed a different type a crime-drama TV series about the quasi-military arm of the Los Angeles police department, assigned to respond to extreme/emergency situations. The show became an instant hit, with its theme song even becoming one as well on many radio stations during the mid-seventies.

A strong cast lead by Steve Forrest, who plays the stern, level-headed Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson--and featuring Rod Perry as "Deacon" Kay, his loyal right-hand man, Marc Shera as Officer Dominic Luca, the free-spirited Italian, James Coleman as Officer T.J. MaCabe, the expert marksman, and Robert Urich, as the no-nonsense young Officer Jim Street--provides solid and intriguing drama that would hold the TV viewers' attention in almost every episode.

However, I recently viewed the series again in re-runs on TVLand, and as a middle-aged man now instead of a young teenager, I've become a bit more critical. When watching the series now, it seems quite unrealistic how in certain episodes a S.W.A.T. team member had personal connections to an individual who was involved in a particular case that the S.W.A.T. team responded to.

In one episode, T.J. reunites with his former high-school basketball teammate and introduces him to the other members of the S.W.A.T. team. Later that evening, T.J.'s buddy, who's now a pro basketball player, plays a basketball game at the local arena and thugs kidnap his team. They hold the players hostage in the locker room, and you can guess--by the strangest coincidence--what particular law enforcement unit comes to the rescue.

In another episode, a college professor of a university is also held hostage by extremists with the S.W.A.T. team responding to the emergency. Interestingly enough, the professor just happens to be Street's instructor of a course that he's is currently taking in night school at the university.

Yet in spite of these "Hollywoodish" moments, the show still holds up fairly well after 35 years. It can still captivate TV audiences with its action-packed, dramatic moments and provides sufficient entertainment to merit viewing.

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