S.W.A.T.

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 23

    Dangerous Memories

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 22

    Officer Luca, You're Dead

    Aired 4/3/76

  • S 2 : Ep 21

    Soldier on the Hill

    Aired 3/20/76

  • S 2 : Ep 20

    Any Second Now

    Aired 3/13/76

  • S 2 : Ep 19

    Dragons and Owls

    Aired 3/6/76

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Forrest

    Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson

  • Robert Urich

    Officer Jim Street

  • Rod Perry

    Sergeant David "Deacon" Kay

  • Mark Shera

    Officer Dominic Luca

  • James Coleman

    Officer T.J. McCabe

  • show Description
  • The show starring Steve Forrest was a spinoff of The Rookies. The show produced 39 episodes, 2 of which were really episodes of The Rookies that served as the pilot. The show ran from February 1975 until April 1976. Also starring was Robert Urich (who went onto star in Soap in September 1977), and Mark Shera. Thanks to hit programs like Adam-12, the cop show rose to a new level of prominence during the 1970's. There were several badge-flashing action dramas over the course of the decade, but perhaps none as interesting (or controversial) as S.W.A.T., a program inspired by the real-life crime-control units that rose to prominence in the U.S. after the civil disturbances of the late 1960's. Although its brutal level of action ensured that it had short life on television, S.W.A.T. became an impressive success during its short run and continues to be a cult favorite today. S.W.A.T. is an acronym for the 'Special Weapons And Tactics' unit, which was an elite five-man team of police officers who dealt with situations that were too dangerous for the police force to handle. Each had a specific job: Lt. Harrelson called the shots as the group's commanding officer, Sgt. Kay was the group's scout and Officer McCabe was the resident marksman. Each was also a Vietnam veteran, so they all adopted a military style (navy-blue fatigues) and used a combat mentality to deal with the problems they faced. During the show's run, the S.W.A.T. team had no shortage of psychos and crazies to deal with-everything from snipers to Satanists to scuba-diving jewel thieves. S.W.A.T. also had to deal with being the direct targets of these bad guys-Street dated a woman whose last few boyfriends were killed by a sniper in "The Bravo Enigma," and a family of criminals targeted the entire S.W.A.T. team for extinction in "Kill S.W.A.T." No matter who was plotting to kill whom, you could count on plenty of mayhem each week as the S.W.A.T. rolled from destination to destination in their specially-equipped van to dispense justice the hard way. S.W.A.T.'s combination of cool cops and brutal action made it a popular choice when it hit the airwaves in 1975. The show even produced a radio hit when its orchestral-funk theme song, performed by Rhythm Heritage, became a Top-10 smash on pop radio. Everyone loved the show except the critics. Media pundits regularly attacked the show for its high level of violence, the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality of the heroes, and the fact that its heroes often dealt out more violence than the foes they were dealing with. The controversial but popular show enjoyed a two-season run before quietly disappearing from the television schedule in the summer of 1976. Today, S.W.A.T. periodically pops up in reruns and garners an enthusiastic response from the former kids who grew up on its tales of urban-guerrilla warfare. The show was even remade as an action epic for the movie theaters starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Whether the remake was a success or not, one thing is certain: S.W.A.T. has earned its place in television history as one of the most memorably intense cop shows of all time. (Extra info courtesy of YesterdayLand)moreless

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  • Quotes (154)

    • (About T.J.) Hondo: Don't kick his ass so bad I can't get a rematch. Street: I won't make any promises. Hondo: It's my money, man!

    • Officer Street: (on the radio) Olympic 341 clear. Officer Duran: Clear and dragging. Remind me to speak to the Commissioner about these hours, will you? If I'm lucky, I get home in time to see the kids off to school, the wife off to work. Officer Street: Well weren't you the one who made the speech when they gave us the morning watch? Huh? The stillness, the serenity, the infinite pleasure of watching a new day born. (Officer Duran laughs heartily)

    • Kay: Call was a phony, just like all the others. Ambush. Cold-blooded assassination. Why? Lt. Harrelson: Because of the color. Not because they're black, brown or white, because they're blue.

    • (from remarks to S.W.A.T. candidates) Lt. Harrelson: S.W.A.T. is elite. We're very particular about who joins the fraternity. The regular jobs are handled by the street cops; when it's big, when it's emergency, when it's unique, that's when we're called in, like right now. Our approach is going to be innovative, our weapons and tactics hard-hitting. You'll be trained in scouting, patrolling, night operations, camouflage and concealment, combat in built up areas, ambushing and repelling. The dossiers we have on each of you show that you've all had some kind of military preparation before joining the force. Well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Kay: Amen! Lt. Harrelson: You've all met Sgt. Kay here. Brother Deacon is our resident preacher.

    • Luca: You were going to be a priest? Kay: Well, I thought so for most of my life. Spent two years in Jesuit training, 'til I got restless and decided that withdrawal from the mainstream was no longer what I wanted. Luca: Ah, so maybe you found a better way to save souls.

    • Street: Look, I'm all tuned in to S.W.A.T. saving lives, but I keep thinking about Rob Duran. I have nightmares about what happened to us. And I knew when I saw him dying the street that I had to do something about it, personally. I mean not a vendetta, but something. Now I don't know. Every now and then I have second thoughts about some things. Maybe I'm just not convinced that S.W.A.T. is the way to go. Here I am busting my tail like some college kid (at S.W.A.T. training), and the guys who wasted Rob and the others are still out running free. Lt. Harrelson: And you want to know when you're going to get a piece of them. Street: Let's just say, Lieutenant, that I don't want to leave my fight in the gym.

    • Lt. Harrelson: Happy Anniversary, darling. Betty: Happy Anniversary. Oh Dan, I love my gift. Lt. Harrelson: Oh, that's only a down payment. Tonight I'm wining and dining you at a ridiculously expensive restaurant. Betty: Can we afford it? Lt. Harrelson: With inflation we can't afford to eat here! Thank you for my gift too. Betty: I haven't given you your gift yet. Lt. Harrelson: Oh yeah. You gave me ten years of your life. That's a lot to waste on a guy that spends too much time at work and not enough at home. Betty: You've got the wrong suspect, Lieutenant, I haven't wasted a minute.

    • Lt. Harrelson: Since the history of these escapees is one of extreme violence, we've been called in to take over from the top. Now that every escape route from the city has been buttoned up, S.W.A.T.'s job is to conduct a sweep so thorough that not even a puff of smoke can slip through.

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    Notes (41)

    • Originally conceived nearly 10 years earlier as a project for Arnold Schwarzenegger. When plans for the film were resurrected as a project for younger actors, Paul Walker and Mark Wahlberg were originally considered to star in the film.

    • Screenwriter David Ayer's previous project was the critically acclaimed film Training Day which earned Denzel Washington an Oscar. Director Clark Johnson recently earned an Emmy nomination for his directorial work on the TV series The Shield.

    • Filming for the S.W.A.T. motion picture began October 19, 2002.

    • Only Steve Forrest appeared in this episode.

    • Originally a 2 hour episode of the popular TV series The Rookies.

    • Claire Newell's actual role for all epsiodes is Casting Supervisor.

    • Annette O'Toole also guest starred in several episodes of S.W.A.T.'s predecessor The Rookies. She can now be seen playing Martha Kent on The WB's hit series Smallville. She and guest star Geoffrey Lewis also worked together prior to this episode in the 1974 film Smile.

    • Street, Luca and McCabe join the S.W.A.T. team.

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    Trivia (39)

    • The role of Jim Street was originally offered to Mark Wahlberg.

    • Before filming, the principal actors all received SWAT tactics, live fire and weapons training. In addition to this training, Colin Farrell also received Los Angeles Police Department Driver Training.

    • The name of the S.W.A.T. truck driver is Sam.

    • The S.W.A.T. team works out of the Police Station - Division 6 building, which is the Hollywood Police Station.

    • Lt. Harrelson tells Jim Street that he understands what he is going through emotionally as, prior to joining S.W.A.T, he lost two partners of his own.

    • Our first glimpse of Dominic is also the only time we see him with a beard.

    • In the opening credits (every episode), the scene of Kay diving headfirst through a window and coming up with a shoulder-aimed M-16 is very noticeably two different people. The stuntman dives through the window behind some crates, and Rod Perry pops up with the rifle, attempting to give the illusion that he did some kind of 'shoulder-roll' behind the crates. The stunt man lands pretty far to the left of where Kay pops up.

    • Robert Urich, Mark Shera, and guest star Jess Walton appeared together in the Gunsmoke episode Manolo, which aired on March 17, 1975, exactly one week before this episode of S.W.A.T.

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    Allusions (16)

    • In the trailer for the film, the cast sing a melody together. The song is actually the theme from the original television show, S.W.A.T.

    • Jesuit training Refers to the Society of Jesus, which is a Roman Catholic Church religious order whose members are called Jesuits. The order was founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.

    • Matterhorn Ride at Disneyland Refers to an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA, which is made up of two intertwining steel roller coasters. The attraction is based on the 14,000+ foot Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps. The attraction opened on June 14, 1959 and is a 1/100-scale of the mountain.

    • The story was no doubt inspired by the vicious real life Manson "family", headed by Charles Manson.

    • Larry Csonka Refers to the star running back who played 11 seasons (1968-1979) in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants but is best know for his years with the Dolphins, where he led the team in rushing for five consecutive seasons. He was part of the 1973 team which went 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII. Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

    • Annie Oakley Refers to the American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Annie (1860–1926) had spectacular talent, which led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and which made her America's first female superstar. Reputedly, Annie could split a playing card edge-on from 90 feet using a .22 caliber rifle, then put five or six more holes in it before it reached the ground.

    • Michelangelo Refers to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475–1564), an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. His versatility in his disciplines was of such a high order that he is considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man. Da Vinci Refers to Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452–1519), an Italian scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. He is one of Italy's most famous sons. Fermi Refers to Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), an Italian physicist most noted for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor. He is also noted for contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. In 1938, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity. He is regarded as one of the top scientists of the 20th century. Fermium (Fm, atomic number 100), a synthetic element created in 1952 is named after him. Marconi Refers to Marchese Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), an Italian inventor, best known for his development of a radiotelegraph system. In 1909, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun, "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".

    • Mean Joe Greene and the Steelers defense Refers to Charles Edward "Mean Joe" Greene (b. 1946), the defensive leader of the National Football League's (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout the early 1970s, he was arguably the best defensive lineman in the NFL, and one of the best to ever play his position. He anchored the "Steel Curtain" defense, which won four Super Bowls in six seasons. Greene was a 10 time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Hard to believe that this was considered too violent for TV

    By karlmeszaros, Nov 29, 2008

  • Still enjoy it to this day!

    By fluffybear, Aug 09, 2005

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