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The Best Episodes of S.W.A.T.

Every episode of S.W.A.T. ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of S.W.A.T.!

A locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly-trained unit that's the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

Genres:CrimeAction & AdventureDrama
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "S.W.A.T." is "School", rated 8.9/10 from 809 user votes. It was directed by Billy Gierhart and written by Robert Wittstadt. "School" aired on 1/3/2019 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Last Call".

  • School
    8.9/10 809 votes

    #1 - School

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-01-03

    The SWAT team faces difficult reminders of a past school shooting when they receive a warning that a copycat plans to re-enact the crime. As the team races to stop the new threat, they flash back to the day of the tense first mission.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Robert Wittstadt

  • Last Call
    8.6/10 77 votes

    #2 - Last Call

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2024-04-05

    After the shocking shooting of a member of 20-Squad, Hondo and the team launch a citywide manhunt for the robbery crew responsible. Meanwhile, Deacon’s plans for his future hit a snag, and Powell and Alfaro clash over a tricky issue.

    Director: Michael D. Olmos

    Writer: Mellori Velasquez

  • Stigma
    8.3/10 440 votes

    #3 - Stigma

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2020-04-08

    Hondo and the SWAT team race to save Buck, their former unit leader, when he goes off grid and they fear he plans to harm himself. Flashbacks reveal the search for Buck, which coincides with one of the team’s most brutal missions, as each team member receives counseling and discusses the untold mental and emotional difficulties inherent to working in SWAT.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Ryan Keleher

  • Invisible
    8.1/10 407 votes

    #4 - Invisible

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2019-04-18

    The abduction of Luca and Street’s neighbor sends the SWAT team in pursuit of a home invasion crew targeting domestic workers to gain entry into upscale homes. Also, the SWAT division prepares to help Mumford mark a major career milestone.

    Director: John Terlesky

    Writer: A.C. Allen

  • Day of Dread
    8.1/10 419 votes

    #5 - Day of Dread

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2019-05-02

    The SWAT team finds itself under internal investigation after a civilian is killed as they attempted to bring in the city’s most wanted criminal. As the mission details are revealed, the force’s internal affairs team calls Hondo’s leadership into question.

    Director: Alrick Riley

    Writer: Alison Cross

  • Immunity
    8.1/10 394 votes

    #6 - Immunity

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-10-23

    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. Also, Hondo receives troubling news regarding his father, and Tan is forced to go before an internal review board due to his girlfriend’s indiscretion.

    Director: Jann Turner

    Writer: Michael Gemballa

  • Good Cop
    8.1/10 370 votes

    #7 - Good Cop

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2020-01-22

    Hondo and the SWAT team rally to support Street when he puts his life on the line to help his foster brother Nate break away from a drug ring.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Matthew T. Brown

  • End of the Road
    8.1/10 126 votes

    #8 - End of the Road

    Season 7 Episode 5 - Aired 2024-03-08

    While training with Long Beach SWAT, Street discovers a biker club has stolen a cache of armor-piercing bullets and brings 20-Squad into the hunt for the gang before they can pull off a daring and deadly heist. As Hondo struggles with changes at work, Nichelle finds herself at odds with her former colleague Bruce.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • S.O.S.
    8.0/10 501 votes

    #9 - S.O.S.

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-10-25

    Hondo and Lina go undercover to infiltrate and take back a cruise ship that’s under siege by drug smugglers who will execute passengers if they detect police on board. Street enters the SWAT Training Academy and finds the competition fiercer than he expected.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann

  • 1000 Joules
    8.0/10 435 votes

    #10 - 1000 Joules

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-12-06

    The SWAT team sets out to recover dozens of DNA evidence kits stolen from an LAPD crime lab and bring in the crew responsible, after a close friend of Hicks is harmed during the theft. Financial strain at home makes it difficult for Deacon to focus on his role as leader of the SWAT division’s annual holiday toy drive.

    Director: David Rodriguez

    Writer: Craig Gore

  • Diablo
    8.0/10 352 votes

    #11 - Diablo

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2020-05-20

    The SWAT team searches for a group of drug smugglers who crash a plane in a Los Angeles suburb and scatter, after a joint mission with the DEA to stop the shipment goes awry. Also, Hondo tries to make amends with Nichelle, Luca experiences anxiety about his return to the field, and Deacon hesitates when asked to speak to a group of recruits about mental health.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: Robert Wittstadt, Munis Rashid

  • Lockdown
    8.0/10 332 votes

    #12 - Lockdown

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2021-05-12

    When four escaped prisoners take control of a courthouse with Hondo and Deacon inside but unarmed, the two race to save the lives of innocent civilians while trying to avoid detection themselves. Street visits his mother in the hospital and faces a pivotal decision.

    Director: Maja Vrvilo

    Writer: Robert Wittstadt

  • Survive
    8.0/10 340 votes

    #13 - Survive

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2022-01-02

    When Deacon enlists Chris’ help on an off-duty private security detail, they struggle to survive when they’re attacked by a drug cartel looking to kidnap their wealthy VIP client, on the new day and time.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Incoming
    8.0/10 272 votes

    #14 - Incoming

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2022-05-01

    When a plane carrying Street and the dangerous prisoner he's transporting is hijacked, the team races to save the innocent passengers onboard -- and one of their own; Hondo takes a big step in his relationship with Nichelle.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Farewell
    8.0/10 304 votes

    #15 - Farewell

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2022-05-22

    When control of a university chemistry lab is seized, the team races to thwart a devastating terror attack.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Legacy
    8.0/10 222 votes

    #16 - Legacy

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2023-05-19

    The team works with the DEA and their iron-jawed leader, Mack Boyle, to stop a ruthless cartel boss waging war on the streets of Los Angeles as he exacts revenge on those who killed his son.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier

  • Kangaroo
    7.9/10 404 votes

    #17 - Kangaroo

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2019-05-16

    The SWAT team goes in pursuit again of the militant group The Emancipators, when the criminals hold a live stream kangaroo court to publicly execute city politicians. Also, Hondo fights to lift Darryl’s spirits; Deacon feels unworthy as he prepares to receive one of the LAPD’s highest honors; and Street catches a break in the search for his missing parolee mother.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Michael Gemballa

  • Bad Cop
    7.9/10 376 votes

    #18 - Bad Cop

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2020-01-15

    Street is caught between his duty to SWAT and his commitment to his foster brother, Nate when Nate is ensnared in a criminal enterprise that could ruin them both. Also, the SWAT team goes after a ruthless crew that uses deadly force while stealing from card casinos, and Buck approaches Deacon to partner on a private security opportunity.

    Director: Ben Hernandez Bray

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann

  • The Fugitive
    7.9/10 302 votes

    #19 - The Fugitive

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2022-04-10

    When bodycam footage left at a local news station seems to show Hondo shooting two police officers, he is forced to go on the run while the team works to clear his name.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Zodiac
    7.9/10 247 votes

    #20 - Zodiac

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2022-05-15

    When a home invasion turns deadly, the team embarks on a race to track down priceless antique artifacts before any more lives are lost; Leroy enlists Hondo's help after an overdose hits close to home.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Seizure
    7.8/10 760 votes

    #21 - Seizure

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-01-11

    As the SWAT team goes inside a prison riot to rescue civilian hostages, Hondo suspects the inmates have an ulterior motive behind the uprising. Also, when Deacon’s wife, Annie, stops by headquarters to celebrate Deacon’s 10th anniversary with the SWAT division, her visit takes an unexpected turn.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

  • Inheritance
    7.8/10 456 votes

    #22 - Inheritance

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-11-08

    The SWAT team hunts for a band of criminals re-enacting the crimes of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army. Seeking expertise on the original crime spree in the 1970s, Luca and his father review the files of Luca’s late grandfather who worked for SWAT during the era of the original crimes. Hondo experiences discrimination from a fellow officer during a SWAT training seminar for local law enforcement in Arizona.

    Director: Romeo Tirone

    Writer: Kent Rotherham

  • Lion's Den
    7.8/10 376 votes

    #23 - Lion's Den

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-11-20

    The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Also, Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis and Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Munis Rashid

  • Hotel L.A.
    7.8/10 336 votes

    #24 - Hotel L.A.

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2020-03-25

    The SWAT team must protect a hotel full of civilians after a joint task force mission with the LAPD Gang Division goes wrong, and the city’s most dangerous gang leaders scatter across the building to find an escape. Also, Luca’s efforts to coordinate the team’s mission are complicated when his brother, Terry, a freelance stringer reporter, crosses police lines to shoot footage.

    Director: Laura Belsey

    Writer: Alison Cross

  • Spare Parts
    7.8/10 119 votes

    #25 - Spare Parts

    Season 7 Episode 4 - Aired 2024-03-08

    SWAT hunts down a Chilean arms dealer after he kidnaps a woman and her daughter from a party in L.A. with unexpected intentions. Crossing paths with his brother, Tan is forced to come clean to his family about his divorce from Bonnie, while Hondo discovers that Hicks has received a job offer that could lure him away from SWAT.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A