10 Worst Episodes of S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T., a crime drama available on CBS, first aired in 2017. It follows the life of Los Angeles Police Department's S.W.A.T. lieutenant, who has divided loyalty between the streets and his fellow officers. The show has aired seven seasons, and fans have taken the time to rank the worst episodes of the series. In this article, we are going to explore the worst episodes of S.W.A.T., according to viewers.

As the series progressed, the episodes became increasingly complex and intense. While the majority of episodes were well-received by viewers, there were a few that were considered to be the worst episodes of the show. The episodes were met with mixed reactions from fans, with some praising the show for its innovative storytelling, while others criticizing it for its lack of character development.

In this article, we will take a look at the episodes that fans have ranked as the worst of the show. We will explore why these episodes were ranked so poorly, and what the show could have done differently to make them better. By examining these episodes, we can gain insight into what makes a great episode of S.W.A.T. and learn from the mistakes of these worse episodes.

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S.W.A.T. - S5E18

#1 - Family (Season 5 - Episode 18)

When Hicks witnesses the assassination of his longtime friend, the team races to find the shooter and determine why he was targeted; Luca struggles with how to help his brother after he's arrested.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 437 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S4E1

#2 - 3 Seventeen Year Olds (1) (Season 4 - Episode 1)


Hondo, his father Daniel Sr. and his teen charge Darryl confront the history of racial tension in Los Angeles between law enforcement and the Black community, through flashbacks to the city in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict. Also, the SWAT team pursues El Diablo’s scattered drug cartel hiding in the city and a Jihadist group detonating bombs in coordinated attacks,

The episode was rated 7.56 from 430 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S5E17

#3 - Cry Foul (Season 5 - Episode 17)

When a series of deadly explosions hits oil derricks across Los Angeles, the team must hunt down an activist-turned-terrorist; Deacon and his wife work to free a reformed drug dealer who they believe was sent away for a murder he didn't commit.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 453 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S4E6

#4 - Hopeless Sinners (Season 4 - Episode 6)


Chris brings the SWAT team into her personal mission to save a teenage girl from a charismatic, predatory religious leader using his church for illicit gain. Also, Hondo receives troubling news about Darryl related to Leroy, Darryl's father, being released from prison, and Tan's wedding planning hits a snag.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 336 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S5E20

#5 - Quandary (Season 5 - Episode 20)

When the team discovers an illegal weapons dealer has sold stock to someone targeting a high-level politician, they rush to stop a deadly ambush.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 451 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S4E2

#6 - Stakeout (2) (Season 4 - Episode 2)


The SWAT team acts as a domestic surveillance unit for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced in Los Angeles after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan’s mother, Chan Fei, is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex-girlfriend Nichelle, for the first time since their breakup.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 393 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S5E13

#7 - Short Fuse (Season 5 - Episode 13)

A terminally ill inmate escapes from a hospital determined to settle old scores before he dies; Nichelle faces a life-changing event that affects her relationship with Hondo.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 451 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S1E5

#8 - Imposters (Season 1 - Episode 5)


When a series of home invasions are committed by SWAT imposters in an upscale neighborhood, Hondo and the team suspect the burglarized families are all hiding something. Also, when Deacon and Luca are assigned to protect a visiting professional hockey player who is receiving death threats, his penchant for trouble becomes a complication.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 1569 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S4E8

#9 - Crusade (Season 4 - Episode 8)

SWAT searches for a group of extremists carrying out coordinated attacks against local businesses.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 109 votes.

S.W.A.T. - S6E11

#10 - Atonement (Season 6 - Episode 11)


The team participates in a joint task force with the FBI when a car bombing has ties to a terrorist group planning an attack in Los Angeles; a tragedy from Deacon’s past gives insight into the origins of his faith.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 279 votes.

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