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Spun off from an earlier Spelling series, The Rookies, S.W.A.T. was the story of Special Weapons and Tactics, an elite branch of the Los Angeles Police Department assigned the most critical cases of urban violence in an American era of cult terrorism, snipers, assassinations, traumatized war veterans, and organized crime. Considering what the S.W.A.T. team is up against in every episode--shooters with sophisticated weaponry, psychotic revolutionaries, vulnerable takeover targets (nuclear reactors, etc.)--one might have expected the show to be swallowed up in gadgetry and fancy police protocol for extreme emergencies. But from the pilot (technically, a two-hour Rookies episode not included in this set) on, S.W.A.T. was clearly much more interested in the way team leader Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest), Sergeant David "Deacon" Kay (Rod Perry), and officers Street (Robert Urich), Luca (Mark Shera), and McCabe (James Coleman) tried to understand the modern world even while keeping its meanest tendencies in check.
Inventive stories with occasional twists and appealing guest stars (James Keach, Cameron Mitchell, Annette O'Toole) keep one glued to the 13 episodes contained here. Among the best: "A Coven of Killers," starring Sal Mineo as a Charles Manson-like monster; "Jungle War," featuring Mitchell as a career cop and war vet facing an emotional breakdown; and "The Bravo Enigma," an apocalyptic tale of a curiously likable hit man (Christopher George) unknowingly spreading a plague through L.A. --Tom Keogh
Back when I thought cops were good guys this was one of my favorite police shows, I never missed an episode.Published 23 days ago by xracer09
DVD came on time and in great condition.
If you like wooden acting, predictable plots and really bad lines, this series is for you. Read more
S.W.A.T was called up when tough cases could not be handled by the police.Steve Forrest,younger brother of movie star Dana Andrews heads the cast which included James Coleman,Rod... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike
S.W.A.T. - The Complete First Season was my introduction into crime dramas. I watched this show as a little kid and just couldn't get enough of this series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Anthold
Great Quality DVD's of a fantastic show that had some really good story lines!Published 4 months ago by George
This brought back memories when new use to watch this ever week. I forgot how much I liked the music the show. Awesome! I want to get more of them...Published 7 months ago by Mike R.
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|When will season two come out ?||
How long has it been now, 5 years at least....
Oct 5, 2009 by Micah B. Evans | See all 5 posts
|SWAT Season 1 Edited Not Original||
It may have been there all along and just been some touch up studio work due to the voicing not being loud enough when they filmed it. They may have had to loop the voice for a better sound back in 1975. It was not an uncommon practice to do this to improve the sound if someone's voice dropped... Read More
Dec 31, 2009 by Captain Nemo | See all 2 posts
|Why is this not available in the UK on Region 2||
Don't the make multi region players in England? Personally, I am still waiting on Season 2 to show up
Oct 2, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
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