There’s some good news for fans of S.W.A.T., who also happen to have a Netflix subscription. The seventh and final season of the Shemar Moore-led police procedural has managed to flip an untimely cancellation verdict due to the deal struck between Sony Picture TV and the streaming giant Netflix.
The first five seasons of the show will start streaming on Netflix in the US from May 17th, and the current season, the sixth one, will be joining the platform later this year, a few months after its broadcast run.
S.W.A.T. as well as other CBS shows, are available on Paramount+ during their on-air runtime and a few months after their broadcast run. However, the first three seasons of S.W.A.T. are also available on Hulu.
Amidst Sony TV’s tenuous renewal negotiations with CBS, the long-running show was cancelled before being revived for a 13-episode final season three days later. The fifth season of S.W.A.T. saw a boost in viewership. So when co-showrunner Shawn Ryan broke the news of cancellation on his Twitter account, fans of the series, old and new, were enraged. While Netflix is notorious for cancelling shows before their time, this deal will at least ensure that the S.W.A.T. team will get to wrap up their story and deliver a conclusion to their fans.
Developed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan, S.W.A.T. premiered on CBS on November 2nd, 2017, and is based on both the 1975 TV series created by Robert Hamner and developed by Rick Husky, as well as the 2003 film adaptation directed by Clark Johnson. It also shares the same universe as the FX crime drama The Shield, another Ryan creation. Ryan’s newest series on Netflix, The Night Agent, also from Sony TV, has hit it off with audiences.
In the series, Shemar Moore portrays Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, a skilled sergeant with S.W.A.T. and a former Marine who was born and raised in Los Angeles. He leads a unique tactical team that is considered the city’s final line of defence against crime. The show also stars Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati, Jay Harrington, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, and Rochelle Aytes.
There is no release date for season seven yet. But the season six finale will air on May 19th and join seasons one to five sometime later this year. The first five seasons will be available on Netflix from May 17th.