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Follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who 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.
[It's a] perfectly serviceable [form] of escapism that should hit that NCIS sweet spot for people who like shows anchored by tough guys who are just vulnerable enough partnered with vulnerable guys who are just tough enough.
The pilot ... leans into current events with an accidental police shooting of an unarmed black teen at the top of the show's first episode and the ensuing political fallout, which gives S.W.A.T. more credibility than expected.
Dealing with the politics, sensitivities and occasional humor of policing in L.A. has certainly been ripe fodder through the years, and the producers push some of those buttons, which includes having fun with the setting.