The fourth season of SWAT is about to be launched on CBS, seven months after the show was forced to shorten its last season due to the corona virus. The release date for the new season is set for November 2020, and the new season is scheduled to begin with an episode about the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
When will SWAT Season 4 start?
SWAT Season 4 will begin with a two-parter that will air on CBS on Wednesday, November 11 at 21:00 ET / 20:00 CT and 22:00 ET / 21:00 CT. After the premiere, the episodes will be broadcast weekly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
The official CBS synopsis for SWAT Season 4, Episode 1 reads: “Hondo (Shemar Moore), his father Daniel Sr. (Obba Babatundé) and Hondo’s teenage protégé Darryl (Deshae Frost) examine the history of racial tension in Los Angeles since the 1992 Rodney King verdict. In addition, S.W.A.T. acts as a domestic surveillance unit for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime boss has resurfaced in Los Angeles after being off the grid for years.
This episode was originally scheduled to end season 3 on the 28th anniversary of the riots that erupted in response to the verdict in the Rodney King case after he was beaten by police.
When the series had to be cancelled early this spring due to a corona virus, showrunner Shawn Ryan told TVLine that the intended finale “will likely be either our season premiere or an early episode in season 4… But we’re going to shoot that episode because it’s a special episode to look at the riots from the perspective of a teenage Hondo.
Although this episode was supposed to have been aired before the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, it has become even sharper because of the later airing. And according to actor Shemar Moore, this won’t be the last time in SWAT Season 4 that the series deals with racial justice.
He told Entertainment Tonight: “This Season 4 has something special and poignant in store for you, because as a black man wearing an LAPD cop uniform, when things went downhill with COVID, but especially with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others.
He later added, “I called [co-creator] Shawn Ryan and Jeff Frost from Sony [TV], we sat down here at my house and I said, ‘Look, I know we’re an entertainment show, but I don’t want to call it a gift, I want to call it an opportunity and a responsibility to be awakened. Let’s not just go out and chase bad guys, let’s go out and have something to say.'”
How to follow SWAT season 4 online
After the broadcast on Wednesday evening, episodes of SWAT Season 4 will be available online for a limited time free of charge on the CBS website and in an app. After that, it is expected to be made available on CBS All Access.
CBS All Access will come with a seven-day free trial (allowing fans to catch up on SWAT Season 4 for free), after which it will cost $5.99 per month.
However, the three previous seasons also came to Hulu a few months after the season was broadcast, so season 4 could follow in summer 2021.
Hulu has a one-month free trial period, after which it costs $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year) with advertising or $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year) without advertising.
SWAT season 4 begins Wednesday, November 11 at 21:00 ET / 20:00 CT on CBS….