The S.W.A.T. lieutenant is tasked to head a highly-trained unit whose main goal is crimes settlement in the streets of Los Angeles, but he finds himself going through the uncertainty which way to choose... Shall he choose duty to his fellow officers or he would prefer to stay loyal to his native street where he was born and brought up.
[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.