SEAL Team (TV series)

SEAL Team is an American military action drama television series created by Benjamin Cavell.[1] The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, and began airing on CBS on September 27, 2017.[2]

Created byBenjamin Cavell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Todd Lewis
  • Kate DiMento
  • Chris Leanza
  • David Boreanaz (2017-2019)
  • Adam Wolfe
  • Mark Manos
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2017 (2017-09-27) 
present (present)

The series follows an elite unit of United States Navy SEALs portrayed by David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown Jr., A. J. Buckley and Toni Trucks. On May 9, 2019, CBS renewed the series for a third season,[3] which premiered on October 2, 2019.[4]


The series follows Bravo Team, a sub-unit of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group,[5][6][7] the most elite unit of Navy SEALs, as they plan and undertake dangerous missions worldwide with little notice, and the burden on them and their families.

Cast and characters

AEnlisted SEALs have Special Warfare Operator specific ratings. See US Navy SEAL ratings.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 27, 2017 (2017-09-27)May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16)
222October 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)May 22, 2019 (2019-05-22)
3TBAOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)TBA



On January 27, 2017, it was announced that CBS had given the receive a pilot order for the Navy SEAL project.[11] The episode was written and author by Benjamin Cavell who were expected to executive produce alongside Ed Redlich, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Christopher Chulack. Production companies involved with the pilot include Chulack Productions, East 25 C, Timberman/Beverly Productions and CBS Television Studios. On May 12, 2017, CBS officially ordered the pilot to series.[12] A few days later, it was announced that the series, now titled SEAL Team, would premiere by September 27, 2017 and air on Wednesdays at 9:00 P.M.

The series received a full-season order on October 12, 2017, bringing the first season to a total of 22 episodes.[13] On March 27, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season[14] which premiered on October 3, 2018.[15] On May 22, 2018, it was reported that both Cavell and Redlich were exiting their roles as executive producer and showrunner, and John Glenn replacing him as showrunner.[16]


On March 14, 2017 it was announced that Jim Caviezel would topline CBS' then-untitled Navy SEAL drama pilot[17] but on March 22, 2017, it was announced that David Boreanaz had been cast in the pilot's lead role of Jason, replacing Caviezel.[8] On March 8, 2017, it was reported that A.J. Buckley would play Sonny.[18] On August 15, 2018 it was reported that Judd Lormand had been upgraded to series regular for season 2.[10] On August 8, 2018, it was announced that Michael McGrady and Ruffin Prentiss would recur as Captain Harrington and Summer Kairos in the series' second season.[19] On July 10, 2019, it was reported that Jamie McShane and Rudy Dobrev were cast in recurring roles for the third season.[20] On August 7, 2019, Emily Swallow was cast in a recurring capacity for the third season.[21]


Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 70% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 5.66/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "SEAL Team's solidly written first season offers compelling characters and hints at broader potential, even if it's somewhat undermined by an overall sense of predictability."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 57 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]


SeasonTimeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last airedTV seasonRankAvg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Wednesday 9:00 pm22 September 27, 2017 (2017-09-27) 9.88[24] May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16) 6.14[25]2017–18289.87[26]
2 Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–13)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (14–22)
22 October 3, 2018 (2018-10-03) 5.02[27] May 22, 2019 (2019-05-22) 4.24[28]2018–19398.29[29]
3 Wednesday 9:00 pm[30]TBA October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02) 5.25[31] TBA TBD2019–20TBDTBD


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) W.G. Snuffy Walden, A. Patrick Rose Nominated [32]

Home media

Season No. of
DVD Release dates[33]
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 22 August 14, 2018[34] October 15, 2018 November 21, 2018
2 22 September 10, 2019[35]

See also


  1. Ausiello, Michael (May 12, 2017). "CBS Orders Boreanaz' SEAL Team, Moore's S.W.A.T., Cumming's Instinct, Piven's Wisdom, Plus 2 Comedies". TVLine.
  2. Andreeva, Nellie (June 1, 2017). "CBS Sets Fall 2017 Premiere Dates For 'Young Sheldon', '9 JKL' & Returning Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. Levin, Gary (May 9, 2019). "CBS renews 'Madam Secretary,' 'MacGyver,' 'Bull,' 'SEAL Team,' 'SWAT' and 'Hawaii Five'0". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  4. Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2019). "CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates: 'Bob ♥ Abishola', 'All Rise', 'Evil', 'Young Sheldon', 'NCIS', 'Blue Bloods' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. "Borderlines". SEAL Team. Season 1. Episode 7. November 15, 2017. Event occurs at c. the 32 minute mark; the speaker is Mandy Ellis. CBS. We have one Dev Group operator in country and en route.
  6. "The Exchange". SEAL Team. Season 1. Episode 8. November 22, 2017. Event occurs at 3 minute mark (of 59 minutes); the speaker is Trent. CBS. Whatever teams we go to, we're Tier One operators now
  7. "Getaway Day". SEAL Team. Season 1. Episode 8. January 31, 2018. CBS.. The television news broadcast in the background of the wake specifically names the unit as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team 6.
  8. Andreeva, Nellie (March 22, 2017). "David Boreanaz to Topline CBS' Navy SEAL Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  9. Mitovich, Matt Webb; Mitovich, Matt Webb (2019-05-23). "SEAL Team Season 2 Finale Recap: Who Got Booted from Future Missions?". TVLine. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  10. "'SEAL Team': Judd Lormand Upped To Series Regular For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  11. Goldberg, Lesley (January 27, 2017). "Navy SEALs Drama Lands CBS Pilot Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  12. Holloway, Daniel (May 12, 2017). "CBS Series Orders: '9JKL,' 'Me, Myself & I,' 'Instinct,' 'Wisdom of the Crowd,' 'Seal Team,' 'S.W.A.T.'". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (October 12, 2017). "'SEAL Team' Gets Full-Season Order From CBS". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. Ausiello, Michael (March 27, 2018). "SEAL Team, S.W.A.T. Renewed at CBS". TVLine. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  15. Andreeva, Nellie (July 9, 2018). "CBS Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'Big Bang' & 'Young Sheldon' To Help Launch 'Magnum PI' & 'Murphy Brown' Revival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (May 22, 2018). "'SEAL Team': John Glenn Joins CBS Series As New Showrunner, Two EPs Depart". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. "Jim Caviezel To Topline Navy SEAL Drama Pilot In Return To CBS". Deadline Hollywood. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  18. "A.J. Buckley Joins CBS' Navy SEAL Drama Pilot; Kevin Daniels In Jenny Lumet Project". Deadline Hollywood. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  19. "'SEAL Team': Michael McGrady & Ruffin Prentiss To Recur On CBS Drama". Deadline Hollywood. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  20. Petski, Denise (July 22, 2019). "'SEAL Team': Jamie McShane & Rudy Dobrev To Recur On Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  21. Petski, Denise (August 7, 2019). "'Why Women Kill' Casts Li Jun Li; Emily Swallow Joins 'SEAL Team'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  22. "SEAL Team: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
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  26. "The top 50 most-watched shows of the 2017-18 season". Entertainment Weekly. May 29, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  27. Welch, Alex (October 4, 2018). "'Single Parents,' 'Empire,' everything else unchanged: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  28. Welch, Alex (May 23, 2019). "'Live in Front of a Studio Audience,' 'Chicago P.D.' adjust up, 'Jane the Virgin' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  29. de Moraes, Lisa (May 21, 2019). "2018–19 TV Season Ratings: CBS Wraps 11th Season At No. 1 In Total Viewers, NBC Tops Demo; 'Big Bang Theory' Most Watched Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  30. "Shows A-Z - seal team on cbs". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
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  32. "Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
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