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Southland 

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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Ann Biderman
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Michael Cudlitz ...  Officer John Cooper 43 episodes, 2009-2013
Shawn Hatosy ...  Detective Sammy Bryant / ... 43 episodes, 2009-2013
Regina King ...  Detective Lydia Adams 43 episodes, 2009-2013
Ben McKenzie ...  Officer Ben Sherman 43 episodes, 2009-2013
C. Thomas Howell ...  Officer Dewey Dudek 27 episodes, 2009-2013
Arija Bareikis ...  Officer Chickie Brown 19 episodes, 2009-2011
Jamie McShane ...  Sergeant Terry Hill 19 episodes, 2011-2013
Michael McGrady ...  Detective Daniel Salinger 18 episodes, 2009-2011
Dorian Missick ...  Detective Ruben Robinson 18 episodes, 2012-2013
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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USA

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English

Release Date:

9 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

"Southland" premiered on NBC as the Thursday night, mid-season replacement for ER (1994), which had ended its long run in the spring of 2009. A critical success, "Southland" was picked up by NBC for the 2009-2010 season. Also in 2009, NBC's agreement with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) host Jay Leno ended and his 11:35 pm time slot was given to Conan O'Brien, a clause that was a part of O'Brien's contract with the network. In a move to keep O'Brien and Leno, NBC created a new, nightly variety show at 10:00 pm for Leno, resulting in "Southland" losing its Thursday slot. Although "Southland" was tentatively moved to Saturday night at 10:00 pm and was to premiere in October of 2009, NBC canceled the show before it aired. TNT promptly picked it up and made it a part of its lineup of original programming. See more »

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Throughout the series, real Los Angeles thoroughfares or sections are named (e.g. Rodeo, Florence, Vermont), while scenery is nowhere near the real life locations. Even fictitious addresses aren't within the range seen on the real street (e.g. 1024 Rodeo Rd. can't exist on a street that only goes as far east as the 2000 West block). See more »

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Canção do Mar (Song of the Sea)
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Written by Frederico de Brito & Ferrer Trindade
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A Pleasant Surprise
12 April 2009 | by ryan-285See all my reviews

Southland turned out to be better than the ads for it made me believe. The ads seemed a little over the top, heavy handed even, but the show itself worked very well.

Michael Cudlitz's Officer Cooper has that nice combo of jaded and cynical but still obviously caring. His character seemed most likely to be over the top from the commercials, but in the context of the show came across about as close to perfect for the moment as you could ask. Looking forward to more with this character.

Benjamin McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman also did very good. We didn't learn a whole lot about the character in the Pilot, but that makes sense in the debut as we will most certainly be learning more about him. Well acted by Mckenzie and has a nice rapport with Officer Cooper, that will by nice to watch develop.

Everything else in the show worked, and apart from a couple of moments that didn't quite jibe with the reality of the rest of the episode, makes me optimistic for the rest of the series.


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