Southland (2009–2013)
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Legacy 

John has an eventful shift on the day he receives his pin for 20 years of service, Sammy and Ben try to out-prank each other, and Lydia and Reuben suspect that a father may have killed his 30 year old son.

Director:

James M. Muro (as J. Michael Muro)

Writers:

Ann Biderman (creator), Heather Zuhlke | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Officer Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Lucy Liu ... Officer Jessica Tang
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Jamie McShane ... Sergeant Terry Hill
Dorian Missick ... Detective Ruben Robinson
Bokeem Woodbine ... Officer Jones
Adam Hicks ... Mike
Joe Regalbuto ... Mr. Rogers
Jaymes Butler ... Wendell Banks
Sylva Kelegian ... Mike's Mom
Lynn Milgrim Lynn Milgrim ... Mary
Angelo Tiffe ... Mike's Dad
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John has an eventful shift on the day he receives his pin for 20 years of service, Sammy and Ben try to out-prank each other, and Lydia and Reuben suspect that a father may have killed his 30 year old son.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Lasting impressions
30 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

One of the best scenes on this show involves Officer John Cooper talking a jumper down from the roof's edge. The kid's wearing a cheap dress, cuts and bruises and shoddy makeup, the victim of high school bullying. One of the reasons this scene is so affecting is that it's Cooper who's forced to relate to this kid; commanding and built like a truck, Cooper's never been an easy target for gay jokes, and his argument for coming down off the ledge and facing life is as convincing as it gets:

"I've got a lot of problems, kid. Being gay isn't one of them."

And then it's right back to patrolling the streets. This, on his 22nd anniversary on the force, when his legacy is a question on everyone's mind. Far and away the most interesting character on the show.

The rest of the characters are supporting in comparison - Sammy and Sherman spend the day out-pranking each other, Lydia and Ruben handle a father who's murdered his own son - but Lydia's pregnancy still looms over her job (not as heavily as when she found out about it last week, but it's still there).

There are dramatic situations for everyone here, but this one is all Cooper's.

9/10


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