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Southland (2009–2013)

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


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Top Rated TV #210 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Officer John Cooper (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Detective Sammy Bryant / ... (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Detective Lydia Adams (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Officer Ben Sherman (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Officer Dewey Dudek (27 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Officer Chickie Brown (19 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Sergeant Terry Hill (19 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Detective Daniel Salinger (18 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Detective Ruben Robinson (18 episodes, 2012-2013)


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

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After NBC suddenly canceled the show after season 1, TNT decided to air the show and immediately decided to renew it for a second season. See more »


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 »


Referenced in End of Watch (2012) See more »


Canção do Mar (Song of the Sea)
Written by Frederico de Brito & Ferrer Trindade
Performed by Dulce Pontes
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Simply the most accurate depiction of policing in television
30 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To start I have to say that the pilot episode was amazing and the show only got better until the season finale.

I have been policing for some time now and have yet to find a show that depicts policing as accurate as Southland. Sure there are some scenes in this series that are a bit over dramatized, as in any show; however, the attitudes, behaviours and problems officers face are very real.

Many of the messages Cst. COOPER says to his "rookie" Cst. SHERMAN are very valid in policing today and are often utilized. SHERMAN's responses to things that he has to see and experience are spot on.

The fact that many of the terms used in Southland are not sugar coated, as in other TV series, blows my mind and is what keeps me watching. I see far too much in other series where the characters actually seem awkward as their language doesn't reflect what their behaviour is showing or the producers want to appease the censors and use softer language.

Having two separate views of cases may distract some people, but this is exactly what it is like in reality. There are detectives in the same division as the front line officers and although they may work together on some incidents, often go about their day on different paths.

The finale is and what will make me a dedicated viewer because of how close it hits to home. As an officer you tend not to try and get involved in your neighbours business, this is a reality in today's world where anything can happen if you choose to do so.

All in all amazing acting, real characters, real settings and scenarios. I recommended this show to all my co-workers and anyone else interested in television shows depicting policing as it really is.

9/10 (Only reason I didn't give a 10 is because I don't believe anything is ever perfect).

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