Southland (2009–2013)
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Ben Sherman begins to believe all the accolades coming his way, clouding his judgment. Bryant and Moretta try to keep their witness alive. Lydia Adams bonds with a baby found crawling in an intersection.


Nelson McCormick


Ann Biderman (creator), Ann Biderman

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Alejandro ... Detective Nate Moretta
Arija Bareikis ... Officer Chickie Brown
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady ... Detective Daniel Salinger
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott ... Detective Russell Clarke
Emily Bergl ... Tammi Bryant
Patrick Fischler ... Detective Kenny 'No-Gun'
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Lex Medlin ... Detective Andy Williams
Lisa Vidal ... Mia Sanchez
Lori Alan ... D.A. Deborah Janowitz
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Barry


Overconfident after near-unanimous praise on his first beat day, Ben jumps in at a shop-mugging only to find he failed to arrange backup or make sure who the victim and robber are. Officer Dewey Dudek celebrates his retirement form active duty, aiming at a Hollywood career. Another retired cop is asked to mind an active colleague's neglected dog. Detective Nate Moretta's potential police recruits program is the only way for detective Sammy Bryant to provide some protection for a rare wiling witness in a fiendish neighborhood. An alleged father suffers third strike after the mother dumps 'their' baby on him. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







English | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The restaurant in the opening scene is the one Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer hold up at the beginning of Pulp Fiction (1994). See more »


As Cooper drives away from the convenience store robbery, the type of street they are on changes in just a few seconds although he never turns; at first it is a one-lane residential street, then it is a wider street with businesses, and finally it is a three-lane thoroughfare with tall buildings. See more »


Det. Sammy Bryant: So, uh, about Dewey's party...
Tammi Bryant: Wh- wh- why do I have to go to this thing? Nobody liked him, right? I never even met the guy.
Det. Sammy Bryant: It's a chance for you to meet some of my friends.
Tammi Bryant: Oh, you - you mean "the wives"?
Det. Sammy Bryant: Yeah, what's wrong with that? Huh?
Tammi Bryant: But I, I have nothing in common with these women - *nothing*.
Det. Sammy Bryant: You don't know that.
Tammi Bryant: They probably all belong to a nice little book club, read Anne Rice novels.
Det. Sammy Bryant: You're being ridiculous, Tammi.
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References The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) See more »


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Day two on the streets
13 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Mozambique' bears a couple of action scenes - all of them with the show's signature intensity - but it's the quiet character moments that really make this interesting. To that end, Regina King's story stands out; and it says something that, with all of the street mayhem, the drama of recovering a wayward infant steals the show from shootouts and chase scenes.

Something that seems odd is the character of Sal, who we've pretty much just met and already we're knee-deep in his extramarital goings-on (we haven't even met his wife yet). On the other hand, it does firmly establish him as a hard-line policeman father within the household. This isn't the last we'll see of him, but it's an odd start.

This is fresh off the pilot and the backstories of major characters are being doled out in highly-controlled pieces. That's the thing with this show; there's no spoon-feeding.


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