Southland (2009–2013)
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See the Woman 

Ben reveals details of his past and why he chose to be a cop to Cooper. Meanwhile, Dewey's friendship with a burnt-out actor causes a rift in his partnership with Chickie.


Ann Biderman (creator), Ann Biderman | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Alejandro ... Detective Nate Moretta (credit only)
Arija Bareikis ... Officer Chickie Brown
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant (credit only)
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady ... Detective Daniel Salinger (credit only)
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott ... Detective Russell Clarke
Kristin Dattilo ... Karen Campbell
Taylor Handley ... Wade
John Heard ... Ben Sherman Sr.
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Tom Sizemore ... Timmy Davis
Ally Walker ... Dr. Merrill Matthews
Johanna Braddy ... Olivia Sherman


Ben reveals details of his past and why he chose to be a cop to Cooper. Meanwhile, Dewey's friendship with a burnt-out actor causes a rift in his partnership with Chickie.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller








Release Date:

23 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital


Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Sizemore's character references the movie "Body Bag 2". He stars in the movie "True Romance" (1993), which features a subplot where a movie director has made a film of the same name. See more »


Officers are not allowed to pursue a fleeing vehicle while they have a civilian under arrest in their vehicle. The risk to the civilian's safety in the car is too great. See more »


Responding Officer: So I guess this is suspicious death, right?
Ofcr. John Cooper: No... no, it's not a "suspicious death"; this isn't a friggin' Agatha Christie novel! There's accidental death, there's suicide, and then there's homicide - *this* is homicide. He's goin' in for murder.
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References Mannix (1967) See more »


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Intense psychology
13 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

One of the greatest things about "Southland" is the gradual development of Office John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz). He really does become a riveting character. Which is what makes him so frustrating in these nascent episodes. He rides his rookie partner way past the point of condescension, and you're just dying to know why he has to resort to bully tactics to test the kid's steel. Not to mention the hope that the wall will come down because you know there's a major history behind this guy. 'See the Woman' does offer a glimpse, though. In just one scene, we see a glint of compassion towards a brutalized woman in a gay clothing store, as well as his Achilles' heel: prior back trauma. It's like I said before, there's no spoon- feeding here. They really make you work for details or sometimes even the big picture. and Cooper's a testament to that.

Three episodes in and it's clear this show is really about the officers and not just the calls they respond to. In that respect, I found it a fascinating episode, painting a picture of Los Angeles that holds surprises not just on the streets but in the moneyed hills as well.


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