Southland (2009–2013)
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Bean graciously volunteers to accompany Cooper on a visit in rehab to Dewey and afterward to the funeral of John's former partner, who got addicted to alcohol. Lydia Adams's prejudices and ... See full summary »

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... Detective Nate Moretta
... Officer Chickie Brown (credit only)
... Detective Ray Suarez
... Officer John Cooper
... Detective Sammy Bryant
... Detective Lydia Adams
... Detective Daniel Salinger (credit only)
... Officer Ben Sherman
... Detective Kenny 'No-Gun'
... Officer Dewey Dudek
... Detective Andy Williams
... Detective Alicia Fernandez
... Laurie Cooper
... Lil Casper
... Michelle Hill
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Bean graciously volunteers to accompany Cooper on a visit in rehab to Dewey and afterward to the funeral of John's former partner, who got addicted to alcohol. Lydia Adams's prejudices and mean attitude are all over the place when she and her new partner must investigate the death near her parents' home of a student and college athlete from a dead-end Afro-American ghetto. She had an affair with a football star, but also turned to drugs from street dealers, wasted her studies, got pregnant and has a disastrous rapport with her ambitious parents and elder sister. A second crime follows. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Among a cluttered cast, the show's best characters shine
20 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

The murder case at the heart of this week's episode - involving a bright young marathon champion - feels like your average crime of the week, but it's what they do with it that makes this worthwhile. And having a like-minded sprinting enthusiast is a great way to spotlight Lydia and her prejudices against elite university culture and sports star exceptionalism. Regina King owns this ('natch) and while the case has its twists, the more opportunities we gt to learn about Southland's best detective, the better.

The other story involves Cooper and Sherman, attending the funeral of John's old partner. Life I've always said, the writing makes you work for the details, and the reason for the wake, revealed in the very last scene, ties into Cooper's own closeted lifestyle.

It's not the case that's memorable but the partner interactions, and I respect the writing for not beating its audience over the head.

7/10


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