Southland (2009–2013)
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As a new, no-nonsense captain takes over, Ben has a moment of weakness during an especially trying shift, while Lydia and her new partner suspect that a convenience store homicide was a revenge murder.


Nelson McCormick


Ann Biderman (creator), Cheo Hodari Coker | 1 more credit »

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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
Carl Lumbly ... Captain Joel Rucker
Dorian Missick ... Detective Ruben Robinson
Glenn Plummer ... Darrell Miller
Rose Rollins ... Officer Anawalt
Bokeem Woodbine ... Officer Jones
Marla Gibbs ... Ms. Miller
Gwen McGee ... Woman Harboring Fugitive
Tiffany Boone ... Crystal
Julian C.R. Brentley Julian C.R. Brentley ... Kid


Tang and Cooper's past physical problems are put to the test when they are attacked by a perp on the street. Lydia and Ruben investigate a convenience store murder, and Lydia uses her typical compassionate charm to collect facts on her suspect from an unassuming grandmother. Ben and Sammy ride with another officer who is prone to small mistakes. And Joel Rucker takes over as the new captain. Written by TNT Publicity

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

24 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Just after detective Adams gets out of the pool, the scene switches to Cooper and Tang in the patrol car. Officer Tang says that the other officers now call them "the walking dead". Michael Cudlitz later goes on to play Abraham in the zombie series The Walking Dead (2010). See more »


References Footloose (1984) See more »


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All eyes on blue
29 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

One criticism I have of "Southland" is the development of Officer Sherman. He was on track to be a good-hearted cop, but eventually becomes a real jerk; and that begins here. The decision to turn him cynical and somewhat bitter kinda comes outta nowhere. BUt his actions here highlight a relevant theme: this is a video and, and police scrutiny is (or has the potential to be) more acute than ever. The silver lining to Sherman's tour in the gangs division is the addition of Officer Jones (Bokeem Woodbine). He is the perfect dose of humor for this show and his one-liners are always pitch-perfect. I wish they'd use him more consistently than they do.

This is another episode in which the characters are more (far more) interesting than the cases. For instance, Lydia and Reuben put down two separate homicides, but neither one is as engaging as their disagreement over how the job gets done.


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