L.A.'s Finest: Season 1 (2019)

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L.A.'s Finest

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A spin-off to nowhere, L.A.'s Finest operates on outdated sensibilities and wastes its talented leads' time -- especially unfortunate considering Gabriel Union's committed performance.

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Critic Ratings: 14

72%

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User Ratings: 76

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Air date: May 13, 2019

When a young boy becomes the target of a powerful cartel, our team must race against the clock to keep him safe. But when Syd's personal quest for justice threatens the operation, she and McKenna must decide whom they really serve and protect.

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Air date: May 13, 2019

Our team must track down a budding serial killer who lures young women into isolated areas before killing them live on social media. Meanwhile, Syd's dangerous secret collides with McKenna's complicated past.

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Air date: May 13, 2019

A body abruptly plummets onto a busy street, seemingly falling straight out of the sky, and our team is left to piece together the clues. Meanwhile, Syd and McKenna realize they need to trust each other if they want to escape the ghosts of their past.

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Air date: May 20, 2019

Time is up -- Syd and McKenna need to get Knox's fentanyl into police custody while leaving no trace of their own involvement. But can they pull it off when McKenna is distracted by Izzy's strange behavior and a ghost from Syd's past returns to haunt her?

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Air date: May 20, 2019

Our LAPD team works to solve the mystery behind the brutal death of a trans woman, while Syd and McKenna are tangled up in their own personal complications. As the hunt for Knox intensifies, Syd is forced to face her traumatic and complicated past head-on when an old flame is transferred to the LAPD. Meanwhile, McKenna helps Izzy process the grief from her mother's fatal car accident.

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Air date: May 27, 2019

With Dante back in her life, it's impossible for McKenna to keep hiding the truth about her mother's death from Syd. At the same time, Syd is in a mess of her own as Arlo plots against those she loves. As if this isn't enough on Syd and McKenna's plate, our team continues its hunt for answers in the murder of the trans woman and her fiancé.

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Air date: May 27, 2019

Syd and McKenna's personal hunt for Gabriel Knox ramps up as they let the Bens in on their search for the elusive Arlo. Meanwhile, a conflicted Syd must deal with a family crisis, while McKenna is left with a difficult choice between her past and her future.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2019

McKenna is forced to come clean about her past to her husband, and both she and Syd attempt to convince him to bend the rule of law to save a life. In the meantime, our team find themselves trailing a group of thieves who managed to steal millions of dollars' worth of untraceable diamonds.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2019

It's busy for our team of detectives as they continue to investigate the case of the missing diamonds, and the task force executes a major drug bust. With the threat of Knox looming, both Syd and McKenna must confront some of their deepest secrets yet.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2019

As their pasts continue to crash into the present, Syd and McKenna discover that an unknown player has been manipulating them all along. Meanwhile, the search for the missing diamonds continues, just as McKenna is faced with an impossible choice: her brother or her future.

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Cast

Gabrielle Union
as Syd Burnett
Jessica Alba
as Nancy McKenna
Ernie Hudson
as Joseph Burnett
Zach Gilford
as Ben Walker
Duane Martin
as Ben Baines
Ryan McPartlin
as Dr. Patrick McKenna
Orli Gottesman
as Isabel McKenna
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Critic Reviews for L.A.'s Finest Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Everyone can find another show exactly like this one on Fox or other broadcast networks, USA or other cable outlets, and even streaming services. They don't need Spectrum for this kind of show...

Apr 29, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Thing is, a female-led action-comedy where both leads are capable badasses who are partial to a shag and a laugh: broadly, good. But LA's Finest is so obvious with it.

Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This particular show seems ill-suited to its format: Meant to live on an on-demand platform, this drama seems oddly unlikely to have been specifically demanded by anyone at all.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

L.A.'s Finest quickly sinks into mediocrity, unable to offer the same kind of big-screen thrills in a weekly format, or find much of anything new to say about odd couples and pasts that won't stay hidden.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

L.A.'s Finest isn't awful, but I probably won't be watching any more of it.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

L.A.'s Finest is a show that could have done well in the mid-2000s. It's a paint-by-numbers police show with a decent budget, starring known actresses as women who can kick ass and joke with the boys. The problem is that now, it's dull and it's lazy.

Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Given its lineage, it would have made more sense to call the series Bad Girls. But that's okay; no one will ever mistake it for being anything other than bad.

Jul 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Uninspired female-led action-comedy has violence, language.

Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A half-hearted spin-off that no one really asked for.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

L.A.'s Finest feels like a show that should have come out in 2004, not 2019.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Feels hopelessly outdated, the kind of thing that could have premiered on a broadcast network at any time in the last 25 years (a few swear words aside).

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A loud, dumb mess of a cop drama, loaded up with corny punchlines and incoherent plotting. So if you don't have the ability to watch it... well, consider yourself lucky.

May 13, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for L.A.'s Finest: Season 1

  • Jul 30, 2020
    Writing this as a confirmation 7% is just way to harsh. It's a cop show. That's it. Not great but definitely not terrible. It's a procedural with a season long story arc. Two strong leading ladies. If you like cops shows give it a look.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I feel like the critics got it wrong. Especially as the season progresses. The chemistry is amazing between the characters and I love the action! It's also binge-worthy.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    Let's push a second season now... Also a bit strange entertainment, cops being bad/good and beating up on innocent people to get info. Threatening to get information by dropping a car on them or putting a gun back together, when I am done and you still are silent, I will make you silent forever... wauw... nice, just what we need.
  • May 31, 2020
    Messy plot but a fair amount of chemistry between the show's two leads...
  • May 11, 2020
    This is literally the zenith of the mountain when it comes to the worst shows ever. If I could I would give it a shit emoji/5 stars
  • Mar 27, 2020
    I do not get why critics hated it. It's entertaining and surpasses the dull mediocrity of the "bad boys"-movie franchise. Is there some "fascist/racist/trans- or xenophobic" undertone I'm missing that makes critics hate- and audiences love it, just like Dave Chappelle's newest special?
  • Oct 31, 2019
    The critics panned it. The public love it! I think that this has been one of Jessica Alba's best performances that I've seen. Her character trying to balance her marriage, being a step-mother and a 'big' sister makes it all the more intriguing to witness. Whilst that is unfolding, Gabrielle Union puts in a compelling performance as a hard-hitting detective coupled with her reconciling with her estranged father. Both these characters along with their 'sidekicks' the Two Bens make for some good comedic scenes. Glad to see that the series has been renewed.
  • Aug 21, 2019
    I love how they added that bad boys references tropical fruity Bubblicous and skittles.
  • Aug 20, 2019
    L.A's finest has everything you could ever want in a cop duo show. First of all, the leads, Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba perfect the cop witty banter and don't apologize for being strong, sexy, incredibly smart women and they shouldn't. Rotten Tomatoes seems to not like strong female lead shows that go against the norm. Their rating criteria dor this show is beyond terrible. This show is a must watch and give credit to the bad boys franchise but it is simply an amazing show all on its own that is produced by these two talented women and shot incredibly well. The action scenes, the dramatic scenes and the comedic scenes are just beautiful and the timing of the line deliveries are a work of art. Check out this show for yourself, you won't want to stop watching it because it is one of the most satisfying balanced shows I have ever seen that is not some cookie-cutter cop drama. Go on this unpredictable ride and post your opinion of this show. It's amazing!!!!
  • Jun 26, 2019
    Loved every single character on this show!!!

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