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Southland: Season 1 (2009)




Critic Consensus: Gritty and intense, Southland boasts strong production values and a moody ambiance but comes up short in terms of character development.


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Set on the streets of Los Angeles, the first season of gritty police-drama "Southland" centers on rookie Det. Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and seasoned partner Det. John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), as Cooper acclimates Sherman to a life of protecting the general public. Regina King also stars as Det. Lydia Adams, who takes a personal interest in protecting a teen witness in a murder trial. NBC canceled the critically-acclaimed series after its first season, but it was subsequently picked up by TNT where it aired for four more seasons.


Michael Cudlitz
as Det. John Cooper
Benjamin McKenzie
as Det. Ben Sherman
Regina King
as Det. Lydia Adams
Tom Everett Scott
as Det. Russell Clarke
Michael McGrady
as Det. Daniel 'Sal' Salinger
Kevin Alejandro
as Det. Nate Moretta
Shawn Hatosy
as Det. Sammy Bryant
Arija Bareikis
as Off. Chickie Brown
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Critic Reviews for Southland: Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (14)

It feels emotionally empty

April 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Southland knows exactly what it is from the get-go, and that is appealing.

April 9, 2009 | Full Review…

If Thursday night's premiere episode is an indication how it plans to roll, it's a keeper.

April 9, 2009 | Full Review…

New fuzz-opera from the house of ER is brutal yet sensitive.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Southland" can only represent reality as it's deemed acceptable by broadcast networks and advertisers. It's grittier than, say, "Law & Order," and will be worth keeping up with for now, but we'll watch it mainly because it's on...

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Southland needs a different focus.

April 9, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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