Southland: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 28
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Air date: Apr 9, 2009
Air date: Apr 16, 2009
Air date: Apr 23, 2009
Air date: Apr 30, 2009
Air date: May 7, 2009
Air date: May 14, 2009
Air date: May 21, 2009

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Tv Season Info

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

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Jul 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...

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Southland needs a different focus.

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

If Southland can maintain this level of artistry, it may grow into a keeper.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

As each episode draws to its conclusion, Southland becomes as evocative as a music video.

Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Southland is unbearable - a pretentious, foul-mouthed, overly arty chore that will leave you with a headache should you linger too long.

Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There's nothing to Hulu here, folks.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Ten years ago, Southland would have seemed revolutionary on TV. But now it does feel like network playing catch-up with cable.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

The pilot, for all its horrific crimes and grimy street scenes, is strangely bland.

Apr 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Southland: Season 1

  • Jun 20, 2019
    strong series that will grow into something over time. This is mixed, but overall it is superior than most tv police shows
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2017
    great ending that made you want to start season 2 immediately, could have been a few more episodes though

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