Southland: Season 5 (2013)


Season 5

Critics Consensus

In its final season, Southland remains gloriously gritty and observant, upending cop show clichés with emotionally resonant characters and bravely unsettling twists.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 31
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Air date: Feb 13, 2013
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Tv Season Info

In the fifth season of the acclaimed police drama, John Cooper starts to wonder what he has really accomplished after more than 20 years on the force.


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
Jenny Gago
as Det. Josie Ochoa
Lucy Liu
as Det. Jessica Tang
Derek Ray
as Gary Steele
Anthony Ruivivar
as Off. Henry "Hank" Lucero
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Critic Reviews for Southland Season 5

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

With Southland back, the streets of LA look as scary as ever - but my Wednesday nights just got a lot more interesting.

Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Southland is easily the best cop drama on TV, and it has thrived since being picked up by TNT after NBC abruptly canceled it.

Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

The randomness of the action and the sense of futility distinguish Southland from run-of-the-mill cop dramas, but its downbeat tone and often non-linear approach make it better suited for a long life on cable.

Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…

In the first two episodes of its fifth season, TV's most underrated cop drama remains gloriously gritty and gimmick-free.

Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The cast is perfection. No ensemble of actors on television is more stunning or exciting to watch.

Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Southland prizes journalistic detail over verbal exposition and moldy cop-show tropes, and when it goes deep into a cinematic moment, it's dazzling.

Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…

There isn't a better cop show on TV right now than Southland.

Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

As the fifth season begins, Southland appears to be stronger for its ordeals.

Nov 19, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The final episode was emblematic of a series that, creatively speaking, appears to have gone out the way it operated - on its own terms, making no allowances for those who might call it too dark, too depressing or too inaccessible to deliver commercially.

Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Southland still gets it right most of the time, and stands above the more popular police and forensic dramas that satisfy our appetite for predictability while insulting our intelligences to greater or lesser degrees.

Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Southland: Season 5

  • Oct 16, 2014
    Southland is by far the most real and dramatic cop show I have ever seen. That fact that it only lasted 5 seasons makes no sense to me at all.
  • Jan 03, 2014
    Amazingly well shot TV series that is the first to give a somewhat accurate view into the daily lives of patrolmen.

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