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Southland: The Complete First Season

From John Wells, the Emmy®-winning producer of ER and The West Wing, comes SOUTHLAND – a raw and authentic look into a Los Angeles police unit. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East L.A., this fast-moving drama takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. John Cooper (Band of Brothers' Michael Cudlitz) is a seasoned Los Angeles cop assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (The O.C.'s Ben McKenzie). And although Cooper's harsh, tell-it-like-it-is approach often leaves Ben questioning whether he has what it takes to be a cop, he remains on the force. The outstanding ensemble cast also features Ray's Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, ER's Tom Everett Scott as her partner Russell Clarke, Crossing Jordan's Arija Bareikis as patrol officer and wannabe SWAT team member Chickie Brown, and Day Break's Michael McGrady as Daniel 'Sal' Salinger who oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy).

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TNT strikes gold again with Southland, a worthy addition to a lineup of cop dramas that already boasts such superior fare as Saving Grace and The Closer. While this show (offered here on two discs with all seven episodes from its first season) may not accomplish its producers' goal of "redefining" the genre, they have certainly succeeded in creating an alternative to procedurals like CSI and Law & Order by focusing less on the details of the crimes being investigated than on the professional and personal lives of those doing that work, specifically the uniformed officers who patrol the streets of Los Angeles and the plainclothes detectives dealing with murders, kidnappings, and other major offenses. Each episode features multiple story lines; most are well done, but those involving the "uniforms" tend to be more compelling. For them, every day is like "driving through the sewer in a glass-bottom boat," as one puts it, as they encounter everything from car theft and domestic disputes to rotting corpses and the usual array of junkies and prostitutes. A variety of cops are featured--C. Thomas Howell is good as the off-the-hinges Billy Dewey, but most involving is the relationship between Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie), a rookie fresh out of the academy, and his partner John Copper (Michael Cudlitz), a more seasoned officer who gives the younger man (who also happens to be a rich kid from Beverly Hills) heavy doses of grief until the sharpshooting Sherman earns his respect. Most episodes are gritty and fairly graphic, the uncensored versions featuring the liberal use of F-bombs and other profanity. The writing, much of it by creator Ann Biderman, is excellent, with juicy dialogue, well-developed plots (like an ongoing story involving the detectives' efforts to protect a young girl who witnessed a murder), plenty of black humor, and characters you can care about. A making-of featurette is the sole bonus feature. --Sam Graham

Special Features

Seven episodes on two discs
Southland: Redefining the Cop Drama: producers and cast reveal the story behind creating a new series about the LAPD

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Everett Scott, Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Michael Cudlitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Southland: Season 1" on IMDb

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2009
Format: DVD
I am truly shocked that no one else has written a review for this show. It is.. in a word.. AMAZING! The characters are believable. The stories are true to life. This show exposes a realistic view of Los Angeles, from the unsavory (and savory) people to the corrupt (and uncorrupt) police to the fearful residents to the vigilantes. This show really has it all! Find a way to relate... or just shut up. Because whether you want to admit it or not, you have been in at least one situation that is true to life that appears on this magnificent show.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Davina Gantz on October 11, 2009
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This is an amazing show, real, gritty, true to life. Sadly, NBC has decided to cancel the 2nd season which was due to start airing 10/23. 6 episodes are already filmed and ready for airing. NBC has given conflicting reasons for canceling. Please, email NBC, Warner Brothers, anyone you can think of to save this wonderful show. Hopefully another network will pick it up.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Weezieworld on November 11, 2009
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Excellent show, ... and although NBC dropped the ball by cancelling it, TNT has purchased all the shows and will start showing them on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. starting Jan 12 (that's what it says on the TNT website! Yay! Starts in January ... and goody, we can also purchase the DVD here in January!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AlexisB on March 11, 2012
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I absolutely love this show. I work in law enforcement and its a great depiction of the struggles law enforcement officers must face everyday!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite E. Brown on March 3, 2012
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By far the best crime drama since the original British "Prime Suspect" and "Homocide, Life on the Street". Flawless acting performances!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Chan on April 6, 2010
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The first season was great, unfortunately it was cut short, the second season just finished, again great season. I really hope TNT renews this for a 3rd season. It seems each season thus far has been too short. With all the action/drama that goes on I look forward to getting more. I've already watched this 1st season a few times through, the extended scenes are a nice touch, although they usually don't explain anything extra. Actors are great and seem to really fit their roles. Everything is filmed to give you a more "real" experience. ( IE. the camera man actually runs with the actors, sometimes the view is grainy like a home video camera, etc..) Supposedly the stories are based all on real events, some funny, some dramatic. Great series and I hope it continues on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sum on February 1, 2010
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Southland & Homicide have alot in common as far as Deep edgy Cop Dramas That take a Much more realistic look behind The men and woman
That put there lives on the Line to Serve & Protect

Both Shows have An Amazing ensemble cast (Perfect Casting!!!!!!!!)
Both Shows Introduced viewers through the eyes of the Rookie Cop
With Homicide Det. Tim Bayliss played Perfectly by Kyle Secor
and Southland Officer Ben Sherman played equally Great by Ben McKenzie

Enough of me Geeking out over Great Top Notch Cop Shows

Despite all the Positive reviews from both Critics and TV Viewers The Show was Canceled due to the NBC Late Night Re-Tooling
Jay Leno in Prime Time (Boy, that was such a Great Idea!?!?!)

But, out of Nowhere TNT Bought the Show Thank God
Southland never seem to fit on Network tv (It was To Dark and Raw)
The original broadcast on NBC was Butchered..........
With TNT alot less bleeps But, Now with the Season One Box Set it's UNCUT
Hopefully if it sells enough Units it will get a BR Transfer
Believe the Hype and all the Critics
10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By New Yorker on January 31, 2012
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One of the other reviewers pointed out that these Southland "seasons" are
awfully short. This one is seven episodes, and others are only six. However,
the creators do pack a great deal of action into these forty-minute segments.
The pace is a whirlwind in effect, and the many storylines--virtually each
cop has his or her own--provide a lot of content. This isn't a procedural,
obsessed with the facts of the case, like Law and Order or CSI. This is
a drama about the souls of the cops themselves. It's almost spiritual. One
odd aspect of it is seeing C. Thomas Howell, whom we remember from long-ago
kid films, now playing a destructive and irresponsible screw-up cop.
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