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Southland: Season 1 (2010)

Tom Everett Scott , Regina King  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Unrated
  • 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 (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Southland: Season 1" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

From Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack comes a raw and authentic look at the police unit in Los Angeles. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East LA, "Southland" is a fast-moving drama that will take you inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.

Michael Cudlitz ("A River Runs Through It") plays John Cooper a seasoned Los Angeles cop, assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie, "The O.C."). Cooper's honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Cudlitz and McKenzie are joined by cast members Regina King ("Ray," "Jerry Maguire") who plays Detective Lydia Adams. Adams lives with and is the primary caregiver of her mother. Her partner, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott, "Boiler Room") is an unhappily married father of three. Michael McGrady ("The Thin Red Line") plays Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger. Sal oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro, "Drive," "Ugly Betty") and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy, "Alpha Dog"). Arija Bareikis ("Crossing Jordan") plays patrol officer Chickie Brown, a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT.

Watch Southland Tuesdays at 10/9c on TNT. New season begins March 2.

Customer Reviews

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show! September 18, 2009
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show 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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TNT picked up this awesome show ... starts in January November 11, 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "SouthLAnd": Can't get enough! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING SERIES! March 9, 2012
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Very real and detailed series. A new approach to police dramas. I recommend it to all police drama fans!! The Season finale will have you ordering the second season immediately, so you might as well order Seasons 1 and 2 together. I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Of Law Enforcement January 31, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting and writing. Absolutely underrated March 29, 2011
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This show is realistic and yet subtle at the same time. I feel invested with all of the characters and it's truly difficult to pick a "favorite" because it's an ensemble cast. I want to see Emmy nominations soon or else there is no justice in this world! This show is a welcomed relief from all of the reality shows and typical comedy sitcoms. The story line between John (Michael Cutlitz and Ben (Ben McKenzie) is particularly fascinating and Lydia's (Regina King) character is one of the few multi-dimensional female characters on TV. I highly recommend people watch this show so they can say they loved and watched Southland before it had a cult following.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series for a cop show
Good series for a cop show. Entertaining drama with realistic characters that draw you in and make you care. It has realistic seeming and sometimes funny situations. Read more
Published 14 days ago by ThoughtfulReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great tv series.
Published 20 days ago by Astraea
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent series. loved every minute of it!!
Excellent series full of action at the officers point of view - both on the job and in his/her home life. worth the price by far if u like stories of cop life.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Cop Show
I initially had no interest in watching this show when it first came on. Just what the world needs... another cop show, right? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward J. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars love this!
if u liked nypd blue, or hill street will love this series. True to life and so well written... a shame it was cancelled. just an awesome show!
Published 3 months ago by dmw1125
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Compelling
The characters are a realistic mix of folks who all have some issues, some very serious, they struggle with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Low
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing product
There wasn't a problem with the show itself, in fact, if you love cop shows, this will definitely feed your craving. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica lYNN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price!
This was a grest show NBC made a mistake when they canceled it. TNT was smart to pick it up.
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Newsome
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed - for every new officer Police Family
Great program. Realistic, comprehensive and you get captivated quickly. Tremendous characters. Thank you for the insight into the actual and important development of a police... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gail Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
LOVED this show. It was so great & loved all the characters & the action. I wish it was still on
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