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Southland: Season 1

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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:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Southland: Season 1" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Chance to see Michael Cudlitz, pre-The Walking Dead, and Ben McKenzie, pre-Gotham, in a well-written, acted and directed police show. Ben's character is not quite as pure as his Gotham character. Very much an ensemble cast, with each episode covering story-lines from the various teams of cops, keeping it interesting. Although C. Thomas Howell did not get a starring credit until the 5th Season, he was a recurring "guest star" throughout who was very funny in an old-school sexist cop sort of way. I had never been much of a fan of his until his performance in this show. Lucy Liu likewise "guests" in the same way in Season 4, to very good effect. Particularly at the low price, it is well-worth buying the entire series. I had been unaware this NBC series had continued past the First Season, on TNT, until I saw the Second, Third and Fourth Season box set in a local store, and later the Fifth Season. Very glad I got all of those.
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Tough, unvarnished, complicated, and that's just the Cops when they're NOT at work! This is an awesome show and how a Cop show should be done--like The Shield--complicated people doing an unbeliveable job that most of us wouldn't do, getting shot at and crapped on emotionally by the public . The best character by far is Michael Cudlitz ("Bull" from Band of Brothers)the street Cop who has seen too much, done too much, has no life apart from his job and is spiraling out of control in his personal life. This guy has nailed every role he's had since 'BoB', he is great in my opinion. Regina King is also wonderful as the tough detective with a 'do nothing' partner played by Tom Everet Scott. The stories are really well done and I immediately bought season II half way thru watching this. If you are a fan of The Wire, Law & Order, you will love this show I guarantee it.
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Watched this series from first episode to last when it was still on TV. Super-gritty, Exceptional performances all around, fine scripting. Absolutely addictive. I will be adding the other seasons as my budget allows.
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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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