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Southland 5 Seasons 2009

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (109) IMDb 8.5/10

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).

Starring:
Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy

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1. Pilot

In the series premiere, a group of Los Angeles police officers and detectives respond to a gangland shootout, while two homicide detectives frantically search for a missing girl.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 8, 2009
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2. Mozambique

When officers John Cooper, Ben Sherman and Chickie Brown rescue a baby girl found alone crawling across the middle of an LA intersection, the hunt for her mother begins.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 16, 2009
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3. See the Woman

Ben reveals details of his past and why he chose to be a cop to Cooper. Meanwhile, Dewey's friendship with a burnt-out actor causes a rift in his partnership with Chickie.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 23, 2009
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4. Sally In the Alley

When an unidentified female body turns up in an alley, Gang Detectives Sammy and Nate have their work cut out for them. Nate searches for a missing relative, and reveals a secret.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 30, 2009
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5. Two Gangs

When Sal's gun is stolen, Nate & Sammy launch a manhunt to retrieve the weapon, only to make a disturbing discovery - a local gang is using military weapons to become a street army.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 7, 2009
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6. Westside

When jewelry thieves begin robbing Bel Air homes, Officer Ben Sherman breaks police policy and becomes personally involved because he knows one of the victims.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 14, 2009
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7. Derailed

The day takes a turn for the worse when officers John Cooper, Ben Sherman, Chickie Brown and Dewey find a member of Marta's Avenue gang dead in a trunk outside Dodger Stadium.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 21, 2009
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I started watching Southland in season 4, and liked it so much that I decided to start watching from the beginning. Season 1 is an excellent season of TV that throws you right into the world of the LAPD without any hand-holding. The cast is large, as the show covers the patrol officers and detectives on their day-to-day lives on the job. The pace is frenetic and the acting is so raw and realistic that the show at times feels more like a documentary than a scripted drama. The acting is excellent, the cases usually very strong, and there is a clear arc over the course of the season.

If you are new to Southland, season 1 is as good a place as any to start. If you came to the show late, like me, it is quite interesting to compare the characters in seasons 4 and 5 to where they started out in season 1, as certain characters have changed dramatically.

Is Southland the best cop show? As someone who isn't generally a fan of the drama, though I enjoyed NYPD Blue and early Law and Order, and consider The Wire one of the best dramas of all time, yes, I think Southland is the best cop drama. For me, it comes down to the characters, who are so unique and compelling and different from what I've come to expect of TV police.
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This show had an elite and dedicated following. It was cancelled by TNT. They tied things up in this last season for the new viewer wanting to watch all five seasons. Best Cop drama since BYPD Blue & Homidice: Life on the Streets.
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I initially had no interest in watching this show when it first came on. Just what the world needs... another cop show, right? Not sure if it was the excellent movie "End of Watch" that got me thinking about it, but I'm really glad I gave it a shot. Wow! I'm amazed that this show made it to network television! Gritty stuff, but very well-written.
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It is shame that this show got such lousy treatment from NBC. It equals the lousy treatment they gave Conan O'Brian and for the same reason, to give Jay Leno what he wanted.

Southland was a show that was not formulaic in the least. You couldn't predict what the outcome would be in the first fifteen minutes. It was entertaining to the end of each episode. Just not quirky, cute or ripped-from-the-headlines enough for network executives to see. Yes that includes TNT.
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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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Despite the title, I re-watched only the pilot episode on demand. It was fast paced, interesting and seemed fairly realistic. I would recommend watching the whole series, although doing it at $.99 an episode might be more than you need to pay. Given the success of the multiple seasons I am surprised entire seasons are not available on Netflix or Amazon Prime for no additional charge. I will probably wait for that to happen before I watch more. It's probably also likely to come back in syndication for free somewhere, although I believe there is a certain number of episodes required for that to happen and I am not an expert on that.
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By MS. M on February 20, 2015
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Best cop show ever. Great characters. storylines and casting. Amazing actors - have never seen better ensemble casting. in LA and this show opened my eyes to world of police. I became smarter and much more cautious.
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Gritty, dark, somewhat bloody, but the characters and story lines grabbed me. You see the personal side of cops as well as the professional side. There's also the way the job excites people and changes them. I couldn't stop watching.
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