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  • Southland has redefined the police drama genre with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the series captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life. Created by Ann Biderman, executive producers are John Wells and Christopher Chulack. Southland is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.Southland was a short midseason replacement series used by NBC to plug the hole at Thursday 10:00 pm left by the end of ER. While its viewership never matched ER’s heyday, the numbers were strong enough to give it a nod for a second 13-episode season that was announced by the network on May 1, 2009, three weeks before the end of the first season. Unfortunately, the show’s fortunes changed over the summer. The transition of the Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien’s hands left Jay Leno as a free agent. NBC President and CEO Jeff Zucker, determined not to lose Leno to a competing network, gave Leno a nightly variety show that would air Monday through Friday at 10:00 pm. This displaced a number of heavy-duty dramas like Law & Order: SVU and Southland which would be moved to 9:00 pm slots – before television’s safe harbor. On August 25, 2009, NBC announced they were pushing back the season two premiere from September 25, 2009, to October 23, 2009 (a Friday at 9:00 pm berth). NBC claimed the move was for the good of the show, taking it out of direct competition with the season premieres of Medium – newly moved to Fridays – and Dollhouse. On October 8, 2009, though, NBC cancelled the show. Press reports at the time said the network felt the show was too "dark and gritty." The decision also left the network with six filmed-but-unaired episodes of season two.John Wells and WB Television determined not to give up on the show. After NBC reduced its fees for the unaired episodes, they were free to shop it to other networks. TNT was rumored as the interested network by the end of October 2009, and on November 2, 2009, TNT made it official with a press release. It purchased the rights to the six-episode second season and the previously aired first season for a run in early 2010. A decision on a third season funded by TNT would be ratings dependent. TNT ultimately renewed Southland for three more seasons because of a very loyal fan base and critical acclaim. It announced the show's cancellation on May 10, 2013, three weeks after the fifth season finale.Seasons one through three of Southland starred Arija Bareikis as Officer Chickie Brown, Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, Jenny Gago as Det. Josie Ochoa, Shawn Hatosy as Det. Sammy Bryant, Regina King as Det. Lydia Adams, Michael McGrady as Det. Daniel "Sal" Salinger, Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, and Tom Everett Scott as Det. Russell Clarke. Season four starred Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, Regina King as Det. Lydia Adams, and Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, reflecting a reduced budget. In season five, C. Thomas Howell as Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek was promoted to regular from recurring cast.Broadcast History:NBCSeason 1 – Thursday at 10:00 pmTNTSeasons 2 - 4 – Tuesday at 10:00 pm Season 5 – Wednesday at 10:00 pmAwards:2013 Critics' Choice AwardWon – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael CudlitzNominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King2013 Prism AwardWon – Performance in a Drama Episode: Michael CudlitzNominated – Drama Episode – Mental Health: "Legacy"2013 Peabody Award2012 Emmy AwardWon – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte2012 Critics' Choice AwardsWon – Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Lucy LiuNominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King2012 Prism AwardWon – Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline – Substance Use: “The Winds” / “Failure Drill” / “Graduation Day”Nominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Michael CudlitzNominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Ben McKenzie2012 Screen Actors Guild AwardNominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series2011 Emmy AwardNominated – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte2011 Critics' Choice AwardNominated – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Shawn Hatosy2011 Screen Actors Guild AwardNominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Seriesmoreless

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Cudlitz

    Officer John Cooper

  • Regina King

    Det. Lydia Adams

  • Shawn Hatosy

    Officer Sammy Bryant

  • Ben McKenzie

    Officer Ben Sherman

  • C. Thomas Howell

    Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek [Season 5]

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  • Quotes (90)

    • John Cooper: This is a front row seat to the greatest show on earth.

    • Dewey: (when Ben vomits after seeing a corpse that has been eaten by dogs) What's wrong with your partner? He looks kinda sick down there.
      Cooper: Yeah, Tori Spelling threw up all over his brand new patent leather Mary Janes.

    • Cooper: (after pulling over a Ferrari) Get out of the car.
      Wade: Why do I have to get out of the car?
      Cooper: Get out of the car now, numbnuts.
      Wade: (exiting the Ferrari) Know who my father is?
      Cooper: What, your mother didn't tell you?

    • Cooper: (orienting Ben as the two officers walk to the squad car) Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp. These guys coming out of prison? They're buff, been on drugs. You do what they teach you in the academy, you will die. Knucklehead wants to take your gun. So if it's you or some 300-pound naked guy on PCP, you take his ass down any way you can. You ride with me, you back your badge.

    • Opening Voiceover: Ben Sherman just finished phase one of his probationary training. He still needed to have his daily book signed by his training officer. The night had not gone well.

    • Cooper: (After Ben Sherman shot the guy who shot his fellow police officer) Where did you learn to shoot like that? Beverly Hills Gun Club?
      Sherman: Why don't you shut the hell up, sir.

    • Cooper: You're a cop because you don't know how not to be one. If you feel that way, you're a cop. If you don't, you're not. You decide.

    • (after Kimmy spies Mia Sanchez making out with her father) Kimmy Salinger: Dad, she's so cool. Sal Salinger: What? Kimmy Salinger: She's so beautiful. I've seen her on the news. Sal Salinger: You're being disrespectful towards your mother. Kimmy Salinger: Mom's a bitch! Sal Salinger: Shhh. You will never talk that way about your mother, you hear me?

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    Notes (53)

    • The song in the beginning of each episode is the Portuguese song "Canção do Mar."

    • The music heard in this episode was "School" by Supertramp and "Fake Empire" by The National.

    • The original title for Southland was LAPD.

    • As part of the lead up to the second season, TNT rebroadcast the first season. This episode re-aired on TNT on January 12, 2010. The version of this episode that TNT used contained six-and-a-half to seven minutes of footage that had not been seen in the version that aired on NBC in 2009.

    • As part of the lead up to the second season, TNT rebroadcast the first season. This episode re-aired on TNT on January 19, 2010.

    • The music heard in this episode was "Born to Be Wild (Easy Rider Version)" by Steppenwolf and "Tears Dry on Their Own" by Amy Winehouse.

    • As part of the lead up to the second season, TNT rebroadcast the first season. This episode re-aired on TNT on January 26, 2010.

    • As part of the lead up to the second season, TNT rebroadcast the first season. This episode re-aired on TNT on February 2, 2010.

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    Trivia (23)

    • The book Shamika Cole was reading during the hospital scene near the end of the episode was "Beloved" by Toni Morrison.

    • By way of an introduction before the opening credits, this first episode featured the following line: "Only 9,800 police officers patrol the city of Los Angeles, an area of 500 square miles and 4 million people...".

    • When John Cooper tells Ben Sherman he's got "90210 written all over his face", actor Michael Cudlitz knows what he's talking about because he had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210.

    • The scene in which rookie cop Ben Sherman books the driver of the yellow Ferrari reunites Benjamin McKenzie (Ben Sherman) with Taylor Handley. They appeared together in a few episodes of The O.C.

    • The title of this episode refers to the third phase of a rookie police officer's probationary period at which time the rookie is permitted to drive a patrol car unaccompanied by a training officer.

    • When Ben Sherman meets his sister for drinks, she tells him Olivia and Ward will be there. This is a continuity error: Olivia is his sister's name. The character played by Taylor Handley was introduced in "Unknown Trouble" as Wade (not Ward).

    • Although credited, Regina King (Det. Lydia Adams) does not appear in this episode.

    • During the briefing, the names of Officers Rokos and Lisco are mentioned by the watch commander. These characters were named as a shout-out to Will Rokos (co-producer) and Jonathan Lisco (co-executive producer).

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    Allusions (9)

    • John Cooper: Yeah, Tori Spelling threw up all over his brand new patent leather Mary Janes. Another reference to Aaron Spelling's teen primetime soap, Beverly Hills, 90210, in which his daughter, Tori Spelling, played Donna Martin, a rich, sheltered, and virginal young socialite.

    • The scene where Officer Dewey joyrides in the dry canal-like bed of the Los Angeles River is similar to a scene from Repo Man, during which Harry Dean Stanton takes Emilio Estevez there in a repossessed car and shows him the ins and outs of the repo business.

    • The title of this episode is also the title of the 1941 Budd Schulberg novel What Makes Sammy Run? about a man who escaped the deprived Jewish Lower East Side in his youth to become a successful Hollywood writer.

    • Jessica: (to Cooper) Gonna shoot out the tires, T.J. Hooker? T.J. Hooker was a character portrayed by William Shatner in the drama series of the same name (1982-1986). Shatner's character was described as a tough-as-nails veteran police officer who was partnered with rookie Vince Romano.

    • Ben: (to Sammy) What's it like living in The Truman Show?

      The Truman Show (1998) was a film starring Jim Carrey in which an insurance salesman learns his entire life is actually a TV show.

    • Jones: When I was younger, that's all the L.A.P.D. did was constantly kick our asses. That's where I remember Rucker – the neighborhood.
      Anawalt: So, why become a cop?
      Jones: There was a S.W.A.T. officer came and spoke to our school, Randy Simmons. Something about the way the dude carried himself stuck with me.

      This piece of dialogue is in memoriam of Police Officer Randal D. Simmons who was killed while on duty February 7, 2008, during a S.W.A.T. team response to a 911 hostage call.

    • Sammy: (as he and Ben drive up to a flash mob) It's a shame to break this up. I feel like the father in Footloose.

      This line alludes to Reverend Shaw Moore played by John Lithgow in the film Footloose (1984), starring Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack who moves from Chicago to a repressed town where rock music and dancing have been banned and Ren works fervently to change the law. Reverend Moore is an equally fervent supporter of the law who works against Ren to keep the law in place.

    • Marla Gibbs' character, Mrs. Miller, calls Lydia "Brenda," which is a nod to Regina King's character on the TV show, 227, which starred both actresses.

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  • Fan Reviews (68)
  • Sammy Bryant is a pussy

    By andrewjeffery710, May 14, 2014

  • Officer Ben Sherman - What an A-Hole

    By rreeve, Mar 14, 2014

  • I don't get it!!!!!

    By hottitswhite, Mar 08, 2014


    By BrandonCause, Dec 19, 2013

  • Needed marketing ... no way this show should have been cancelled

    By Bluesteelmamma, Aug 15, 2013