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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:

Season 1 – Thursday at 10:00 pm

Seasons 2 - 4 – Tuesday at 10:00 pm
Season 5 – Wednesday at 10:00 pm


2013 Critics' Choice Award
Won – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King

2013 Prism Award
Won – Performance in a Drama Episode: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Drama Episode – Mental Health: "Legacy"

2013 Peabody Award

2012 Emmy Award
Won – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte

2012 Critics' Choice Awards
Won – Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Lucy Liu
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King

2012 Prism Award
Won – Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline – Substance Use: “The Winds” / “Failure Drill” / “Graduation Day”
Nominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Ben McKenzie

2012 Screen Actors Guild Award
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

2011 Emmy Award
Nominated – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte

2011 Critics' Choice Award
Nominated – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Shawn Hatosy

2011 Screen Actors Guild Award
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series



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  • Michael Cudlitz

    Michael Cudlitz

    Officer John Cooper

    Regina King

    Regina King

    Det. Lydia Adams

    Shawn Hatosy

    Shawn Hatosy

    Officer Sammy Bryant/Det. Sammy Bryant [Seasons 1-3] / Officer Sammy Bryant [Seasons 4-5]

    Ben McKenzie

    Ben McKenzie

    Officer Ben Sherman

    C. Thomas Howell

    C. Thomas Howell

    Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek [Season 5]

    Kevin Alejandro

    Kevin Alejandro

    Det. Nate Moretta [Seasons 1-3]

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    • Sammy Bryant is a pussy

      I completely disagree with the previous review, Ben Sherman is my favorite cop on that show, in every situation he made the right decisions and knew what he needed to do as a man. Now Sammy Bryant is a total pussy, he cries, whines to Ben, and also couldn't shake the guilt of lying and almost caused him and his partner to lose their jobs. He also never got over Nate dying. So to sum up my opinion, Sammy Bryant is a bad and weak cop, and Ben Sherman is a solid and great cop.moreless
    • Officer Ben Sherman - What an A-Hole

      I do like Southland but it's weird because I can't stand the main character, Officer Ben Sherman. He is a total Ass Hole who thinks he's the bee's knees. To be honest, he is the perfect character to portray the common stereotypical cop that everyone hates. It's not even his over inflated ego, or his privileged upbringing that makes me dislike him. These are annoying traits but I can forgive these. It's his whole personality and mentality that makes my blood boil.

      I've been watching him for five whole seasons and I've lost count of the times he has proven himself to be a vicious, spiteful, mean-spirited, vindictive C word. Here are just two examples that come to mind...

      In season 3 or 4 his partner said something to him that was a petty insult, nothing serious, in fact, it was a bit of light hearted banter. However, because it poked his inflated ego, he responded by outlining a possible scenario where his partner might not be the real father of his kid. He planted this cruel thought into his partners head by saying, "your wife could have got anyone to ring you pretending to be a doctor from the lab giving you the DNA results" Officer Ben Sherman was basically saying that his partners wife was manipulating him for child support. If you re-watch this scene you will see that it was a nasty, spiteful unprovoked attack.

      Also, remember when Officer Ben Sherman accused his partner of being dirty for finding that pipe? He accuses someone of being dirty even though a few episodes later, Officer Sherman MURDERED that pimp in cold blood. It was a PLANNED execution because he took that spare gun to work with him to plant it and give him an excuse to shoot. That there is the worst kind of dirty cop.

      He is a manipulative, two-faced liar who has convinced himself he has superior morals and ethics even though the truthful facts prove he has little conscious and even less morals but his arrogance won't let him see these truths.

      Another PERFECT example of his mans nasty character is when he bumped into an old friend from university in the street. (S05E05) This old friend used to sell weed and without knowing Sherman was now a cop, he handed him his contact info and said he can still get anything. So, what did Officer Ben Sherman do? He went straight to the drug team and gave up his old friend. If that wasn't bad enough, he then continued to ask his partner if he would make a good detective. The reason he was asking is because his drug dealer tip off made friends of all the right people to get a promotion and become a detective. So, to sum up, he sold out his old university friend for a chance to be a detective.

      Seriously, the more I consider Officer Ben Sherman's actions in Southland, the more I see and the more I can't stand him. I would LOVE to see him get killed off.

      The only saving grace is, thank goodness for Officer John Cooper. Now this is a real decent straight up cop. He is also a genuine good guy and I love watching this character, Unlike Ben Sherman who makes me sick to my stomach.moreless
    • I don't get it!!!!!

      The States can fill 100's of channels with crap programs and adverts, lets face it the adverts are more entertaining than most of the programs they show. But just occasionally there's a stroke of genius. A program that just not Americans get; then they go and cancel it. I struggle sometimes with the American way of doing things sometimes. What kind of numbers does a show have to make for it to be commissioned in the states? If a show is well written like Southland the audience just does not stop in America it's worldwide. Now surely that should be supported? In England we have something called a licence fee it's about 160.00 GBP a year and everyone pays it, cable is an optional extra. In return, licence payers get a multimedia powerhouse which is unique in the world (no adverts) & a voice.moreless


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

      There is no way this show should have been cancelled, it was great.. the writing, the reality, details all bang on. Marketing, well... I heard about the show through co-workers and only started watching last year. Really needs to be picked up by a network and marketed more effectively. Who decides this, all the crap on TV and this gets cancelled? Cancelling my cable

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