Southland

Season 1 Episode 1

Unknown Trouble

2
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The first day on the job for a rookie cop isn't going to be easy, especially when his training officer is tough-as-nails veteran Officer John Cooper. Meanwhile, Det. Lydia Adams investigates the disappearance of a little girl who had vanished while playing ball.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Anyone else think this is exactly like the The Shield?

    1.0
    Rookie on his first day at the job, and an African American detective lady looking for missing child all in the dirty streets of Los Angeles. It's the exact same premise as the pilot of The Shield minus a bald man and his extremely crooked cop buddies. Hell they even used some of the actors from the show.

    And what's up with the one guy, handcuffed, shooting the cop. A police officer is supposed to check the guy first for weapons. And it just came out of no where. Anyone on street know better than not to do so.

    Though, on a positive note, the camera work is pretty impressive. The streets are supposed to be gritty, yet everyone looks very good.moreless
  • First day on the job as an LAPD cop.

    7.5
    I thought this was a very good pilot episode. It's always difficult establishing a new cast when they did OK in this one. Despite the multiple storylines, it was relatively easy to keep track of who was who.



    Ben McKenzie did a good job playing a rookie cop, he had that scared yet determined look that was appropriate for this first episode.



    It's clear that this is more than just a cop show, they want to get a look at the cops as people, not just as officers of the law. The background and family situation of the cops are important and I'm sure they will expand on the respective backgrounds of the characters in future episodes.



    A good start to this new series!moreless
  • This was an average to good pilot episode... if you could stomach it.

    6.5
    Pilots are always interesting to watch. This one for me had a lot of positives but unfortunately it had a lot of negatives as well.



    The story and the characters and their interactions were very compelling to watch. As mentioned by a previous reviewer the character's are not just cops but people and there attitude towards their job and life in general is depicted and will probably (and hopefully) be important later on.



    What spoiled this for me was the style in which the show is shot. The jerky "reality TV style" camera work and the excessive background noise was not something I appreciated because it made me need to strain too much when watching the show. I prefer to be relaxed when watching TV. Straining is something I can do at work. The mood of the show was also very negative. There were 3 heinous crimes committed during a mere 42 minutes and neither one of them had even a remotely happy ending. The creators obviously want to go for realism but often we watch TV get get away from what is real. I did not feel happy like I do after I watch HIMYM or mystified like I do after watching Lost or thoroughly entertained like I do after Desperate Housewives. I felt stressed. That is not how I want to feel after having watched a TV show.



    I will continue to watch the show for a few more episodes and perhaps longer if it lightens up just a little bit and gives us the occasional happy ending.moreless
  • Great Pilot!

    10
    This episode does justice to LAPD in trying to show us just a glimpse of what those brave men and women go through on a daily basis.



    Loved the presentation from beginning to end...loved the fact that it didn't have much of that crappy background music which keeps things from feeling REAL..and loved the incredible acting from the superb cast, especially that OC-dude/rookie cop and his mentor/partner.



    I will continue to watch this..but honestly, it's the presentation and the script that made me love this show! Hope the writers can keep it up. I'm a big fan of that OC dude and his serious-face-acting..I think he's perfect for this role.



    KUDOS NBC! :Dmoreless
  • A Perfect Cop Show

    10
    When you find yourself sitting forward on your chair, looking hard at the TV to study everything you're seeing and to hear every word, you know your watching something special. Intelligently written, admirably devoid of sentimentality and melodrama, this show trusts its material, its actors and its audience. And it's amazing how smartly photographed it is. You must watch, not just listen, if you want to really see the story being told. So much is communicated visually that to merely listen is to miss 60% of the show. You can't be doing the dishes or ironing or texting or surfing the web, without compromising the experience. I am totally hooked.moreless
Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie

Officer Ben Sherman

Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Officer John Cooper

Regina King

Regina King

Det. Lydia Adams

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Det. Russell Clarke

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Det. Daniel "Sal" Salinger

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Det. Nate Moretta

Scott Michael Campbell

Scott Michael Campbell

Mr. Davis

Guest Star

Suzanne Cryer

Suzanne Cryer

Mrs. Davis

Guest Star

Taylor Handley

Taylor Handley

Wade

Guest Star

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl

Tammi Bryant

Recurring Role

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler

Kenny No-Gun

Recurring Role

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • 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.

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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