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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: Southland returns with its second season on TNT after having been renewed by NBC but dropped by the peacock network to ostensibly make room for The Jay Leno Show.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Here's to a long and fruitful run in the new home. Tuesday night proves exactly why Southland deserves one.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    The tremendously exciting second-season premiere — the first of six new episodes — plunges us into numerous L.A.-cop story lines, the best of which finds Regina King's Lydia dealing with a cocky new partner
  3. 90
    Southland is a show of high caliber and riveting brilliance, instantly one of the finest hours of TiVo-worthy drama anywhere on the tube.
  4. TNT's cop drama Southland is like a hot date on a Saturday night. Just waiting for another episode to begin each week is a thrill, and once the show gets going the rush is like nothing else on TV.
  5. The personal business is interesting enough, if here and there inexplicable--like life, I hear you sigh--and does help make sense of why the characters act so needy around the office. But what Southland does best is to portray police work as a job--boring, trying, exciting by turns.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    The solemnities of the writing are balanced by some excellent performances and superior production values.
  7. It’s a bland, interchangeable bunch, with most of them having a single identifiable trait.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    Southland is such a good show. The show is always interesting and continues to keep me tuning in for more. The characters are very interesting and they have had some wild surprises. I don't know how anyone could call Southland a horrible show when its the exact opposite. I couldn't believe it when NBC cancelled but I am hoping that TNT continues to bring us more Southland. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2010
    Whoever decided to drop this show from prime time TV was a fool. I loved the first season it was easily one of the best cop shows around. Clever and gritty and so LA attitude. Now I can't watch the second season because its on a limited run booo. Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2010
    This is no doubt the best television series on TNT, the second season premieres episode left me speechless, the plotting of the episode, the action, this is the best episode of the series. Ann Biderman and ER's John Wells have crafted a beautiful 8th episode, followed by another great episode written by CBS's newest Friday series "Blue Bloods". I look forward to see watch the next season has to offer from it's new network and budget cuts. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2010
    very very good. my favorite hbo show, but my 2nd favorite. im really looking forward to 3rd season. i really wish that one character wasnt gay though because i am afraid of homos! the only other problem i have with it and all hbo shows is that each season is too short. anyway, this show is very very good and even inspired my older bro to become a cop. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    Not the instant satisfaction I got from the shield but over time it wore off on me and now I think the show is great. Not the instant satisfaction I got from the shield but over time it wore off on me and now I think the show is great. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2012
    Not everything in that show is bad. The casting is ok and actors visibly try their best. Pretty much everything else is a disaster, the writing is specially poor, with bad dialogues, poor character development and plots that make no sense.
    Bad also the very weird editing and the musical theme.
    I very much understand the decision of the network not to broadcast this second season and to drop the show altogether, because under this current form Southland was unsalvageable.

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