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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

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  • Summary: The drama about Los Angeles police officers returns with its first full season produced for TNT.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 3, 2011
    100
    The characterizations are carefully nuanced in Southland, and the performances are equal to the quality of writing.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 3, 2011
    100
    Regina King heads the solid ensemble. these folks are dutiful, proud and bonetired. [10 Jan 2011, p.40]
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 4, 2011
    91
    Southland's cast remains one of its best selling points.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Judge
    Jan 3, 2011
    90
    The exceptional writing and pitch-perfect acting of Southland is not to be missed.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 4, 2011
    70
    There is nothing heightened or cheapened by contrivance as the detectives and patrol cops go about their often sordid business.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 3, 2011
    70
    It's not the best cop show ever but it's certainly an above-average effort for fans entertained by quality TV drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 3, 2011
    50
    The show is trying to depict a good cross-section of the city's cop culture. But the scenes with the uniform cops - Ben McKenzie as a young quick study, Michael Cudlitz as his gruff but clever training officer - are just much more vibrant and memorable than anything with the detectives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    I am very impressed with a new "good" cop show. The characters are what make the show. I usually don't care to know the personal lives of the cops and just want the crime, problem solving and resolution. But, these people are so interestingly flawed you want to see how it plays into their work lives. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    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
  3. Jan 8, 2011
    10
    Greatest cop show I have ever seen. The characters make the audience know what it is like in the life of a police officer. It is an awesome and great cop show that balances procedural and serialized elements. The characters and acting is great. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    Such a great hit show . i **** love this show! it grabbed me right away and i cant get enough! all of the different cop relationships work. the show is straight up real and that's what appeals to everyone that loves it. Expand
  5. Feb 27, 2011
    9
    Probably the best and most respectable yet underrated cop dramas on television. As gritty as it is gripping you can bring yourself to care about and/or dislike the characters involved, major and minor; the show is not the second coming of Jesus but it deserves a lot of things, including your attention. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2011
    8
    A great cop show that balances procedural and serialized elements successfully. The characters and acting are fantastic. Not revolutionary, but better than anything similar on CBS. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2012
    8
    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

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