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Southland is a drama TV series that was originally aired on NBC and showed for one whole season in 2009. A second season was scheduled to air but got postponed, and then cancelled. After that, TNT bought the rights to Southland and has now aired 5 seasons of the show.

Southland is a drama series about the Los Angeles Police Department and how they live their lives in their crime filled city. The first season is focused mainly on the characters of the series and their life and dramas. Subsequent series aired by TNT are a little bit different. Later episodes try to focus less on characters, and more on crimes and how they are executed. Characters and their situations are still shown, but are not the primary base of the show.

Characters in Southland include Nate Moretta, Chickie Brown, John Cooper, Sammy Bryant, Daniel Salinger, Ben Sherman, Lydia Adams, and Russel Clarke. All of these characters are part of the Los Angeles Police Department in some way or other. The only characters that are not part of the Los Angeles Police Department are usually wives or ex-wives of the other characters, such as Susan Salinger.

Southland is an American drama that man viewers tune into. The show is full of angst, mystery, crime, action, hard subjects, and is generally a dark show. Southland is a good show for action seeking people, individuals interested in Los Angeles, or people interested in crime and how it happens. Southland is sure to be a hit for fans of other crime shows circling the network.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on TNT
5 Seasons, 43 Episodes - Canceled
April 9, 2009
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Southland Full Episode Guide

  • In the fifth season finale, John deals with the aftermath of his kidnapping, Sammy closes in on the real robbers, Lydia pursues John's kidnappers and becomes more intimate with Russell.

  • Cooper and Lucero are kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of tweakers.

  • Gangsters show their support at the funeral of a major drug dealer and chaos ensues. The cops learn a valuable lesson.

  • John is desperate to save Hicks while being haunted from his past. Sammy feels guilty about lying. Lydia and Ruben track down a John Doe. Ben's relationship with Elena becomes more serious.

  • The events of the day force the department to face their fears.

  • John is forced to think of life after LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to death row earlier in her career. Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity after he saves the day.

  • Lydia and Reuben investigate the murder of a man whose body was slow cooked down to the bone. John and Lucero are at ease with their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls.

  • A breakdown in the LAPD's dispatch system complicates things and compounds the problems the cops are already having with communication issues.

  • After Dave Mendoza is injured in a drive-by, Ben takes it upon himself to solve the case - much to Sammy's dismay. Lydia regains herfooting as a detective while investigating the murder of a female boxer's husband. Tensions between Cooper and Steele finally cometo a head during a traffic stop-gone-sideways.

  • In the fifth season premiere, John doesn't get along with his new boot, Gary Steele, a vet from Afghanistan. Lydia struggles with the demands of her career and her personal life. Ben Sherman becomes involved with a sketchy crowd of cops, while Sammy Bryant is trapped in a hellish custody battle with Tammi.

  • Ben tries to help the daughter of a prostitute, only to upset the woman's pimp. Meanwhile, Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a gang member; and Tang faces the mounting consequences of shooting an innocent bystander.

  • Lydia and Ruben probe the death of a nanny. In an alarming investigative snag, the children who were in her care have gone missing. Meanwhile, Ben's efforts to help a prostitute with a daughter backfire; and John confronts Tang about coming clean about a past shooting.

  • An eyewitness in one of Sammy's cases is killed; John and Tang must serve and protect a documentary-film crew; and Lydia's body is tested when she works as a shift supervisor.

  • Cooper attempts to save a suicidal teen in a situation that becomes personal, while Jessica gets a visit from someone in her past. Sammy enlists an informant - with tragic results.

  • Tang's past surfaces when she offers to help a homeless veteran; Sammy cares for a dog after accidentally shooting it; Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a good Samaritan; Ben and Lydia endure dramatic life changes.

  • It's Hood Day on the streets of Los Angeles, and Captain Rucker (guest star Carl Lumbly) has assigned the department to monitor things. Unfortunately, Sammy leaves a gang territory unattended, which results in a violent gang war.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Officer John Cooper returns to duty and meets his new partner, Officer Jessica Tang. Lydia also has a new partner, Ruben Robinson. Ben, Sammy and Dewey chase an armed man into an elementary school.

Most Popular Southland Episodes

  • Season 5 Episode 1 Bats and Hats 2/13/2013
  • Season 5 Episode 10 Reckoning 4/17/2013
  • Season 5 Episode 7 Heroes 3/27/2013

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Midseason TV Preview: TNT Premiere Schedule and Trailers

They know drama, and there's plenty of it: TNT's midseason schedule features the return of the transplanted but still-loved "Southland" and the continuation of another TNT favorite. Click through to get all of the premiere dates and times for your favorite TNT shows, and watch a few trailers too!

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