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Southland

SouthlandNetwork: NBC, TNT
Episodes: 43 (hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: April 9, 2009 — April 17, 2013
Series status: Cancelled by NBC, Cancelled by TNT

Performers include: Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Michael McGrady, Benjamin McKenzie, Tom Everett Scott, Emily Bergl, Patrick Fischler, Lex Medlin, C. Thomas Howell, Emily Swallow, Carla Jeffery, Lori Alan, and Roxana Brusso.

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TV show description:
From the beaches of wealthy Malibu to the streets of urban East Los Angeles, this fast-moving drama takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.

John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) is a seasoned and gruff LAPD officer who’s assigned to train Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie), a young rookie from a wealthy background. Cooper’s honest and no-nonsense approach to his job — “You do what they teach you in the Academy, you will die.” — leaves Sherman questioning if he has what it takes to become a police officer.

Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King) is a tough cop at work and the primary caregiver of her ailing mother at home. Adams’ partner is Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott), who is unhappily married and the father of three.

Detective Daniel “Sal” Salinger (Michael McGrady) is the leader of a team of gang detectives that includes Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy).

Meanwhile, patrol officer Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis) is a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into the male-dominated SWAT.
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Series Finale

Episode #43 — Reckoning
Sammy closes in on the real robbers. Ben makes his girlfriend’s brother, Cris, who broke into Sammy’s house leave town. He also has Cris’ car towed so that the helicopter patrol won’t spot it. Sammy finds the tow records and ties it back to Ben.

After being confronted, Ben admits what he did but justifies his action because he lied for Sammy though Sammy wouldn’t destroy the tape. They end up in a physical altercation.

Lydia continues to pursue John’s kidnappers. They eventually corner him and the SWAT team kills the suspect when he won’t go alive. Lydia’s relationship with her former partner Russell grows.

Ben’s previous girlfriend, the school teacher, continues to bother him and she shows up at his current girlfriend’s house (which she found by installing a location finder application on his phone).

John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping but doesn’t want to admit he’s having a difficult time. He’s currently on desk duty and this upsets him. It doesn’t help matters when his ex-wife, who he has been staying with since his kidnapping, tells him that she no longer wants to have a child with him.

All his stresses come to a head when the neighbors John suspects of growing marijuana call him a pig for turning off their loud generator. John disarms one of the neighbors and uses his gun to beat the other neighbor. The police show up and shoot John twice when he stands up gun in his hand even though it’s at his side.
First aired: April 17, 2013

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What do you think? Do you like the Southland TV series? Are you sorry that it’s been cancelled and won’t have a sixth season?

 

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