From Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack comes a raw and authentic look at the police unit in Los Angeles. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East Los Angeles, " Southland " is a fast-moving drama that will take viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. Michael Cudlitz ("A River Runs Through It") plays John Cooper a seasoned Los Angeles cop assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie, "The O.C."). Cooper's honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Cudlitz and McKenzie are joined by other cast members including Regina King ("Ray," "Jerry Maguire") who plays Detective Lydia Adams. Adams lives with and is the primary caregiver of her mother. Her partner, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott, "Boiler Room") is an unhappily married father of three. Michael McGrady ("The Thin Red Line") plays Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger. Sal oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro, "Drive," "Ugly Betty") and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy, "Alpha Dog"). Arija Bareikis ("Crossing Jordan") plays as patrol officer Chickie Brown, a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT.

Genre: Drama

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    • Episode 10

      10. Reckoning

      aired: Wed, Apr 17, 2013

      In the season finale, John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping, while Sammy closes in on the real robbers, Ben feels the pressure and Lydia becomes closer with Russell.

    • Episode 9


      aired: Wed, Apr 10, 2013

      Chaos reigns in the city when Cooper and Lucero are kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of "tweakers" and our cops join the frantic search to find them... before it is too late.

    • Episode 8

      8. The Felix Paradox

      aired: Wed, Apr 3, 2013

      The funeral of a major drug dealer brings gangsters of all sorts out of the woodwork. With chaos in the streets, our cops learn that the greatest threats often come from within.

    • Episode 7


      aired: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

      John takes drastic measures to try to save Hicks while being confronted with demons from his past. Sammy's lie about the tape weighs heavily on his conscience. Lydia and Ruben track down a John Doe. Ben's relationship with Elena becomes more serious.

    • Episode 6

      6. Bleed Out

      aired: Wed, Mar 20, 2013

      The day's events bring all of our cops face to face with some of their greatest fears. A baby's death for Lydia: IA questions forSammy; loneliness for Cooper; commitment for Ben.

    • Episode 5

      Hats and Bats

      aired: Wed, Mar 13, 2013

      John thinks about life after the LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to Death Row. And Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity after a very public act of heroism.

    • Episode 4

      4. Under The Big Top

      aired: Wed, Mar 6, 2013

      John and Lucero settle into their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls. While Ben and Sammy respond to an insanebank robbery call.

    • Episode 3

      3. Babel

      aired: Wed, Feb 27, 2013

      A breakdown in the dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops. Lydia reaches out to her old flame (MICHAEL JACE) and Cooper gets a new partner.

    • Episode 2

      2. Heat

      aired: Wed, Feb 20, 2013

      After Dave Mendoza (guest star CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY) is injured in a drive-by, Ben takes is upon himself to solve the case - much toSammy's dismay.

    • Episode 1

      1. Hats and Bats

      aired: Wed, Feb 13, 2013

      In the fifth season premiere, Officer Cooper clashes with his new "boot" - Gary Steele (DEREK RAY), while Lydia Adams tries to balance detective work with motherhood.

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    • Episode 10


      aired: Tue, Mar 20, 2012

      It's the last day on patrol for Tang, as she prepares to move to another precinct as sergeant. But first she wants to tie up some loose ends on the beat. Lydia is pressured to make a decision about the extent of her police duties during the rest of her pregnancy. With Sammy recovering from injuries, Ben and Dewey are partnered together. But Ben is bent on tracking down the prostitute he's been trying to help and then getting her and her daughter away from the abusive pimp controlling their lives.

    • Episode 9


      aired: Tue, Mar 13, 2012

      Ben finds himself heading down a slippery slope as he attempts to help the daughter of a prostitute – putting him in hot water with the woman's pimp. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a gang-banger who may have been killed over a graffiti tag. Tang faces more questions about her shooting of an innocent bystander, which could ultimately determine whether she gets promoted to sergeant.

    • Episode 8

      God's Work

      aired: Tue, Mar 6, 2012

      Lydia and Ruben investigate the death of a young nanny, but first they have to find the kids who were in her care. Ben tries to intervene in the life of a prostitute with a daughter, but his efforts only make things worse. And while Tang gets an update about the boy she shot, John still wants her to come clean about what really happened.

    • Episode 7


      aired: Tue, Feb 28, 2012

      The day just goes from bad to worse when Jessica is served legal papers in the morning and involved in a shooting in the evening. Sammy holds a grudge against Ben for not backing him up over drug evidence that may have been planted during a recent arrest. And Lydia comes to a decision about her situation.

    • Episode 6

      Integrity Check

      aired: Tue, Feb 21, 2012

      Sammy tries to make amends after the murder of a young man who agreed to testify in one of his cases. John and Jessica find themselves babysitting a documentary film crew. And Lydia is ordered to put on her uniform and serve as shift supervisor for the day – but the job could be more than her body is able to handle.

    • Episode 5


      aired: Tue, Feb 14, 2012

      Cooper tries to save a suicidal teen in a situation that hits extremely close to home. Sammy convinces a former addict to be an informant, with devastating consequences. Jessica gets a visit from someone in her past. And Lydia and Ruben investigate a supposed home invasion that appears to have been staged to cover up a murder.

    • Episode 4


      aired: Tue, Feb 7, 2012

      Jessica tries to help a homeless vet get an ID so he can be admitted to the homeless shelter. The situation opens John's eyes to his partner's past. Sammy is determined to save a dog after he accidentally shoots it in the leg. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a man who lent a helping hand to women in need. And Ben and Lydia each face big life changes.

    • Episode 3

      Season 4, Episode 3

      aired: Tue, Jan 31, 2012

      It's Hood Day on the streets of Los Angeles, and Captain Rucker has the department playing hall monitors. Sammy lets old grudges die hard when he leaves a gang territory unattended, only to have a violent gang war erupt throughout the city. Ben's recent mistake continues to haunt him publicly everywhere he goes. Ruben practices his speech for his daughter's quinceañera in the midst of a murder investigation. Cooper and Tang investigate a robbery in a strict Orthodox Jewish home, leading Tang to reveal secrets from her past.

    • Episode 2


      aired: Tue, Jan 24, 2012

      Tang and Cooper’'s past physical problems are put to the test when they are attacked on the street by a “perp.” Lydia and Ruben investigate a convenience store murder, and Lydia uses her typical compassionate charm to collect facts on her suspect from an unassuming grandmother (guest star MARLA GIBBS). Ben and Sammy ride with another officer who is prone to small mistakes. And Joel Rucker (guest star CARL LUMBLY) takes over as the new captain.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Tue, Jan 17, 2012

      Unbeknownst to Angel, Kristin asks “fellow single mom” Lee for advice on how to raise her son and Lee starts spending more time with her. But Angel gets upset because he thinks Lee has ditched him and made another best friend. Meanwhile, Angel and Lee team up against Connie and Brian at the local bar’s trivia night.

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    • Episode 6

      Maximum Deployment

      aired: Thu, Sep 23, 2010

      John gets an unexpected request from his ex-wife just as he, Ben and Chickie are sent out as part of a maximum deployment to capture the "Canyon Rapist" (guest star THOMAS LUMBERG, JR.), a perp who has been impersonating a cop. Lydia gets re-partnered with Russell (recurring guest star RUSSELL EVERETT SCOTT) for a double-homicide case. And Sal gives his wife Susan (guest star DENISE CROSBY) a special gift to commemorate her promotion, but their night turns into a disaster when their daughter, Kimmy (guest star ANNAMARIE KENOYER) reveals Sal's affair with TV news reporter Mia Sanchez (guest star LISA VIDAL).

    • Episode 5

      What Makes Sammy Run?

      aired: Thu, Sep 16, 2010

      Gangsters open fire in a crowded club and kill two gangbangers - one of whom has a connection to an officer. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Sal and Gil on the gang task force. And Sammy confronts his wife, Tammi, after discovering that she has been out photographing gang members.

    • Episode 4

      The Runner

      aired: Thu, Sep 9, 2010

      Lydia and her new partner, Ray Suarez (series star CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.), arrive in Compton, where a young S.U.L.A. student was murdered. Detectives Kenny "No Gun" (recurring guest star PATRICK FISCHLER) and Andy Williams (recurring guest star LEX MEDLIN) canvass the neighborhood while Nate and Sammy investigate a house nearby where a party took place the night before. John and Ben head to Indian Wells for the funeral of a cop that proves to be very personal for John. They also stop at a halfway house for cops to see how Dewey (recurring guest star C. THOMAS HOWELL) is doing. And Lydia decides to talk to her mother (recurring guest star L. SCOTT CALDWELL) about something that has been festering between them for years.

    • Episode 3


      aired: Thu, Sep 2, 2010

      Ben winds up in a patrol unit alone for the first time. Among the cases he has to handle on his own are a missing girl and a suspected stalking case. Lydia and Rene spend the day checking in on and helping out Brianna (guest star LILY HOLLEMAN) and her baby. Over in the Gangs Unit, Gil Puente (recurring guest star LAZ ALONSO) leads the task force to take down a former "gangbanger" Trinny Day - but Sal and Sammy have a hard time working with Puente. While patrolling with John, it is clear that Chickie has no command presence, but she is determined to work harder and become a good cop again.

    • Episode 2

      Butch and Sundance

      aired: Thu, Aug 26, 2010

      John and Ben are the first responders to a gruesome triple homicide in Hancock Park, where a mother is bludgeoned to death and her young daughters are found bound, gagged, raped and dead in their bedrooms. While investigating the case, Lydia and Rene realize they have two very different styles of doing detective work. Meanwhile, Sammy continues to have problems with his wife, Tammi (recurring guest star EMILY BERGL) who seems unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. And Ben confronts John about his increasing reliance on pain pills.

    • Episode 1

      Phase Three

      aired: Thu, Aug 19, 2010

      In the second season premiere, Lydia and Russell's replacement, Rene Cordero (recurring guest star AMAURY NOLASCO), investigate a possible abduction of an elderly man by a known drug addict. Nate and Sammy investigate a freeway shooting and wind up threatening the integrity of a major undercover operation. And Chickie finds herself in the middle of a mini-riot after her new partner shoots at a 13-year-old boy.

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    • Episode 7


      aired: Thu, Aug 12, 2010

      Season Finale. The day takes a turn for the worse when officers John Cooper, Ben Sherman, Chickie Brown and Dewey find a member of Marta's Avenue gang dead in a trunk outside Dodger Stadium. Meanwhile, Detective Bryant convinces Lydia to take in Janilla in order to ensure her safety. Elsewhere, Detective Salinger becomes increasingly frustrated with his growing rift with his teenage daughter.

    • Episode 6


      aired: Thu, Aug 5, 2010

      Detectives Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke have their work cut out for them when jewlery thieves begin robbing Bel Air homes. Officer Ben Sherman discovers that he knows one of the home invasion victims and finds himself breaking police policy by becoming personally involved. Elsewhere, gang Detectives Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta wait around an LA courthouse while Janilla (guest star Carla Jeffrey) prepares to testify in a gang-land trial. Concerned for her well being, Bryant decides to takes Janilla to his home to assure she is safe.

    • Episode 5

      Two Gangs

      aired: Thu, Jul 29, 2010

      It's a cop's worst nightmare. After a drunken car accident, Detective Salinger's gun is stolen by gang members in a dangerous neighborhood. When Gang Squad Detectives Nate Moretta and Sammy Bryant arrive on the scene to help out their boss, Moretta reluctantly agrees to assist Bryant in the search for the perpetrators and Salinger's weapon without calling it in. Launching an off-the-books manhunt to retrieve the weapon, they make a disturbing discovery – that the gangs are no longer afraid of the police; a local gang is using assault weapons, bullet-proof vests and military tactics to become a powerful urban street army – ready to declare war. Elsewhere, still preoccupied with her personal life, Detective Lydia Adams is caught off guard when a man exposes himself to her outside her home.

    • Episode 4

      Sally in the Alley

      aired: Thu, Jul 22, 2010

      Gang Detectives Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta have their work cut out for them when an unidentified female is found dead in the middle of a Los Angeles alley – and her body is being used for target practice by gang members. The tension mounts for Nate when his little sister disappears revealing a secret from his past that blindsides Sammy. Elsewhere, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) is offended by Lydia's (Regina King) suggestion that he was too personal during a consult with a victim's sister.

    • Episode 3

      season 1, episode 3

      aired: Thu, Jul 15, 2010

      Officers John Cooper and Ben Sherman start out the day thinking they have nothing in common, but – after responding to an eclectic array of patrol calls – at the end of their watch, they discover this is not true. When Ben reveals details of his past to the department therapist and to Cooper, the motivation behind his decision to be a cop becomes clear. Elsewhere, Dewey becomes star struck by Timmy Davis (guest star Tom Sizemore) a famous, self-obsessed actor. In true "Dewey" style, he mischievously decides to party with the celebrity, rather then book him – leading to a rift in his partnership with Chickie Brown. Trouble ensues when Dewey loses track of the burnt-out actor, and Chickie finds herself questioning her decision to take him on as her partner.

    • Episode 2


      aired: Thu, Jul 8, 2010

      When officers John Cooper, Ben Sherman and Chickie Brown rescue a baby girl found alone crawling across the middle of an LA intersection, the hunt for her mother begins. Detectives Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke examine the scene looking for clues, and soon Lydia finds herself affected by the search and must deal with some past issues – taking a personal interest in reuniting the baby with its mother. Meanwhile, officers Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta are unable to find the financial resources to put a juvenile key witness in police protection after an attempt on her life and must now convince the DA to place her in a student police program. And back at the station, everyone gathers for a retirement party for Dewey.

    • Episode 1

      Unknown Trouble

      aired: Thu, Jul 1, 2010

      From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East Los Angeles, this fast moving drama takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. In the series premiere, John Cooper (series star MICHAEL CUDLITZ), a seasoned Los Angeles police officer and his rookie trainee, Ben Sherman (series star BEN McKENZIE), respond to a call that ends in a deadly shoot-out – and Ben is left questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Even though John is cool to the new recruit and his straitlaced "Beverly Hills" past, his honed insight and honest, no-nonsense advice is invaluable to the young rookie: "Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp. You do what they teach you in the academy, you will die."

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