2009 • TNT
753 reviews
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Season 5 episodes (10)

1 Hats and Bats
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.
2 Heat
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 her footing as a detective while investigating the murder of a female boxer's husband. Tensions between Cooper and Steele finally come to a head during a traffic stop-gone-sideways.
3 Babel
A breakdown in the LAPD's dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops -- all of whom are already grappling with communication issues. Lydia, in a moment of weakness, reaches out to her old flame, Terrell (guest star MICHAEL JACE). John is assigned a new partner, veteran cop Henry "Hank" Lucero (special guest star ANTHONY RUIVIVAR); Ben and Sammy's partnership is strained just as Ben makes a romantic connection on the job with Brooke Riley (guest star ANNIE MONROE).
4 Under The Big Top
Lydia and Ruben track the killer of a man whose body was slow cooked down to the bone. John and Lucero settle into their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls. Ben and Sammy respond to an insane bank robbery call in which the suspects throw cash out into the streets as they make their escape in a getaway car.
5 Off Duty
John is forced to think about what life will hold for him once he leaves the LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to death row earlier in her career. Much to his chagrin, Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity for the day after a very public act of heroism. Ben makes a dubious decision to get a drug dealer arrested. And a foot pursuit puts Dewey in danger.
6 Bleed Out
The day's events bring all of our cops face to face with some of their greatest fears. The death of a baby shakes Lydia to her core. Sammy is questioned by I.A. about his altercation with Tammi. A difficult day on the job causes Cooper to seek solace in Hicks (guest star GERALD McRANEY) but finds none. Ben becomes more deeply involved with Brooke while continuing to see Elena (guest star CARMEN CORRAL).
7 Heroes
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.
8 The Felix Paradox
The funeral of a major drug dealer brings gangsters of all sorts out of the woodwork. But even with chaos in the streets, our cops learn that sometimes the greatest threats come from within. Investigating the drug related murder of Sgt. Hill's son, Lydia and Ruben discover police corruption in the process and clash over how to handle it. Ben suspects that Sammy did not destroy the tape, and decides to take matters into his own hands with tragic consequences. John sinks further into his loneliness.
9 Chaos
Chaos reigns in the City of Angels when Cooper and Lucero are kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of "tweakers." All of our cops join the frantic search to find their brothers in blue before it is too late. While Sammy searches for Strokeface (guest star MARCELLO THEDFORD), Ben tries to throw him off the trail...while simultaneously dealing with an increasingly irrational Brooke.
10 Reckoning
In the season finale, John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping, while Sammy closes in on the real robbers and the pressure builds on Ben. Meanwhile, Lydia continues to pursue John's kidnappers and becomes more intimate with Russell (special guest star TOM EVERETT SCOTT).

About this show

From John Wells, the Emmy®-winning producer of ER and The West Wing, comes SOUTHLAND -- a raw and authentic look into a Los Angeles police unit. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East L.A., this fast-moving drama with an outstanding ensemble cast takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.
753 reviews
Carlos Barreno
January 7, 2015
As a retired cop, I truly enjoyed watching this series. They kept it fresh and as real as can be. Made me reminisce many times the type of calls that I handle as an officer. The big wish is that TNT or ABC will bring it back some day....... By far this is the best cop show ever made!
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Jude B
December 5, 2020
Enjoyed this police show so much - too bad they took it off the air. Actors were all super. Lucy Liu did wonderful job in the season she was in! Did not really have a proper ending - left you wondering if the main character survived. Hated that!
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Dale Kaduk
February 23, 2015
This was by far the best cop show I have ever seen. Realistic, gritty and not afraid to show true life and true societally opinions. It wasn't overly popular because it wasn't overly dramatized and stupid, like every other show on the air.
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