Southland (2009–2013)
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Cop or Not 

Sammy is now practically adopted as substitute-father by Nate's angelic son Pete, but can't stand his chatterbox patrol partner and dangerously provokes the tough scum from the slum where ... See full summary »


James M. Muro (as J. Michael Muro)


Ann Biderman (creator), Cheo Hodari Coker | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady ... Detective Daniel Salinger
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott ... Detective Russell Clarke
Jenny Gago ... Detective Josie Ochoa
Yara Martinez ... Mariella Moretta
John Charles Meyer ... Billy Stearn
Lamont Thompson ... Detective Burt Wilson
Bokeem Woodbine ... Officer Jones
Roxana Brusso ... Detective Alicia Fernandez
Jamie McShane ... Sergeant Terry Hill
Mike Alonso Mike Alonso ... Black Jimmy
Dmitri S. Boudrine ... Russian Driver (as Dmitri Boudrine)


Sammy is now practically adopted as substitute-father by Nate's angelic son Pete, but can't stand his chatterbox patrol partner and dangerously provokes the tough scum from the slum where even Nate's informants turned on them. Ben is stoic about being posted in Hollywood, confident the news will glue even criminals to the tube, after hip-hop and movie star Billy Stearn is arrested live on TV for the bloody slashing in their villa of his wife, who however had an affair with the bodyguard, a former Royal Marine. Detective Russell Clarke is back, on the chief's team, stealing the show according to Lidia, who is suspended as suspect for a press a leak from the murder scene. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

8 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shawn Hatosy (Detective Sammy Bryant) grew a beard and mustache as the character on Southland for "Cop or Not", but appeared on Dexter as Boyd Fowler with the same beard and mustache. Therefore, Shawn Hatosy had the beard and mustache for Dexter in October 2010 and worked it into Southland in February 2011. See more »


References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

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I used to like this show
9 February 2011 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

I'll say it again! I used to like this show. I've watched it from the pilot That being said, it's starting to slide into some cerebral Blair witch project cop show that's about as good as that movie was. This episode opens with the kind of scene everything coming out of Hollywood these days is adding; the surprise homosexual outing of a character. And of course they take the most macho character and show us; see homosexuals can be tough too. I can easily live with that, but these stories are really becoming tedious. Every episode has become a stage for one or more of the cops being wrecked by either their own conscience or some thing their partners have done. I've worked around inner city cops and if they spent this much time soul searching they'd be completely ineffective. Abusing pain pills, and alcohol. But where is the actual crime stuff. They had the formula the first season, but they seem to have decided that making a social statement is more important then just telling a good story. They need to study The Wire, or Homicide Life on the Streets, and maybe even check out where they were going in season one.

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