1,227 votes


TNT 2009

Rookies learn the ropes. Veterans burn out. Detectives take their work personally. Partners take their addictions too far. Relationships fall apart. Blood spatter patterns provide clues. With fast-moving action filmed on gangland streets and in pricey cul-de-sacs, Southland tells personal stories of men and women on both sides of the badge as they struggle to make a difference or simply survive.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Southland

Southland - S5E10

#1 - Reckoning


Season 5 - Episode 10

John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping. Sammy closes in on the real robbers. Lydia continues to pursue John’s kidnappers and becomes more intimate with Russell.

The episode was rated from 264 votes.

Southland - S5E9

#2 - Chaos


Season 5 - Episode 9

Chaos prevails 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. Sammy searches for Strokeface. Ben tries to throw Sammy off the trail while simultaneously dealing with an increasingly irrational Brooke.

The episode was rated from 258 votes.

Southland - S3E4

#3 - Code 4


Season 3 - Episode 4

Ben learns the hard way, some valuable lessons about the importance of following established procedure and protocol, Lydia's current murder investigation takes an unexpected turn, and Nate and Sammy are unprepared when a group of people they encounter turns into a violent mob.

The episode was rated from 207 votes.

Southland - S4E10

#4 - Thursday


Season 4 - Episode 10

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.

The episode was rated from 198 votes.

Southland - S4E5

#5 - Legacy


Season 4 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated from 209 votes.

Southland - S4E6
#6 - Integrity Check
Season 4 - Episode 6

Lydia dons a uniform and hits the streets when the shift is short a supervisor and she must fill in. Meanwhile, John and Jessica are stuck with a film crew tagging along on their calls. Elsewhere, Ben infuriates Sammy when he implies Sammy planted evidence.

The episode was rated from 216 votes.
Southland - S3E10
#7 - Graduation Day
Season 3 - Episode 10

On Ben's final day as a rookie, he decides to force John to get the surgery he needs to relieve his back pain which, in turn, will end his need for painkillers. Meanwhile, Josie discovers that her son is the man Lydia has been seeing. Elsewhere, Sammy decides to go back to regular patrol.

The episode was rated from 195 votes.
Southland - S4E9
#8 - Risk
Season 4 - Episode 9

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 determine whether she gets promoted to sergeant.

The episode was rated from 196 votes.
Southland - S5E8
#9 - The Felix Paradox
Season 5 - Episode 8

The funeral of a major drug dealer brings gangsters of all kinds out of the woodwork, there is chaos in the streets but as our cops learn sometimes the greatest threats come from within. Lydia and Ruben investigate the drug related murder of Sgt. Hill’s son; they 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 farther into his loneliness.

The episode was rated from 237 votes.
Southland - S5E7
#10 - Heroes
Season 5 - Episode 7

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 conscious. Lydia and Ruben track down a John Doe. Ben’s relationship with Elena becomes more serious.

The episode was rated from 233 votes.

Last updated: apr 28, 2021



Anyone who likes this will love the Shield also. Very similar shows.


This show is epic and one of my current faves!


Hands down the best show I have ever watched. the real grit the show has is second to none, the unexpected moments in the show that literally leave you unsure how to react. Very powerful show. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you are looking for something new to start watching, watch Southland.


New season is airing Jan 17, 2012 YES!


I loved every episode of Southland. Every episode I say. This outstanding series first appeared on NBC April 9, 2009 and was canceled October 8, 2009. TNT then picked up the show and am I glad they did! Despite this being one of the top series on television at the time, it also remained one of the most underrated/watched. And with TNT's 2010 renewal of the show for Season 3 (it was always an 'on the bubble' series, sadly) - it included a substantial budget cut and corresponding cast reductions. However, the 3rd season changes did not stop the high quality storytelling and top notch performances from the cast including Regina King, my personal fav. Not since The Shield has there been such great storytelling (for police crime dramas). From the edgy theme music in the opening credits to the slight in your face camera angles and gritty/raw intensity from scene to scene, makes you wish each episode was 2hrs long! When a writer can extend and put to the screen what life is like on and off the job for police officers, the regular citizens and criminals of all shades in South LA - plus go on to make you actually care for those characters, yes even the bad ones (something lacking in a lot of today's shows), it is to be commended and talked about so that it can be known to a wider audience to enjoy. 'Cause you don't know what your missing! I highly recommend you to check out Southland and tell your friends about it. If you've enjoyed TV series like NYPD BLUE, Hill Street Blues (which some say is perhaps the best cop drama in television history) or The Wire - then this series is one of the best homages to come along to the above Police/Crime Drama series. 10/10.


I missed "Southland" until I found it on Hulu long after it aired. I was sucked in immediately. I love the pace of the show. It reminds me a bit of ER with its random mix of encounters/calls. It's a treat to find gems like this brought back to life via streaming TV. I highly recommend the show to anyone who likes cop drama.


It is the best police Drama ever! We miss that Series a lot. A shame that it's over.


In the words of TNT; "one of the best police dramas ever made". This show is not quite a procedural, not quite a serial, so to end it the way they did was the best way they could have. Despite my reservations towards the bleeping, which really kills the immersion, I thought this was an all-round solid show. 5 season of gripping, gritty drama. Some really moving episodes, always keeping things original and fresh. Yep, this is certainly a 9/10. Really gonna miss this show.


'Southland' cancelled. TNT has cancelled crime drama Southland (while calling it “one of the best police dramas ever made”) and freshman medical drama Monday Mornings. Southland aired five seasons, first starting out on NBC before switching to TNT, while Monday Mornings was a freshman show. bhaa :(


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