1,223 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 Worst Episodes of Southland

Southland - S1E5

#1 - Two Gangs


Season 1 - Episode 5

It's a cop's worst nightmare. After a drunken car accident, Detective Salinger's gun is stolen by gangmembers 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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Southland from 237 votes.

Southland - S1E4

#2 - Sally in the Alley


Season 1 - Episode 4

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 is offended by Lydia's suggestion that he was too personal during a consult with a victim's sister.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Southland from 261 votes.

Southland - S1E2

#3 - Mozambique


Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Southland from 304 votes.

Southland - S1E3

#4 - See the Woman


Season 1 - Episode 3

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 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.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Southland from 280 votes.

Southland - S1E6

#5 - Westside


Season 1 - Episode 6

Detectives Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke have their work cut out for them when jewelry 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 prepares to testify in a gang-land trial. Concerned for her wellbeing, Bryant decides to takes Janilla to his home to assure she is safe.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Southland from 219 votes.

Southland - S4E4

#6 - Identity


Season 4 - Episode 4

Jessica goes the extra mile to assist a homeless war vet obtain an ID so he can be admitted into a shelter . Meanwhile, Sammy is determined to save a dog after he accidentally shoots it in the leg. Elsewhere, Lydia struggles with a serious personal matter while she and Ruben investigate the murder of a man who sheltered and aided women in need.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Southland from 204 votes.

Southland - S5E1

#7 - Hats and Bats


Season 5 - Episode 1

Officer John Cooper clashes with his new boot, Gary Steele, a vet from Afghanistan. Lydia struggles to balance detective work and motherhood. Ben Sherman falls in with a sketchy crowd of cops, while Sammy Bryant is trapped in a hellish custody battle with Tammi.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Southland from 240 votes.

Southland - S3E1

#8 - Let It Snow


Season 3 - Episode 1

Lydia endures a stressful adjustment period with her new partner, Detective Josie Ochoa, as they investigate the disappearance of an illegal immigrant. Meanwhile, Russell must learn to adapt to a new desk job, Sammy and Nate look for the killer of two gangbangers, Ben catches the eye of an attractive woman, and John struggles with increasing back pain.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Southland from 216 votes.

Southland - S3E3

#9 - Discretion


Season 3 - Episode 3

Ben has a confrontation with his mother’s rapist after the man is released from prison and is devastated when his mom reveals some information she's been keeping secret for years. Meanwhile, Lydia and Josie continue to bump heads, and Sammy deals with his wife’s betrayal.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Southland from 197 votes.

Southland - S5E4

#10 - Under the Big Top


Season 5 - Episode 4

Lydia and Reuben 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 in which the suspects throw cash out into the streets as they make their escape in a getaway car.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Southland from 213 votes.

Southland - S3E6
#11 - Cop or Not
Season 3 - Episode 6

While working a celebrity murder, Lydia discovers the pros and cons of being in the spotlight. Meanwhile, six weeks after Nate's murder, Sammy finally returns to street patrol. Elsewhere, John voices his anger over the department's waste of money, man-power, and hours spent guarding the home of a celebrity suspected of murdering his estranged wife from the reporters trying to get a scoop.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Southland from 199 votes.

Southland - S5E3
#12 - Babel
Season 5 - Episode 3

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. John is assigned a new partner; Ben and Sammy's partnership is strained just as Ben makes a romantic connection on the job.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Southland from 214 votes.

Southland - S3E8
#13 - Fixing a Hole
Season 3 - Episode 8

Sammy seeks answers in the desert, Lydia and Josie babysit an important alcoholic witness before a murder trial, and John and Ben go against procedure to help a child in need.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Southland from 203 votes.

Southland - S4E8
#14 - God's Work
Season 4 - Episode 8

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. Tang gets an update about the boy she shot, but John still wants her to come clean about what really happened.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Southland from 201 votes.

Southland - S2E2
#15 - Butch & Sundance
Season 2 - Episode 2

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. In investigating the case, Lydia and Rene realize they have two very different investigation styles. Meanwhile, Sammy continues to have problems with his wife and Ben confronts John about his increasing reliance on pain pills.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Southland from 209 votes.

Southland - S3E2
#16 - Punching Water
Season 3 - Episode 2

Lydia and Josie are assigned to assist Sammy and Nate with a series of gang murders. John discovers he can't stand the "new and improved" Dewey, fresh from rehab, when he's forced to ride with him in order to evaluate whether Dewey is competent to return to duty. Ben must then ride with Chickie, who drives him nuts with her very personal questions about his private life and his new relationship with the "cop groupie" he's been seeing.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Southland from 212 votes.

Southland - S2E4
#17 - The Runner
Season 2 - Episode 4

Lydia and Rene are called to Compton to investigate the murder of a young SULA student, only to discover that the girl was not exactly who her parents claimed she was. Meanwhile, John takes Ben with him to Indian Wells to attend the funeral of his friend, a cop who committed suicide. On the way back, they stop at the rehab center to check in on Dewey.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Southland from 211 votes.

Southland - S4E7
#18 - Fallout
Season 4 - Episode 7

Jessica and John exchange angry words after she lies to Internal Affairs about the facts surrounding her shooting of a teen with a toy. Meanwhile, Sammy continues to hold a grudge with Ben and Lydia continues to dodge questions about her condition.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Southland from 209 votes.

Southland - S2E3
#19 - U-Boat
Season 2 - Episode 3

Ben, assigned to work on his own for the first time, responds to a call about a 9-year old girl who wandered off and finds himself emotionally distraught over a woman who is being harassed by an ex-lover with a tendency towards violence against women. Lydia and Rene spend the day checking assisting Brianna, the mother of the baby found crawling down the street. Over in Gangs, Detective Gil Puente leads the task force to take down ex-banger Trinny Day, but clashes with Sal and Sammy who find him loud and abrasive. When Chickie is assigned to ride with John for the day, he discovers she has no "command presence" and has lost her edge, suggesting it may be time for her to get out of police work.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Southland from 230 votes.

Southland - S5E6
#20 - Bleed Out
Season 5 - Episode 6

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 but finds none. Ben becomes more deeply involved with Brooke while continuing to see Elena.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Southland from 238 votes.

Last updated: mar 20, 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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