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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. JitterCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''-style drama abound.

It's pretty much LAPD Galactica.

Whereas other cop shows on TV tend to be almost like a stylish video game, Southland prides itself on being dark and gritty. Several police officers have claimed that it's the most realistic cop show on TV.

As of May 10, 2013, the series has been [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AmicableExes: John and Laurie. If he hadn't [[spoiler:come out as gay]] they would probably still be together, and they still clearly care for each other.
* Anti-Hero: Southland manages to cover every type:
** Cooper is a Type II. He may be a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at hearet.
** Sammy is somewhere between Type I and II.
** While Ben is originally TheHero, his relationship with Cooper destroys that. By Season Four, he's a Type III. By Season Five, he's Type IV, then Type V. By the end of the series, he's [[spoiler: he's a full-blown VillainProtagonist.]]
** Chicki is a Type I.
* AnyoneCanDie: Seemingly played straight at the end of season 1, but averted in that Russell survives his neighbor shooting him. Completely played straight with [[spoiler:Nate]] in season 3 and [[spoiler:Lucero]] in season 5.
* ArtShift: When Tang and Cooper are being filmed by a documentary crew in "Integrity Check," the shots are far more vivid and colorful as opposed to the dull sepia tone that we normally see.
* AssholeVictim: Not too rarely, the people the detectives and patrolmen come across are this. The case leads can decide to be lenient on the perpetrators, but they're still beholden to the law, so [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]] are usually punished for their crimes.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Officer Tang. After taking down a lunatic drug addict at the end of one episode, she starts the next with a seriously bruised face.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Sammy's life story at this point. Seasons 1 and 2 show his wife to be a lunatic. In Season 3, she's a [[spoiler: cheating skank]]. He becomes involved in the lives of two kids, Janila and Li'l Casper. [[spoiler: Janila ends up in Witness Protection after multiple attempts on her life, and Li'l Casper murders someone]]. And finally, he [[spoiler: loses Nate, the one good and constant thing in his life!]] He copes by bonding with [[spoiler:Nate]]'s widow and children, until they become like a surrogate family to him. Then she leaves to avoid [[ComfortingTheWidow awkwardness]] a few episodes later. Guy just can't catch a break.
* BritishBrevity: Or the American equivalent at least, the first two seasons had 6 and 7 episodes respectively, season 3 had 10 and season 4 is scheduled to also have 10. This an oddity on TNT as most of their procedurals have anywhere from 15 to 20 episodes.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: This is the framing device for the episode "Wednesday".
* CerebusSyndrome: while Southland was never the sweetest show, it was never particularly dark. However, "Chaos", the second to last episode of the series, is pitch black, showing [[spoiler: the sheer insanity of the two methheads. Their home, the way they kill Hank Lucero, the way they force Cooper to ''bury his own grave'' is just disturbing. And how it all just mentally breaks Cooper, who had been an emotional rock since Season Four, is even worse. To a lesser degree, Sherman's final step into [[VillainProtagonist a dark territory]] and his deteriorating friendship/partnership with Sammy also adds to the tone shift. Ben barely bats an eyelash at Cooper going missing, sounding shocked, but not distressed.]]
* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper snaps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, police officers arrive. For whatever reason, Cooper doesn't drop the gun, instead moving his hand like he was about to shoot. Cooper is shot four times and it's not certain if he'll live.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].
* CowboyCop: By the end of "Thursday" this is what [[spoiler:Sherman]] is becoming, much to [[spoiler:Sammy]]'s despair.
* TheDanza: Ben [=McKenzie=] as Ben Sherman.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Many]], but Cooper stands as the snarkiest of them all.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Upon moving to TNT from NBC due to the looser restraints on content.
* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about war, [[spoiler:Steele]] leaves [[spoiler:Cooper]] to die when they're attacked by a random lunatic.
* DrivenToSuicide: Mike, the gay teenager who is found on a roof in "Legacy." [[spoiler:While his first attempt fails, his second succeeds.]]
** While it's rather ambiguous and we'll never have closure, [[spoiler:Cooper]] may have done it as well.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler:Moretta reveals to Sammy that his "little sister" is actually his daughter from a previous relationship. His girlfriend got pregnant just as he was about to begin his service in the Army, and his parents didn't want them to give the baby away to be raised by a stranger, so they took her in and masqueraded as her parents. Moretta's daughter doesn't take the news well; she begins acting out in the second season.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Sherman. He starts out as a wealthy kid who wants to do good and sees law enforcement as a noble profession to which he can contribute to society. After three seasons, a near death experience, dealing with his mentor/father figure's "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy, Sherman breaks badly and becomes a dirty cop who uses excessive force, turns a blind eye on police corruption, and sees his job as a thankless task that has wiped out the idealistic good guy he used to be.
* {{Gayngst}}: Averted by Cooper, who tells a gay teenager that he has a lot of problems, but being gay isn't one of them.
** Cooper is a shining example of how a gay character should be. He's not a caricature of homosexuality. It's a part of his character, but it doesn't define him. This is a serious problem with a lot of minority characters, which are treated as jokes or platforms for their respective social issues.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:Ben Sherman becomes a completely dirty cop by Season 5.]]
* TheHero: Sherman definitely starts off as this, with heavy doses of NaiveNewcomer. He does his best to be an upstanding cop. He's also clouded by chivalry, letting a woman burn her boyfriend's face because he didn't want to hurt her. He starts going downhill when his [[spoiler: mother's rapist (who didn't actually rape his mom) is set free]]. Ben is finally disillusioned when [[spoiler: Cooper starts falling apart because of his addiction and injury. This culminates in Sherman nearly dying because Cooper couldn't keep up with him.]] By season four, Sherman is a firmly in AntiHero territory.
* HideYourPregnancy: {{In-Universe}} example with [[spoiler:Adams]].
* HowWeGotHere: Every episode starts this way.
* IAmSpartacus: A local community is harassing a registered sex offender and end up burning his house down. When Cooper and Tang try to find out who did it, every member of the local community replies "I set the fire."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When their boss, Sal, loses his gun, Dets. Moretta and Bryant justify the department's (unauthorized) full-court press of the neighbourhood to each other by pointing out that [[spoiler:they wouldn't have found out about a much bigger gun-running operation otherwise.]]
** Money-strapped [[spoiler: Russ]] sells the photos that happened to come from Lydia's phone for a half a million dollars to TMZ. He lets her know that he didn't know they'd come from her phone, but his explanation is not appreciated ("I don't even know you, dude"). Needless to say, that friendship/UST is over and Russ is probably [[PutOnABus going to leave LA]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Dewey, so very much.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He tried to help a prostitute in Graduation Day (okay, he also threatened to taze her, but he ''did'' try to help her) and seemed genuinely unhappy when he found her high on a bench.
** Danny Ferguson is also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, with an extra side of {{Jerkass}}. He doesn't care if kids poke dead bodies and he sure as hell doesn't care about solving a gangster's murder; and he's perfectly willing to badger Sherman and escalate it to a fight. But as Sammy tells Ben in an anecdote and what [[spoiler: Ben sees firsthand in "Thursday"]] he'll stick his neck out and put his life on the line to protect his fellow officers.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Nate Moretta]], early in the third season.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "SULA" for USC, even though the scenes on campus were (at least partially) shot at [[ArchEnemy UCLA]].
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Obviously.
* MadeOfIron: The sheer amount of hell Dewey has gone through only rivals Cooper. He's survived [[spoiler: flipping a car at the end of season one]]. In season five, after [[spoiler: having a heart attack]], he's back on the job in two weeks.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Look sharp. Act sharp. ''Be'' sharp."
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: See IDidWhatIHadToDo, above.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: A particularly brutal one is the content of Officer Tang's infamous Internet video. She is not the one delivering it.
* NonIdleRich: Sherman comes from a wealthy background, but he lives and breathes being a cop, often creating a distance to his old friends and family.
* PairTheSpares: Non-romantic example at the end of season 3. [[spoiler:Sammy]] and [[spoiler:Sherman]] had both lost their partners, and RuleOfDrama places them together when one transfers departments. [[spoiler:Wonder Boy and Gangland Sammy]] together on the streets? Next season's gonna be fuuuuun.
* ParentingTheHusband: The inverse is true: Tammi is so unbelievable naive, flaky, and JerkAss-y, that Sammy often appears to be the exasperated husband ''and'' father!
* PutOnABus: Chickie transferred to Metro.
** Because [[spoiler: Nate's dead]] and Sammy moves to Alverado to work as a patrolman, Sal is gone by Season Four
** Nate's family moving to Arizona.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Sherman to Cooper [[spoiler:at the end of their partnership. Cooper's painkiller addiction has ruined him as a cop, and Sherman won't let him get a fresh recruit killed]].
* ShownTheirWork: A former cop and detective described the show as "[[http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/?p=6244 the most accurate cop show [he'd] ever seen on TV.]]"
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Cooper]]
* TeensAreMonsters: The teenagers in "Legacy" who [[spoiler: beat Mike up, put him in a dress and drive him to commit suicide. Oh, and the cause of this is that a guy pretended to like him and then outed him to everyone.]]
* TelevisionGeography: Averted. One of the things the crew of the show prides themselves on is that they film a LOT of scenes on location. In fact, the riot scene in the season 2 premiere was actually filmed in South Central, and according to WordOfGod, at one point the cast and crew were fearing for their lives due to a lot of onlookers not knowing the riot wasn't real.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Russ]] comes back in Season 5.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Ben]] in spades in Seasons 4 and 5.
* TraumaCongaLine: Starting with "Chaos", [[spoiler: Cooper gets in a fight with Lucero. Then they're kidnapped by methheads, along. Lucero is shot and killed by the addicts. Cooper is forced to dig his own grave and is abandoned in the desert. He ends up stumbling around and breaks down into tears at a gas station.]] In "Reckoning", [[spoiler: Cooper is revealed to have been saved. But he's utterly demoralized by his fellow officers, who treat him like a suicidal baby. Even his mentor chides him about "letting go of his gun". His ex-wife tells him that she doesn't want to have a kid with him and he ends up being shot by his fellow officers (see Cliffhanger above).]]
* WilhelmScream: When RoofHopping, one should be careful not to misjudge the distance, as Mexican-jacket-guy found out...
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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. JitterCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''-style drama abound.

It's pretty much LAPD Galactica.

Whereas other cop shows on TV tend to be almost like a stylish video game, Southland prides itself on being dark and gritty. Several police officers have claimed that it's the most realistic cop show on TV.

As of May 10, 2013, the series has been [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AmicableExes: John and Laurie. If he hadn't [[spoiler:come out as gay]] they would probably still be together, and they still clearly care for each other.
* Anti-Hero: Southland manages to cover every type:
** Cooper is a Type II. He may be a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at hearet.
** Sammy is somewhere between Type I and II.
** While Ben is originally TheHero, his relationship with Cooper destroys that. By Season Four, he's a Type III. By Season Five, he's Type IV, then Type V. By the end of the series, he's [[spoiler: he's a full-blown VillainProtagonist.]]
** Chicki is a Type I.
* AnyoneCanDie: Seemingly played straight at the end of season 1, but averted in that Russell survives his neighbor shooting him. Completely played straight with [[spoiler:Nate]] in season 3 and [[spoiler:Lucero]] in season 5.
* ArtShift: When Tang and Cooper are being filmed by a documentary crew in "Integrity Check," the shots are far more vivid and colorful as opposed to the dull sepia tone that we normally see.
* AssholeVictim: Not too rarely, the people the detectives and patrolmen come across are this. The case leads can decide to be lenient on the perpetrators, but they're still beholden to the law, so [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]] are usually punished for their crimes.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Officer Tang. After taking down a lunatic drug addict at the end of one episode, she starts the next with a seriously bruised face.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Sammy's life story at this point. Seasons 1 and 2 show his wife to be a lunatic. In Season 3, she's a [[spoiler: cheating skank]]. He becomes involved in the lives of two kids, Janila and Li'l Casper. [[spoiler: Janila ends up in Witness Protection after multiple attempts on her life, and Li'l Casper murders someone]]. And finally, he [[spoiler: loses Nate, the one good and constant thing in his life!]] He copes by bonding with [[spoiler:Nate]]'s widow and children, until they become like a surrogate family to him. Then she leaves to avoid [[ComfortingTheWidow awkwardness]] a few episodes later. Guy just can't catch a break.
* BritishBrevity: Or the American equivalent at least, the first two seasons had 6 and 7 episodes respectively, season 3 had 10 and season 4 is scheduled to also have 10. This an oddity on TNT as most of their procedurals have anywhere from 15 to 20 episodes.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: This is the framing device for the episode "Wednesday".
* CerebusSyndrome: while Southland was never the sweetest show, it was never particularly dark. However, "Chaos", the second to last episode of the series, is pitch black, showing [[spoiler: the sheer insanity of the two methheads. Their home, the way they kill Hank Lucero, the way they force Cooper to ''bury his own grave'' is just disturbing. And how it all just mentally breaks Cooper, who had been an emotional rock since Season Four, is even worse. To a lesser degree, Sherman's final step into [[VillainProtagonist a dark territory]] and his deteriorating friendship/partnership with Sammy also adds to the tone shift. Ben barely bats an eyelash at Cooper going missing, sounding shocked, but not distressed.]]
* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper snaps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, police officers arrive. For whatever reason, Cooper doesn't drop the gun, instead moving his hand like he was about to shoot. Cooper is shot four times and it's not certain if he'll live.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].
* CowboyCop: By the end of "Thursday" this is what [[spoiler:Sherman]] is becoming, much to [[spoiler:Sammy]]'s despair.
* TheDanza: Ben [=McKenzie=] as Ben Sherman.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Many]], but Cooper stands as the snarkiest of them all.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Upon moving to TNT from NBC due to the looser restraints on content.
* DirtyCoward: For all his talk about war, [[spoiler:Steele]] leaves [[spoiler:Cooper]] to die when they're attacked by a random lunatic.
* DrivenToSuicide: Mike, the gay teenager who is found on a roof in "Legacy." [[spoiler:While his first attempt fails, his second succeeds.]]
** While it's rather ambiguous and we'll never have closure, [[spoiler:Cooper]] may have done it as well.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler:Moretta reveals to Sammy that his "little sister" is actually his daughter from a previous relationship. His girlfriend got pregnant just as he was about to begin his service in the Army, and his parents didn't want them to give the baby away to be raised by a stranger, so they took her in and masqueraded as her parents. Moretta's daughter doesn't take the news well; she begins acting out in the second season.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Sherman. He starts out as a wealthy kid who wants to do good and sees law enforcement as a noble profession to which he can contribute to society. After three seasons, a near death experience, dealing with his mentor/father figure's "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy, Sherman breaks badly and becomes a dirty cop who uses excessive force, turns a blind eye on police corruption, and sees his job as a thankless task that has wiped out the idealistic good guy he used to be.
* {{Gayngst}}: Averted by Cooper, who tells a gay teenager that he has a lot of problems, but being gay isn't one of them.
** Cooper is a shining example of how a gay character should be. He's not a caricature of homosexuality. It's a part of his character, but it doesn't define him. This is a serious problem with a lot of minority characters, which are treated as jokes or platforms for their respective social issues.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:Ben Sherman becomes a completely dirty cop by Season 5.]]
* TheHero: Sherman definitely starts off as this, with heavy doses of NaiveNewcomer. He does his best to be an upstanding cop. He's also clouded by chivalry, letting a woman burn her boyfriend's face because he didn't want to hurt her. He starts going downhill when his [[spoiler: mother's rapist (who didn't actually rape his mom) is set free]]. Ben is finally disillusioned when [[spoiler: Cooper starts falling apart because of his addiction and injury. This culminates in Sherman nearly dying because Cooper couldn't keep up with him.]] By season four, Sherman is a firmly in AntiHero territory.
* HideYourPregnancy: {{In-Universe}} example with [[spoiler:Adams]].
* HowWeGotHere: Every episode starts this way.
* IAmSpartacus: A local community is harassing a registered sex offender and end up burning his house down. When Cooper and Tang try to find out who did it, every member of the local community replies "I set the fire."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When their boss, Sal, loses his gun, Dets. Moretta and Bryant justify the department's (unauthorized) full-court press of the neighbourhood to each other by pointing out that [[spoiler:they wouldn't have found out about a much bigger gun-running operation otherwise.]]
** Money-strapped [[spoiler: Russ]] sells the photos that happened to come from Lydia's phone for a half a million dollars to TMZ. He lets her know that he didn't know they'd come from her phone, but his explanation is not appreciated ("I don't even know you, dude"). Needless to say, that friendship/UST is over and Russ is probably [[PutOnABus going to leave LA]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Dewey, so very much.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He tried to help a prostitute in Graduation Day (okay, he also threatened to taze her, but he ''did'' try to help her) and seemed genuinely unhappy when he found her high on a bench.
** Danny Ferguson is also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, with an extra side of {{Jerkass}}. He doesn't care if kids poke dead bodies and he sure as hell doesn't care about solving a gangster's murder; and he's perfectly willing to badger Sherman and escalate it to a fight. But as Sammy tells Ben in an anecdote and what [[spoiler: Ben sees firsthand in "Thursday"]] he'll stick his neck out and put his life on the line to protect his fellow officers.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Nate Moretta]], early in the third season.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "SULA" for USC, even though the scenes on campus were (at least partially) shot at [[ArchEnemy UCLA]].
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Obviously.
* MadeOfIron: The sheer amount of hell Dewey has gone through only rivals Cooper. He's survived [[spoiler: flipping a car at the end of season one]]. In season five, after [[spoiler: having a heart attack]], he's back on the job in two weeks.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Look sharp. Act sharp. ''Be'' sharp."
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: See IDidWhatIHadToDo, above.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: A particularly brutal one is the content of Officer Tang's infamous Internet video. She is not the one delivering it.
* NonIdleRich: Sherman comes from a wealthy background, but he lives and breathes being a cop, often creating a distance to his old friends and family.
* PairTheSpares: Non-romantic example at the end of season 3. [[spoiler:Sammy]] and [[spoiler:Sherman]] had both lost their partners, and RuleOfDrama places them together when one transfers departments. [[spoiler:Wonder Boy and Gangland Sammy]] together on the streets? Next season's gonna be fuuuuun.
* ParentingTheHusband: The inverse is true: Tammi is so unbelievable naive, flaky, and JerkAss-y, that Sammy often appears to be the exasperated husband ''and'' father!
* PutOnABus: Chickie transferred to Metro.
** Because [[spoiler: Nate's dead]] and Sammy moves to Alverado to work as a patrolman, Sal is gone by Season Four
** Nate's family moving to Arizona.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Sherman to Cooper [[spoiler:at the end of their partnership. Cooper's painkiller addiction has ruined him as a cop, and Sherman won't let him get a fresh recruit killed]].
* ShownTheirWork: A former cop and detective described the show as "[[http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/?p=6244 the most accurate cop show [he'd] ever seen on TV.]]"
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Cooper]]
* TeensAreMonsters: The teenagers in "Legacy" who [[spoiler: beat Mike up, put him in a dress and drive him to commit suicide. Oh, and the cause of this is that a guy pretended to like him and then outed him to everyone.]]
* TelevisionGeography: Averted. One of the things the crew of the show prides themselves on is that they film a LOT of scenes on location. In fact, the riot scene in the season 2 premiere was actually filmed in South Central, and according to WordOfGod, at one point the cast and crew were fearing for their lives due to a lot of onlookers not knowing the riot wasn't real.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Russ]] comes back in Season 5.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Ben]] in spades in Seasons 4 and 5.
* TraumaCongaLine: Starting with "Chaos", [[spoiler: Cooper gets in a fight with Lucero. Then they're kidnapped by methheads, along. Lucero is shot and killed by the addicts. Cooper is forced to dig his own grave and is abandoned in the desert. He ends up stumbling around and breaks down into tears at a gas station.]] In "Reckoning", [[spoiler: Cooper is revealed to have been saved. But he's utterly demoralized by his fellow officers, who treat him like a suicidal baby. Even his mentor chides him about "letting go of his gun". His ex-wife tells him that she doesn't want to have a kid with him and he ends up being shot by his fellow officers (see Cliffhanger above).]]
* WilhelmScream: When RoofHopping, one should be careful not to misjudge the distance, as Mexican-jacket-guy found out...
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* TheHero: Sherman definitely starts off as this, with heavy doses of NaiveNewcomer. He does his best to be an upstanding cop. He's also clouded by chivalry, letting a woman burn her boyfriend's face because he didn't want to hurt her. He starts going downhill when his [[spoiler: mother's rapist (who turns out not be a rapist) is set free]]. Ben is finally disillusioned when [[spoiler: Cooper starts falling apart because of his addiction and injury. This culminates in Sherman nearly dying because Cooper couldn't keep up with him.]] By season four, Sherman is a firmly in AntiHero territory.

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* TheHero: Sherman definitely starts off as this, with heavy doses of NaiveNewcomer. He does his best to be an upstanding cop. He's also clouded by chivalry, letting a woman burn her boyfriend's face because he didn't want to hurt her. He starts going downhill when his [[spoiler: mother's rapist (who turns out not be a rapist) didn't actually rape his mom) is set free]]. Ben is finally disillusioned when [[spoiler: Cooper starts falling apart because of his addiction and injury. This culminates in Sherman nearly dying because Cooper couldn't keep up with him.]] By season four, Sherman is a firmly in AntiHero territory.
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* Anti-Hero: Southland manages to cover every type:
** Cooper is a Type II. He may be a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at hearet.
**Sammy is somewhere between Type I and II.
**While Ben is originally TheHero, his relationship with Cooper destroys that. By Season Four, he's a Type III. By Season Five, he's Type IV, then Type V. By the end of the series, he's [[spoiler: he's a full-blown VillainProtagonist.]]
**Chicki is a Type I.


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**Because [[spoiler: Nate's dead]] and Sammy moves to Alverado to work as a patrolman, Sal is gone by Season Four
**Nate's family moving to Arizona.
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* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper snaps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, Cooper is shot four times.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper snaps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, police officers arrive. For whatever reason, Cooper doesn't drop the gun, instead moving his hand like he was about to shoot. Cooper is shot four times.times and it's not certain if he'll live.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].


Added DiffLines:

* TraumaCongaLine: Starting with "Chaos", [[spoiler: Cooper gets in a fight with Lucero. Then they're kidnapped by methheads, along. Lucero is shot and killed by the addicts. Cooper is forced to dig his own grave and is abandoned in the desert. He ends up stumbling around and breaks down into tears at a gas station.]] In "Reckoning", [[spoiler: Cooper is revealed to have been saved. But he's utterly demoralized by his fellow officers, who treat him like a suicidal baby. Even his mentor chides him about "letting go of his gun". His ex-wife tells him that she doesn't want to have a kid with him and he ends up being shot by his fellow officers (see Cliffhanger above).]]
17th Jul '13 7:54:54 AM ThePostmodernPrometheus
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* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper sanps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, Cooper is shot four times.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].

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* CerebusSyndrome: while Southland was never the sweetest show, it was never particularly dark. However, "Chaos", the second to last episode of the series, is pitch black, showing [[spoiler: the sheer insanity of the two methheads. Their home, the way they kill Hank Lucero, the way they force Cooper to ''bury his own grave'' is just disturbing. And how it all just mentally breaks Cooper, who had been an emotional rock since Season Four, is even worse. To a lesser degree, Sherman's final step into [[VillainProtagonist a dark territory]] and his deteriorating friendship/partnership with Sammy also adds to the tone shift. Ben barely bats an eyelash at Cooper going missing, sounding shocked, but not distressed.]]
* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper sanps snaps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, Cooper is shot four times.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].


Added DiffLines:

* TheHero: Sherman definitely starts off as this, with heavy doses of NaiveNewcomer. He does his best to be an upstanding cop. He's also clouded by chivalry, letting a woman burn her boyfriend's face because he didn't want to hurt her. He starts going downhill when his [[spoiler: mother's rapist (who turns out not be a rapist) is set free]]. Ben is finally disillusioned when [[spoiler: Cooper starts falling apart because of his addiction and injury. This culminates in Sherman nearly dying because Cooper couldn't keep up with him.]] By season four, Sherman is a firmly in AntiHero territory.
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* {{Cliffhanger}}: at the end of Season Five, [[spoiler: Cooper sanps and beats the shit out of his ex-wife's neighbor, bludgeoning his face with the man's gun. We don't learn if Cooper actually beat him to death. And in the end, Cooper is shot four times.]] The saddest thing is, because of TNT, [[{{Cancellation}} we'll never fucking know]].



** Cooper is a shining example of how a gay character should be. He's not a caricature of homosexuality. It's a part of his character, but it doesn't define him. This is a serious problem with a lot of minority characters, which are treated as jokes or platforms for their respective social issues.



* HowWeGotHere: Every episode starts this way

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* HowWeGotHere: Every episode starts this wayway.
8th Jul '13 9:59:59 AM Sheora
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* TelevisionGeography: Heavily, heavily averted. One of the things the crew of the show prides themselves on is that they film a LOT of scenes on location. In fact, the riot scene in the season 2 premiere was actually filmed in South Central, and according to WordOfGod, at one point the cast and crew were fearing for their lives due to a lot of onlookers not knowing the riot wasn't real.

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* TelevisionGeography: Heavily, heavily averted.Averted. One of the things the crew of the show prides themselves on is that they film a LOT of scenes on location. In fact, the riot scene in the season 2 premiere was actually filmed in South Central, and according to WordOfGod, at one point the cast and crew were fearing for their lives due to a lot of onlookers not knowing the riot wasn't real.
1st Jun '13 8:27:30 PM StAraqiel
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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. JitterCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' style drama abound.

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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. JitterCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' style Galactica|Reimagined}}''-style drama abound.



As of May 10, 2013, the series has been [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]].



* AmicableExes: John & Laurie. If he hadn't [[spoiler:come out as gay]] they would probably still be together, and they still clearly care for each other.

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* AmicableExes: John & and Laurie. If he hadn't [[spoiler:come out as gay]] they would probably still be together, and they still clearly care for each other.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Officer Tang. After taking down a lunatic drug addict at the end of one episode, she starts the next with a seriously bruised face

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Officer Tang. After taking down a lunatic drug addict at the end of one episode, she starts the next with a seriously bruised faceface.



** Sammy's life story at this point. S1 and S2 show his wife to be a lunatic. In Season 3, she's a [[spoiler: cheating skank]]. He becomes involved in the lives of two kids, Janila and Li'l Casper. [[spoiler: Janila ends up in Witness Protection after multiple attempts on her life, and Li'l Casper murders someone]]. And finally, he [[spoiler: loses Nate, the one good and constant thing in his life!]] He copes by bonding with [[spoiler:Nate]]'s widow and children, until they become like a surrogate family to him. Then she leaves to avoid [[ComfortingTheWidow awkwardness]] a few episodes later. Guy just can't catch a break.

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** Sammy's life story at this point. S1 Seasons 1 and S2 2 show his wife to be a lunatic. In Season 3, she's a [[spoiler: cheating skank]]. He becomes involved in the lives of two kids, Janila and Li'l Casper. [[spoiler: Janila ends up in Witness Protection after multiple attempts on her life, and Li'l Casper murders someone]]. And finally, he [[spoiler: loses Nate, the one good and constant thing in his life!]] He copes by bonding with [[spoiler:Nate]]'s widow and children, until they become like a surrogate family to him. Then she leaves to avoid [[ComfortingTheWidow awkwardness]] a few episodes later. Guy just can't catch a break.



** While it's rather ambiguous and we'll never have closure, [[spoiler:Copper]] may have done it as well.

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** While it's rather ambiguous and we'll never have closure, [[spoiler:Copper]] [[spoiler:Cooper]] may have done it as well.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Sherman. He starts out as a wealthy kid who wants to do good and sees law enforcement as a noble profession to which he can contribute to society. After three seasons, a near death experience, dealing with his mentor/father figure's "do as I saw, not as I do" hypocrisy, Sherman breaks bad and becomes a dirty cop who uses excessive force, turns a blind eye on his other dirty cops corruption, and sees his job as a thankless task that has wiped out the idealistic goody guy he used to be

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Sherman. He starts out as a wealthy kid who wants to do good and sees law enforcement as a noble profession to which he can contribute to society. After three seasons, a near death experience, dealing with his mentor/father figure's "do as I saw, say, not as I do" hypocrisy, Sherman breaks bad badly and becomes a dirty cop who uses excessive force, turns a blind eye on his other dirty cops police corruption, and sees his job as a thankless task that has wiped out the idealistic goody good guy he used to be be.



* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/TheOC Ryan Atwood]] is back with [[Series/TheOC Coop]].
** [[BandofBrothers Bull Randleman]] gets to be a cop!
** [[ThatThingYouDo Guy Patterson]]!
** Sammy used to be [[TheFaculty a jock]] in high school.
** Dewey is a [[Series/CriminalMinds serial killer]]. And [[TheHitcher he successfully won over one]].
** [[PrisonBreak Fernando Sucre]] joins the cast for season 2.
** [[KillBill O'Ren Ishi]] is Cooper's new partner!
** [[TheJeffersons Florence]] is a grandma living in LA now.



* IAmSpartacus: A local community is harassing a registered sex offender and end up by burning his house down. When Cooper and Tang try to find out who did it, every member of the local community replies "I set the fire."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When their boss, Sal, loses his gun, Dets. Moretta and Bryant justify the department's (unauthourized) full-court press of the neighbourhood to each other by pointing out that [[spoiler:they wouldn't have found out about a much bigger gun-running operation otherwise.]]

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* IAmSpartacus: A local community is harassing a registered sex offender and end up by burning his house down. When Cooper and Tang try to find out who did it, every member of the local community replies "I set the fire."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When their boss, Sal, loses his gun, Dets. Moretta and Bryant justify the department's (unauthourized) (unauthorized) full-court press of the neighbourhood to each other by pointing out that [[spoiler:they wouldn't have found out about a much bigger gun-running operation otherwise.]]



* JerkAss: Dewey, so very much.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He tried to help a prostitute in Graduation Day (okay, he also threatened to taze her) but he tried to help her and seemed genuinely unhappy when he found her high on a bench.
** Danny Ferguson is also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, with an extra side of Jerkass. He doesn't care if kids poke dead bodies and he sure as hell doesn't care about solving a gangster's murder; and he's perfectly willing to badger Sherman and escalate it to a fight. But as Sammy tells Ben in an anecdote and what [[spoiler: Ben sees firsthand in "Thursday"]] he'll stick his neck out and put his life on the line to protect his fellow officers.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Dewey, so very much.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He tried to help a prostitute in Graduation Day (okay, he also threatened to taze her) her, but he tried ''did'' try to help her her) and seemed genuinely unhappy when he found her high on a bench.
** Danny Ferguson is also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, with an extra side of Jerkass.{{Jerkass}}. He doesn't care if kids poke dead bodies and he sure as hell doesn't care about solving a gangster's murder; and he's perfectly willing to badger Sherman and escalate it to a fight. But as Sammy tells Ben in an anecdote and what [[spoiler: Ben sees firsthand in "Thursday"]] he'll stick his neck out and put his life on the line to protect his fellow officers.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: A particularly brutal one is the content of Officer Tang's infamous Website/YouTube video. She is not the one delivering it.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: A particularly brutal one is the content of Officer Tang's infamous Website/YouTube Internet video. She is not the one delivering it.



* ParentingTheHusband: The inverse is true: Tammi is so unbelievable naive, flaky, and JerkAss-y, that Sammy often appears to be the exasperated husband AND father!

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* ParentingTheHusband: The inverse is true: Tammi is so unbelievable naive, flaky, and JerkAss-y, that Sammy often appears to be the exasperated husband AND ''and'' father!



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Due to the Leno/Conan debacle with NBC. Fortunately, [[NetworkToTheRescue TNT picked it up]].



* TeensAreMonsters: The teenagers in "Legacy" who [[spoiler: beat Mike up, put his in a dress and drive him to commit suicide. Oh, and the cause of this is that a guy pretended to like him and then outed him to everyone.]]

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* TeensAreMonsters: The teenagers in "Legacy" who [[spoiler: beat Mike up, put his him in a dress and drive him to commit suicide. Oh, and the cause of this is that a guy pretended to like him and then outed him to everyone.]]
1st Jun '13 8:08:57 PM StAraqiel
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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. ShakyCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' style drama abound.

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PoliceProcedural; Rookie cop and experienced veteran opposite multiethnic detective team. ShakyCam JitterCam and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' style drama abound.
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