Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Series / Southland

Go To




to:

[[caption-width-right:350: You're a cop because you don't know how to not be one.]]

->''"A day like today? With some interesting capers, and a few good arrests? That's good. But every once in a while, you get to take a bad guy off the streets for good. And that my friend is God's work."''
-->-- '''John Cooper''', Unknown Trouble


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one episode, the cops are called by a mentally ill old woman who's been eating chicken nuggets from the same restaurant for 15 years and got angry when they ran out of nuggets. The police dismiss her request and fight off her yelling, with one cop recommending she try the fish instead.

to:

* DisproportionateRetribution: Not by the police, but by one irresponsible, insane caller. In one episode, the cops are called by a mentally ill old woman who's been eating chicken nuggets from the same restaurant for 15 years and got angry when they ran out of nuggets. The police dismiss her request and fight off her yelling, with one cop recommending she try the fish instead. In real life, calling the police on a non-emergency situation such as this is a felony.


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one episode, the cops are called by a mentally ill old woman who's been eating chicken nuggets from the same restaurant for 15 years and got angry when they ran out of nuggets. The police dismiss her request and fight off her yelling, with one cop recommending she try the fish instead.



* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: In one episode, the cops are called by a mentally ill old woman who's been eating chicken nuggets from the same restaurant for 15 years and got angry when they ran out of nuggets. The police angrily dismiss her request and fight off her yelling, with one cop recommending she try the fish instead.

Added DiffLines:

* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: In one episode, the cops are called by a mentally ill old woman who's been eating chicken nuggets from the same restaurant for 15 years and got angry when they ran out of nuggets. The police angrily dismiss her request and fight off her yelling, with one cop recommending she try the fish instead.


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. After airing for two seasons on NBC, the show was cancelled, but then Creator/{{TNT}} picked up it for a further three years.

As of May 10, 2013, the series has been [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]] by TNT, although an attempt is being made to make a concluding movie.

to:

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. After airing for two seasons on NBC, the show was cancelled, canceled, but then Creator/{{TNT}} picked up it for a further three years.

As of May 10, 2013, the series has been [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]] canceled]] by TNT, although an attempt is being made to make a concluding movie.



** Cooper is a a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at heart.
%%** Sammy
%%** Ben
%%** Chicki

to:

** Cooper is a a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at heart.
%%** Sammy
%%** Ben
%%** Chicki
** Sammy is well-meaning but often lashes out in anger and can be very petty.
** Ben becomes this [[spoiler: in seasons 4 and 5, as he becomes more willing to break the rules. Season 5 ends with him being full on a DirtyCop.]]
** Dewey is a good cop but often comes off as a serious JerkAss.


* 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.]]

to:

* 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 ''dig 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.]]


* HideYourPregnancy: {{In-Universe}} example with [[spoiler:Adams]].

to:

* HideYourPregnancy: {{In-Universe}} InUniverse example with [[spoiler:Adams]].


* 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. It doesn't get any better going forward.

to:

* BreakTheCutie:
**
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. It doesn't get any better going forward.


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. After airing for two seasons on NBC, the show was cancelled, but then TNT picked up it for a further three years.

to:

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. After airing for two seasons on NBC, the show was cancelled, but then TNT Creator/{{TNT}} picked up it for a further three years.


** Cooper is a Type II. He may be a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at heart.
** 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.

to:

** Cooper is a Type II. He may be a snarky asshole, but he's still a good person at heart.
** 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.
%%** Sammy
%%** Ben
%%** Chicki



* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: Cooper]].

to:

* %%* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: Cooper]].



* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Russ]] comes back in Season 5.



* DrivenToSuicide: Mike, the gay teenager who is found on a roof in "Legacy." [[spoiler:While his first attempt fails, his second succeeds.]]

to:

* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide:
**
Mike, the gay teenager who is found on a roof in "Legacy." [[spoiler:While his first attempt fails, his second succeeds.]]



** 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.]]

to:

** 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]]: HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Ben Sherman becomes a completely dirty cop by Season 5.]]



* {{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.

to:

* %%* {{Jerkass}}: Dewey, so very much.
Dewey
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He Dewey 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.



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Nate Moretta]], early in the third season.



* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Obviously.



* MeaningfulEcho: "Look sharp. Act sharp. ''Be'' sharp."
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: See IDidWhatIHadToDo, above.

to:

* %%* MeaningfulEcho: "Look sharp. Act sharp. ''Be'' sharp."
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: See IDidWhatIHadToDo, above.%%* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot



* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: Cooper (if his mental state at the time was any indication).]]

to:

* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: SuicideByCop: Cooper (if his mental state at the time was any indication).]]



* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Russ]] comes back in Season 5.


* BilingualBonus: Most of the Spanish spoken during the series remains untranslated, and you can get the sense of what's being said from the context. But during a scene with the Narcotics/Gangs task force, immediately after the line "Don't need you to translate for me, Moretta," Puente starts an extended conversation with Moretta in Spanish. Beyond the FU factor, if you know the language (or put it through Google Translate), you'll realize that they are discussing the possibility of someone in the room being a leak in the investigation, while the others remain oblivious.


* BilingualBonus: Most of the Spanish spoken during the series remains untranslated, and you can get the sense of what's being said from the context. But during a scene with the Narcotics/Gangs task force, immediately after the line "Don't need you to translate for me, Moretta," Puente starts an extended conversation with Moretta in Spanish. Beyond the FU factor, if you know the language (or put it through Google Translate), you'll realize that they are discussing the possibility of someone in the room being the leak in the investigation, while the others remain oblivious.

to:

* BilingualBonus: Most of the Spanish spoken during the series remains untranslated, and you can get the sense of what's being said from the context. But during a scene with the Narcotics/Gangs task force, immediately after the line "Don't need you to translate for me, Moretta," Puente starts an extended conversation with Moretta in Spanish. Beyond the FU factor, if you know the language (or put it through Google Translate), you'll realize that they are discussing the possibility of someone in the room being the a leak in the investigation, while the others remain oblivious.



** 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.

to:

** 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. It doesn't get any better going forward.



* FireForgedFriends: Sherman and Ferguson seemed to become this when they [[spoiler: hunt down and kill the pimp that tried to kill Sammy.]]

to:

* FireForgedFriends: Sherman and Ferguson seemed to become this when they [[spoiler: hunt down and kill the pimp that tried to kill Sherman and Sammy.]]



* 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.

to:

* MadeOfIron: The sheer amount of hell Dewey has gone through only rivals Cooper. He's survived [[spoiler: being shot during the first episode and 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.



** Nate's family moving to Arizona.

to:

** Nate's family moving to Arizona.El Paso, Texas.

Added DiffLines:

* BilingualBonus: Most of the Spanish spoken during the series remains untranslated, and you can get the sense of what's being said from the context. But during a scene with the Narcotics/Gangs task force, immediately after the line "Don't need you to translate for me, Moretta," Puente starts an extended conversation with Moretta in Spanish. Beyond the FU factor, if you know the language (or put it through Google Translate), you'll realize that they are discussing the possibility of someone in the room being the leak in the investigation, while the others remain oblivious.


* ShoutOut: in the episode ''Bleed out'', light relief is provided by the cops being called to an apartment where a naked man is exposing himself on a balcony. On investigating, they realise he is escaping a violent woman. She is a petite dominatrix, with glasses, curly blonde hair and a high-pitched voice. He met her at an academic conference the night before. His name is ''Howard''. Shame the woman with the whip was not played by [[TheBigBangTheory Melissa Rauch]]. we are not told if the acvademic conference was down the road at Caltech, Pasadena...

to:

* ShoutOut: in the episode ''Bleed out'', light relief is provided by the cops being called to an apartment where a naked man is exposing himself on a balcony. On investigating, they realise he is escaping a violent woman. She is a petite dominatrix, with glasses, curly blonde hair and a high-pitched voice. He met her at an academic conference the night before. His name is ''Howard''. Shame the woman with the whip was not played by [[TheBigBangTheory [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Melissa Rauch]]. we We are not told if the acvademic academic conference was down the road at Caltech, Pasadena...



* TragicHero: Cooper, who's painkiller addiction originates from an on-work and its lack of treatment. What was the on-work injury? ''Helping firemen lift up a car to save someone's life''. Why wasn't it treated properly? ''Because Cooper thought that he'd lose the capacity to do his job and to help people''. He was afraid he would end up at a permanent desk-job humping the pine. And happens after he gets his treatment? His former partner hates him, there are rumors of his drug abuse, his second partner (Tang) ends up [[spoiler: getting promoted after she covers up her shooting of an unarmed (he had a ''toy'' gun with an orange cap) teenager]]. And then his third partner, Hank, is [[spoiler: shot in the head by meth-heads and dies beside him. Then he's forced to dig a grave for Hank and himself]]. Them what happens when he's [[spoiler: saved]]? [[spoiler: He's put on desk-duty, gets emasculated by his other officers and treated like someone on suicide watch]]. And then he [[spoiler: he gets shot three times by another cop after getting in a (violent) neighborly dispute.]]

to:

* TragicHero: Cooper, who's whose painkiller addiction originates from an on-work and its lack of treatment. What was the on-work injury? ''Helping firemen lift up a car to save someone's life''. Why wasn't it treated properly? ''Because Cooper thought that he'd lose the capacity to do his job and to help people''. He was afraid he would end up at a permanent desk-job humping the pine. And happens after he gets his treatment? His former partner hates him, there are rumors of his drug abuse, his second partner (Tang) ends up [[spoiler: getting promoted after she covers up her shooting of an unarmed teenager (he had a ''toy'' gun with an orange cap) teenager]].cap)]]. And then his third partner, Hank, is [[spoiler: shot in the head by meth-heads and dies beside him. Then he's forced to dig a grave for Hank and himself]]. Them what happens when he's [[spoiler: saved]]? [[spoiler: He's put on desk-duty, gets emasculated by his other officers and treated like someone on suicide watch]]. And then he [[spoiler: he gets shot three times by another cop after getting in a (violent) neighborly dispute.]]

Showing 15 edit(s) of 33

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report