Grading Southland





Last night NBC’s Southland premiered staring Benjamin McKenzie (Ex-Ryan Atwood The O.C.), Tom Everett Scott, and Kevin Alejandro (Ex-Dominic Hughes, Y&R) to name a few.

Benjamin McKenzie’s character Ben Sherman is a rookie for the LAPD, the episode focuses around him and his first day protecting the L.A. streets, the show did a very good job laying the foundation for the secondary characters, while we may not have a true connection to them yet, the groundwork has already began and it is only a matter of time before we are invested in the officers lives.

While watching this show I saw a few similarities to ER but the more I watched I could not help but think it was on the wrong network, I really think this show would have done a lot better if it was on a cable network such as FX, with that said I really enjoyed the show, it has a strong cast, and strong characters and I am interested in seeing where the show goes. 

All in all I would give the show a solid B, it was a really good premiere and I will be tuning in to future episodes.

What grade do you give Southland?

Grading Southland

  • F (7%, 7 Votes)
  • D (5%, 5 Votes)
  • C (12%, 12 Votes)
  • B (45%, 45 Votes)
  • A (31%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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7 Responses

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    Johnathon

    Lol I know the feeling, I was a big O.C. fan (though I only started watching it after it was canceled lol) so having Ben on my screen again makes me happy. I couldn’t give it a A because there were some problems with it, but I think as the show progresses some of the problems will be fixed, while others will stick around due to it being on NBC.

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    samrocks

    I liked it. I know someone said in the Unusuals thread that there were too many cop shows on tv, but I was drawn to it b/c I live in LA. Also, I think these shows (including Castle) all offer something different.

    IMO, to say there are too many cop shows is akin to saying there are too many soaps – the general premise may be the same, but they all offer something different.

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    Revafan001

    Samrocks and Jothan, I agree with you.. Law&Order is like cops + the legal system, Then Castle you have a writer that helps the cops, The the Mentlast has a pysch. Last but now least you have MONK(whick is over this year!) has a excop/cop that has all of these Foba’s…….

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    ashlovesgh

    Omg Johnathon…I was the biggest O.C. fan!! It was such a great show and I was sooo sad that it ended. And although I didn’t watch Southland, I’m sure that Ben will do an amazing job!

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    Luke Kerr

    I’d give it a solid B. The characters are really well fleshed out, the writing is solid, but I’m not sure about the filming style. It seems very "The Shield" but since it’s not on cable they can’t get as gritty as they may need to in order to pull off a more realistic filming style.

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