Southland takes a look at the lives and families of the LAPD, from the cops patrolling the streets to the detectives who work in the offices in one of the most crime-ridden areas in the United States.
The Main Characters
Officer Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie): A rookie cop who is fresh out of the Academy and is trying to overcome the stigma from being from Beverly Hills in order to become a respected member of the force.
Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz): Ben’s training officer, a hardened veteran who had a rough childhood and gives Ben a hard time whenever he can. He also masks an addiction to painkillers due to an old injury related to the job.
Officer Billy Dewey (C. Thomas Howell): A cop who was forced into retirement, but comes back because of money issues and a love for the job. Loose on morals and a recovering alcoholic who isn’t recovering as well as he should.
Officer Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis): Billy’s partner who is trying to help him, but just keeps getting burned by him and has to keep watch at all points.
Detective Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy): A detective with the LAPD who is trying to help a girl who wants to be a police officer. His wife Tammi (Emily Bergl) continually gives him crap for where they live and they are constantly at odds.
Detective Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro): Sammy’s partner with the most moral integrity out of anyone on the force, but has a few skeletons in his closet as well.
Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King): The top detective on the force, who lives with her sick mother and still pines for her ex-husband.
Detective Daniel Salinger (Michael McGrady): The supervisor of the unit of detectives that Sammy and Nate are a part of, who is constantly at odds with his 15-year-old daughter and his inappropriate relationship with a female reporter.
Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott): The more empathetic detective who handles the human interaction. He is also an aspiring writer, which comes into conflict with his blogger wife Dina (Emily Swallow).