Southland (2009–2013)
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Graduation Day 

On Ben's rookie class's graduation day, Cooper's back-pain and pills addiction not only cause a miserable mood but completely exclude vital backup, so Ben finally forces his ex-tutor to ... See full summary »


Ann Biderman (creator), John Wells (teleplay) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arija Bareikis ... Officer Chickie Brown
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady ... Detective Daniel Salinger
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Jenny Gago ... Detective Josie Ochoa
Emily Bergl ... Tammi Bryant
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Laz Alonso ... Detective Gil Puente
Maurice Compte ... Officer Rodrigo Morales
Jamie McShane ... Sergeant Terry Hill
Tara Buck ... Denise
Courtney Gains
Victor Alfieri ... Victor Cifuentes


On Ben's rookie class's graduation day, Cooper's back-pain and pills addiction not only cause a miserable mood but completely exclude vital backup, so Ben finally forces his ex-tutor to check into rehab. Sammy's son is finally born and Nate's presumed killer 'leprechaun' dies in his arms after a street shooting. He decides to quit desk work and start chaperoning graduated rookies, like Ben. Dewey can't help sparing a blatantly criminal crack whore. Rodrigo is found out being Lydia's lover, making his mother question their partnership. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

8 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wilhelm Scream: When a criminal that Sherman is chasing jumps off a roof and falls to his death. See more »


Officer Ben Sherman: [struggling with a man] A little help?
Officer John Cooper: What do ya think boot? You think that Paco there is gonna say thank you?
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A promising commencement
29 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Following the pattern of last season's finale, 'Graduation Day' brings more changes for "Southland". More people transitioning (some being phased out altogether), dramatic character arcs and the dissolution of two separate partnerships. It's the last day of Officer Sherman's probation and with that, the situation between himself and his training officer comes to an explosive head. Sherman makes it through his probationary period and graduates to a new beat, while Cooper turns himself in for medical help (forcibly, seeing as Sherman wasn't allowing the man to take a new rookie out the next day in his condition). The final scene with Cooper admitting to a nurse that he has a problem is one of my all-time favorites; it takes the character tremendous strength to do this, and Cudlitz really plays up the vulnerability.

This is a fine way to end this season; it moves with purpose, ends on just the right (hopeful) note for Cooper, and new partners are in store for Sherman and Lydia. It's kinda sad to see Sal go, but with Sammy back on patrol, he gets lost in the shuffle anyway. If I have one nitpick, it's that good characters get the axe while Tammi lingers like a sore. But a great episode regardless.


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