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Review: Southland, "Wednesday"
(S0401) If you haven't already learned that Southland is one of the best shows on television then I don't know why you're reading this review in the first place. Southland is one of the few shows that I look forward to every season.

While it's refreshing to review a show that I love so much, it's utterly frustrating at the same time. I find myself getting so caught up in the action and the drama that I forget to actually write anything down.

There are a few new characters on the show this season. The first is Officer Jessica Tang (Lucy Liu). Personally, I think Liu is better suited to comedy than drama, but as Cooper's (Michael Cudlitz) new partner, she's pretty effective. Mostly, she's a target for sexist and racist remarks by her fellow cops.

The other newbie is Officer Danny Ferguson (Lou Diamond Phillips). While Dudek (C. Thomas Howell) is usually the douche bag of the squad, Danny is certainly a runner-up for the title. Danny's clashes with golden boy Sherman (Ben McKenzie) are a little obvious but they do a good job showcasing the delicate nature of a uniformed cop's daily life.

The only real downside of Southland is that, as a citizen of Los Angeles, I am way too familiar with the settings I see on the screen and the events I see unfolding on those streets make me want to stay indoors for the rest of my life.

In a world where shows like Whitney and Work It make their way to prime time television, it's encouraging to know that some people in the television business still want to make great television.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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On: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

What a great story too in how it successfully made the jump from NBC to TNT. 

And how freaking good is C. Thomas Howell?

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