Southland: The Complete First Season (Uncensored)

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 9th, 2010

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Cheryl W
    02/13/2010 @ 2:48 am

    When I was younger, I would clench my teeth and head for the hills when Hill Street Blues theme song started blaring from my grandpa’s television. I don’t know why but it irritated me to no end, to even hear the first few notes or see that dark cold police station set. I could not figure out what my grandpa ever saw in that show, and I would retreat back to the living room and crank up Hee Haw to drowned out all the crime drama. I never watched the shield because of the said above show. I guess I had just swore off cop shows completely.

    My brother-in-law is a chief of police, of small town. He is completely enthralled in everything shoot em up. So when he came to beg me to DVR the new series Southland, I agreed to do so since he has no way of watching it at home. Well, I stupidly set it to record on my tv and not the kids, so I was stuck watching it one day (nothing else on the DVR looked good). To my amazement it was a pretty good show. It was modern and not that boring dreary show of my grandpa’s, that is for sure. The story lines were believable and the cast was amazing.

    I have been watching ever since the pilot. My brother-in-law comes over once a month and my husband and I sit down to watch the episodes with him. Well when we found out NBC canceled the show, we all flipped out. How could they do this to the one and only cop drama show I could actually stomach, and looked forward too? Thankfully TNT is picking the show back up and the season 2 premiere is on March 2nd. Whew, that was a close call. Thanks so much TNT!

    Thanks for the review on the dvd. We are buying it for my brother-in-law for his one year anniversary as Chief of Police.

  2. Gino Sassani
    02/13/2010 @ 4:33 pm

    I’m sorry about the Hill Street experience. You missed one of the best shows that was ever on television. It ranks in my top 10 of all time and the top police drama. I urge you to give that show a second chance. Unfortunately, only the first 2 seasons ever made it to DVD.

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