What bugs me is I thought of Southland as a sort of a special show, and by that I mean there really was nothing quite like it. Sure, it was derivative of Cops, but if you are going to take Cops and script it, who could have ever done this better? I felt like Southland stretched the envelope quite a bit in a medium that is severely derivative, which is something TV needs a lot more of, rather than less of.
And really, there was nothing quite like it. If you think of the procedurals that seem to be the most realistic, Homicide, Prime Suspect, and Detroit 187 are the ones that come to mind, but even though all of those were really great cop shows, they did not have mass appeal enough to get decent ratings and survive, and none of them were as far out there as Southland was, which sort of puts it in a league of its own, even if it might not have been anyone's favorite show. About the only other show that could possibly fit in that league would be The Shield.
So, RIP, Southland, you will be missed.
The only positive here is that it was so dramatic that it was hard to watch; identifying with what these characters went through was never easy.
Edited by TomCat, 10 May 2013 - 08:21 PM.