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Southland: TV’s Most Politically Incorrect Show?

Posted on January 18 2011 2:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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I’ve written before that the current Tuesday night lineup might be the best night of television ever. Of course, that was when Justified was in the schedule, so give it another month.)

With ABC’s V, about emotionless good looking alien invaders who want to seduce earthlings with promises of universal health care, green energy and peace (if they just give up those troublesome things like individualism and, oh yeah, their souls); TV’s most politically sophisticated show The Good Wife; USA Network’s utterly charming Catch Me if You Can ripoff, White Collar; FX’s promising new boxing series, Lights Out; and possibly best of all, Southland, the cop show TNT picked up when NBC let it go in the 10PM Leno fiasco, Tuesdays can be frustrating for those without DVRs or On Demand.  Southland is the televsion equivalent of reading a novel by the great Joseph Wambaugh, and the closest thing to a ride-along you can get in your living room.

And, because unlike on the Law and Order franchise, the cops talk like cops not like members of the ACLU– and because the perps are more reflective of who commits violent crimes in real life (not corporate CEOs) —Southland may be TV’s most politically incorrect show.

Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, and Kevin Alejandro of Southland

The signal of just how un-PC Southland was going to be this year came within the first 10 minutes of the new season.

Regina King plays Detective Lydia Adams, world weary, but striving not to become cynical, this black, female detective is the show’s heart– but she’s all cop.

Tired of responding to calls of successive brutalized dead women, Detective Adams sighs in despair,

DETECTIVE ADAMS: “If they were killin’ Muslims at this rate, we would have protests and Congressional hearings by now.”


In the next episode, Detectives Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) investigate a series of gang shootings.

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