Tomorrow night NBC premieres “Southland,” a new drama from John Wells (“ER”) that follows officers and detectives with the LAPD. If you’re impatient, you can stream the pilot via their site (available til Friday), or download on iTunes, as I did a couple days ago.
In the meantime, NBC has an online quiz asking if viewers know what a Code 3 or a 10-98 means. If you’ve either spent a bit of time listening to police scanners, or, ahem, riding in the back of a cruiser, you’ll probably score better than my lackluster 40%.
My review after the jump…
First impression? Visually stunning show – surprisingly rare to see the Los Angeles we live in depicted accurately on screen (except for that moment when an LAPD cruiser pulls over druggie actor… in West Hollywood).
The first episode follows a rookie LAPD officer on his first day as the police try and track down the gangbangers following the drive by shooting of an innocent kid. Unfortunately, the show is a little too cliched and preachy for my taste, with a somber tone that rarely lets up.
But, its the pilot, so I’ll give it a few more episodes before deciding whether or not to bail, if only because I never grow tired of seeing Los Angeles used as a film set.