I heard that there was a new cop show called Southland. That, to say the least, piqued by interest. A cop show that takes place in the south? Sounds sweet! Then I read the discription:

This NBC drama puts the spotlight on the lives of police officers living and working in Los Angeles.

How could I ever thought it could be any different?

Speaking of TV geography, the last episode of My Name Is Earl has run and it sort of established Camden County as being in a border-south or border-north state that was around during the Civil War. My original guess for Camden County was that it was in Tennessee and this episode and the information but forth in the episode (that Camden County sided with neither the north nor the south during the Civil War) lends credibility to that theory. Tennessee was more divided than most states during the war. Kentucky and West Virginia are also possibilities, neither having sided with the south but moderly culturally identifying with the south regardless. Of course, Camden County, like the Simpson’s Springfield, doesn’t really have a state so it’s all rootless speculation.

I’m just glad that they didn’t decide to put it in rural California.


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5 Responses to “Southland”?

  1. Jason P. says:

    We’ve been watching that show every week. It’s good, really strange pacing. Very real, not so much on the drama. Large cast of characters. I’d check it out. Of course, I already did.

  2. Barry says:

    To be truly divided, it’d need to be in Middle Tennessee (West and Middle were slightly pro-South, East was slightly pro-Union which led to its ultimate but reluctant secession and quick re-association with the North).

    Probably east of Nashville to be clear of its urban influence but clear of Crossville and Cookeville. I’d say somewhere around Green Briar or Celina, around Dale Hollow Lake in Clay or Pickett Counties.

    It’s like trying to nail down where Hazzard County was – somewhere in Georgia was the best I could ever do. It was made somewhat more difficult due to there was also a Hazzard County in Kentucky, but I’m sure the show wasn’t set in that state. Not Southern enough.

  3. Peter says:

    It’s like trying to nail down where Hazzard County was – somewhere in Georgia was the best I could ever do. It was made somewhat more difficult due to there was also a Hazzard County in Kentucky, but I’m sure the show wasn’t set in that state. Not Southern enough.

    I was quite the Dukes of Hazzard fan, and it always was my impression that it was set in Georgia. I don’t know why, as far as I know it wasn’t ever stated on the show, but that was the basic understanding.

  4. Becky says:

    I’d always thought Earl was in rural CA, despite Joy’s accent.

    I’ve been watching Southland and it’s okay. I’m not toally on board yet, but am interested enough to keep giving it a try. It’s more about the police officers themselves, rather than them trying to solve the case every week.

  5. CT says:

    Shoot, with all the white-trash quirkiness and semi-southern drawls, Camden County belongs squarely in Florida. I lived around enough of it to know…

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