Southland is an American animated television soap opera, broadcast on Nickelodeon for 36 years from August 8, 1978 until November 12, 2014.
The animated soap was created by Thomas Hammocks and first premiered on the Pinwheel network on August 8, 1978, beginning as half-hour episodes before expanding to a full hour on January 16, 1989. The series broadcasted its 9,000th episode on February 4, 2013.
On May 6, 2013, Nickelodeon announced the cancellation of Southland after a run of 36 years due to low ratings. The show animated its final scenes on September 16, 2014, and its final episode aired on the network aired on November 12, 2014.
Origins, plot development, and cast Edit
Southland has had a number of plot sequences during the series' long history on television. These sequences include complex storylines, different writers, and casting.
On May 6, 2013, Nickelodeon announced that it would not renew Southland, and the last broadcast date would be November 12, 2014. Procter & Gamble initially announced that they would attempt to find another outlet to distribute the series, but later admitted that they had been unsuccessful in doing so, and that on November 12, 2014, after 36 years on television, Southland would end its broadcast history on Nick.
In the final episode, many of the characters gather in the park for a large picnic. Toward the end, it jumps forward to one year, by which time, Aztec and Jager have reunited, as have Micro and Geneva. Zuni and Kona, happy with their new child, pick up Kahlua as he returns from college. The episode concludes with Finch arriving at the water tower, as promised, and finding Aphrodite there. They declare their undying love. Sterling, Frizzie, and Marble leave Southland and relocate to Animalville. Finch asks if Aphrodite is packed, ready to go on an adventure. The two grab their luggage, and with Aphrodite's young daughter, they climb into Finch's truck. Finch asks, "Are you ready?" She replies "I'm always ready." As the truck drives away with the water tower in the background, the text "The End" appears on screen before a final fadeout.
The final episode also included the original tag line, with some revision, printed on the screen with the words, "There's a heart that makes us FAMILY" (replacing the word 'friends'), as well as quick film clips of each of the show's title cards and announcers during the three decades it was on television, leading to the show's former long-time beginning announcement: "And now, welcome to Southland".