Major Crimes

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  • 2012
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.8  (15,881)

Major Crimes is a spin-off of the enormously popular television series The Closer, and is produced by the same team. The show began airing on TNT from August of 2012, and concluded in January of 2018. The show features a diverse ensemble cast, and Mary McDonnell leads the pack as Captain Sharon Raydor.

The plot focuses on the Major Crimes division of the LAPD, which is responsible for solving high-profile crimes in the city of Los Angeles. The series starts in the wake of the departure of Kyra Sedgwick's character, Brenda Leigh Johnson, from The Closer. Raydor, who was previously seen as an adversary of Johnson in The Closer, takes over as the captain of the Major Crimes division.

Raydor is very different from Johnson. A pragmatic and straightforward leader, she is soft-spoken and deliberate in her approach to investigations. She is also known for her laser-sharp intellect and her ability to read people. While she is not afraid to take risks and make tough decisions, she is always careful and calculated in her actions.

The supporting cast includes a host of talented actors, each with their unique personalities and skills. G.W. Bailey plays Lt. Louie Provenza, who brings years of experience and a sharp wit to the team. Tony Denison stars as Detective Andy Flynn, who has a no-nonsense persona and an unflagging loyalty to his team. Phillip P. Keene plays the character Buzz Watson, who is the tech-savvy investigator with a gift for hacking and a deep-seated compassion for the victims of crime.

The show's setting is Los Angeles, which is brought to life by beautiful on-location shots of various neighborhoods and iconic L.A. landmarks. The city of Los Angeles is more than just a backdrop for the Major Crimes division's investigations. It is a character in its own right, with all its ups and downs, tensions and divisions, and moments of conflict and harmony.

Major Crimes has a unique storytelling style that sets it apart from most other police procedural shows. There is a strong emphasis on team dynamics, personal relationships, and the ethical, legal, and emotional dimensions of investigative work. As the show progresses, the characters are constantly challenged by difficult cases, bureaucratic obstacles, and personal demons. Their struggles to overcome these challenges and find justice for the victims make the show both thrilling and emotionally engaging.

One of the standout aspects of Major Crimes is its commitment to exploring complex social issues. The show tackles a wide range of issues, including gang violence, political corruption, terrorism, hate crimes, economic inequality, mental illness, and addiction. The writers handle these issues with sensitivity and nuance, never losing sight of the human stories behind the headlines.

Major Crimes is also notable for its attention to detail and its adherence to realism. The show's writers work closely with real-life law enforcement officers to ensure that the investigations and procedures portrayed on the show are accurate and plausible. The show does not shy away from the bureaucratic hurdles and legal restrictions that police officers face in real life.

Mary McDonnell delivers a standout performance as Captain Sharon Raydor. As the series progresses, we see Raydor dealing with a range of personal and professional challenges. She develops a close relationship with Andy Flynn, who becomes her confidante and ally. She also grapples with the guilt she feels over her previous actions as a defense attorney. McDonnell brings nuance and depth to the character, making her both relatable and inspiring.

In summary, Major Crimes is a gripping police procedural series that explores complex social issues with sensitivity and nuance. The show's commitment to realism, attention to detail, and strong ensemble cast make it a must-watch for any fan of crime dramas. With Mary McDonnell at the helm, Major Crimes is a worthy successor to The Closer and a standout show in its own right.

Major Crimes is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (105 episodes). The series first aired on August 13, 2012.

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By Any Means: Part 4
13. By Any Means: Part 4
January 9, 2018
In the series finale, Lt. Tao, is stuck in a room with a potential bomb. Provenza finally identifies the real Ms. Bechtal, and Major Crimes comes face-to-face for the very last time with Phillip Stroh.
By Any Means: Part 3
12. By Any Means: Part 3
January 2, 2018
In the penultimate episode of Major Crimes, Phillip Stroh and his young British accomplice (Will Attenborough), edge closer and closer to their end game, while Lt. Provenza continues to push Asst. Chief Leo Mason into pouring more resources into the case. Rusty digs up an important clue.
By Any Means: Part 2
11. By Any Means: Part 2
December 26, 2017
Unable to locate Stroh in the present, the squad looks for answers in his distant past, hunting for the former Ms. Bechtal. Meanwhile, the squad struggles with Chief Mason, and Rusty grows frustrated with forced proximity to Gus.
By Any Means: Part 1
10. By Any Means: Part 1
December 26, 2017
A surprise death in the law enforcement community seems to be the work of escaped serial killer, Phillip Stroh. Ricky Raydor helps the division with a difficult search for a Mr. and Ms. Bechtal, and Emily Raydor offers Rusty some sound advice.
Conspiracy Theory: Part 4
9. Conspiracy Theory: Part 4
December 19, 2017
Sharon Raydor must make decisions related to her ongoing health problems while arriving at the solution of a series of murders and sexual assaults.
Conspiracy Theory: Part 3
8. Conspiracy Theory: Part 3
December 19, 2017
While working two seemingly connected murders, the division suddenly uncovers a series of sexual assaults against servers from Tackles. As a new theory about the killer gathers steam, however, an unexpected twist throws Major Crimes off course and Sharon Raydor off-balance.
Conspiracy Theory: Part 2
7. Conspiracy Theory: Part 2
December 12, 2017
As the squad investigates the mysterious death of a second woman related to the Tackles case, and a new theory materializes, Sharon faces a health setback. Meanwhile, Gus reacts unexpectedly to Rusty's partial solution to their ongoing relationship problems.
Conspiracy Theory: Part 1
6. Conspiracy Theory: Part 1
December 5, 2017
When a well-known attorney (Nan McNamara), celebrated for her defense of oppressed women is found dead, there are no shortage of high-profile suspects, including her son (Fran Kranz), her ex-husband (Daniel Hugh Kelly), a film director (Lenny Jacobson) whose career she helped destroy and a former football player (Chris McKenna) whose sports bars/restaurant chain, Tackles, features scantily clad women. Meanwhile, Rusty and Gus confront issues in their relationship.
Sanctuary City: Part 5
5. Sanctuary City: Part 5
November 28, 2017
As the case of the St. Joseph's Three leads to its unexpected conclusion, Sharon attempts to balance the case, the arrival of her family and her fast approaching wedding to Lt. Andy Flynn.
Sanctuary City: Part 4
4. Sanctuary City: Part 4
November 21, 2017
While dealing with a difficult personal matter, Raydor continues to investigate the disappearance of the St. Joseph's Three, their relationship with an overly protective priest and the possibility that two of the 15-year-old boys could be killers.
Sanctuary City: Part 3
3. Sanctuary City: Part 3
November 14, 2017
As Major Crimes continues to search for the remaining St. Joseph's Three, Sharon finds her personal life threatening her career.
Sanctuary City: Part 2
2. Sanctuary City: Part 2
November 7, 2017
While the search for the missing boys continues, the squad faces off with an untrustworthy priest, an angry ex-husband, and threats from the F.B.I. Rusty startles Flynn and Sharon with a surprising request.
Sanctuary City: Part 1
1. Sanctuary City: Part 1
October 31, 2017
When three fifteen-year-old boys vanish from a Catholic school field trip, new Asst. Chief Mason orders Major Crimes to treat their disappearance as a critical missing. Meanwhile, Sharon receives more evidence that Phillip Stroh may be returning to Los Angeles.
Where to Watch Major Crimes
Major Crimes is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Major Crimes on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 13, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (15,881)