Major Crimes

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Go into bold new territory with TV’s favorite squad of detectives! Set in L.A., Major Crimes picks up where The Closer leaves off, centering on how to secure an airtight conviction, and exploring how police and prosecutors work together to build a case. With many of The Closer’s beloved characters, Major Crimes delivers the same high caliber of action and drama as the hit series it follows.
Starring
Mary McDonnellG.W. BaileyTony Denison
Genres
DramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Reloaded
    August 12 2012
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    In the series premiere, the Major Crimes department is still reeling with the newly appointed head of the unit, Captain Sharon Raydor (series star MARY McDONNELL).
  2. 2. Before and After
    August 19 2012
    42min
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    There are growing pains within Major Crimes as the division works to obtain justice in a brutal homicide. The changes within the department may be more than Provenza can accept.
  3. 3. Medical Causes
    August 26 2012
    42min
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    The facts become blurry in a case involving a fatal car crash at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Rusty can finally look forward to his mother’s return.
  4. 4. The Ecstasy and the Agony
    September 2 2012
    42min
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    A homicide case involving the Israeli mob and a self-proclaimed “intuitive life strategist” (MICHAEL WEATHERLY – NCIS) leads Major Crimes to partner with the FBI.
  5. 5. Citizen's Arrest
    September 9 2012
    42min
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    DDA Andrea Hobbs (KATHE MAZUR) becomes a valuable resource in a case. Plus, DNA evidence proves that Rusty is more closely connected to the justice system than anyone thought.
  6. 6. Out of Bounds
    September 16 2012
    42min
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    Captain Raydor makes a bold move that could jeopardize her career and put Sykes in harm’s way. Meanwhile, Rusty makes it clear that he doesn’t care to meet his biological father.
  7. 7. The Shame Game
    September 23 2012
    42min
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    Major Crimes has a tough time keeping important confidential facts from leaking. Plus, the Department of Children and Family Services makes a shocking discovery concerning Rusty.
  8. 8. Dismissed With Prejudice
    September 30 2012
    42min
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    When a murder conviction is overturned after eight years, Tao is forced to question his past actions. And Rusty struggles to be himself during his first outing with his father, Daniel Dunn.
  9. 9. Cheaters Never Prosper
    October 7 2012
    42min
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    A man is found dead, but the facts become unclear as gritty details unfold. A series of strange events leaves Rusty and Raydor wondering if Dunn (IAN BOHEN) can be trusted.
  10. 10. Long Shot
    October 14 2012
    42min
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    When a peaceful ceremony turns deadly, Major Crimes and the FBI team up to track down a dangerous sniper. Plus, Raydor negotiates a deal that even Provenza can get behind.

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Supporting actors
Michael Paul ChanRaymond CruzPhillip P. KeeneKearran GiovanniGraham Patrick Martin
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Season year
2012
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Delightfully Yours,Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It’s a little lonely in here
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You know, I adore Mary McDonall, ever since watching the entirety of Battlestar Galactica. The rest of the cast, the ones they kept from The Closer and the new, are as wonderful as they ever were. My only complaint is that it feels so very lonely in this show. I kept thinking, “What is it? What’s wrong here?” It occurred to me, there are few if any extras! It has the feel of being at a school after all the students have gone home for the day. The place is so empty. Same set, different place. The story lines are good and enjoyable to watch. I like seeing Captain Raydor being a mother-figure to Rusty. As she said, she already has plenty of experience dealing with ungrateful teenagers (having two grown children), so he doesn’t get away with anything. He could, if someone else were caring for him, as his life has been a bit of a tragedy. But she cares for him in a way that shows that she expects more from him. And you get to learn much about the characters that you already love from The Closer. There was an episode in which we go back in time to a mustachioed Tao. Just seeing him with a mustache was enjoyable, but the episode also shows how he approaches cases and victims and *gasp* being wrong. Most characters would’ve acted quite differently. And newbie, Sykes, gets under Provenza’s skin in the most delightful way. Actually, she’s simply a delightful character all around. I like the show. I simply feel lonely watching it. Sigh.
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creativeReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
What a mess
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I made it through the first episode. And lost my money on this piece of garbage. I remember Mary McDonnell from Dances with Wolves and she sounds the same now as she did them...very nasal, mostly blank faced and added to that terrible make up and hair.
Why they have Sikes, and the loser Rusty that adds nothing to the show except to make us believe the Chief is a warm and fuzzy person under there somewhere. Maybe they would have been better off borrowing Brenda's cat.
And the gray haired, grumpy, turned dreadful actor is another one that adds nothing. He should have retired to the nearest Salvation Army headquarters.
I am going to have to watch reruns of The Closer to get rid of the bad taste of this mess called Major Crimes. And ask Amazon for a refund.
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RiledupReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good extension of The Closer series.
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Gets off to a slow start, but the cast starts to gel around episode 4.

As a guy, I really miss the incredibly sexy Kyra Sedgwick. Kevin Bacon is one lucky guy. Her character's quirkiness is a stark contrast to the Sharon Rahder character, and I do miss it. Mary McDonnell is turning out to be a very good leading lady, and having the rest of the cast more involved in the story lines is great. Don't worry. The "Amy" character develops quickly, and she is very likeable too by the middle of the first season. the stories are very topical, based on real life events over the past few years with terrorism, LGBT rights, hate crimes, etc.

We've enjoyed binge watching the first 2 seasons, and season 3 just arrived in time for the long Labor Day weekend. If the weather turns lousy, we know where to turn.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
It is not the Closer, but it doesn't need to be.
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First off, let me say I'm a huge fan of "The Closer". I thought it was one of the best shows on television, and I was sad to see it end. I'm glad it came to a good ending though and saying goodbye to Brenda Leigh Johnson felt complete. Mary McDonnell was built up well through the last 2 seasons of "The Closer" so this transition for her to taking the lead of Major Crimes was not abrupt. Many people have been focusing on her in their reviews. She deserves the praise she's been given. She isn't competing with Kyra Sedgwick really. She's a completely different kind of character. She's older. She's a mom. She's got a different energy. Where Brenda Johnson would fire up a room, Captain Raydor will calm it down.

The result is something pretty fun to watch. The other characters have started to change in this environment as the chemistry has changed. Provenza is a bit darker and more of a lead..just as one example. All of the other characters have continued to develop..which is amazing considering for them..this is a season 8.

So if you are a fan of "The Closer", I highly recommend "Major Crimes". It's not a rehashed replacement in my opinion. It is just a good show. I will miss Brenda, Pope, and Gabriel to be sure. I'll miss the relationship with Fritz and Brenda. The good news is "Major Crimes" is developing some new story arcs for us to enjoy and even a few new characters.

It's not unlike work in real life. Every few years..the staff does change.
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Colonel DReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Major Crimes is better than you might think
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Finally completed Season 1 of Major Crimes, the continuation of the much loved The Closer. Really had my doubts that the production team could make this work after losing their strong lead character when Kyra Sedgwick elected to depart. Rehabbing the Sharon Raydor persona into someone likable was no small task, but for this viewer my opinion of Mary McDonnell's unloved Captain is warming up. If you enjoyed the ensemble cast from The Closer it's fun to continue to watch them work together. Some of the smaller parts (Kendall the Coroner, Dr. Morales the pathologist, DA Hobbs) have gotten a bit bigger. Even good old Buzz has more lines than "Yes ma'am" and has a badge! Like some other reviewers I'm not a huge fan of the Rusty Beck character and feel he's a distraction but believe it's part of the strategy to humanize Raydor and make her more appealing to the audience. I keep hoping we'll wrap up his story arc and move on but from watching the show creator's comments in the special features they love this kid so he's not going anywhere any time soon. So no, it's not The Closer but this is still an entertaining show and I'm looking forward to Season 2 and 3. They've been renewed for Season 4 so someone's watching and I'll be one of them.
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ShadowReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'll always miss Brenda but...
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Wow...just finished watching season one of Major Crimes. I don't have TNT so I had to wait until it was out on DVD (I have all the seasons of The Closer) to see it. I preordered it a while ago and I was so happy to finally get it. What do I think? Well...it is missing a little pizzazz, but it has all the elements of a great show in the making. The first couple of episodes I was waiting for something really big to happen. This show kind of sneaks up on you because I think it's very subtle in the way they close their cases. It's not like The Closer when there's a big moment for Brenda and we just know she's going in for the kill. I always liked the characters in The Closer and I had hoped I would see them at their best (from a writing standpoint, because their acting is always great) in Major Crimes. I think MC brings out different things in these guys (and women) than The Closer did. It's good though. Really good! Love the addition of Sykes, I think she has a rich full background that will be fun to see emerge. She seems to hold her own with the guys now, and I really like that there isn't too much conflict between any of them. They could have made it really hard for Raydor to get these guys to go with the flow but it's much nicer to see that they all have her back. I never thought I would be cheering for Sharon Raydor but wow Mary Mcdonnell's acting is so terrific. The addition of Rusty gives us a chance to see a completely different side to her. She's vulnerable and so darn strong at the same time. My biggest gripe is with the periodic pop in of Fritz. Fritz was such a well written character in TC but now it just seems like they bring him on to show us he's still around. He's such a good actor and he should have a more important part to play. I would like to see him more often and in a much larger roll. I miss him! I'll preorder Season Two as soon as it's available and I really hope there are more seasons to come.
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Brenda KrekelerReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding ! ! ! !
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I really enjoyed The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. I thought sure I would miss her terriblly and dislike Mary McDonnell. I was wrong. The first season with Major Crimes with Mary McDonnell was very good. As each episode continued through the season, I grew to like her character much better as she softened a bit with Rusty. Her defense of her squad also added to her appeal. Now I am eager to see Major Crimes Season Two. Really wonderful to continue to have all the characters from The Closer continue in their same characterizations. G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin (Rusty) & Jon Tenney. Great !
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reynard61Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not your average Police Procedural!
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I was introduced to the show "The Closer" about halfway into the second Season. (Just after the squad was renamed from "Priority Homicide" to "Major Crimes Division".) I liked Kyra Sedgwick's idiosyncratic steel magnolia, L.A.P.D. Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, and the retinue of cops and family members that helped -- and sometimes complicated -- her murder investigations. One of the problems with her method -- getting criminals to confess to their crimes through a combination of evidence, bluff and a knowledge of Human Nature -- was that sometimes she would have to skirt the bounds of L.A.P.D. ethics in order to get her job done. One crime in particular (the murder of a popular store owner and his son by a gang member) leads to her discovering who the gang member is but, without sufficient evidence for an arrest, being forced to release him -- whereupon he is killed by his own gang in retaliation.

This leads to the introduction of Force Investigation Division (L.A.P.D's version of Internal Affairs) Captain Sharon Raydor ("Battlestar Galactica"'s Mary McDonnell), who has to investigate Brenda's conduct of the case. Throughout the rest of the series, Johnson and Raydor form an uneasy alliance as they try to balance investigation with keeping the squad within ethical and legal boundaries. By the end of "The Closer", Johnson and Raydor have formed a bond of mutual respect, but this is complicated by a spy in the Division, a potentially career-ending lawsuit, and a serial-rapist lawyer who tries to kill Johnson and a young witness.

"Major Crimes" begins with Raydor being "promoted" to head up the titular division (over the objections of Det. Lt. Provenza [ably played by G.W. Bailey], and without an actual raise in pay or rank) while having to take up the job of protecting Rusty Beck (the above-mentioned murder witness) and re-directing Major Crimes from having to depend on confessions to making deals with suspects in order to send them to prison.

The First Season deals mainly with Raydor trying to adjust to the enmity of most of the detectives that she now commands (especially that of Provenza, who believes that he should have gotten promoted and doesn't believe that Major Crimes should make deals), and adjust to having to take care of Rusty -- who is focused on looking for his missing mother in the first half, and whose sordid past complicates his relationship with his biological father in the second half.

The thing that separates "Major Crimes" from most police procedurals is that it never lets you forget that the characters are *Human*; and, as such, the characters react to certain situations in human ways. (i.e. Raydor nearly breaking down in tears after Rusty insults her during a temper tantrum -- and, surprisingly, Lt. Provenza coming to her defense.) Also, the division rallying around Rusty in the last episode and making him part of their "family". (Raydor even gets to show a hint of the badassery that she showed in "The Closer" in a tense showdown with his father.) All this while solving a myriad of crimes from an armed-robbery-gone-bad to a violent kidnapping.

So, yeah; this isn't a straight-up procedural in the tradition of, say, the "Law & Order" franchise. But it is a well-made and well-acted project that feels less like a TV show and more like a series of well-crafted 40-minute-long movies. I'm definitely a fan of this one, and I can't recommend it enough for fellow cop-show fans!
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