Major Crimes

Major Crimes TV series on TNTNetwork: TNT
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: August 13, 2012 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Robert Gossett, Jonathan del Arco, Kearran Giovanni, Jon Tenney, and Graham Patrick Martin.

TV show description:      
This TV series is a continuation of The Closer, following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).

The detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes division are still reeling from Brenda’s leaving and this creates a tough transition for the newly appointed head of the division, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell).

Unlike their previous chief, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a rule-based, more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with whom she works. Raydor’s hardest job, however, will be gaining the full trust and confidence of her detectives, who aren’t quick to forget her long history of internal investigations targeting them and their previous boss.

Especially troublesome is Lieutenant Louie Provenza (G. W. Bailey), the squad’s resident old-timer. He still has a few tricks up his sleeve and has a difficult time taking orders from someone he doesn’t think knows as much as he does. He also likes to bend the rules to avoid doing too much work. Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison) is passionate about his job but sometimes lets his friendship with Provenza get in the way. He always has a wise crack to keep the squad lifted, even in stressful situations.

Lieutenant Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan) is the go-to guy for anything technology related. He thrives on using his expertise to crack cases; the more complex, the better. But he also tends to go overboard on details when explaining things. Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz) is knowledgeable about the complications of gang warfare in Los Angeles and can be a bit intimidating to a suspect. Even when his emotions run high, Sanchez knows how far he can push without crossing the line.

A Civilian Surveillance Coordinator, Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene) is the electronics room technician. In addition, he is the videographer of all crime-scene documentation for the Major Crimes Division. The outdated equipment provided by the LAPD causes Buzz constant frustration, but his instruments often prove useful in cracking a case.

Assistant Chief of Operations Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett) helps the Major Crimes Division on numerous cases. He frequently acts as a press liaison and has proven to be a strong ally for closing cases. Doctor Morales (Jonathan del Arco) is the Medical Examiner for the LA County Coroner’s office.

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) is Brenda’s husband and works as the main liaison between Major Crimes and the FBI.

A newcomer to the Major Crimes division, Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni) is an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. She struggles to prove herself and be taken seriously.

Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin) is a homeless juvenile who ends up living with Raydor after becoming a witness in an important homicide case. His troubled past shapes his unruly character and that doesn’t make Raydor’s transition any easier.

Series Finale:     
Episode TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

  

What do you think? Do you like this spin-off TV series? Is it as good as The Closer?

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  1. K-dee says

    The ensemble cast is the biggest reason I love this show. Just like what happens at every workplace, the characters have transitioned from the dynamic of Brenda Leigh Johnson’s leadership to the very different style of Sharon Raydor. I enjoy when episodes allow different members of the team to step up and work their skills to solve the case. I didn’t think I’d survive losing the Closer, but with strengthening writing I now enjoy the spin off almost as much as the original. I will always miss the smart, sassy interrogations of The Closer, but I’m satisfied with how the crew has moved on. I look forward to Major Crimes for many seasons to come. And, as a former resident, the L.A. streets and landscapes are a bonus.

  2. Norma Dogoda says

    I love the show, although I think The Closer was a smidge better. But, please, lose Rusty. He adds nothing and is a distraction.

  3. hal wilson says

    Major Crimes is a good show. it could be a great show.
    Let’s revert to being a “crime” drama instead of the soap opera incidentals.
    Keep the personal drivel to a minimum, ie Rusty’s troubled role, Provenza’s girl friend, (huh?)
    and Flynn dating Raydor. Are you kidding?
    The format and cast is perfect for prime time crime drama.
    Why are the writers destroying it with these diversions from the crime and its resolution.

  4. says

    YOU HAVE A WINNING SHOW; DON’T THROW IT AWAY. ITS’ AS GOOD AS THE CLOSER; IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE BRENDA LEE JOHNSON AS (FBI PERSON OF AUTHORY) TO SHOW UP ON A REALLY NAIL-BITING EPISODES (like to be continued for about 4 episodes before IT’S SOLVED). THE WRITER’S COULD GET MORE CREATIVE AS SCRIPT’S CONTINUE. PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT CANCELL MAJOR CRIMES. RENEW THIS SHOW FOR SEASON 5; YOU WILL NOT REGREAT IT. HAVE FAITH IN YOUR VIEWERS. JULY 13, 2015 DIANE ROSEMARY HUNTER

  5. Margaret says

    I think this show is great just the way it is. Very entertaining. And Sharon is so nice and calm. I aspire to be that calm. I love this show.

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