|Created by||James Duff|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||105 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 13, 2012 –|
January 9, 2018
|Preceded by||The Closer|
Major Crimes is an American television police procedural series starring Mary McDonnell. It is a continuation spin-off of The Closer, set in the same police division. It premiered on TNT August 13, 2012, following The Closer's finale.
In January 2017, during Major Crimes's fifth season, TNT renewed the series for a 13-episode sixth season. On October 3, the network announced the sixth season would be its last. Series star McDonnell commented on Instagram, "as many of you have stated, this was not a surprise. The writing was clearly on the wall. Trying to make sense of TNT's choices is an activity that James Duff and Mike Robin and all of us have been engaged in for a long time." The final season premiered on October 31, 2017, and ended on January 9, 2018, wrapping the series with 105 episodes.
Following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson from the Los Angeles Police Department, Captain Sharon Raydor is selected as the new head of its Major Crimes Division. Throughout Season 1, she faces the challenge of earning the trust and loyalty of her officers, who are still in shock over Johnson's exit, while trying to close the department's highest-profile cases. Ambitious young detective Amy Sykes also joins the Major Crimes Division.
Raydor decides to house Rusty Beck, the key witness for the Philip Stroh (Billy Burke) case, in her own home, paying for him to attend the Catholic high school her grown children once attended. In Season 2, Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios is introduced as part of the prosecution team on the Stroh case.
The series stars numerous cast members continuing in their roles from The Closer, including actors Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Robert Gossett, Jonathan Del Arco and Jon Tenney.
Cast and characters
Main cast and characters
- Mary McDonnell as Captain, later Commander Sharon Raydor, commanding officer of the Major Crimes Division. Prior to transferring to Major Crimes, Raydor was already a Captain in the Force Investigation Division.
- G. W. Bailey as Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza, second-in-command of Major Crimes.
- Tony Denison as Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn
- Michael Paul Chan as Detective Lieutenant Michael Tao
- Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez
- Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes
- Phillip P. Keene as Civilian Surveillance Coordinator Buzz Watson (later Reserve Officer/Reserve Detective)
- Graham Patrick Martin as Russell "Rusty" Beck, Sharon Raydor's adopted son
- Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Fernando Morales, Los Angeles County Deputy Medical Examiner (season 2–6; recurring season 1)
- Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, Assistant Chief of Operations (seasons 2–5; recurring season 1)
- Jon Tenney as Deputy Chief Fritz Howard, retired FBI Special Agent; currently Deputy Chief of the LAPD Special Operations Bureau, who served temporarily as the Acting Assistant Chief of Operations (season 3–6; recurring seasons 1–2)
- Leonard Roberts as Assistant Chief Leo Mason, Taylor's replacement as Assistant Chief of Operations (season 6; recurring season 5)
- Daniel Di Tomasso as Detective Wes Nolan, an undercover detective on temporary duty with Major Crimes (season 6; recurring season 5)
- Jessica Meraz as Detective Camila Paige (season 6)
Recurring cast and characters
- Kathe Mazur as Deputy District Attorney Andrea Hobbs
- Nadine Velazquez as Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios (seasons 2–3, 6)
- Ransford Doherty as Medical Examiner's Investigator Kendall
- Billy Burke as Phillip Stroh, a cunning lawyer and serial killer who resurfaces periodically (season 3, 6)
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Lieutenant Chuck Cooper, head of the LAPD's Special Investigation Section (season 2–5)
- Ever Carradine as Sharon Beck, Rusty's biological mother (season 3–5)
- Bill Brochtrup as Dr. Joe Bowman, Rusty's therapist, an occasional consultant with the Major Crimes unit (seasons 2–6)
- Rene Rosado as Gustavo Wallace, Rusty's boyfriend (seasons 4–6)
Development and production
On December 10, 2010, TNT announced that the upcoming seventh season of The Closer would be the show's last. The channel said the decision to retire the show was made by Kyra Sedgwick. On January 30, 2011, it was announced the final season would add six episodes to the usual 15-episode order, the final six being the build toward a possible spin-off series. On May 18, 2011, TNT announced the spin-off, entitled Major Crimes and starring Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, had been picked up for a 10-episode season.
Following an average of over 7 million viewers for its first season, TNT renewed Major Crimes for a 15-episode second season on September 27, 2012, which the network increased to 19 episodes in April 2013. Season 2 premiered on June 10, 2013. The series was renewed for a third season of 15 episodes on August 15, 2013, which aired from June 9, 2014, through January 12, 2015. On July 18, 2014, TNT renewed Major Crimes for a 15-episode fourth season, later expanded to 23 episodes, which aired from June 8, 2015, to March 14, 2016. On December 15, 2015, TNT renewed the series for a 13-episode fifth season, On June 22, 2016, TNT ordered eight additional episodes for season five, bringing the total to 21. On January 18, 2017, the series was renewed for a 13-episode sixth season, clarified in October as the final season, which aired from October 31, 2017, to January 9, 2018.
As of January 9, 2018,[update] 105 episodes of Major Crimes have aired.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||August 13, 2012||October 15, 2012|
|2||19||June 10, 2013||January 13, 2014|
|3||19||June 9, 2014||January 12, 2015|
|4||23||June 8, 2015||March 14, 2016|
|5||21||June 13, 2016||April 12, 2017|
|6||13||October 31, 2017||January 9, 2018|
Newsday's Verne Gay gave the series a B+ grade, calling it "sharply written, acted and directed", adding "producers now have to turn an (occasional) antagonist into a full-time protagonist. Let the metamorphosis begin."
Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times called the series a "nice balance between the tragic and comic", citing Mary McDonnell's performance as "modulated and cool, but with a blue-flame intensity".
Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker thought there were "fundamental distinctions" between The Closer's Brenda Leigh Johnson and Major Crimes' Sharon Raydor that "render the shows very different", adding "I've always found Raydor's serene assurance a palliative to the twitchy eccentricity of Kyra Sedgwick's Johnson."
Mike Hale of The New York Times thought the series "[made] the dullest character from the old show the central figure of the new one," adding "Major Crimes feels like a reasonably sharp black-and-white copy of The Closer, but fans of the franchise are likely to miss the color provided by Ms. Sedgwick’s vivid performance."
The first episode, helped by the final episode of The Closer airing beforehand, had 9.5 million viewers, the largest viewership for a series premiere on basic cable. Its first season ratings were the highest for any new show on cable.
Major Crimes airs on TNT in the United States. In Canada, it was aired on Super Channel from August 22, 2012 to 2016. In Australia it airs on 9Gem. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Major Crimes began airing on Universal Channel on March 18, 2013.
In late 2016, Major Crimes entered broadcast syndication in the United States.
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