Major Crimes: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
Major Crimes

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Major Crimes is the salient, well-constructed continuation of The Closer.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 30

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Air date: Aug 13, 2012

In the series premiere, there is little time for adjustment as the department rushes to reach a plea bargain when a string of grocery store robberies turns fatal. After proving to be a valuable source for the case, undercover police detective and military veteran Detective Amy Sykes (series star KEARRAN GIOVANNI) is transferred to Major Crimes. Meanwhile, Raydor takes a big step to protect teenager Rusty Beck (series star GRAHAM PATRICK MARTIN) after he runs away from his foster family.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2012

Growing pains within Major Crimes become apparent as the division works to obtain justice in a brutal homicide that turns out to be more complicated than expected. Raydor struggles to gain the respect of her colleagues while also trying to supervise Rusty 24/7. The changes within the department may become more than Provenza can accept.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2012

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.

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Air date: Sep 3, 2012

A homicide case involving the Israeli mob and a self-proclaimed intuitive life strategist (guest star MICHAEL WEATHERLY NCIS) leads Major Crimes to partner with the FBI. Plus, Provenza opens up to a suspect in a rare display of vulnerability and Rusty's first day of school doesn't go as planned.

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Air date: Sep 10, 2012

In a case involving a kidnapping-turned-homicide, the squad is pressured to work quickly before anyone else is hurt. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Hobbs (recurring guest star KATHE MAZUR The Closer) becomes a valuable resource in the case. Meanwhile, DNA evidence proves that Rusty is more closely connected to the justice system than anyone might have expected.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2012

When a fatal shooting occurs in gang territory, Captain Raydor makes a bold move that could jeopardize her career and put Detective Sykes in harm's way. Meanwhile, Rusty makes it clear that he doesn't care to meet his biological father.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2012

In a case where political agendas rise to the forefront, Major Crimes has a tough time keeping important confidential facts from leaking. Making matters even more difficult for Captain Raydor, the Department of Children and Family Services makes a shocking discovery concerning Rusty. Recurring guest star IAN BOHEN (Teen Wolf, Breakout Kings) appears as Daniel Dunn.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2012

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 (recurring guest star IAN BOHEN).

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Air date: Oct 8, 2012

A man from Las Vegas is found dead after an apparent overdose, but the facts become unclear as gritty details begin to unfold. Meanwhile, a series of strange events leaves Rusty and Raydor wondering if Dunn (recurring guest star IAN BOHEN) can be trusted.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2012

In the first season's finale, 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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Tv Season Info

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.

Critic Reviews for Major Crimes Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

The series is off to a muddled start.

Aug 13, 2012 | Full Review…

I'm cautiously optimistic.

Aug 13, 2012 | Full Review…

This handoff is clean.

Aug 13, 2012 | Full Review…

It just could be that very rare occasion when a spinoff equals or even exceeds the quality of the original.

Aug 13, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A sharply written, acted and directed start that will hook fans immediately.

Aug 13, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Here's one thing you don't do: replace the star by making the dullest character from the old show the central figure of the new one.

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Major Crimes is more personal and that is what makes the show work.

Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

McDonnell makes a powerful center to build a show around, and she's utterly relatable as a strong woman doing her level best in a very difficult job.

Aug 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Major Crimes displays both the strengths and the weaknesses of its predecessor, not surprisingly, since it comes from the same production team, and features almost the same cast.

Aug 13, 2012 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Comfort food for longtime fans in its solid whodunit structure and rhythms.

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In its first hour, at least, "Major Crimes" appears to be making a pretty seamless transition.

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"The Closer" may be moving on, but she's left the franchise in good hands.

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Audience Reviews for Major Crimes: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Amazing! You have to watch major crimes. And Mary McDonnell is just the best, spectacular actress!
  • Apr 24, 2017
    The greatest show ever!!!
  • Aug 22, 2016
    Tempers the wit of The Closer with touches of pragmatism and heart. Better than its predecessor.

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