The Closer: Season 1 (2005)

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Female detectives are back in style on The Closer, with Kyra Sedgwick as the witty, -- yet often disagreeable -- lead providing surprisingly good entertainment.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2005

Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (series star KYRA SEDGWICK) possesses an offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the country's leading investigators. The CIA-trained detective heads up the Priority Murder Squad (whose name she later changes to Priority Homicide Division), a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Brenda was chosen to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator and an expert at obtaining confessions. When Brenda arrives in Los Angeles from Atlanta, Georgia, she immediately finds herself thrust into a very different way of life. She struggles to get over her past problems while dealing with co-workers who resent the fact that she leapfrogged over many veteran cops to the elevated position of deputy police chief. Her quirky personality and hard-nosed approach to her job immediately irritate her colleagues, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. Although focused on her career, she's also trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to overcome her love of doughnuts, chocolate bars and other snacks and to reignite a personal life that has fallen by the wayside. On the job, Brenda has a great talent for knowing a person's secrets and obtaining confessions, with skills that stem from understanding her own imperfections and experiences. She does whatever it takes to find out the truth, no matter the personal costs. Although she gets some support from her boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (series star J.K. SIMMONS), for the most part she must fend for herself, working alongside her partner, Detective Sergeant David Gabriel (series star COREY REYNOLDS); FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (series star JON TENNEY), a close friend of Brenda's now living in L.A.; Captain Taylor (series star ROBERT GOSSETT), head of the robbery homicide division; Detective Lieutenant Provenza (series star G.W. BAILEY); and Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn (series star TONY DENISON). In her first case since arriving in Los Angeles, Brenda is called upon to investigate a murder at the home of a multimillionaire computer company executive. Brenda pursues leads in her case, eventually focusing on what may be a love affair gone wrong. When forensic evidence uncovers the truth about the victim's mysterious past, Brenda puts her skills to the test and proves to her critics that she is indeed the right woman for the job.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2005

Brenda investigates the unusual murder of Heather Treman (HELEN TUCKER), a high-profile model and the wife of movie star Dean Treman (BRAD ROWE). Despite having a bad sense of direction, Brenda navigates the streets of Los Angeles to track down leads, all of which, at first glance, seem to point to Dean as the culprit. Meanwhile, Brenda meets with her ex-boyfriend Fritz for a friendly dinner and gets the name of the Priority Murder Squad (PMS) changed to the Priority Homicide Division (PHD), trading in one set of initials for a set considerably more desirable.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2005

Brenda investigates the death of a high-priced Russian call girl whose client list reveals the name of Danny Booth (DON McMANUS), an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and close friend of Brenda's boss, Pope. During the investigation, Brenda questions Nick Kozlov (SETH GABEL), who was the deceased woman's boyfriend and is the illegitimate son of a Russian mob boss. Although Brenda suspects either Kozlov or Booth, she halts her investigation into the former when the FBI provides an alibi for where he was on the night of the murder. She later discovers that Kozlov is a pawn in a larger FBI investigation into the Russian mob. However, instead of being thwarted, Brenda vows to probe deeper and outsmart everyone to solve the murder. Meanwhile, Brenda leaves a message for Fritz after their dinner together. She is still unsure if they are merely friends or if their relationship could be romantic.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2005

Brenda follows the trail of a suspected sniper who is assassinating members of the East Side Catorces, one of the city's most notorious gangs. When a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel comes forward at the first crime scene and offers detailed information about the murders, Brenda agrees to work with him secretly to avoid scaring off the suspect. But as the case unravels, she begins to think there is more to the colonel's story than he has revealed. After more killings happen, Brenda asks Fritz to help her catch the sniper.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2005

Brenda investigates the murder of a psychiatrist who has been involved in a controversial clinical trial for a new drug to treat teen depression and anxiety. The trail leads to several possible suspects, from the psychiatrist's partner in the clinical trial to the doctors working for the research company developing the new drug, which has already caused the death of one child. As Brenda continues her investigation, she uncovers a startling connection that ultimately leads her to the murderer. Meanwhile, Brenda's squad learns that she had been charged with sexual misconduct at her last job in Atlanta. And her tentative relationship with Fritz gets complicated when they find themselves in an awkward situation involving a hidden microphone.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2005

Brenda investigates the murder of a U.S. Congresswoman's daughter, who may have been targeted because of an online personal ad involving role-playing in a fantasy "rape" scene. As the investigation unfolds, Brenda becomes a target in a frightening incident that leaves her emotionally and physically shaken.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2005

A date between Brenda and Fritz is interrupted by a call that a prominent judge has been shot and killed. Upon arrival at the crime scene, Brenda learns that the judge's autistic son has disappeared and that the judge's ex-wife is now heading to Los Angeles from Phoenix. Brenda and her team study the judge's case files, hoping to find some clue as to who would murder him. The victim's car is eventually found at the airport, with his son alive and unharmed in the trunk. The boy repeats a series of numbers over and over, puzzling the detectives as to the meaning. But Brenda soon figures out what the numbers are, giving her a crucial lead in her investigation. Meanwhile, Brenda and Fritz continue trying to define their relationship, unsure if they are just friends or if they are indeed dating.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2005

Brenda delves into a case involving an attack on a gay man. The man, who had just been at a bar with his partner, was beaten to death with a baseball bat. After Captain Taylor receives a tip, the team thinks they have found their killer until his alibi clears, forcing Brenda to start her investigation all over to find the real murderer. Meanwhile, the case stirs up passions among the squad members, with Taylor frequently undermining Brenda's authority. Also, Brenda receives some much-needed help from Fritz in dealing with a situation concerning her cat.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2005

A young Mexican girl, whose mother and cousin are illegal immigrants working for a wealthy American family, is found murdered. After an extensive investigation, marred by false leads and a tragic suicide, Brenda heads south of the border to track down and trap the killer by using a key stipulation in Mexican law.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2005

A wealthy octogenarian dies just months after marrying a young stripper. After his widow then dies of an overdose, attention turns towards the butler as a possible suspect. But Brenda, who continues to have problems being accepted by her colleagues, has her sights set on the dead man's three grown children.

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Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson brings an offbeat personality and a tough-as-nails approach to the LAPD's Priority Murder Squad, a special unit that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases.

Critic Reviews for The Closer Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

OK, the plot leaves something to be desired, but make no mistake, what is very good about "The Closer" is the charismatic Sedgwick, as well as the other cast members.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[The Closer] brings a slightly new angle to the glut of police dramas: Rather than relying on CSI-style gadgetry, Closer's kick comes in the knotty conversations Johnson has with her suspects.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Female detectives are in fashion again on television.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Tough female cops on television are no longer a novelty

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

At first glance a nothing-special copshow, The Closer's ad-free premiere actually proves surprisingly entertaining.

Jun 9, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With Sedgwick's unforced charm and her witty iron-fist-meets-velvet-glove performance, The Closer rises to the top of TV's summer bill.

Jun 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With Sedgwick in the lead, the show stands a good chance of becoming something more than the latest CSI clone.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Primetime crime TV has long lacked compelling female bosses who are also the leads on their shows.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Closer... managed to do what it does better than any other crime drama on television: inject wit and personality and heartbreaking human connection into the midst of a thrilling investigational rollercoaster.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Sedgwick's Brenda Johnson is a pleasure to watch; she's full of ticks and traits.

Jul 13, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's just too bad the only way writer James Duff thought to make the character strong was to make her disagreeable.

Jul 13, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Closer: Season 1

  • Sep 11, 2019
    I have rewatched this show so many times, it's one of my favorites!

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