Major Crimes (2012–2018)
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Fifth Dynasty 

The violent death of a tough judge's son sets Major Crimes upon a white supremacist biker gang currently in the judge's court. Gustavo must choose between two unappealing choices regarding his sister Paloma.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), Kendall Sherwood | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Tony Denison ... Andy Flynn
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Kearran Giovanni ... Amy Sykes
Graham Patrick Martin ... Rusty Beck
Patricia Wettig ... Judge Virginia Ryan
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Chuck Cooper
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall
Rene Rosado ... Gus Wallace
Sonya Leslie ... Cynthia
Nick Clifford ... Sean Farrell
Mac Brandt ... Kenny


After Major Crimes identifies a murder victim as the son of a State Superior Court Judge known for being tough on criminals, the squad hunts through her current case load, which involves an Aryan motorcycle gang. Much to their surprise, the case also involves the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy related to the judge.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Louie Provenza: Gustavo, I know it seems unfair but sometimes older brothers... sometimes older brothers have to make sacrifices for their younger siblings.
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Major Crimes End Credits Theme
Written by James S. Levine
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It's Our Favorite Show
27 August 2015 | by plazalizSee all my reviews

We loved The Closer, and Major Crimes is even better. Different and better. A couple reviewers have said they weren't sure about Graham Patrick Martin, i.e,, Rusty. I completely disagree. That guy can act. A gamut of emotions runs across his face in every episode and sucks the audience right into what he's feeling at that moment, bringing the viewer as close to empathy as possible. There have been a couple times I've thought he was maybe just a little too irritated into borderline disrespectful when told to help or do something, especially considering how much he's been given, even taking into account his age and background. However, the dynamic of Rusty's and Sharon's (Mary McDonnell) relationship has been outstanding. It is important to keep it as a subplot though and make sure the crime drama is the clear priority, but with that in mind, Rusty has been more than a worthwhile addition. I've always been a fan of McDonnell, and her acting depth and range add so much to her character, to the show. Her facial expressions/eyes, relate emotions that the best writers would have difficulty describing. She communicates her tough as nails demeanor when her job calls for it, and incredible ability to simultaneously give Rusty instructions or whatever he needs in some extremely intense moments with little to no impatience and always effectively exhibits her love for him. She makes clear her expectations and consequences but gives space and respect. Most female viewers as well as many make viewers appreciate getting to know more about the characters personal lives, to know what makes them tick and why they might do some of the things they do on the job. Every one of the actors/characters is terrific. The detailed, brainiac, conscientious, loving husband/father, techno-geek Mike Tao played by (Michael Paul Chan) is an absolute doll and hysterical. Watching Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz) is like being in a raft on a white-water river excursion. He is steady and calm one moment, wild and unpredictable the next, but underneath it all is a loyal, compassionate, generous and unpretentious soul. There is a distinct impression that the anger derives from years of observing heinous crimes, and an unusually sensitive nature that makes it difficult to process the injustices he witnesses. Buzz (Phillip Keene) is another doll. It's been fun to see his character develop and understand that he has integrity through his bones and an old-fashioned work ethic that blends with his contemporary tech savvy expertise making him every employer's dream. Amy (Kearran Giovani) comes across as a unique mix of vulnerability, beauty and special ops commando. She has a mysterious, maybe even troubled (effects of war?) layer just under the surface. I loved the recent episode where she was going to risk getting into trouble, risk being misunderstood, to protect the young girl who witnessed a murder. She did a great job portraying the inevitable conflicts anyone in that situation would face. Captain Taylor (Robert Gossett) has made me want to shake him and hug him, taken me to the heights of frustration to jaw-dropping incredibility at his sneaky stunts or out of nowhere charm. I have often become aware that while watching him I have a half smile, and shaking my head like we can often do with a teen-aged son who is just full of p and vinegar but couldn't imagine our lives without him. He never fails to entertain. Jon Tenney is wonderful - so glad he's agreed to appearances throughout the season. Love/hate the DAs, hoped someone would kick Emma Rios in the rear a couple of times. Always love seeing Jeri Ryan and Malcolm-Jamal Warner is a really great treat every time he's on. And then.... then we have Flynn (Tony Denison) and Provenza (G.W. Bailey). How can I mention one without the other? They are both an absolute delight. Provenza is such a perfect happy curmudgeon, and Flynn his partner in crime, sometimes affable, sometimes a curmudgeon without the happy have made me laugh out loud more regularly than any characters in any show. I love love love the personal glimpses into their relationships outside work. Provenza was very believable in the episode where he put furniture in storage "just in case" before he moved in with his girlfriend. He is adorable as the boyfriend of whomever. In Flynn it has been absolutely incredible to have a character living with sobriety doing his best to implement the 12 steps in his everyday life and Tony has been fabulous. He portrays an innocence, or boyishness that isn't childish, but someone who hasn't lost child-like wonder, while at the same time makes the viewer believe he can take care of the tough stuff. He's great looking and doesn't come across as though he's aware of it, and just warmly charismatic. He is the perfect show-match for Sharon. Better not bungle that.

The plots have been great and each year I believe most of them have a more interesting story-line than the year before. There are a few million of us who look forward to this show more than any other during the week. We work hard and have challenges like most people do, and it's so nice to be able to escape into another world for an hour a week that doesn't insult intelligence, has characters you'd like to get to know, and stories that make you want more. Thank you James Duff for giving us so many years of classy and fun entertainment, really it's been such a great ride. Here's to a surge of creativity and many more years of sharing your amazing talent with a deeply appreciative audience.

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