What Is "Major Crimes?"?


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"Major Crimes" is a television show that began in 2012 and is sometimes considered a spinoff of "The Closer"; both shows revolve around crime and have dramatic plots. "Major Crimes" is an hour-long series of shows that air on the TNT cable network. Credit for the show's production goes to James Duff, and its stars include Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison.

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"Major Crimes" appeared on TNT just after the ending of "The Closer," which went off the air in August 2012. "Major Crimes" classifies as a crime, mystery and drama show. Its plot revolves around Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell, who assumes leadership of the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division. As head of the division, Raydor replaces a former female chief officer named Brenda Leigh Johnson.

Like many new employees, Raydor finds herself working hard to gain the trust and confidence of her coworkers. She struggles with gaining their acceptance and respect throughout the show's opening season. Simultaneously, she bears the physical and psychological burden of handling some of the police department's most complex cases.

Season II adds complexity as Raydor develops a close personal relationship with a prime witness in an ongoing case. Other actors join the squad in this season, including Emma Rios, portrayed by Nadine Velazquez, who plays the part of the deputy district attorney.

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