"Major Crimes" is about law enforcement officers and prosecutors working together on high-profile crimes. It follows Captain Sharon Raydor as she leads the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
"Major Crimes" is a spinoff of "The Closer," and it premiered after that series ended. It picks up after Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the main character of "The Closer," chooses to leave the department. Raydor is chosen to replace her. She has to earn the trust of her officers, who are still dealing with the unexpected departure of Johnson.
Each season of "Major Crimes," as of 2015, has had a theme. The theme of season one is fairness. Season two's theme is identity, and season three's theme is expectations.
Mary McDonnell stars as Sharon Raydor. G.W. Bailey plays Louie Provenza, Tony Denison plays Andy Flynn and Michael Paul Chan plays Michael Tao, three lieutenant detectives in the Major Crimes Division. Other stars include Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes and Phillip P. Keene as Civilian Surveillance Coordinator Buzz Watson.
"Major Crimes" premiered on Aug. 13, 2012. The show has received positive reviews, with multiple critics noting the acting of McDonnell, and its ratings in 2012 were the highest for a scripted cable drama.