Jun 2 2015 12:00pm

Major Crimes Returns with Courage, Murder, and Love

Major Crimes returns to TNT this Monday night, June 8th at 9:00 pm to begin its fourth season. All of the important and favorite characters are returning, including Mary McDonnell and a terrific ensemble cast including G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Raymond Cruz, Kearran Giovani, Jonathan Del Arco and Michael Paul Chan.

This show pulls off a wonderful balance between fascinating murder cases and characters with depth. Nothing beats the bromance between Detectives Flynn and Provenza, the squad’s protectiveness of witness Rusty Beck, who’s now Sharon’s adopted son, and the charm of everyone’s favorite coroner, Dr. Morales. There’s even a former police detective on the writing team to ensure accuracy and provide ideas for cases.

Every season of Major Crimes has a theme. According to show co-creator and executive producer, James Duff, the theme of the 2015 season is courage. Many of the major characters in the show will be given the chance to be courageous…or fall short.

Of course, since most of the team investigates major crimes – murder, rape, incest – every week you might think that’s courageous enough, but for Duff it’s just the beginning.

McDonnell’s character, Captain Sharon Raydor, will need the courage to continue to raise and counsel her newly adopted teenage son, Rusty Beck. She’ll also need courage as she figures out if her relationship with police colleague, Lieutenant Andy Flynn is romantic and what she wants. Last season’s finale had both her and Flynn starting to realize that their relationship had the potential to be romantic. But she’s already had one bad marriage, and any office romance can be complicated. Captain Raydor isn’t the only one who needs courage.

This season will see Detective Julio Sanchez (Cruz) returning from a suspension for using excessive force, but we have to wonder if his anger issues are truly under control. Buzz Watson, the department techie, played by Phillip P. Keene, will train to be a civilian police officer and now he’ll want to contribute to Major Crimes cases with what he’s learned. Will anyone take his new knowledge seriously? Rusty Beck will have to adjust to the fact that the serial killer who wanted to kill him from behind bars is now free — because the arch-villain, Phillip Stroh (played by Billy Burke) pulled off a brilliant escape at the end of last season.

Fans of the precursor to Major Crimes, called The Closer, will remember Stroh as the man Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson shot through her famous black purse in an epic fight in The Closer's finale.  And speaking of Brenda, many fans have repeatedly asked Duff if Kyra Sedgwick will reprise her role. He says that she is under contract for a guest appearance, and they just haven’t decided when it will happen. In the meantime, you can see Sedgwick in one of my favorite comedies, Brooklyn Nine Nine, playing another Deputy Chief in a recurring role as Madeline Wuntch.

If you’ve never watched Major Crimes but like character driven mysteries that ring true, I recommend that you start with Season 1. If you’ve never watched The Closer, I recommend that you start at the beginning of that show and watch all eight seasons. Both shows are that good.

If you’re a fan of the show, you may want to drop by the Major Crimes Facebook page on Monday’s from 8 – 9 Eastern time. Executive Producer James Duff regularly holds a chat where he will answer fans' questions and sometimes one or two actors from the show will join him. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the how the show comes together. It also shows what great respect Duff and his crew have for the Major Crimes audience.

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Thomas Walker
1. twalker
my wife and I watch all the time. we loved the closer too!
Susan Gainen
2. susangainen
One of my favorites. Glad to see the Closer characters continue.
Anna Mills
4. Anna Mills
I would be very happy to win this because I honestly do have a DVD player; I really do! And it is a useful thing to have; if I won this DVD.
Gordon Bingham
5. gordonbingham
the interplay among the detectives brings back fond memories of my former career.
Michael Carter
6. rubydog
Yes! Please enter me in this sweep. Thanks --
Rosemary Krejsa
7. grandpa5
I enjoy both the Closer and Major Crimes. I like that the characters have so much depth. The interaction among the group is realistic.
Marisa Young
8. Risa
I love this show and all of its characters. Thanks for the "heads up" on the coming season.
David Siegel
9. Skipper50
I need to catch up with this great sequal to The Closer.
10. LabRat517
I watched every episode of The Closer and wondered if the spin off would work. I'm glad I tried Major Crimes because I think its better. I love the interplay with the characters and now that's the focus.
William Hamilton
13. billham68
We just discovered Major Crimes and are Netflixing our way through Seasons 1 and 2. Look forward to Season 3.
Lori Provenzano
14. Mountainesque
Unfortunately, I've missed a few episodes along the way. Love to watch this series as intended!
Leslye Lowder Frazer
16. leslye@bellsouth.net
Love this show and would love to win the DVR set. Can't wait for season 4!
18. blclcc1
Loved Closer, love this one too! Would love to win a season on DVD!!!
Andra Dalton
19. andra77
Was a faithful follower of The Closer as well as with Major Crimes!!! Can't wait for the new season to start next week so excited!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!!:)
Sue Leonhardt
20. coccotoro
I would love to watch the series. Thanks for posting! Have a great day.
John Clark
21. sennebec
Great series. I'd love to get this season.
22. Sistermary
Great series!!
24. Superbkwmn1992
I'm a huge fan of both Major Crimes and The Closer. I'd love a copy of Season 3. Thank you!
25. DebP
A major follower of the series here. Wish me luck!
Regina Marlborough
26. marjeannie
Love to see the character vs crime balance. GW Bailey is the best.
Robin Weatherington
27. rawfish
The complete 3rd season on DVD would be great!
Pam Gibson
29. Jessara
Tension, humor, tricky plots, credible characters- yes please, I would like to win.
Peter W. Horton Jr.
30. mosaix
It will be a Major Crime if I don't win! Yes!
31. joanie13b
love the show and woul love to win!!
Susan Crawford
32. atsev7
Mary McDonnell is great and so are the rest of the actors. It will be nice to see Kyra Sedgwick when she returns in a guest role.
Beth Talmage
35. wordygirl
I'm fascinated that each season has a theme. I'd love to know what the previous season's themes were.
Clydia DeFreese
36. clydia
I have all the Closer series, and some of Major Crimes. I loved "Brenda" and I'm still getting used to Sharon. She really needs "hair" help! The whole cast is a great ensemble...especially Flynn and Provenza. I am bored with the Philip Stroh and Rusty angle. I'll be glad when the writers move on.....I can't even imagine Sharon with Flynn. I still remember his early episodes. Provenza is probably my favorite character. I'd love to win this sweepstakes.....Thanks for having such a great prize!!!
Doris Calvert
37. dewinner
I have not seen this but love these kind of shows! I find them exciting and I would love to read and watch them
Cindy Hipolito
38. mysuccess
Watched every episode of 'The Closer' and when 'Major Crimes' was brought in, I watched every episode of that as well. Thanks for the giveaway!
Susan Pertierra
39. orchidlady01
I haven't seen thsi show yet but it sounds like one I would like.
Sharon Faith Graves
40. sharonfgraves
I love this show. I am excited for it to come back for Season 4. Often I think that I even like Major Crimes more than I liked The Closer.
Betsy Whitmarsh
41. Yogamom67
LOVED The Closer and LOVE Major Crimes! Would be thrilled to read a book-tie-in!
Gary Anderson
42. gwander
I have been watching an episode of The Closer every morning for the last few weeks. Major Crimes is every bit as good.
Terrie Farley Moran
43. Terrie
Love, love, love Major Crimes. Can't wait for Monday.
Joyce Mitchell
44. JoyceLm
Love this series - thanks for the chance to win.
sharon arnold
45. ladybug66
This would be a perfect birthday present! ~ Please pick me because I just know my hubby will forget what I want :)
Michael Papagermanos
46. MPAndonee
I am down with that... I have not ever won anything.
48. Barbara Godoi
Major Crimes is the best show ever!!! Watched The Closer since the beginning and loved it, but Major Crimes is much better, especially because of Mary McDonnell... what a great actress, just love her so much and can't wait to see Sharon's relationship with Flynn, Shandy is awesome!!!
Brenda Tucker
49. rango3
Love The Closer, sorry to see it go, love Major Crimes also, especially the relationships involved, would really love to win.
patricia gibby
50. pgibby1
Haven't seen this, but willing to try
52. Jacquie Fiedler
I have the other two seasons on DVD and would love to win the third. Cut to the chase. Pick me. :)
55. Brenda Crider
Started at the beginning with The Closer and continued right into Major Crimes.....both are all time favorite shows! Anxiously awaiting the start of the new season! Wish it could be on EVERY week!!!!!
L Peters
59. leepcat
we don't get that series here and I enjoy it when I see it. would love to win a copy. thanks
Juanita Foster
60. J.R.
I don't have cable any longer and would love to catch up on the season I missed. Thanks for the opportunity.
62. Anne Scott
Love the show
Sallie Jones
64. vickibliss
It is a joy to watch something so well written.
Christi Easter
67. MommyEaster
Major Crimes is the best!! Have watched it since it started and counting down until its return on the 8th!
Anne Patrick
68. Icewineanne
Sounds like a terrific show! Hopefully I'm one of the lucky winners :-)
69. Shan
Huge fan of The Closer and did not think I would like Major Crimes. But I like it even more. Sharon Raydor was unlikeable in the previous series but she has evolved into such a great character with more complexity and depth than Brenda Johnson. The Rusty Beck character is a great addition to the show though there is dislike by some fans. Hope there are more seasons to come.
70. Kenia
Thanks for the opportunity, my Husband is fan of the show =)
meg e dobson
71. meg_evonne
Actually missed The Closer but found season one ep one of Major Crimes and haven't missed a single episode. Season four looms awesome! It's the perfect mix of character and plot. Be there Monday.
Theresa Dell
72. Ziggywag
Love this show. It continues where the closer left off. Haven't missed an episode yet.
75. Dawn K
awesome prize
78. Randy A
Would enjoy this show, thanks for offering a chance to win
79. Bill Monson
Watched every episode of 'The Closer' and when 'Major Crimes' was brought in, I watched every episode of that as well. Thanks for the giveaway!
Carl White
83. CarlWhiteEntry
I do love watching me some Major Crimes, great show. But even better, Minor Crimes, ratings are not that great but you should really check it out.
Karen Martin
84. tattwo
Major Crimes is a great show. Thanks for the giveaway.
85. Erica B.
Great show!
86. ascime
Both great shows! Would love to win!
Tawney Mazek
89. tmaze
I've never seen Major Crimes - sounds very good.
Karen Drake
93. karenldrake
I am really looking forward to watching this show.
Linda Knowles
94. strigoivii
Haven't watched this yet...would love to!
Holly Kennedy
95. hollyrebecca
Would love to watch this with my husband.
96. BD Ramsey
This show is one of the best on TV. The story telling, the acting, the action...all great.
Ria Andrews
99. reallyreal1
Would love to win this, thanks for the chance!
Nancy Luebke
103. ndluebke
I really enjoy this kind of show. I think I've seen most of the closer's episodes. Not as many of the other.
Felita Daniels
104. Felita
thanks for this post and the opportunity to win! I love the show and thought it should have more episodes for the season, but couldn't find a listing for new shows that I hadn't seen already.
lynette thompson
107. LYNETTE52
Love this TV show, great writing.
daniel thornton
109. greatrase3
I have never seen the show but, woud like to see it.
Jerry Marquardt
110. versatileer
Thank you for giving all of us the chance to win this fine giveaway of Deborah Lacy.
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111. tmckee
I would love to win this. Thank you for the chance.
112. Leah Shumack
Loved watching The Closer! Would definitely love to check this out!
Kristen Hendricks
113. Winterfan3
I have only seen a couple of episodes of Major Crimes, but have basically enjoyed all of the episodes I've seen and would like to win the complete third season of the show on DVD so I can see even more episodes of it. I think my dad would also enjoy being able to see more episodes of the show, too, especially since he was a big fan of The Closer. Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!
114. Shea Balentine
Love it! Thanks for the chance! =)
Brian Eason
115. brianpiero
Thank You for the giveaway…still catching up with season 2 !
Betty Curran
116. willitara
Love the show but never get to watch due to work schedule.
Donna Jacoby
121. Donna Jacoby
I've loved this show since I first saw it--great spinoff from The Closer. Thank you for the giveaway!
Kathleen Gereg
123. kgereg
I've never watched this series...Now, how did I miss it?? I love to watch all types of crime programs!
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