The BEST Episodes of Major Crimes

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Network: TNT (US)

Two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell stars in this spin-off of "The Closer", taking the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division into bold new territory. As the new boss, McDonnell's Captain Sharon Raydor is determined to lead the department with a more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with whom she works. The show focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction.

By Any Means: Part 4

#1 - By Any Means: Part 4

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 9, 2018

In the series finale, Lt. Tao, is stuck in a room with a potential bomb. Provenza finally identifies the real Ms. Bechtal, and Major Crimes comes face-to-face for the very last time with Phillip Stroh.

star 8.17
513 votes
Directors: James Duff
Writers: Adam Belanoff, Ralph Gifford
Two Options

#2 - Two Options

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 21, 2014

When SWAT officers working Crime Suppression discover an elderly couple gunned down in their own home, Major Crimes must team up with the LAPD’s Special Operations Bureau to hunt down a killer stalking the city of Los Angeles, and taking hostages along the way.

star 8.15
573 votes
Writers: James Duff, Mike Berchem
Shockwave: Part 1

#3 - Shockwave: Part 1

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 5, 2017

A murder investigation turns explosive while Captain Sharon Raydor duels with Chief Winnie Davis for control of her case as she and her squad try to determine if they are dealing with a terrorist. Meanwhile, Rusty gets some alarming news from Gus.

star 8.10
890 votes
Shockwave: Part 2

#4 - Shockwave: Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 12, 2017

Conclusion: After discovering the identity of the bomber her division has been searching for, Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes squad struggle to determine his next target.

star 8.09
855 votes
White Lies: Part 1

#5 - White Lies: Part 1

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 5, 2016

In attempting to clear up lose ends from their investigation of a gang of White Supremacists, Major Crimes detectives audit the trial of serial killer Dwight Darnell, and end up facing their most deadly case ever while Rusty’s psychologist, Dr. Joe, faces an unexpected confrontation that leaves his life in jeopardy.

star 8.06
793 votes
Writers: James Duff
White Lies: Part 3

#6 - White Lies: Part 3

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 19, 2016

The Major Crimes unit gets closer to the elusive mastermind behind the Dwight Darnell murders; Buzz and Rusty's investigation into the murder of Buzz's father comes to an end.

star 8.06
781 votes
Writers: Carson Moore
White Lies: Part 2

#7 - White Lies: Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 12, 2016

The Major Crimes unit continues to investigate the conspiracy behind Dwight Darnell’s murders and his links to the Zyklon-Brotherhood. Sharon Raydor, disturbed by her own reactions to the case, seeks penance in the Ritual of Confession.

star 8.04
751 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Damani Johnson
Letting It Go

#8 - Letting It Go

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 30, 2014

The violent murder of an alleged rapist gives the squad the emotional task of questioning possible suspects. Meanwhile, Rusty begins to question his mother’s motives as he catches her in a lie.

star 8.03
525 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Damani Johnson
By Any Means: Part 3

#9 - By Any Means: Part 3

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 2, 2018

In the penultimate episode of Major Crimes, Phillip Stroh and his young British accomplice, edge closer and closer to their end game, while Lt. Provenza continues to push Asst. Chief Leo Mason into pouring more resources into the case. Rusty digs up an important clue.

star 7.99
505 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Carson Moore, Damani Johnson
Dead Drop

#10 - Dead Drop

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 15, 2017

A heavy body is found forty feet up a tree surrounded by marijuana when Dr. Morales shows up with his father, a retired detective from Uruguay; Julio Sanchez works to get legal guardianship of Mark Jarvis; Andy Flynn prepares a surprise for Sharon.

star 7.99
840 votes
Directors: Stacey K. Black
Writers: Nick Zayas
Intersection

#11 - Intersection

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 29, 2017

As the war between bikes and cars escalates, Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard deploys Major Crimes to solve a tragic hit and run. Lt. Provenza, frustrated by the never-ending contest to succeed Russell Traylor, contemplates retirement.

star 7.97
869 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Damani Johnson
Poster Boy

#12 - Poster Boy

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 19, 2013

The team works strategically to capture a spree killer who has put everyone on high alert. Trying to solve the case quickly, Raydor is torn between two seemingly right decisions, each of which comes with major consequences. Meanwhile, Rusty is given some extra freedom, but more threats leave him afraid to stray far from home.

star 7.97
632 votes
Writers: Leo Geter
Return to Sender (2)

#13 - Return to Sender (2)

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 13, 2014

The Major Crimes unit draws closer to finding a dangerous serial killer. Rusty faces his biggest challenge yet when he bravely takes the stand against Phillip Stroh. Complicating the case further, the team goes head to head with Linda Rothman, a tough, powerful attorney who doesn't let morals stand in her way of winning a case.

star 7.96
625 votes
Directors: James Duff
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Sanctuary City: Part 5

#14 - Sanctuary City: Part 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 28, 2017

As the case of the St. Joseph's Three leads to its unexpected conclusion, Sharon attempts to balance the case, the arrival of her family and her fast approaching wedding to Lt. Andy Flynn.

star 7.93
593 votes
Directors: Patrick Duffy
Writers: Carson Moore
Leap of Faith

#15 - Leap of Faith

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 29, 2014

Tensions flare when Flynn talks down a jumper, only to discover that he is a sex offender.

star 7.93
432 votes
Directors: Jon Tenney
Writers: Damani Johnson
Cashed Out

#16 - Cashed Out

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 18, 2016

Det. Julio Sanchez's application to become a foster parent is jeopardized by his reactions to a particularly gruesome murder after the Major Crimes Division finds a chopped up body burned to bits in the barbecue pit of an L.A. Park.

star 7.92
758 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Ralph Gifford
Return to Sender (1)

#17 - Return to Sender (1)

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 6, 2014

The squad must work quickly to track down a serial killer before he strikes again. Meanwhile, things get dangerous over a game of chess.

star 7.91
606 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Cutting Loose

#18 - Cutting Loose

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2014

Lt. Mike Tao of Major Crimes finds himself doing double duty when the star of the cop show on which he moonlights as a consultant becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his biggest fan.

star 7.91
520 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Duppy Demetrius
Acting Out

#19 - Acting Out

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 8, 2014

A Hollywood comeback is interrupted when a former child star is found dead on skid row, leaving the director of the actor’s current movie and his manager as prime suspects. Flynn’s daughter comes to visit and the true nature of Sharon and Flynn’s relationship comes to light.

star 7.91
512 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Hindsight: Part 5

#20 - Hindsight: Part 5

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 14, 2016

The threads of seven murders are tied together; the field of suspects is narrowed to three; Mark Hickman confronts the truth about his past; Sharon uses an unreliable witness; Provenza and Patrice solve their wedding issues.

star 7.90
566 votes
Writers: Duppy Demetrius, Mike Berchem
Long Shot

#21 - Long Shot

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 15, 2012

Season Finale. When a peaceful ceremony turns deadly, Major Crimes and the FBI team up to track down a dangerous sniper. And Raydor negotiates a deal that even Provenza can get behind.

star 7.90
860 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Conspiracy Theory: Part 3

#22 - Conspiracy Theory: Part 3

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 19, 2017

While working two seemingly connected murders, the division suddenly uncovers a series of sexual assaults against servers from Tackles. As a new theory about the killer gathers steam, however, an unexpected twist throws Major Crimes off course and Sharon Raydor off- balance.

star 7.90
541 votes
Directors: Stacey K. Black
Writers: Mike Berchem
The Deep End

#23 - The Deep End

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 29, 2013

The media goes into a frenzy over race relations when the body of a young Latino man is found at the home of a white award-winning swimming coach. Flynn struggles with an emotional dilemma on the eve of his daughter's wedding. Kris' mother pays Raydor a visit to discuss some concerns.

star 7.89
589 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Quid Pro Quo

#24 - Quid Pro Quo

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 8, 2017

A case goes sideways at trial when defense attorney Linda Rothman is able to destroy Det. Amy Syke's credibility on the stand. Helping Rothman as a defense investigator is Amy's old nemesis, Mark Hickman.

star 7.89
885 votes
Directors: Sylvain White
Writers: Michael Zara
Down the Drain

#25 - Down the Drain

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 24, 2014

A surrogate adoption gets complicated, leaving one person dead and a lot of people searching for answers. The Major Crimes division gets their hands dirty as they explore LA's underground water system. Sharon works to make Rusty officially part of her family, while he struggles to tell his biological mother (guest star Ever Carradine) about the upcoming adoption.

star 7.89
544 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Duppy Demetrius