The Best Episodes of Major Crimes

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2018

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

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 8.12
427 votes
Directors: James Duff
Writers: Adam Belanoff, Ralph Gifford
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Return to Sender (2)

#2 - Return to Sender (2)

Season 2 - Episode 19

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 8.09
358 votes
Directors: James Duff
Writers: Adam Belanoff
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Shockwave: Part 1

#3 - Shockwave: Part 1

Season 5 - Episode 20

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 8.03
788 votes
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Shockwave: Part 2

#4 - Shockwave: Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 21

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 8.01
778 votes
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White Lies: Part 3

#5 - White Lies: Part 3

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 7.98
681 votes
Writers: Carson Moore
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Conspiracy Theory: Part 4

#6 - Conspiracy Theory: Part 4

Season 6 - Episode 9

Sharon Raydor must make decisions related to her ongoing health problems while arriving at the solution of a series of murders and sexual assaults.

star 7.98
506 votes
Writers: Duppy Demetrius
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Poster Boy

#7 - Poster Boy

Season 2 - Episode 11

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
363 votes
Writers: Leo Geter
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Conspiracy Theory: Part 3

#8 - Conspiracy Theory: Part 3

Season 6 - Episode 8

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 7.97
489 votes
Writers: Mike Berchem
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By Any Means: Part 3

#9 - By Any Means: Part 3

Season 6 - Episode 12

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 7.96
446 votes
Writers: Damani Johnson, Carson Moore
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White Lies: Part 2

#10 - White Lies: Part 2

Season 5 - Episode 12

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 7.94
653 votes
Writers: Damani Johnson
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Dead Drop

#11 - Dead Drop

Season 5 - Episode 17

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 7.94
770 votes
Writers: Nick Zayas
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Two Options

#12 - Two Options

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 7.93
362 votes
Writers: James Duff, Mike Berchem
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Return to Sender (1)

#13 - Return to Sender (1)

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 7.93
341 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Michael Alaimo
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White Lies: Part 1

#14 - White Lies: Part 1

Season 5 - Episode 11

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 7.92
692 votes
Writers: James Duff
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Hindsight: Part 5

#15 - Hindsight: Part 5

Season 4 - Episode 23

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
471 votes
Writers: Mike Berchem, Duppy Demetrius
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Long Shot

#16 - Long Shot

Season 1 - Episode 10

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
373 votes
Writers: Michael Alaimo
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Sanctuary City: Part 5

#17 - Sanctuary City: Part 5

Season 6 - Episode 5

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 7.89
542 votes
Directors: Patrick Duffy
Writers: Carson Moore
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Flight Risk

#18 - Flight Risk

Season 3 - Episode 1

When a father and his two young children go missing, the squad has to work quickly to find them, while uncovering a slew of terrible family secrets along the way. Meanwhile, Raydor does her best to trust Rusty as he begins to take suspicious trips out on his own.

star 7.86
411 votes
Writers: Michael Alaimo
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Intersection

#19 - Intersection

Season 5 - Episode 19

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 7.85
744 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Damani Johnson
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The Deep End

#20 - The Deep End

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.84
349 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Michael Alaimo
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Zoo Story

#21 - Zoo Story

Season 3 - Episode 10

The LAPD finds itself in a precarious situation during an investigation into the disappearances of a string of young girls from a popular nightclub, leading to a turf battle between The Major Crimes division and the Special Operations Bureau. Fritz Howard remains on the mend from poor health, while Rusty’s mom continues to struggle with the law and her sobriety.

star 7.84
375 votes
Writers: Leo Geter, Jim Leonard
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Dismissed with Prejudice

#22 - Dismissed with Prejudice

Season 1 - Episode 8

When a murder conviction is overturned after eight years, Tao is forced to question his past actions. And Rusty struggles to be himself during his first outing with his father, Daniel Dunn.

star 7.82
358 votes
Directors: Jon Tenney
Writers: Jim Leonard
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By Any Means: Part 2

#23 - By Any Means: Part 2

Season 6 - Episode 11

Unable to locate Stroh in the present, the squad looks for answers in his distant past, hunting for the former Ms. Bechtal. Meanwhile, the squad struggles with Chief Mason, and Rusty grows frustrated with forced proximity to Gus.

star 7.82
473 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Kendall Sherwood
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Do Not Disturb

#24 - Do Not Disturb

Season 3 - Episode 5

A murder committed in a hotel room is investigated and results in some potential international repercussions. Rusty thinks about how to share a huge secret with the rest of the squad.

star 7.82
376 votes
Writers: Ralph Gifford, Carson Moore
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Letting It Go

#25 - Letting It Go

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.81
367 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Damani Johnson
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