The WORST Episodes of Major Crimes

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2021

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.

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#1 - Reloaded

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 13, 2012

The department is still reeling with the recent departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson, creating a tough transition for the newly appointed head of Major Crimes, Captain Sharon Raydor. But there is little time for adjustment as the department rushes to reach a plea bargain when a string of grocery store robberies turns fatal. After proving to be a valuable source for the case, undercover police detective and military veteran Detective Amy Sykes is transferred to Major Crimes. Meanwhile, Raydor takes a big step to protect teenager Rusty Beck after he runs away from his foster family.

star 7.26
1,389 votes
Writers: James Duff
Targets of Opportunity

#2 - Targets of Opportunity

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 20, 2015

After a shooting leaves two LA police officers dead, the Major Crimes unit must work with the Deputy Chief of the LAPD Special Operations Bureau, Fritz Howard, to piece together a high stakes case involving a fugitive witness. Meanwhile, Rusty works with the team on the case in order to secretly gather more background information to support his own, journalistic investigation into the life of the girl who called herself Alice Herrera..

star 7.39
590 votes
Reality Check

#3 - Reality Check

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 16, 2015

Sharon and the team investigate a murder during the taping of a reality competition show pitting married couples against each other. The case has a profound effect on Sanchez, bringing back memories of his late wife. Meanwhile, Rusty meets Slider's lawyer.

star 7.41
549 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Michael Alaimo
False Pretenses

#4 - False Pretenses

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 17, 2013

A complex murder-suicide case has the department reeling. Meanwhile, when Rusty receives a mysterious and threatening letter Emma demands that he be relocated. Torn between her desire to protect Rusty and professional duty to the case, Raydor is forced to seriously consider Emma’s request.

star 7.43
729 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Wish You Were Here

#5 - Wish You Were Here

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 3, 2015

The division investigates an online video of a bloodied, half-naked man walking down a street with a gun. Meanwhile, Rusty at last finds Alice Herrera's brother and reaches out to Sharon for help.

star 7.45
525 votes
Personal Effects

#6 - Personal Effects

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 13, 2015

When the squad comes across a pile of bones, they fall into a web of connections as they find their victim has an unnerving past. Rusty continues to pursue his investigation of the Alice case with the help of a new friend. Meanwhile, Rusty also gets roped into helping Provenza make a major move.

star 7.45
603 votes
Final Cut

#7 - Final Cut

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 10, 2013

The squad scrambles to garner a confession when the pregnant wife of a big-time film director is found murdered. Meanwhile, just as things seem to fall into place under Raydor’s leadership, new Deputy D.A. Emma Rios challenges Raydor’s intentions as Rusty’s guardian.

star 7.45
861 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Leo Geter
The Ecstasy and the Agony

#8 - The Ecstasy and the Agony

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 3, 2012

The unit joins forces with the FBI when a homicide case spins around the Israeli mob and an "intuitive life strategist." Elsewhere, Provenza displays his vulnerable side, and Rusty's first school day takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.46
865 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Under the Influence

#9 - Under the Influence

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 24, 2013

A meddling television writer-producer accompanies Sanchez and Tao on a ride-along so he can get an inside look at the LAPD. But what starts out as a simple outing quickly gets out of hand. And Rusty employs some unfair help when his teacher makes him re-write an essay.

star 7.49
767 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: Duppy Demetrius
Thick as Thieves

#10 - Thick as Thieves

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 7, 2015

With Flynn on desk duty as he recovers from injuries, Sharon and the team investigate the murder of a fugitive diamond thief whose body was found by his bail bondsmen. Rusty is put in a tight spot when his relationship with Slider is discovered by Marianna's brother.

star 7.49
583 votes
Directors: Jon Tenney
Writers: Kendall Sherwood
Before and After

#11 - Before and After

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 20, 2012

Growing pains within Major Crimes become apparent as the division works to obtain justice in a brutal homicide that turns out to be more complicated than expected. Raydor struggles to gain the respect of her colleagues while also trying to supervise Rusty 24/7. The changes within the department may become more than Provenza can accept.

star 7.51
1,014 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Steven Kane
Fifth Dynasty

#12 - Fifth Dynasty

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 10, 2015

After Major Crimes identifies a murder victim as the son of State Superior Court Judge known for being tough on criminals, the squad hunts through her current case load, which involves an Aryan motorcycle gang and, much to their surprise, connected to the disappearance of a thirteen-year-old boy.

star 7.53
567 votes
Taking the Fall

#13 - Taking the Fall

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 23, 2015

The Major Crimes team is called to investigate a follow up attack on a victim of road rage, as a business executive and his wife fall prey to a furious driver in a pickup truck. As Thanksgiving approaches, Flynn suffers a setback on his road to recovery. And Rusty finally gets the interview with Slider that he wanted.

star 7.55
584 votes
Directors: Stacey K. Black
Writers: Jim Leonard, Nick Zayas
The Jumping Off Point

#14 - The Jumping Off Point

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 30, 2015

Sharon and the team investigate the murder of a young man pushed off the top of a parking structure who was somehow able to afford a high-end apartment without any visible means of support. Meanwhile, Lt. Andy Flynn suffers through the ministrations of an overly cheerful physical therapist.

star 7.56
584 votes
Directors: Nzingha Stewart
Writers: Leo Geter, Michael Zara
I, Witness

#15 - I, Witness

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 1, 2013

The LAPD flies a material witness into Los Angeles to testify, but in a horrible turn of events their witness winds up as the key suspect in an entirely new murder. Personal and professional stress takes a toll on Flynn. And the squad takes bets when Rusty brings a girl from class to hang out with him at the department.

star 7.56
689 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Sorry I Missed You

#16 - Sorry I Missed You

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 15, 2015

When a dead body pops out of the trunk at the end of a car chase, the squad must untangle connections between a superstar chef; a middle-aged pediatric psychiatrist and his second, much younger wife; and a bankruptcy lawyer whose problematic representation threatens to derail the investigation. Rusty continues his attempt to identify the murder victim who called herself Alice Herrera, inadvertently threatening the case against her murderer.

star 7.60
625 votes

#17 - D.O.A.

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 8, 2013

The squad investigates a brutal murder, but they soon find that dark secrets are at the root of an apparent drug bust gone wrong. Meanwhile, Raydor’s estranged husband of 25 years returns to Los Angeles to work as a court-appointed attorney. Charming and charismatic, Jack becomes fast friends with Rusty but Sharon continues to remain wary.

star 7.60
622 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Carson Moore, Ralph Gifford
Turn Down

#18 - Turn Down

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 29, 2015

During his first drive-along as a reserve officer, Buzz Watson discovers a dead body in a hotel room bathtub, not only threatening an extremely expensive wedding but also Flynn and Provenza's plans to take the division to a Fourth of July Dodgers game.

star 7.60
599 votes
Medical Causes

#19 - Medical Causes

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 27, 2012

The facts become blurry in a case involving a fatal car crash at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Rusty can finally look forward to his mother's return.

star 7.64
907 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Penalty Phase

#20 - Penalty Phase

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 21, 2015

Sharon and the team track an unhinged killer making his own film with his victims as the stars as a new romance takes wing.

star 7.64
537 votes
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Open Line

#21 - Open Line

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 22, 2015

Major Crimes investigates the murder of a super model with close ties to a pompous celebrity photographer (Jamie Bamber) with boundary issues. Meanwhile, Raydor and Rusty give Assistant Chief Taylor a headache when they are both served subpoenas for their entanglement in the Alice murder case.

star 7.64
613 votes
Dismissed with Prejudice

#22 - Dismissed with Prejudice

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 1, 2012

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 7.65
819 votes
Directors: Jon Tenney
Writers: Jim Leonard
Four of a Kind

#23 - Four of a Kind

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 2, 2015

Four wealthy one percenters are left for dead outside a hospital emergency room in a twisty- curvy murder that leads through an impossible list of suspects, including a high school daughter with her father's iPhone password, a diabetic chauffeur, the owner of several LA parking lots and a mysterious woman with great legs who trips up Lt. Andy Flynn on her way to Mexico. Meanwhile, Rusty pursues a taboo subject for his next story on "Identity."

star 7.65
597 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Carson Moore, Ralph Gifford
Off the Wagon

#24 - Off the Wagon

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 15, 2016

Andy Flynn and Mike Tao investigate the mysterious overdose of a young Hollywood star; Rusty decides how to handle the pregnancy of his biological mother.

star 7.65
723 votes
Directors: Stacey K. Black
Writers: Michael Zara
Conspiracy Theory: Part 2

#25 - Conspiracy Theory: Part 2

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 12, 2017

As the squad investigates the mysterious death of a second woman related to the Tackles case, and a new theory materializes, Sharon faces a health setback. Meanwhile, Gus reacts unexpectedly to Rusty’s partial solution to their ongoing relationship problems.

star 7.65
592 votes
Writers: Michael Zara