The BEST Episodes of The Closer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: TNT (US)

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people's toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth.

The Last Word

#1 - The Last Word

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 13, 2012

In the series finale, we bid a final farewell to Brenda Leigh Johnson. When a young man calls 911 to report seeing someone being buried in Griffith Park, police find not only her remains, but those of several other women who were kills as far back as two years ago. Brenda immediately suspects Philip Stroh and, despite departmental restrictions, sets out to finally tie him to the murders. Meanwhile, the witness who called 911 makes Brenda look at her life and future.

star 8.43
405 votes
Writers: James Duff, Mike Berchem
Silent Partner

#2 - Silent Partner

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 26, 2011

Brenda seeks help from a businessman, played by guest star Jason George (Grey's Anatomy), with old ties to the neighborhood where Turell Baylor was murdered.

star 8.43
462 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: James Duff, Mike Berchem
To Protect & To Serve

#3 - To Protect & To Serve

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 10, 2006

Brenda finds herself involved in a cover-up of her own when she helps the PHD investigate a non-priority case. Why? Because the deceased woman was found in Provenza's garage. Once again, the team finds themselves racing against the clock before the LAPD brass discovers what they're up to. Will Brenda be able to protect her team and their hard-earned trust?

star 8.13
405 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Necessary Evil

#4 - Necessary Evil

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 2011

The death of a high school principal who had been trying to raise test scores at his school to prevent it from being closed causes Brenda and Fritz to fight over who has control of the case because an already existing FBI investigation causes the cases to overlap.

star 8.11
491 votes
Writers: Duppy Demetrius
The Life

#5 - The Life

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 7, 2009

When an adolescent boy is found murdered where members of the Tres Colores gang frequently spend time, the subsequent murders of two more gang members point Brenda and the team to gang warfare. Unfortunately, the evidence trail leads them in a different direction.

star 8.10
375 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny
Armed Response

#6 - Armed Response

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 6, 2012

Brenda finds a young couple involved to in the investigation by accident after finding two people dead outside in the street Brenda has no idea that the DA is watching her every move Capitan Raydor and Chief Pope find out who the leak is.

star 8.10
404 votes
Writers: James Duff, Jim Leonard, Steven Kane
Heroic Measures

#7 - Heroic Measures

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 7, 2006

When a young boy blames himself for the death of his friend, Brenda must tread lightly to get to the bottom of the case. Complicating matters is the deceased child's mother, who offers up accusations of her own.

star 8.02
318 votes
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Fresh Pursuit

#8 - Fresh Pursuit

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2011

The squad investigates the death of a deputy sheriff; the judge considers dropping the charges against Brenda.

star 7.93
461 votes
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Death Warrant

#9 - Death Warrant

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2011

Brenda seeks Capt. Raydor's help in an investigation of possible police brutality; Brenda's attorney starts deposing the squad about the Baylor case.

star 7.93
462 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: James Duff, Steven Kane
Tapped Out

#10 - Tapped Out

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 13, 2009

When an internet matchmaker is murdered, the team finds themselves investigating the matchmaker's early-stage television show. Adding to the craziness is a fake officer, who turns everything upside down. In an effort to school himself on the inner workings of Brenda's group, Pope decides to work as one of the team.

star 7.92
520 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Road Block

#11 - Road Block

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 19, 2011

The LAPD's Police Commissioner and his wife, Gail, may be in trouble when Brenda becomes determined to uncover a scandal one of them tried to cover up.

star 7.91
461 votes
Writers: James Duff, Jim Leonard
A Family Affair

#12 - A Family Affair

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 22, 2011

The team investigates the puzzling death of a fellow officer's daughter. Elsewhere, Captain Raydor advances in her meticulous audit of Brenda's unit and begins to sharpen focus on Detective Sanchez.

star 7.90
432 votes
Writers: James Duff, Michael Alaimo
Relative Matters

#13 - Relative Matters

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 2011

Brenda's parents return with surprising news that keeps Brenda's mind from her case.

star 7.90
460 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: James Duff, Ken Martin
Last Rites

#14 - Last Rites

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Jul 30, 2012

The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda’s parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments.

star 7.90
375 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: James Duff, Leo Geter
Next of Kin (1)

#15 - Next of Kin (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 3, 2007

Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.

star 7.83
319 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Mike Berchem
Waivers Of Extradition

#16 - Waivers Of Extradition

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 24, 2009

When a serial killer's spree crosses from Texas to California, Brenda must work with Detective Curt Landry, her Texan equivalent. The two match wits and find themselves going toe to toe as each tries to gain control of the case and the way in which they solve it.

star 7.83
405 votes
Directors: Kevin Bacon
Writers: Adam Belanoff
Identity Theft

#17 - Identity Theft

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 3, 2009

Brenda must reopen the case of a murdered psychiatrist when the man claiming to have committed the crime gives a statement that doesn't quite match the actual events. Based on evidence of the man's acquaintance with the doctor, Brenda believes there is a cover-up and sets out to unearth the truth. Willie Rae throws a roadblock in her path when she pops in for a visit, which actually appears to be an attempt to dump Brenda's handful of a niece onto the newlyweds during for the duration of summer break.

star 7.82
433 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Ken Martin
Help Wanted

#18 - Help Wanted

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 19, 2010

Capt. Raydor (special guest Mary McDonnell) accompanies Brenda on an investigation involving the disappearance of a nanny working for close friends of the mayor. Meanwhile, Raydor’s real purpose in taking part in the investigation could have big career implications for Brenda.

star 7.82
606 votes
Writers: Steven Kane
Out of Focus

#19 - Out of Focus

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 17, 2006

Brenda and the team find themselves wading through a long list of suspects when a celebrity photographer takes a fatal fall from his hotel room balcony. Once the cause of death is determined, the motive points to a big time actor with something to hide. In the meantime, Brenda starts to feel like Fritz is behaving strangely, making her realize that superstars may not be the only ones who have secrets to keep.

star 7.81
347 votes
Writers: Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny

#20 - Aftertaste

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 3, 2006

Brenda and the PHD investigate a high-profile case when a woman is brutally murdered at L.A.'s trendiest restaurant. On the home front, Brenda tries to keep a low profile as she closes in on her 40th birthday.

star 7.80
404 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Steven Kane
Elysian Fields

#21 - Elysian Fields

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 27, 2009

When a man believed to have murdered two young women is found dead in Elysian Fields, evidence points to his victims' families. Brenda and the team must then wade through the suspects to find the true killer.

star 7.80
462 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Michael Alaimo
Good Housekeeping

#22 - Good Housekeeping

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 8, 2005

The murder of an adolescent girl from Mexico, found dead in the Los Angeles River, proves difficult and painful for Brenda and her team. At first, a known sex-offender seems the likely candidate, but questions arise about why the girl and her mother were brought to the US, leading the investigation in another direction. Soon, the girl's backpack suggests the girl's uncle or the family for whom the mother worked may have been involved, A search of the house suggests one of the family is the murderer, but which one? An end-run by the family, determined to protect the killer, takes Brenda to Mexico, where she must use all her resources, Fritz and Mexican law to finally bring the killer to justice. The usually cantankerous Dr. Crippen shows his softer side as he briefs Brenda following the autopsy, in a scene representative of the way in which the violent death of a child impacts the police.

star 7.74
319 votes
Writers: Wendy West

#23 - Blindsided

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 13, 2007

In an effort to get good PR for the department, Deputy Chief Johnson takes a journalist on a ride-along, but when the Crown Vic is targeted and shot at, Brenda is forced to live under 24-hour police protection, while being the key witness in the case she must solve.

star 7.72
434 votes
Directors: Kevin Bacon
Writers: John Coveny, Hunt Baldwin
Show Yourself

#24 - Show Yourself

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 4, 2005

Brenda and the Priority Homicide Team investigate a sniper who is killing gang members in and around MacArthur Park. Offering assistance is an ex-Army colonel who believes the sniper to be his son. As an all-out gang war looms, Brenda tentatively accepts his assistance, but as her investigation progresses, Brenda's doubts about the Colonel's motives grow. With Fritz' assistance, she realizes the Colonel is not there to help, but to help his son escape. The two face off in the dark on a Los Angeles rooftop, leading to an unexpected outcome. Elsewhere in the story, Sanchez' prior service with the Rampart Division CRASH gang squad allows him to play a pivotal role in the investigation as he briefs the squad on gang activity in the area, goes undercover as a gang member and assists with interrogations. Brenda's tense relationship with Taylor seems to relax, then abruptly grows tenser when a stake-out goes wrong. Gabriel becomes increasingly loyal to her, but Flynn and Provenza continue to resist her methods, dubbing her "Miss Scarlett."

star 7.70
347 votes
Writers: Wendy West
Next of Kin (2)

#25 - Next of Kin (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 3, 2007

Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative. The fallout left behind in Atlanta leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.

star 7.70
174 votes
Directors: James Duff
Writers: Mike Berchem