The Closer (2005–2012)

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Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.


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Series cast summary:
 Brenda Leigh Johnson (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Will Pope (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 David Gabriel (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Russell Taylor (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Louie Provenza (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Mike Tao (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Fritz Howard (109 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Andy Flynn (108 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Buzz Watson (108 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Julio Sanchez (105 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Irene Daniels (46 episodes, 2005-2009)


Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, formerly Atlanta police officer and CIA-trained interrogator, is given the opportunity to run her own division of elite officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. Her unusual procedure for obtaining confessions, blatant disregard for politics, and country accent make her a marked woman. However, with all the bluster and bravado, she still maintains her title, The Closer. Written by Willie Nelson Crane Jr

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13 June 2005 (USA)  »

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The production team has said that the characters wear colors that either complement or contrast with Brenda's outfit in each scene. Those that complement her colors are on her side or will be helpful to the investigation. Those that contrast are her opposition and/or the guilty party. See more »


Brenda Leigh Johnson: We are running him down the flagpole and that's all that there is to it. If you want to examine the body, you may do so after I'm done.
[Albert's body comes crashing through the window]
Brenda Leigh Johnson: I'm done.
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Wonderfully character driven laughs and drama
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An outstanding drama that dances on the edge of being a formula cop show and a soap opera. Brenda Lee Johnson is an outstanding interrogator with a background of being difficult to work with but achieving great results. However, her personal life is a mess. She is hired from Atlanta to head LAPD's Priority Crimes Unit for those high profile crimes that need a resolution and need it quickly. Tensions arise immediately. Her brusque style makes her own people want to transfer away, her boss is a former lover who dumped her and she manages to make many more enemies than friends. The crimes are formula enough that you can probably figure out whodunit before you get to the climax but it's the characters and relationships that sell the show and make it worth watching. Not only is Kyra Sedgwick giving the performance of her life in this series but she has a terrific supporting cast that gives the series heart. The ability of the writers to also give us some great comic lines keeps the show teetering at times from comedy to drama. The first season is already out on DVD. Watch it from the first episode to the last, in order, and you can see why this show has become the most watched show in basic cable history.

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