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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In December 2010, Kyra Sedgwick announced that the show would end after season 7. TNT made a statement confirming it, implying that it was mostly Sedgwick's decision with her power as a producer. A few weeks later, it was announced that the show would have a spin-off once season 7 was over, revealing the idea that most of the cast and crew were willing to produce more stories for the characters. See more »


Hairdresser: Shouldn't I have a lawyer?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: You could call a lawyer... but if you do I'll tear this custody agreement into little pieces and Dean will walk away with your baby the minute it's born.
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As a professional woman, I *love* this show
28 December 2005 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

And as a professional woman, why was I surprised by the nasty comments about the lead character? One poster missed the point entirely when he wrote that all of the detectives working for her submitted their resignations after the first meeting because she was a real bitch. They submitted their requests for transfer BEFORE EVEN MEETING HER. Under the circumstances, her behavior was pretty restrained. How I wish I could think up some of the responses she comes up with -- and had the guts to utter them!

And what's with the comments on her clothing? If Sipowicz had shown up, would you have questioned his credibility as a leader because he doesn't look like he walked off the pages of GQ? Few men in my workplace look like they spend a lot of time thinking about their wardrobe (to their credit, imo); why do you hold women to such a ridiculous standard?

I love the junk food theme. When was the last time you saw a fresh green salad in a police department? Oh to be starving and to see only donuts (forbidden food) lying around!

She's human -- a little bedraggled sometimes, a little neurotic about what she eats, not a paragon of organization... why can't you find that likable? If she were the stereotypical cold blue-suited automaton you seem to expect, you'd hate her even more, wouldn't you?

Wait... maybe all you hostile posters are just constructing an elaborate parody of how some men treat professional women. My bad; you're brilliant!

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