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The Closer 

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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:
Kyra Sedgwick ...  Brenda Leigh Johnson 109 episodes, 2005-2012
J.K. Simmons ...  Will Pope 109 episodes, 2005-2012
Corey Reynolds ...  David Gabriel 109 episodes, 2005-2012
Robert Gossett ...  Russell Taylor 109 episodes, 2005-2012
G.W. Bailey ...  Louie Provenza 109 episodes, 2005-2012
Jon Tenney ...  Fritz Howard 109 episodes, 2005-2012
Phillip P. Keene ...  Buzz Watson / ... 109 episodes, 2005-2012
Tony Denison ...  Andy Flynn 108 episodes, 2005-2012
Michael Paul Chan ...  Mike Tao 107 episodes, 2005-2012
Raymond Cruz ...  Julio Sanchez 105 episodes, 2005-2012
Gina Ravera ...  Irene Daniels 44 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 southern 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The first airing of the pilot, and the second and third season premieres were aired commercial-free. See more »


Det. Lt. Provenza: Ok, everybody; mark the date.
[long pause]
Det. Lt. Provenza: I was wrong.
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Referenced in The Task: Pilot (2016) See more »

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brilliant acting......
11 January 2012 | by udarmohitSee all my reviews

The Closer is a show which has a fairly realistic portrayal of a working environment; there are relationship dynamics which have evolved over the several seasons and which explore the inter-personal connections made between co-workers as they solve cases. From the beginning episodes where Brenda's staff worked against her, sometimes with the expressed desire for her to fail, to the latest season where they appear to be firmly on her "side" there is an interesting dynamic in showing an intelligent and capable woman as authority-figure and the gradual and sometimes reluctant acceptance of her as the officers she works with see for themselves what she is bringing to the dept.

The show brings a lot of elements of the classic mysteries, and uses clever reveals and intelligence as well as past personal experiences and leaps of intuition in solving crimes. The actors who make up the main cast are all very talented and the writing allows us glimpses into the entire cast, though the show is clearly focused on Brenda. Each episode also allows the viewer to see some of the personal drama without being heavy-handed or too soap-opera, keeping a good balance between the police investigation and the people who are doing the investigation.

I find it interesting, however, that most of the people I know who do not like the show are male and love similar stories where a male in the central authority and does the exact same things that Brenda does to close a case. For someone who likes police drama, with realistic characters who are not always perfect, this is an excellent show to watch. The episodes are well paced, the story lines through the seasons are detailed and have a lot of personal touches for the characters

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Release Date:

13 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (season 1)| Dolby Digital (seasons 2-7)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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