The Closer (2005–2012)
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Brenda Johnson arrives in L.A. where she faces resentment from her peers and squad during her first investigation - a woman beaten to death, whose suspected murderer has disappeared along with all evidence of his existence.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), James Duff

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyra Sedgwick ... Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. Simmons ... Will Pope
Corey Reynolds ... David Gabriel
Robert Gossett ... Russell Taylor
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Allison Smith ... Ellen
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Clyde Kusatsu ... Dr. Tanaka
John Livingston ... Det. Garth
Julius Tennon ... Det. Waters
John Rubinstein ... Dr. Brown
John Prosky ... Mr. Banks


Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, recently relocated to Los Angeles from Atlanta, joins and heads LAPD's newest team formed to deal with high-profile murders. Recruited by her new boss, Assistant Chief Will Pope, Brenda has difficulty being accepted by her resentful staff. In her first case, they investigate the murder of a woman found in the home of Dr. Eliot Collier, a mathematician who has been missing for two weeks. Oddly, only the victim's fingerprints can be found in Collier's house. With only Chief Pope and an unexpected old friend (FBI agent Fritz Howard) in her corner, Brenda demonstrates superior interrogation techniques miles ahead of everyone when it comes to solving complex cases. Written by garykmcd / revised by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Provenza and Taylor are arguing in the hall by Ballistics about who's slug gets analyzed first, our very own Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene) can be seen lurking in the background, hand on his hip to reveal a BADGE on his belt. He's seen in the background again later, but has no lines. See more »


[from trailer]
Brenda Leigh Johnson: If I liked being called a bitch to my face I'd still be married.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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A Perfect Blending of Emotions
10 February 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I am seeing this for the first time. At first i was turned off, thinking that she was coming on way to strong. Was this going to be one of those formula things where she is a shallow, unfeeling person, so you'd better take notice. First of all, Kyra Sedgwick grew on me in one episode. But in the second half of the pilot, I got to hear some wonderful writing and clever plotting. The interview with the young woman at the end is masterful. There are lots of bumps to smooth out in the department, but the cast is very good and I look forward to getting hooked.

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