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The Best Episodes of 'Major Crimes'

Updated August 8, 2019 798 votes 36 voters 1.3k views99 items

There are so many good episodes of Major Crimes, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Tourist Trap" the best, or is "Return to Sender" your favorite episode of Major Crimes? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Major Crimes are, let's rank every Major Crimes episode from best to worst.

Major Crimes on TNT starred Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor and was a spinoff of the series The Closer. A police procedural drama, the Major Crimes cast also included G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, and Michael Paul Chan. The series premiered on August 13, 2012 and concluded after six seasons of 105 episodes on January 9, 2018.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Major Crimes, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Major Crimes episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 1
    Season 5 Episode 11: Major Crimes detectives audit the trial of serial killer Dwight Darnell and face their most deadly case while Dr. Joe, faces an unexpected confrontation that leaves his life in jeopardy.
  • 2
    Season 2 Episode 6: A child with gender dysphoria goes missing and the Major Crimes team rushes to solve the emotional case. Jack Raydor (TOM BERENGER) tries to make up for years of bad parenting.
  • 3
    Season 3 Episode 19: Phillip Stroh (BILLY BURKE) returns and is demanding a new deal from DDA Rios (NADINE VELAZQUEZ) in exchange for his cooperation regarding "future murders."
  • 4
    Season 3 Episode 18: Phillip Stroh (BILLY BURKE) returns and is demanding a new deal from DDA Rios (NADINE VELAZQUEZ) in exchange for his cooperation regarding "future murders."
  • 5
    Season 2 Episode 18: The squad must work quickly to track down a serial killer before he strikes again. Things get dangerous over a game of chess. MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER appears as Lt. Chuck Cooper.
  • 6
    Season 3 Episode 1: In the season premiere, when a father and his two young children go missing, the squad has to work quickly to find them, uncovering a slew of terrible family secrets along the way.
  • 7
    Season 4 Episode 21: With another victim found, Sharon focuses on former LAPD detective Mark Hickman (JASON GEDRICK). Fritz (JON TENNEY) and his team help the LAPD show up in force at a funeral.
  • 8
    Season 3 Episode 17: Sanchez is put under the microscope when his mother's (ANA MERCEDES) caregiver is murdered. Rusty takes on Jack (TOM BERENGER) when he shows up at Sharon's condo acting recklessly.
  • 9
    Season 4 Episode 4: In his first outing as a Reserve Officer, Buzz finds a dead body in a hotel room, threatening, among other things, Flynn and Provenza's plans to take the squad to a baseball game.
  • 10
    Season 2 Episode 19: The squad draws closer to finding a dangerous serial killer. Rusty faces his biggest challenge as he takes the stand against Stroh. JERI RYAN, JON TENNEY guest star.
  • 11
    Season 1 Episode 10: In the first season's finale, when a peaceful ceremony turns deadly, Major Crimes and the FBI team up to track down a dangerous sniper. Plus, Raydor negotiates a deal that even Provenza can get behind.
  • 12
    Season 4 Episode 7: After a shooting leaves two LA police officers dead, Major Crimes must work with Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (JON TENNEY) of the Special Operations Bureau to piece together the case.
  • 13
    Season 4 Episode 23: In the gripping season finale, the threads of seven murders are tied together as the video wire on Reverend Price (TARIK LOWE) elicits admissions, narrowing the field of suspects.
  • 14
    Season 4 Episode 11: Four wealthy one-percenters are left for dead outside a hospital emergency room in a twisty murder case that leads through an impossible list of suspects.
  • 15
    Season 4 Episode 19: A gun used in a murder is connected to the most troubling series of unsolved homicides in LAPD history. Captain Raydor and the rest of her division attempt to solve the mystery.
  • 16
    Season 2 Episode 4: The LAPD flies a material witness into Los Angeles to testify, but, in a horrible turn of events, the witness winds up as the key suspect in an entirely new murder.
  • 17
    Season 3 Episode 2: A murder victim's case is reopened and the squad works hard to solve a 17-year-old murder. EVER CARRADINE guest stars as Rusty's mother, Sharon Beck.
  • 18
    Season 3 Episode 7: Major Crimes teams up with the LAPD's Special Operations Bureau to hunt a killer who is taking hostages. JON TENNEY, MALCOM-JAMAL WARNER, BILL BROCHTRUP, LAURIE HOLDEN guest star.
  • 19
    Season 6 Episode 101: The Major Crimes Unit scrambles to find a disturbed killer, while Rusty pushes against the LAPD policy in order to find more evidence related to the murders of Buzz's father and uncle.
  • 20
    Season 5 Episode 6: L.A.'s tourist industry is threatened when British tourists get attacked on their second honeymoon, and Rusty's biological mother tries to make peace with him over her pregnancy.
  • 21
    Season 1 Episode 1: In the series premiere, the Major Crimes department is still reeling with the newly appointed head of the unit, Captain Sharon Raydor (series star MARY McDONNELL).
  • 22
    Season 2 Episode 9: DDA Hobbs (KATHE MAZUR) gets involved in a case concerning the suspicious death of a customs agent. Provenza avoids discussing a sensitive issue with Raydor. Guest stars abound.
  • 23
    Season 2 Episode 11: The team works strategically to capture a serial killer who has put everyone on high alert. Trying to solve the case quickly, Raydor is torn between two seemingly right decisions.
  • 24
    Season 1 Episode 3: The facts become blurry in a case involving a fatal car crash at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Rusty can finally look forward to his mother's return.
  • 25
    Season 1 Episode 6: Captain Raydor makes a bold move that could jeopardize her career and put Sykes in harm's way. Meanwhile, Rusty makes it clear that he doesn't care to meet his biological father.