I've said it before, but I'll say it again; I am soooo hard to please with a TV Series. If I'm gonna watch something every week, especially a crime drama, it has to keep my interest; original, smart, interesting and original story lines that won't insult what little bit of intelligence I have, characters that seem real and "click" and compliment each other, (even though they don't always agree), no characters that constantly irritate me (yes, I irritate easily), and some humor - too much seriousness plucks my nerves also. The Closer is the ONLY show that delivers all this and more for me; I've never missed an episode in the years it's been on - I fell in love with Kyra Sedgwick's character Brenda Lee Johnson the first time I saw her. Why?
I despise female cops who are the Angelina Jolie-type - tough, bad-ass, kick-ass, no emotions, not real..period. Brenda's character is so real and down to earth, you'd swear you knew her in person. Yes, she's tough, after all she's the Deputy Chief of Major Crimes and she is "The Closer" - an intelligent woman who with the help of her crew will solve the crime. She's bright, she takes charge, she takes chances, she is respected by her Detectives and she's also very real. She has weaknesses like everyone else, she has a wonderfully light southern accent, she shows emotion, she has a heart (that she tries really hard to hide), she's stubborn, her career is her first priority but she still shows her love (in quirky ways) to her FBI husband Fritzy when she has the time (who is just too hot) and she still has personal problems that she tries to hide at her job in the funny way that only Brenda can deliver. Who else but her would fall into a dumpster looking for a human head found by the trash man; "Well for Heaven's Sakes, there is a head!" and "Oh my Lord, I found his feet too!" all without cracking a smile. Of course, she gets sick when she gets out of the dumpster, but she blames it on a dirty diaper she touched. When she had to put her beloved cat down due to an illness, you clearly see the soft side of her, until she got the cat's ashes back in a plastic zip-lock baggie and she had to carry it in her purse around the office all day because she refused to get an urn; then you had to laugh. And yes, the urn she initially refused to get is still sitting on her fireplace mantel.
J.K. Simmons plays Chief of Police Pope, who with his pleasant eyes and face, constantly fusses back and forth with Brenda because she doesn't like following the rules. Jon Tenney plays FBI hubbie Fritz Howard, handsome, smart, and never a fool with his wife; he knows how to handle her just fine. All the characters are fantastic, each with their own personality, but my other 2 favorites are G.W. Bailey (originally from M*A*S*H as the mechanic) who plays Det. Provenza and Tony Denison who plays Det. Flynn. These 2 detectives are a hoot together. Provenza sometimes makes me laugh so hard I can't stop. When Beau Bridges guest starred as an old cop-friend of Provenza's, he didn't know his old friend had a sex-change operation and was now a woman. This was one episode that was hysterical with the bantering back and forth between the two, especially when Provenza realized that Bridges still has sex with women; "You mean you got a sex change so you could be a lesbian?" - funny stuff, especially when the conversation is focused on that instead of the crime they're supposed to be solving while Brenda is exhausted from the arguing.
What happens when a hoot like Provenza thinks he's gonna get some from a lovely lady (which ends up being a crime scene before that happens) and he takes a Viagra and by the time Brenda gets there for the crime scene he has to cover himself with a pillow while Flynn reminds him that soon he'll need to go to the ER according to the Viagra ad? Watch it and see. But despite the humor, they still get the job done - I love it!!
Another thing I love about the show is that each character, besides Brenda, plays the lead role in some situation; it's not all about one character. Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, you never know what you're gonna see from week to week.
The plots are always interesting and intelligent; you think you have it solved until a new twist comes along. Brenda is the best at closing a case, and if she has to act silly to solve it, she does it in a surprisingly cunning way. Being an attractive woman, Kyra plays her part without the viewer being distracted by her looks. Her personality is played to perfection by Sedgwick, not to mention she just won an Emmy for Lead Female Role In A Crime Drama. Despite the occasional humor, it is still a truly serious crime show with more than just an edge of drama that will keep you coming back for more.
This show, in my opinion, is by far the best crime drama series on TV. A former huge Law & Order SVU fan, I have become too weary of the tough smart-mouthed serious characters like Stabler and Olivia; give me the sassy Southern, intelligent, chocolate-loving and quirky Brenda Lee anytime.
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As the new season of THE CLOSER opens, the squad is moving into its new high-tech digs. But it’s not long before they’re wishing they could be back in their old space, where a plain white board nailed to the wall was more practical than the troublesome sliding screens in their new murder room. But true to form, Brenda is determined to bend the space to her style.
With the LAPD on the hunt for a new chief of police, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (Simmons) is among those in the running. Should he get the job, it could mean a promotion for Brenda. The political juggling around the office soon leads Brenda to do some career-minded soul-searching. It also has her colleague, Robbery-Homicide Commander Taylor (Gossett), smelling a possible promotion for himself, even though he can’t even seem to wrangle an office of his own in the new facility.
On the home front, Brenda’s husband, FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Tenney), has some career changes of his own in store. After turning down a promotion that would have sent him to Washington, D.C., he’s now in line for a job that could not only keep him in LA, but give him and Brenda the chance to spend a lot more time together.
This season, Brenda and her squad will tackle cases involving a sniper shooting in a posh neighborhood, a possible serial rapist who uses a stun gun to immobilize his victims and a drug-related custody battle that ends in two deaths. Meanwhile, Detective Sanchez ...