The Closer

10 Best Episodes of The Closer

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the world's best interrogator eventually wins over even her toughest critics.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Closer - S5E6

#15 - Tapped Out (Season 5 - Episode 6)

When an internet matchmaker is murdered, the team finds themselves investigating the matchmaker's early-stage television show. Adding to the craziness is a fake officer, who turns everything upside down. In an effort to school himself on the inner workings of Brenda's group, Pope decides to work as one of the team.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 149 votes.

The Closer - S3E1

#14 - Home Wrecker (Season 3 - Episode 1)


In the third-season opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family, and the only survivor is the drug-addled teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing about budget cuts, numerous changes --- and possibly Provenza’s early retirement. And Fritz hopes to move into a new house with Brenda.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 179 votes.

The Closer - S5E11

#13 - Maternal Instincts (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Caught in the crossfire of a shootout, two people end up dead and one remains in critical condition. Now Brenda and the team must figure out the the intended crime and the intended victim in order to determine the perpetrator. Brenda and Fritz disagree as they continue to struggle with Charlie, and Provenza drastically alters his lifestyle.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 152 votes.

The Closer - S3E15

#12 - Next of Kin (2) (Season 3 - Episode 15)


Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative. The fallout left behind in Atlanta leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 76 votes.

The Closer - S7E20

#11 - Armed Response (Season 7 - Episode 20)

Brenda finds a young couple involved to in the investigation by accident after finding two people dead outside in the street Brenda has no idea that the DA is watching her every move Capitan Raydor and Chief Pope find out who the leak is.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 186 votes.

The Closer - S2E15

#10 - Serving the King (2) (Season 2 - Episode 15)


Glad to be back with her team, Brenda focuses on finding a terrorist-linked suspect. Working with the CIA, who also wants their hands on this suspect, Brenda realizes that she was given false information, and wonders if she's been set up.To prevent herself and the PHD from falling prey to a sinister plan, Brenda must untangle a web of lies to determine who she can trust - before it's too late.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 100 votes.

The Closer - S2E9

#9 - Heroic Measures (Season 2 - Episode 9)

When a young boy blames himself for the death of his friend, Brenda must tread lightly to get to the bottom of the case. Complicating matters is the deceased child's mother, who offers up accusations of her own.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 200 votes.

The Closer - S2E13

#8 - Overkill (Season 2 - Episode 13)


Brenda and Fritz have a hard time agreeing who is in charge when an informant's wife and and FBI agent are both murdered. Brenda discovers that she and the PHD must work quickly when the leading witness in the case is scheduled to testify against a powerful mobster. When the killer's identity is uncovered, the PHD finds themselves under attack; an attack that takes someone down.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 180 votes.

The Closer - S7E15

#7 - Silent Partner (Season 7 - Episode 15)

Brenda seeks help from a businessman, played by guest star Jason George (Grey's Anatomy), with old ties to the neighborhood where Turell Baylor was murdered.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 173 votes.

The Closer - S4E7

#6 - Sudden Death (Season 4 - Episode 7)


The entire squad searches for the person who shot Detective Sanchez's brother; the case is jeopardized by an overzealous detective and a leak within the department.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 151 votes.

The Closer - S7E19

#5 - Last Rites (Season 7 - Episode 19)

The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda’s parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 176 votes.

The Closer - S2E5

#4 - To Protect & To Serve (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Brenda finds herself involved in a cover-up of her own when she helps the PHD investigate a non-priority case. Why? Because the deceased woman was found in Provenza's garage. Once again, the team finds themselves racing against the clock before the LAPD brass discovers what they're up to. Will Brenda be able to protect her team and their hard-earned trust?

The episode was rated 8.09 from 203 votes.

The Closer - S4E10

#3 - Time Bomb (Season 4 - Episode 10)

The newly renamed Major Crimes Division investigates the death of a teenager that may be related to a planned massacre; the squad searches for a bomb before it can explode.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 165 votes.

The Closer - S1E13

#2 - Standards And Practices (Season 1 - Episode 13)


An unnamed source files a grievance against Brenda in the midst of a high-profile investigation of a murdered L.A. filmmaker. With her career on the line, Brenda is skeptical of Chief Pope's intentions when he volunteers to help. In classic Brenda style, she spurns the accusation, refusing to suppress her demeanor in deference to the complaint. In response to the situation, the PHD team comes together to act in unison, sending shock waves through the entire department.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 206 votes.

The Closer - S7E21

#1 - The Last Word (Season 7 - Episode 21)

In the series finale, we bid a final farewell to Brenda Leigh Johnson. When a young man calls 911 to report seeing someone being buried in Griffith Park, police find not only her remains, but those of several other women who were kills as far back as two years ago. Brenda immediately suspects Philip Stroh and, despite departmental restrictions, sets out to finally tie him to the murders. Meanwhile, the witness who called 911 makes Brenda look at her life and future.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 195 votes.

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