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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
First Brenda has made me confess--I love this show. The second season features some complications --for Brenda. Fritz proposes moving in and being asked out on a date by her boss spurs her to say yes even though she probably should say no. Then he moves out. Why? Brenda's mom (Francis McDormand)comes to town and, well, she'd just be horrified if her adult daughter had a live-in boyfriend.

The cases vary from bizarre (a police officer and psycho killer manage to kill each other at exactly the same time even though the they weren't standing in the right proximity)to sad (a juror dies just before she and the jury are about to annonce a verdict for a client of a heart attack. It turns out that the jury was threatened). This second season continued the terrific writing,acting and direction as Brenda tried to crack difficult murder cases by cracking the suspects. Kyra Sedgewick continues to be top notch in the role and I'm disappointed and surprised that she hasn't won more awards for her performance. The reality is that this show has such a small but devoted audience (relatively large for basic cable though and TNT)that it's easy to overlook. You shouldn't.

We get a short featurette on the show this time around, a gag reel and deleted scenes. Thank you TNT/Warner for including some nice extras this time around!

She still works for the same cranky boss (now single and who wants to ask her out on a date no less)that she once had an affair with and still pursues her passion of junk food just as ruthlessly as she pursues criminals. The second season is presented in anamorphic so it fills up a widescreen TV. The picture looks terrific.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
No one says Thank You as well or as much as Brenda Johnson in this remarkable series. Kyra Sedgwick is brilliant as Johnson, the "closer" who takes on closing important criminal cases, with the aid of her diverse team. Sedgwick consumes the screen with her intensity; her Southern charm; her absentmindedness, her craving for sweets. The show is sublime in its internal relationships, and Sedgwick's pairing with Jon Tenney as her lover, Fritz, is consummately believable and refreshing. The writers have managed to integrate personal stories with the main plots quite well, and the whole series is nearly perfect. I was a little disappointed in the two part finale, which involved terrorists and such, but it was still a good if not great episode. The rest of the season is just fine, with good support from G. W. Bailey, J.K. Simmons, Tony Denison, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, Raymond Cruz, Gina Ravera and Michael Paul Chan. But it's Kyra's show and even though she can sometimes be irritating, she is nonetheless a great character.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Apparently, Warner Home Video heard our complaints about their presentation of Season 1 of "The Closer" because Season 2 is definitely better. The quality is smoother and they have more deleted scenes as well as a gag reel and in depth discussion about the beginning and evolution of this unusual woman and her team.

The first season shows us the awkward attempts of the new Deputy Chief of Priority Homicie, Brenda Leigh Johnson, and her team to function as such. They fought through their misconceptions and prejudices to become a top group of investigators with the best interrogator to seal the deal.

Season 2 began with "Blue Blood" which dramatized the transformation of those serving under Deputy Chief Johnson with barely concealed hostility to loyal defenders as they investigate the suspicious death of another police officer. Season 2 also shows how willing Brenda is to support her people, even when they have pulled a lame stunt, such as is found in "To Protect & Serve", which features Detectives Provenza and Flynn in a few hilarious moments.

Season 2 ended with "Overkill" a dramatic offering, which left the future of our heroes in doubt. Months later TNT aired two one-hour specials, "Serving the King, Pts 1 & 2, which tied up those loose ends with great style. Kevin Bacon, husband of star, Kyra Sedgwick, directed one of the episodes.

Season 1 focused on the dissension among the Priority Homicide team under their new leader. Season 2 focuses on how effective the team is now that they trust and even admire each other. Throw in conflict with the FBI, Brenda's boyfriend Fritz - who is an FBI agent, Kitty getting outside; Captain Taylor's continuing attempts to undermine Deputy Chief Johnson and the Chief's marital problems and viewers find enough drama, humor and intrigue to keep them watching repeatedly, in addition, anxiously waiting for Season 3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I did not think this show could get any better but I was wrong. Season 2 was better than the Season 1. The chemistry between the cast, you can not get any better. Kyra Sedgewick is Awesome!!!!! You have to buy this and make sure you pick up season 1 and watch season 3............
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2007
Format: DVD
Easily one of the best shows on t.v. the second season of the Closer was just as perfect as the first season. The entire cast is excellent. It is almost like a sweet treat watching the team like Provenza and Flynn with their cracks as it to watch Brenda get her suspect to confess. Each epsoide is well acted and well written. Most are serious cases but with a little humor others like Serve and Protect are so funny your laughing through the entire epsoide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2015
I liked it until Amazon removed it from Prime Video. I certainly wouldn't pay for it now when the whole series was on Prime yesterday. Amazon keeps disrespecting it's customers to whom they sold Prime subscriptions. It's stooping pretty low to employ a distasteful bait and switch tactic. You simply cannot trust the Amazon Prime Video programming managers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
Boo--Amazon Prime--what's up with suddenly beginning to charge for this series??? Why isn't there information available as to what is coming/going as part of my membership? I have previously been very happy with my subscription, but this is really starting to seem ridiculous!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2007
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Very Enjoyable series. Kyra is great. Reminds me of an American "Prime Suspect" with Helen Mirren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2015
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I was enjoying watching it with my Prime Membership and in the middle, Amazon decided to start charging $1.99 per show. Therefore, no more shows and no more Prime when my Membership expires. I dislike bait and switch tatics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
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"The Closer" is the smartest, most fun show to grace the small screen in years. Sharp writing, excellent casting (guests as well as the regulars), interesting plots, and a generous dose of humor make this my only "must-see TV." Unlike many police dramas, "The Closer" is character-driven, with good plots, not the other way around. You get to know Deputy Chief Johnson and her squad - who are almost more like a family than office colleagues - and you look forward to seeing what develops for them next.

Season 2 is consistently good, but there are a few highlights. "To Protect and Serve" is absolutely priceless - a hilarious premise, expertly played throughout by Kyra Sedgwick, G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison. The last three episodes ("Overkill" and "Serving the King," Parts 1 and 2) are more serious, and really demonstrate how the squad takes care of each other.

I can't wait until Season 3 - another stellar season - comes out on DVD!
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