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The Closer 7 Seasons 2005

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (2,302) IMDb 7.6/10

Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kyra Sedgwick stars as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the no-nonsense boss of the elite Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, in the critically acclaimed series The Closer, ad-supported cable's #1 series of all time.

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Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons

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1. Pilot

Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson struggles to get over her past problems while dealing with co-workers who resent her jump to the elevated position of deputy police chief.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: June 12, 2005
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2. About Face

Brenda investigates the unusual murder of Heather Treman), a high-profile model and the wife of movie star Dean Treman.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: June 20, 2005
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3. The Big Picture

Brenda investigates the death of a high-priced Russian call girl whose client list reveals the name of Danny Booth, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and close friend of Brenda's boss, Pope.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 27, 2005
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4. Show Yourself

Brenda follows the trail of a suspected sniper who is assassinating members of the East Side Catorces, one of the city's most notorious gangs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: July 4, 2005
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5. Flashpoint

Brenda investigates the murder of a psychiatrist who has been involved in a controversial clinical trial for a new drug to treat teen depression and anxiety.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: July 11, 2005
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6. Fantasy Date

Brenda investigates the murder of a U.S. Congresswoman's daughter, who may have been targeted because of an online personal ad involving role-playing in a fantasy "rape" scene.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: July 17, 2005
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7. You Are Here

A date between Brenda and Fritz is interrupted by a call that a prominent judge has been shot and killed.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005
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8. Batter Up

Brenda delves into a case involving an attack on a gay man. The man, who had just been at a bar with his partner, was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: August 1, 2005
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9. Good Housekeeping

A young Mexican girl, whose mother and cousin are illegal immigrants working for a wealthy American family, is found murdered.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: August 8, 2005
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10. The Butler Did It

A wealthy octogenarian dies just months after marrying a young stripper. After his widow then dies of an overdose, attention turns towards the butler as a possible suspect.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: August 15, 2005
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11. L.A. Woman

Brenda and her team are assigned to investigate the murder of an Iranian businessman and his driver in a medical center parking deck.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: August 22, 2005
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12. Fatal Retraction

Faulty evidence from a botched murder investigation three years ago is revealed after the body of woman believed to have been the original murder victim of a death-row killer shows up in the morgue.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: August 29, 2005
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13. Standards and Practices

The conflict between Brenda and Taylor reaches the boiling point when Brenda is charged with "conduct unbecoming."

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: September 5, 2005
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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2006
Format: DVD
A great well written show with great performances and direction, "The Closer" focuses on Deputy Chief of Police Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a fish out of water lured from Atlanta to L.A.by Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons J.J. Jameson from "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2") lead an elite unite that tackles high profile murder cases with her unusual approach to solving crimes. Her Georgia accent immediately sets her apart from her colleagues. She's much savvier underneath her down home accent than many give her credit for allowing her, like Columbo to tackle crimes that others might not be able to solve. Like Columbo and Monk she's got her own quirks (an addiction to junk food, she shows up at a crime scenes with her sick cat--named Cat--in a paper back and her southern charm can't quite hide her abrasive personality). It's a marvelous TV show with a terrific supporting cast (Jon Tenney, Robert Gossett among others). Unlike Columbo this show is much harder edged.

"The Closer" is presented in a goofy looking presentation; the show is presented in widescreen but because its not anamorphic when you watch it on a widescreen TV the images are stretched or boxed on the sides, bottom and top. The presentation is rather bizarre and I can't quite figure out why they made this idiotic decision but, again, the show looks quite good despite this flaw. The colors are accurate with accurate skin tones. The show has a significant amount of dark sequences but that's the way the show is shot with lots of use of shadows and moody lighting dominating the look of the series. The audio sounds fine and is presented in 2.0 stereo surround as it was originally broadcast. It's primarily dialogue driven so there isn't a huge amount of surround type of effects.
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I love The Closer because it is both funny and serious at the same time. Brenda Lee has her share of quirks. She is a strong woman and what makes her awesome as a strong woman is she is in no way "Overly Butch" in a position of authority working with men who are hard edged cops. I especially liked how most of the people she worked with did not actually like her when she arrived as a new fresh southern belle out of Georgia.

I liked how the script writers had the men of her unit making snide fun at her accent and odd mannerisms behind her back and some did things to undercut her authority earlier on. I liked how over time the writers gradually showed how she earned the respect of those who worked with her. I like how she uses her southern charms to disarm some and flare up with fire and passion to others as needed. The writers give Brenda Lee added demension as a character. I like how they show how she thinks and eliminates aspects of the crime details till she reaches the solution. While I loved Columbo in many ways and made it my business to buy every Columbo series from [...], I think Brenda Lee is his equal and is somehow made more real by her weird character flaws and quirks.

Yes it would be way nice IF they added lots of featurettes and extras you see in DVD releases of mainline series but, for the money this is an awesome value. I'd much rather enjoy all of the Closer Series than pay tons more for a few extras. I must admit I Brenda Lee's gentle southern Georgia down home just plain folky accent is one of the biggest turn on's for me. All things considered I like the closer because, the scripts are great the acting is great.
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I typically like detective shows, especially if they have quirky, flawed characters. Kyra Sedgwick's Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson is a marvelous, wonderful, funny, quirky character, with a flawed, insensitive personality. The amusing thing is that as the series goes along, she's obviously trying to figure out how to get along better with those she works with, and she generally succeeds (with one serious exception).

The supporting cast is also very good. Corey Reynolds' David Gabriel is the perfect sidekick for her, veteran character actors G.W. Bailey and Tony Dennison are wonderful as Lts. Provenza and Flynn, John Tenney is wonderful as the exasperated/bemused boyfriend/FBI colleague Fritz, and J.K. Simmons is wonderful as her boss Assistant Chief Will Pope.

The series's first season is especially good. For one thing, there's a plot thread throughout the first season as the whole team gets used to her, and she them. It's probably better if you watch the episodes in groups of two or three, over a period of only a few days. That will allow you to see the plot that continues from episode to episode, and that includes the whole dozen episodes. This is a very good collection and a very good series.
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I have this set in hand, and I'm quite disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the show is great, but the DVD leaves something to be desired. This program was shown in widescreen originally, and that's the way it is presented here, but not anamorphically enhanced. That means that people with 16:9 monitors will see black bars on the sides as well as the top and bottom. They really blew it with that. :( The show gets 5 stars, but this DVD treatment brings the rating down to three.
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