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The Best Episodes of Major Crimes

Every episode of Major Crimes ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Major Crimes!

Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes.


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The best episode of "Major Crimes" is "Two Options", rated 9/10 from 481 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Two Options" aired on 7/21/2014 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "White Lies (1)".

  • Two Options
    9.0/10 481 votes

    #1 - Two Options

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-07-21

    The shooting deaths of an elderly couple in their home prompts the team to join forces with the Special Operations Bureau to track down a deadly predator prowling Los Angeles and taking hostages along the way.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • White Lies (1)
    9.0/10 340 votes

    #2 - White Lies (1)

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-09-05

    In attempting to clear up lose ends from their investigation of a gang of White Supremacists, Major Crimes detectives audit the trial of serial killer Dwight Darnell and end up facing their most deadly case ever.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Return to Sender (2)
    8.8/10 336 votes

    #3 - Return to Sender (2)

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2014-01-13

    The Major Crimes unit draws closer to finding a dangerous serial killer. Rusty faces his biggest challenge yet when he bravely takes the stand against Phillip Stroh. Complicating the case further, the team goes head to head with Linda Rothman, a tough, powerful attorney who doesn't let morals stand in her way of winning a case.

    Director: James Duff

    Writer: Adam Belanoff

  • Return to Sender (1)
    8.6/10 320 votes

    #4 - Return to Sender (1)

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2014-01-06

    The squad must work quickly to track down a serial killer before he strikes again. Meanwhile, things get dangerous over a game of chess.

    Director: Rick Wallace

    Writer: Michael Alaimo

  • Special Master (1)
    8.6/10 294 votes

    #5 - Special Master (1)

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2015-01-12

    Phillip Stroh returns, demanding a new deal from DDA Rios in exchange for his cooperation; Major Crimes races to prevent the deaths of three women while trying to decode the source of Stroh's information.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • There's No Place Like Home
    8.5/10 432 votes

    #6 - There's No Place Like Home

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-08-05

    Provenza faces possible permanent desk duty while the squad investigates the suspicious death of a loathsome ICE agent which brings them into contact with the residents of an ancient apartment complex nicknamed La Shangri-la.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Flight Risk
    8.5/10 356 votes

    #7 - Flight Risk

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-06-09

    When a father and his two young children go missing, the squad has to work quickly to find them, while uncovering a slew of terrible family secrets along the way. Meanwhile, Raydor does her best to trust Rusty as he begins to take suspicious trips out on his own.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Special Master (2)
    8.5/10 292 votes

    #8 - Special Master (2)

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2015-01-12

    The Major Crimes division works to stop a serial killer who has been targeting female sex workers; Captain Raydor seeks the help of a consultant; Stroh gets closer to achieving his deal.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • #FindKaylaWeber
    8.5/10 257 votes

    #9 - #FindKaylaWeber

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2015-12-14

    A professional baseball pitcher's daughter goes missing, and the Major Crimes team's investigation leads them to the very limits of the justice system. Rusty is put in an extremely awkward position as Slider approaches the last phase of his trial.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Cashed Out
    8.5/10 256 votes

    #10 - Cashed Out

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-07-18

    Det. Julio Sanchez's application to become a foster parent is jeopardized by his reactions to a particularly gruesome murder after the Major Crimes Division finds a chopped up body burned to bits in the barbecue pit of an L.A. Park.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • White Lies (3)
    8.5/10 267 votes

    #11 - White Lies (3)

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-09-19

    The Major Crimes unit gets closer to the elusive mastermind behind the Dwight Darnell murders; Buzz and Rusty's investigation into the murder of Buzz's father comes to an end.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shockwave (2)
    8.5/10 237 votes

    #12 - Shockwave (2)

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2017-04-12

    After discovering the identity of the bomber her division has been searching for, Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes squad struggle to determine his next target.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • By Any Means (4)
    8.5/10 288 votes

    #13 - By Any Means (4)

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-01-09

    In the series finale, Lt. Tao, is stuck in a room with a potential bomb. Provenza finally identifies the real Ms. Bechtal, and Major Crimes comes face-to-face for the very last time with Phillip Stroh.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Long Shot
    8.4/10 339 votes

    #14 - Long Shot

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2012-10-15

    Season Finale. When a peaceful ceremony turns deadly, Major Crimes and the FBI team up to track down a dangerous sniper. And Raydor negotiates a deal that even Provenza can get behind.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Poster Boy
    8.4/10 380 votes

    #15 - Poster Boy

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-08-19

    The team works strategically to capture a spree killer who has put everyone on high alert. Trying to solve the case quickly, Raydor is torn between two seemingly right decisions, each of which comes with major consequences. Meanwhile, Rusty is given some extra freedom, but more threats leave him afraid to stray far from home.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Zoo Story
    8.4/10 302 votes

    #16 - Zoo Story

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-08-11

    The LAPD finds itself in a precarious situation during an investigation into the disappearances of a string of young girls from a popular nightclub, leading to a turf battle between The Major Crimes division and the Special Operations Bureau. Fritz Howard remains on the mend from poor health, while Rusty’s mom continues to struggle with the law and her sobriety.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Targets of Opportunity
    8.4/10 268 votes

    #17 - Targets of Opportunity

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-07-20

    After a shooting leaves two LA police officers dead, the Major Crimes unit must work with the Deputy Chief of the LAPD Special Operations Bureau, Fritz Howard, to piece together a high stakes case involving a fugitive witness. Meanwhile, Rusty works with the team on the case in order to secretly gather more background information to support his own, journalistic investigation into the life of the girl who called herself Alice Herrera..

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • White Lies (2)
    8.4/10 269 votes

    #18 - White Lies (2)

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-09-12

    The Major Crimes unit continues to investigate the conspiracy behind Dwight Darnell’s murders and his links to the Zyklon-Brotherhood. Sharon Raydor, disturbed by her own reactions to the case, seeks penance in the Ritual of Confession.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shockwave (1)
    8.4/10 244 votes

    #19 - Shockwave (1)

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2017-04-05

    A murder investigation turns explosive while Captain Sharon Raydor duels with Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim) for control of her case as she and her squad try to determine if they are dealing with a terrorist. Meanwhile, Rusty gets some alarming news from Gus.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Conspiracy Theory (4)
    8.4/10 295 votes

    #20 - Conspiracy Theory (4)

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-12-19

    Sharon Raydor must make decisions related to her ongoing health problems while arriving at the solution of a series of murders and sexual assaults.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Citizen's Arrest
    8.3/10 352 votes

    #21 - Citizen's Arrest

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-09-10

    When a kidnapping turns deadly, the squad scrambles to crack the case and turns to a district attorney for help. Meanwhile, DNA evidence shows that Rusty has connections to the justice system.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dismissed with Prejudice
    8.3/10 352 votes

    #22 - Dismissed with Prejudice

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-10-01

    When a murder conviction is overturned after eight years, Tao is forced to question his past actions. And Rusty struggles to be himself during his first outing with his father, Daniel Dunn.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Under the Influence
    8.3/10 343 votes

    #23 - Under the Influence

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-06-24

    A meddling television writer-producer accompanies Sanchez and Tao on a ride-along so he can get an inside look at the LAPD. But what starts out as a simple outing quickly gets out of hand. And Rusty employs some unfair help when his teacher makes him re-write an essay.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Deep End
    8.3/10 373 votes

    #24 - The Deep End

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-07-29

    The media goes into a frenzy over race relations when the body of a young Latino man is found at the home of a white award-winning swimming coach. Flynn struggles with an emotional dilemma on the eve of his daughter's wedding. Kris' mother pays Raydor a visit to discuss some concerns.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Jane Doe #38
    8.3/10 306 votes

    #25 - Jane Doe #38

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-07-14

    After finding a young runaway murdered and thrown in a trashcan, the Major Crimes unit is led on a long, puzzling hunt to find the deceased girl's killer and her identity. Meanwhile Raydor consults her husband about a big proposition she has for Rusty.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A