Major Crimes is an American police series written for television and a spin-off of the popular police series The Closer. The show revolves around Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Mary McDonnell (Independence Day, Donnie Darko, Dances with Wolves), the new head of the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division. She does not only need to solve some of the bureau's highest-profile cases, she also needs to earn the loyalty and trust of her officers who formed a tight team with the previous head of the division. Despite the often violent cases the department has to solve Major Crimes manages to offer viewers a balanced blend of tragedy and comedy. Besides that protagonist McDonnell's performance has often been lauded, especially in regard to the transition of her character Raydor from a side character in The Closer to the starring role in the spin-off.