My wife and I have watched every episode of the Closer at least 6 times now in succession and still love the way the writers and actors deliver an engaging story while having some genuine comic relief in serious and believable plot lines. Major Crimes on the other hand have stooped to the level of completely unbelievable story lines and scenarios due to what would seem just pure laziness from the writing team. The last episode I watched was pretty much the last straw for me.
A guy is found dead in a tree, who as it turns out was pushed out of a helicopter, yet somehow remains completely intact except for a wound where he was impaled on a branch. The rest of the episode is taken up with the Deputy Medical Examiner pretending to run Major crimes because his father, whom he has lied to about his status, is over from Italy and is conveniently allowed to tag along with a Police murder investigation and the whole squad wholeheartedly goes along with this farce. Detective Sanchez brings his foster son along to the crime scenes and police station because with all his free time as a detective who is single he is the best option for a foster father. Flynn then consults the totally superfluous Rusty, on how he should pop the question, (because Rusty would know so much about relationships), to Captain Sharron Raydor, (who in no way resembles anything of the character she was in The Closer). And somehow if all this is not stupid enough, they manage to randomly insert Camryn Manheim to create some much needed annoying friction, who has no relevance at all to the story line but they must figure that everyone hates her already so they they don't have to come up with a relevant reason for the "Bad Cop" character.
In the Closer the squad were committed to solving crime, in Major Crimes it would seem that the Police station is there as a community meeting place where people come and go as they feel, regardless if it has the slightest thing to do with police work , and they are consistently trying to divert the audiences attention away from hollow story lines with irrelevant reasons why characters like, Gus, Rusty, Mark, etc, can appear in the show.
If the writers could come up with gripping plots without the unnecessary meaningless filler that they are using to allow each episode to fill it's time slot, then maybe no one would notice Andy Flynn with his health problems and obvious distractions from doing his job by being an item with his boss, and Provenza, who's main claim to fame apart from being over 100 years old is that he has this huge list of the things he DOESN'T do, and the rest of the squad who also seem to have very few redeeming features.
It is always so sad when a series exists purely on it's past reputation and becomes a shadow of it's original conception. Chicago PD is a far better show in the genre and hopefully will stay on top, but given that Chicago fire is now struggling for ideas and repeating previous story lines I am not confidant there will be another show like the Closer that ran seven seasons and still finished strong.
I am afraid that if we keep accepting these once great shows when all they offer in their later seasons is poor and lazy writing, we will be paving the way for entertainment to consist solely of cheap reality shows where the host eventually becomes President of the USA. Now that would never happen..............
Thought I would add some comments after watching the first three episodes of series 6. Just when I thought they had gone pretty much as low as they could with this show, season 6 really dropped the bar in a big way. Rusty's role has become even more irrelevant with him appearing in scene just to hand DDA Hobbs a coffee. The dialogue between the characters has gone from verging on ridiculous to totally stupid, where no-one can complete a statement, it takes four people to finish one sentence. The new chief is hopeless and does not have 1% of the credibility or character depth of Will Pope, It would seem that the cast now is made up of people that someone owes a favor to, as most of the characters are superfluous to the story line, yet they keep bringing in more, (an expert in missing children who is now permanent, ??, the FBI agents who are portrayed as incompetent, DDA Hobbs) Why are they there?? The only thing worse than the acting is the writing. there is no humor, clever plot twists, or believable drama. The only redeeming factor will be if Philip Stoh returns and kills them all and becomes Rusty's new love interest. Oh and by the way, nice of them to explain why, (again) Provenza charges the Major Crimes team to use his printer, and the reason Brenda has no interest in Philip Stroh, is she is too busy. I bet the writers thought long and hard about those story line. I was overjoyed to hear the show has been axed and it would seem they are going out on the lowest note possible. Hopefully The Closer and Major crimes will never again be associated together in the same universe.