I think the makers of Major Crimes has hit the right note. I actually care what happens to the characters and I do not think it is neither soppy or contrived. I like that they still make the cases interesting and that the sub-plots develops well in the background. By series four, the whole thing has often turned into a soap opera that is hard to watch but not in this case. The Closer that came before this series was also well developed but I think Major Crimes develops better, i.e. more interestingly. I am looking forward to series five.