Raising the Bar 2 Seasons 2008

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Season 1
(22) IMDb 7.1/10
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1. Pilot TV-14 CC

Passionate and idealistic Public Defender Jerry Kellerman is convinced his client is not guilty, but when a technicality in the law threatens his client's freedom, will Jerry push Judge Kessler too far?

Starring:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben
Runtime:
45 minutes
Original air date:
August 31, 2008

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Season 1

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Genres Drama
Director Jesse Bochco
Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben
Supporting actors Currie Graham, Melissa Sagemiller, J. August Richards, Jonathan Scarfe, Teddy Sears, Jane Kaczmarek, Michael Harney, Charles Malik Whitfield, Bob Koherr, Stacy Hall, Dohn Norwood, Emily Schweitz, Wayne Lopez, Tom Billett, Arnell Powell, Thomas Silcott, Hector Atreyu Ruiz, Doug Purdy
Season year 2008
Network TNT
Executive Producer Jesse Bochco
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Layton E. Huskey on June 17, 2009
Format: DVD
Rasing the Bar is a great and upcoming court/law drama that I have throughly enjoyed. I highly recommend it to others. If your a Gloria Reburn (ER) or Mark-Paul Gossellar (Saved by the Bell, NYBD Blue) fan you will especially enjoy these characters reprise their career. The new season is now on TNT and it's looking good for a second season. I'm enjoying it and I highly suggest it even though it is only 10 episode pilot type season. Go get a copy today!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anna Jacobs on June 12, 2009
Format: DVD
The concept is okay if a little worn out: A bunch of attractive young lawyers on opposite sides of the fence; public defenders vs. prosecutors. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is oh so passionate about his clients' innocence and badly in need of a haircut. There are little touches to try and spice it up - the Judge's illicit relationship with a clerk who has a secret and you do get to see a few of the lawyers without much clothes on.

So why did I stop after the first DVD? Part of the reason has to do with the fact that there is only one judge 99% of the time, and this show is not set in some small town where that would actually happen. Raising The Bar is supposed to take place in Manhattan where an actual public defender would have cases in front of dozens of judges.

But more importantly, the break from reality is too complete for me. All the defendants are sympathetic. Every single last one. They are either outright innocent or they had such a good reason for doing what they did that you can't help but root for their side. It's an insult to the watcher's intelligence. Part of the allure of law shows for me is the nuance - this show has no shades of grey. To make matters worse, the prosecutors pull ridiculous stunts to cheat their way to putting innocent people in prison, and the police officers are portrayed as snarling monsters who could have easily been cast for the Sopranos. Watching this show became painful.

If you want to watch a show that's a lot like this one - except that it's actually done right, watch Conviction created by Dick Wolf. The lawyers are just as attractive (one is even the same as in Raising The Bar!) but it's a lot more interesting, nuanced and believable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee Deener on July 3, 2009
Format: DVD
A very surprizingly addictive show. The characters grow on you from the start and make you interested in what will happen next to the characters, personally and professionally. Although it can be a bit predictable at times, it has a freshness to its presentation that will get you through wanting more. I worry that the show walks a thin line of being completely unrealistic as far as case subject matter. " is everyone going to be innocent and wrongly accused?" Where are the bad guys?I understand a noble,honest public defender..who happens to only get innocent and wrongly accused clients? That is Matlock/Murder She wrote cheesey and not what I expect from todays law dramas.Out of the whole first season, I think Mark only had one really "bad" guy. Still a great show, really clean cut; can only get better.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Sharp on March 31, 2009
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Raising the Bar is one of the best court dramas I've seen in a long time. The writing is terrific, the acting is great, and they do a great job balancing out serious topic with light hearted humor. Some of my favourite scenes stem from the lawyers meeting up at their usual bar after hours. The budding romance between Bobbie and Jerry is also really entertaining because it gives the viewer something to hope for, giving them a reason to tune in next week. The show can get repetitive at times as Trudy's consistant brash unprofessionalism and unapolagetic hatred of Jerry becomes very annoying at times. That said, Raising the Bar is a fine show and an entertaining way to spend an hour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A - NYC on November 9, 2013
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With an assortment of sanctimonious twenty and thirty-something lawyers, set in NYC (occasional stock footage of the city, but not even a pretense of CGI city-scapes out the windows), a succession of nauseating saccharine speeches about how important the “system” is and how the “system” is failing ‘vics’ and ‘perps’ alike, this second rate flashback is best avoided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on December 5, 2010
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this show actually depicts the justice system for what it is. It includes all it's many flaws which makes for such interesting viewing. It also includes a tangled web of interpersonal relationships that go beyond just the workplace but to the bedroom. My b/f and I were so sad to see this show go :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on February 3, 2010
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I bought the first season of Raising The Bar. The show is really good and entertaing also. The storylines are really creative also love the bond between Jerry and Bobbi. I can't wait for the second season to be released on DVD so I can buy the second season also. They NEED to bring the show back for a third season that would be wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Exner on October 14, 2009
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I highly recommend this title. Raising the Bar is a wonderful series that follows the life of recent law school graduates who prosecute and defend the underprivileged of New York. The drama unfolds both in the courtroom and in the personal lives of the lawyers. Writer Dave Feige, a veteran NYC Public Defender draws on his own experience to weave a colorful tapestry that is at times heroic and at times heart wrenching. There are often no winners in the criminal justice system, and the lawyers need to find the delicate balance between truth and practicality as they advocate for their clients. Mark-Paul Gosselaar delivers excellent performances as a brash, young defender who gives the job everything he has, yet often ends up in frustration at the injustice of an inherently flawed system.
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